Google Chrome is a powerful, fast, and popular web browser known for its minimalist design and robust suite of features. While Fedora and Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL) systems come with a default web browser (Firefox in most instances), many users opt for Google Chrome due to its compatibility, extensions, and synchronization capabilities.
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In this guide, we’ll walk through the steps necessary to install Google Chrome on Fedora and RHEL systems. Let’s get started!
- A system running Fedora or other RHEL-based system.
- Sudo or root access
- An active internet connection
1. Setting up Google Chrome Repository
Before installing Chrome, it’s a good idea to set up the Google Chrome repository to ensure you’re getting the latest version directly from Google.
- Open Terminal.
- Create a new repo file by typing:
sudo nano /etc/yum.repos.d/google-chrome.repo
- Add the following lines to the file:
[google-chrome] name=google-chrome baseurl=http://dl.google.com/linux/chrome/rpm/stable/$basearch enabled=1 gpgcheck=1 gpgkey=https://dl-ssl.google.com/linux/linux_signing_key.pub
Save the file and exit (using CTRL+O to save and CTRL+X to exit if you’re using nano).
2. Installing Google Chrome on Linux
Now that the repository is set up, it’s time to install Google Chrome.
2.1. Update your system:
sudo dnf update
2.2 Install Google Chrome:
- For Stable Version:
sudo dnf install google-chrome-stable
- For Beta Version:
sudo dnf install google-chrome-beta
- For Unstable (Developer’s Version):
sudo dnf install google-chrome-unstable
3. Launching Google Chrome
After installation, you can start Google Chrome in a few different ways:
- From Terminal: Simply type google-chrome and hit enter.
- From the GUI: Navigate to the Applications menu and locate Google Chrome in the list. Click on it to launch.
4. Creating a Desktop Shortcut (Optional)
If you’d like a desktop shortcut for easier access:
- Navigate to /usr/share/applications/.
- Find the Google Chrome entry.
- Drag and drop it onto your desktop or right-click and select ‘Copy to Desktop’.
5. Keeping Chrome Updated
Thanks to the repository setup earlier, keeping Google Chrome updated is as simple as updating your system packages:
sudo dnf update
Installing Google Chrome on Fedora and RHEL systems is straightforward and gives users access to a powerful browsing tool. Whether you’re using it for personal or professional purposes, Chrome offers a wide range of features and extensions to enhance your browsing experience.
Always remember to periodically back up your system, especially before making significant changes or installations. Happy browsing!