Chromium - Google Chrome in Ubuntu 9.04

Warning: This blog post was written a long time ago and might be no longer relevant.

Chromium is a project aiming to run Google Chrome web browser on Linux. Launchpad repositories deliver apt sources list for Ubuntu which enables us with an easy installation process like usual: add sources and authorization key, update package database and install the application.

Note: For simpler installation instructions on Ubuntu 9.10 (Karmic Koala) read my new blog post "Chromium - Google Chrome in Ubuntu 9.10 (Karmic Koala)".


First we need to add Chromium application sources for Ubuntu Jaunty Jackalope.

deb jaunty main
deb-src jaunty main

To connect to the servers we need authentication keys. It's possible with simple apt command.

sudo apt-key adv --recv-keys --keyserver 0x5a9bf3bb4e5e17b5

Now we need to refresh information about the packages.

sudo aptitude update

Finally we can install Chromium.

sudo aptitude install chromium-browser

In case you need flash support, first make sure it's installed:

sudo aptitude install flashplugin-nonfree

Next we need to copy flash plugin into proper directory so Chromium could find it:

sudo cp /usr/lib/flashplugin-installer/ /usr/lib/chromium-browser/plugins/

Last but not least, to enable flash, Chromium needs to be run with plugins enabled:

chromium-browser --enable-plugins