The Linux version of Google’s Chrome web browser is not ready yet. Don’t boot up Windows, if you’re interested in testing it out it’s possible to do so by running Chrome under Wine.
[update] Wine 1.1.4 has been
released, and includes fixes for running Chrome.
I’ll update this post once I
give it a try. I’ve updated the post.
You’ll need to have an up-to-date version of Wine, I tested it with version 1.1.3. See #8 in this blog post on how to install the latest Wine versions. If you’re not sure, run this command to check your Wine version:
Google’s net-installer for Chrome doesn’t work in Wine. Instead, use the
standalone installer. Download it from here:
Open a terminal to and change to the directory you downloaded the installer to. Run the installer with Wine:
The installation should complete very quickly. Click
Start Google Chrome and
the Chrome window should open, but will appear to be broken. Close Chrome for
[update: installing the riched20 and riched30 DLLs is no longer necessary with Wine 1.1.4. You only need winetricks now to if you wish to install fonts.] Let’s use a script called winetricks to automate downloading and setting up some required DLLs. Download winetricks, make the script executable, and run it:
wget http://www.kegel.com/wine/winetricks chmod +x winetricks ./winetricks riched20 riched30
Run Chome with the
--in-process-plugins options to make it
work (the command below is all one
wine ~/.wine/drive_c/windows/profiles/$USER/Local\ Settings/Application\ Data/Google/Chrome/Application/chrome.exe --new-http --in-process-plugins
Use the previous command whenever you want to start Chrome. At this point Chrome is working fine, but the fonts look awful. The fonts can be improved by using winetricks again (I didn’t use the allfonts command because the Liberation fonts seem to be gone and cause winetricks to get stuck):
./winetricks corefonts tahoma
Chrome runs pretty well in WINE. The largest problem is that HTTPS addresses will cause an error. Minor issues include the status bar appearing above other windows and the lack of font anti-aliasing for small text.
This post is based on the instructions from the Ubuntu forums, posted here. More information about Chrome on Linux is available on the Wine AppDB page.