How to install Google Chrome in Manjaro Linux

Manjaro ships with Firefox browser by default settings. If you are a Google Chrome user, you should know by now chrome browser is not available from the Manjaro’s Package Manager. There is the Chromium browser, which is near equivalent, but for a complete Google experience, Chrome is the obvious choice for most users.

In this article, you will see the easiest way to install the Google Chrome browser. This guide is thoroughly tested on Manjaro 17.0.5 but should work on lower and upcoming versions shortly.

Installing Google Chrome in Manjaro

METHOD 1: GUI Way

STEP 1: Click the start menu and select ‘Add/Remove Software,’ which is nothing but ‘Package Manager.’

Manjaro Start Menu
Manjaro Start Menu

STEP 2: In the ‘Package Manager,’ click on the breadcrumb and select ‘Preferences.’

Package Manager Preferences
Package Manager Preferences

STEP 3: Click on the ‘AUR’ tab. It is the Arch User Repository where you will find hundreds of community developed packages. The package maintainer uses Package Helper to download the browser from Google servers and compiles it for Arch Linux based distros. It is trustworthy for seven years or so. So don’t worry – it is safe.

STEP 4: Enable AUR support by turning ON the slider button. Also, check the box ‘Check for updates from AUR.’ Click ‘Close.’

AUR Repository
AUR Repository

STEP 5: Select ‘AUR’ in the left pane and then search for google-chrome.’ Click ‘Apply.’

Google Chrome Repository
Google Chrome Repository

STEP 6: Google Chrome should download from the repository servers. Unfortunately, the servers aren’t super fast. So be patient, it is going to take some time.

STEP 7: Click on ‘Details’ to see the progress. After the installation is complete, you should see ‘Transaction successfully finished.’ The wording sounds like some bank transaction, but don’t worry, it is a free download.

Google Chrome installed successfully
Google Chrome installed successfully

STEP 8: Close ‘Package manager’ and look for ‘Chrome’ in the start menu. Enjoy surfing!

Launch Chrome
Launch Chrome

METHOD 2: Using command-line from the Terminal

Those who would like to get the Chrome installation done from the Terminal should fire the following commands:

Step 1: Install git using the following command:

sudo pacman -S git

Step 2: Go to Arch Linux AUR page and copy the Git Clone URL.

Copy Clone URL
Copy Clone URL

Step 3: Enter git and paste the URL by right-clicking paste.

git https://aur.archlinux.org/google-chrome.git

Step 4: Use cd commands to navigate to the “Downloads”>”google-chrome” directory.

cd Downloads
cd google-chrome

Step 5: Build the package from the source using makepkg command:

makepkg -s

Step 6: The package is built in the google-chrome directory with extension .tar.xz. Let’s install it using pacman.

sudo pacman -U google-chrome*.tar.xz

Congrats, Google Chrome installation, is complete!

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