How To Install Chromium (Google Chrome) In Kubuntu Karmic 9.10 i386 And x64

Google being the lovely and gracious corporation came out with a wonderful idea: Google Chrome. Based off the Chromium, Google Chrome has the potential for great things. Though, seems they forgot about us Linux users.

Update: Here are two great posts to help you get started with Chromium:

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So the wonderful people at Chromium didn’t. Neither are we neglected by the Ubuntu community. There exist many scripts and what not to install Chromium in Ubuntu, though none are really needed. All you need is the add the PPA repositories of Chromium-daily to your list of repos and you’re all set! Here’s how to add the repositories and install Chromium on any Ubuntu or Kubuntu Karmic:

sudo apt-key adv –recv-keys –keyserver keyserver.ubuntu.com 4E5E17B5

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:chromium-daily

sudo apt-get update

sudo apt-get install chromium-browser chromium-codecs-ffmpeg

The codecs package is just a little something extra to help make it easier to view things online.

Warning: In Ubuntu/Kubuntu Karmic, there is a package called “chromium“. This is NOT the Chromium browser. It’s a game. Chromium, the browser, is “chromium-browser”.

With only those steps, you should be able to get a native build of Chromium up and running no matter if you are in a x64 system or i386.

edit: Thanks for letting me know about the typo! Fixed now.

  • http://pithyless.com Norbert Wójtowicz

    In the K/Ubuntu Karmic packages, “chromium” is now marked as a transitional dummy package for “chromium-bsu”, which is tthis game and a pretty amusing way to kill some time. I’m sure that means they will probably remove it all together in the next release, to avoid further confusion.

    Also, for anyone still on the fence: Chromium is Google Chrome without the spyware and is by far the least intensive resource hogger. Running Kubuntu Karmic on an old Thinkpad T43, Chromium is the only browser which lets me get my work done without spiking my CPU (compared to FF3, Konqueror and Opera). Oh, and Flash works out of the box too. :-)

  • Stephen Attard

    great post – tiny typo – should read sudo apt-get install chromium-browser chromium-codecs-ffmpeg

  • Joe Renes

    Thanks for the guide. btw, browser is misspelled in the install command.

  • http://twitter.com/suoko gabriele vidali


    i’m looking for a kde player plugin for chrome
    vlc would be perfect but can’t connect it
    were u able to find a perfect player for chrome ?

    • http://www.piotrkrzyzek.com Piotr Krzyzek

      VLC is great and all, though I never liked it for some reason. I’m a mplayer fan, and so I use mplayer-plugin.

      Assuming you install the mplayer-plugin that works in/for mozilla, it should also automagically work for Chrome (and Chromium) as well. It works wonderfully in Firefox and Chrome. Also unlike any others I’ve tried it has a progress bar and control buttons, though sadly it won’t hide though. Still, better than the rest.

      If you are using Kubuntu, you can install it by running this command from the terminal: sudo apt-get install mozilla-mplayer …. if you are using the gui (KpackageIt) just search for ‘mozilla-mplayer’ in there.

      Hope that helps.