How to Install Google Chrome on Manjaro 21 Linux

Most web users need no introduction to Google Chrome as it is the most used Internet Browser software globally, with a recent update in 2022 that Chrome is currently the primary browser of more than 2.65 billion internet users and is why most websites’ code now target it first before any other browser.

Chrome is designed to be sleek and clean in its looks and features and especially at loading website pages as it used to claim to be the fastest of all the browsers, but that is now a considerable debate with Edge leading the charge and many others have caught up, the browser competition has increased recently.

The tutorial will use the yay AUR helper, ideally most users may be using some wrapper for Pacman, for new users, it is essential to install one to keep your packages up-to-date while you learn Arch/Manjaro.

In the following tutorial, you will learn how to install Google Chrome on Manjaro 21 Linux by installing either stable, beta, unstable (nightly build), or a combination of the browsers.

Update/Upgrade Manjaro

Update your system to make sure all existing packages are up to date.

sudo pacman -Syu

Install yay Helper

To begin the installation, you must have GIT installed to import the yay repository to install/build. From your command terminal, use the following code to begin the installation.

sudo pacman -S --needed --noconfirm base-devel git

Now clone the yay archive using the following terminal command.

git clone https://aur.archlinux.org/yay-git.git

Next, move the archive to the /OPT/ directory. This is a good location for any other archive installs, keep everything located, and traditionally the location is a commonly used area for different applications.

sudo mv yay-git /opt/

Now navigate to the yay-git directory location.

cd /opt/yay-git

Build the package using the makepkg command.

makepkg -si

Install Google Chrome

Now that you have installed the package management helper, you can install Chrome. As explained at the start of the tutorial, there are three options: stable, beta, or unstable, but installing the default version is recommended for most users.

The installation can be done with just one command as follows.

yay -S google-chrome

This will then bring up a notice of which version to install as follows:

  • google-chrome (hit 1 for stable version)
  • google-chrome-beta (hit 2 for this release)
  • google-chrome-dev (Enter 3 for dev version)

Alternatively, you can use the full command to install.

Remove --noconfirm to stop automatic installation and review changes.

Install Google Chrome Stable

yay -S google-chrome --noconfirm

Confirm the version build installed using the following command.

google-chrome-stable --version

Example output:

How to Install Google Chrome on Manjaro 21 Linux

Install Google Chrome Beta

yay -S google-chrome-beta --noconfirm

Confirm the version build installed using the following command.

google-chrome-beta --version

Example output:

How to Install Google Chrome on Manjaro 21 Linux

Install Google Chrome Unstable (Nightly)

yay -S google-chrome-unstable --noconfirm

Confirm the version build installed using the following command.

google-chrome-unstable --version

Example output:

How to Install Google Chrome on Manjaro 21 Linux

Launch Google Chrome

The Chrome browser can be launched from your terminal, but most often, the easiest way is to open the browser is using the path Taskbar > Internet > Google Chrome.

Example:

How to Install Google Chrome on Manjaro 21 Linux

The first time you open Chrome, a pop-up will appear informing you if you would like to set it as the default browser and send usage statistics, etc., to Google.

Choose your preferences, and click. OK.

Example:

How to Install Google Chrome on Manjaro 21 Linux

Once open, you will see a default landing page.

Example:

Update/Upgrade Google Chrome

The best way to upgrade the browser, depending on what versions you have installed, is using the following command that should all the requirements from standard to nightly.

yay -Syu --devel --timeupdate

Remove (Uninstall) Google Chrome

When you no longer want to remove Chrome from your system or a particular version, you can remove the browser using one of the commands below that suit the version you have installed.

Remove --noconfirm to stop automatic removal and review changes.

Remove Google Chrome Stable

yay -Rns google-chrome --noconfirm

Remove Google Chrome Beta

yay -Rns google-chrome-beta --noconfirm

Remove Google Chrome Unstable

yay -Rns google-chrome-unstable --noconfirm

Optionally, you can run the following command to clean up any leftover unused dependencies, and this is highly recommended to run, so your system does not become bloated.

yay -Yc

Comments and Conclusion

In the tutorial, you have learned how to quickly install yay AUR helper along with learning how to install, maintain, and if so, remove Google Chrome stable, beta, nightly, or esr from your Manjaro desktop.

Be sure to have fun testing out the new beta or unstable features. At the current time, unstable has finally hit the v100 mark, but remember that they may be unstable and have some bugs which can cause browser crashes or introduce security issues. If you do experience any problems with your browser, don’t hesitate to fall back on the instructions in the tutorial.



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