How to install Google Chrome, Chromium in Solus

Solus ships with Firefox web browser by default. Debian-based .deb and RPM binaries seen in Google Chrome’s official download page are not compatible with Solus.

Solus team has packaged the Google Chrome browser binary for you. Chromium is not yet packaged, but there is a workaround to run Chromium which I will be discussing in the second part of instructions.

Install Google Chrome in Solus

You can install the Google Chrome web browser using one of these two methods. Personally, I prefer the command-line method over the GUI method, because the later is known to cause freeze problems leading to incomplete installation.

Method 1: Command-line Way via Terminal

STEP 1: Launch ‘Terminal’.

STEP 2: Copy and paste the following in the Terminal and hit enter. This command will download the Google Chrome binary provided by Solus dev team.

sudo eopkg bi --ignore-safety https://raw.githubusercontent.com/getsolus/3rd-party/master/network/web/browser/google-chrome-stable/pspec.xml

STEP 3: Use the eopkg command to install it.

sudo eopkg it google-chrome-*.eopkg

STEP 4: Log off and log in again.

STEP 5: Check if Chrome is installed. If everything is fine, it’s time to clean up the installer that you download. Launch ‘Terminal’ and run the following command.

sudo rm google-chrome-*.eopkg

Method 2: GUI way

STEP 1: Launch ‘Software Center’.

STEP 2: Click the ‘Third Part’ tab.

STEP 3: Look for Google Chrome and click ‘Install’.

Install Google Chrome in Solus
Install Google Chrome in Solus

Install Chromium on Solus

Solus team have not yet packaged Chromium web browser, but if you really want it, you can download the AppImage format of Chromium and run it right away. An appimage format doesn’t need installation. It’s like portable applications for Windows OS – simply download and run.

STEP 1: Download Chromium AppImage from here. Make sure to download the latest version. You need to scroll down and download AppImage file, for example, Chromium-55.0.2843.0-x86_64.AppImage.

STEP 2: Right-click on the downloaded file and select ‘Properties’.

STEP 3: Go to ‘Permissions’ tab and check the box ‘Allow executing the file as program’ and click ‘OK’.

Allow executing file as program
Allow executing file as program

Finally double-click on the AppImage file. Chromium browser should open.

Chromium running in Solus
Chromium running in Solus

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