Google Is Ending Chrome support for 32-bit Linux, Ubuntu 12.04 And Debian 7

Google Chrome is dead for Linux 32 bit

If you have a 32 bit computer or if you are running Ubuntu 12.04 or Debian 7 (even the 64 bit version), then you would be disappointed to know that Google Chrome will no longer be supported on these systems.

In a mailing list, Google Engineer Dirk Prnake announced this news:

To provide the best experience for the most-used Linux versions, we will end support for Google Chrome on 32-bit Linux, Ubuntu Precise (12.04), and Debian 7 (wheezy) in early March, 2016.  Chrome will continue to function on these platforms but will no longer receive updates and security fixes.

We intend to continue supporting the 32-bit build configurations on Linux to support building Chromium. If you are using Precise, we’d recommend that you to upgrade to Trusty.

No, it’s not like that Chrome will stop functioning all of a sudden but it will not receive any security updates. Keeping that in mind, you should not be using Google Chrome on the affected systems after March 2016.

What now?

If you have a 64 bit system but you are still using 32 bit Linux OS, you have the choice to install the 64 bit OS.

If you are using Ubuntu 12.04 or Debian 7, you can upgrade your system to a newer version.

If you are stuck with 32 bit system, you have no choice other than using the open source Chromium browser or other alternatives such as Mozilla Firefox, Opera etc. Installing Google Chrome on Ubuntu 32-bit is not a possibility anymore.

If you have a choice but you still do not want to upgrade your system, you will also have to use the Chromium browser. Chromium is the open source project and Google Chrome is based on the same source code. Chromium is almost the same as Chrome browser. It also has Chrome Store, extension and Google account support. It doesn’t contain some closed source, proprietary features such as Flash plug in.

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  • Is not the 32bit great for the little netbooks which are lightweight and portable but have terrible processor speeds?

  • Your article mentions two Linux distros running on a 32 bit systems. Very clear and understandable.

    I’m using Google Chrome on a Linux Mint 17 OS (32 bit).

    You go on to say:
    “If you are stuck with 32 bit system, you have no choice other than using the open source Chromium browser or other alternatives such as Mozilla Firefox, Opera etc.”

    Is Google going to continue to support Chrome on my computer using the Mint 17 platform ?

    • Hello Bob,

      Google will end support for all 32 bit Linux systems. That includes your Linux Mint 17 with 32 bit.

      In addition to all 32 bit Linux systems, Chrome on Ubuntu 12.04 and Debian 7 (even the 64 bit) will be impacted as well.

      • Thanks Abhishek for the reply. Just what I needed to know.
        Would be interesting to know the differences from a user standpoint between Chrome and Chromium bookmarks in particular. I imagine most folks would like to know how to switch over from Chrome to Chromium painlessly. (what to delete if anything, what to download and where, tips and tricks, etc..) This subject has been addressed in a piecemeal manner and I, for one, have not read a good comprehensive article to date. Just a thought.

  • They are ending support for 32bit linux because they know Chrome runs very slow in 32bit Computer (As worlds most resource hungry Browser :p )