Install Google Chrome on Linux using wine

Google launched a few days ago a new web browser, that has some interesting features which might give FF 3, Safari and IE8 a run for their money. Although not yet for Linux, i’ve put together (following some ubuntuforms posts) a detailed tutorial to help you Install Google Chrome on Linux using wine >= 1.1.3.

1. install wine (follow the official instructions http://www.winehq.org/site/download-deb)

2. make sure wine >= 1.1.3 is installed by entering the following in the terminal
wine –version

3. Download winetricks and install it
wget http://www.kegel.com/wine/winetrickssudo cp winetricks /usr/sbin

4. Install some dependencies for Chrome (Flash is not mandatory but will allow you to play youtube videos :-))winetricks riched20 riched30 flash
4.1 Install allfonts (this is optional)
winetricks allfonts

5. Download the Chrome installer
wget http://gpdl.google.com/chrome/install/149.27/chrome_installer.exe

6. Install Chrome (just follow the onscreen instructions and make sure you create a desktop icon)
wine chrome_installer.exe
google-chrome-linux-1.png

7. After the install is finished, you won’t be able to use Chrome as it needs a bit more hacking. Just close it and opent with your favorite editor the Google Chrome.desktop icon created on your Desktop. Make sure your add “–new-http –in-process-plugins”, without the quotes at the end of this line:

Exec=env WINEPREFIX=”/home/mimir/.wine” wine “C:\windows\profiles\mimir\Local Settings\Application Data\Google\Chrome\Application\chrome.exe”

to make it look like this:
Exec=env WINEPREFIX=”/home/mimir/.wine” wine “C:\windows\profiles\mimir\Local Settings\Application Data\Google\Chrome\Application\chrome.exe” –new-http –in-process-plugins

Save the file!

NOTE: mimir is my username, you will have something like /home/yourusername/.wine

8. Go to desktop and start Google Chrome

google-chrome-linux-2.png

Checking some youtube videos :)

google-chrome-linux-flash.png

HTTPS Note: it seems that the https is not working due to the fact that wine is missing TSL/SSL features, the dlls that should handle that being just stubs at the moment. If you have any information regarding this, please share.

Resources:
Wine appdb page for Chrome
http://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?t=908493
Install Google Chrome On Mac OS X using wine

22 thoughts on “Install Google Chrome on Linux using wine”

  1. This looks really good. Im missing some features from the linux development version, like gears.

    Too bad it’s missing https support. pretty much renders the browser useless if you cant login to secure websites like your webmail or google docs (which is what i plan on using it for)

  2. Try Prism to run gmail and google docs callender ++ you can find it in add/remove software (synaptic).
    (i think you need to enable third party resources in software sources).

  3. Carina,

    There’s no need to install Chrome any more via wine. Now the Chromium project compiles just fine and works great on Ubuntu :)

    Regards,
    R

  4. I use it on Mac.Although everything about this browser is great i abandoned the use of it just for the simple reason of it CRASHING too OFTEN.Back to Avant which I used to use.

  5. well, just small info for all of you who thinks that it is not necessary since chrome is available on linux:

    there IS a reason to do it and that reason is named Unity3D player, because that thing is “windows only”….

    so please: next time keep your opinion about what is (or is not) necessary to yourself. Thank you.

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