So, you managed to install Google Chrome browser on your Ubuntu system. And now you wonder how to keep the browser updated.
On Windows and macOS, when there is an update available on Chrome, you are notified in the browser itself and you can hit the update option from the browser.
Things are different in Linux. You don’t update Chrome from the browser. You update it with the system updates.
Yes. When a new update is available on Chrome, Ubuntu notifies you via the system updater tool.
You just have to click on the Install Now button, enter your account’s password when asked for it and have Chrome updated to a new version.
Let me tell you why you see the updates on the system level and how you can update Google Chrome in the command line.
Method 1: Updating Google Chrome with system updates
The thing is that when you do that, Google adds a repository entry into your system’s sources list. This way, your system trusts the packages coming from the Google repository.
The package updates are centralized through the Ubuntu Updater for all such entries added to your system.
And this is why when an update is available to Google Chrome (and other installed applications), your Ubuntu system sends you a notification.
Click the “Install Now” button and enter your password when asked for it. Soon, the system will install all the upgradeable packages.
Depending on the update preference, the notification may not be immediate. You can manually run the updater tool and see what updates are available for your Ubuntu system.
Method 2: Updating Chrome in the Ubuntu command line
If you prefer the terminal over the graphical interface, you can also update Chrome with commands.
Open a terminal and run the following commands one by one:
sudo apt update
sudo apt --only-upgrade install google-chrome-stable
The first command updates the package cache so that your system is aware of what packages can be upgraded.
The second command only updates the single package which is Google Chrome (installed as google-chrome-stable).
As you can see, things are more streamlined in Ubuntu than in Windows. You get Chrome updated along with other system updates.
On a related note, you may learn about removing google Chrome from Ubuntu if you are unhappy with it.
Chrome is a fine browser. You can experiment with it by using shortcuts in Chrome as it makes the browsing experience even smoother.
Enjoy Chrome on Ubuntu!