How To Install Google Chrome App Launcher In Linux

Google Chrome version 35 with Aura UI (thus replacing GTK 2) has landed in Linux. The new version also brings a notification center where you can see all the unread notifications. If you use Google Now on your Android or Google Search app on iOS, you should also be receiving Google Now cards notification in your Linux desktop.

There is one more feature which is not enabled by default and that is Chrome App Launcher. As the name suggests, Chrome App Launcher provides a quick access to all your Google Chrome apps. If the app is a desktop app like Google Keep, it will open the respective app, else it will open the app in a new Google Chrome tab. In this quick post, we shall see how to install Google Chrome App Launcher in Linux distributions such as Ubuntu, Linux Mint, Fedora, Elementary OS etc.

Install Chrome App Launcher in Linux

First make sure that you are using the latest version of Google Chrome. Once you are sure that you have the latest version, use the following steps:

  • Open Google Chrome
  • Type chrome://flags in the address bar
  • In here, you can enable the experimental features. Search for Enable the app launcher and click on Enable to enable the Chrome App Launcher.
    install chrome app launcher in Ubuntu Linux
  • Restart Google Chrome
  • Search for Chrome App Launcher among applications. In Ubuntu Unity, look in to Unity Dash.
    Enable Chrome App Launcher Linux

Here is how Chrome App Store looks like in Ubuntu 14.04:

Chrome App Launcher in Ubuntu 14.04

That’s it. I hope this quick post helped you to get Chrome App Launcher in Linux. Do share your views on the new Google Chrome.


  1. I have a strange problem. I did enable the App launcher, it worked fine. But by mistake I deleted it once. I did reinstall the chrome to enavle the app launcher feature, but now ‘m not able to do it. Any suggesstions?

  2. This did not work for me. I even created a new profile in Chrome and still could not get this to work. Any Suggestions?


Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *