Google Chrome 72 Released – Install on RHEL/CentOS and Fedora

Google Chrome is a freeware web browser developed by Google Inc. Google Chrome team proudly announced the release of Google Chrome 72 on February 6, 2019.

The actual version is 72.0.3626.96 for Linux and Mac OS X/Windows operating system. This new version bundled with a number of exciting fixes, features and improvements.

If you would like to know more other cool features of this release, please visit at Google’s Chrome Features.

In this tutorial we will show you how to install Google Chrome 72 browser in RHEL/CentOS 7.x and Fedora distributions using Google’s own repository with Yum package manager tool.

Important: Google Chrome support for all 32-bit Linux distributions is deprecated from March, 2016.

By using Google’s official repository you will keep your Chrome browser up-to-date.

# yum update google-chrome-stable

However, same instructions should also work on RHEL 7.x, CentOS 7.x and Fedora 28-24 versions as well.

Step 1: Enable Google YUM repository

Create a file called /etc/yum.repos.d/google-chrome.repo and add the following lines of code to it.

[google-chrome]
name=google-chrome
baseurl=http://dl.google.com/linux/chrome/rpm/stable/$basearch
enabled=1
gpgcheck=1
gpgkey=https://dl-ssl.google.com/linux/linux_signing_key.pub

Step 2: Installing Chrome Web Browser

First, check whether the latest version available from the Google’s own repository using following yum command.

# yum info google-chrome-stable
Sample Output

Check Google Chrome Package Info

Loading mirror speeds from cached hostfile
 * base: centos.myfahim.com
 * epel: ir.mirror.rasanegar.com
 * extras: centos.myfahim.com
 * remi-safe: ftp.arnes.si
 * rpmforge: mirrors.neusoft.edu.cn
 * updates: centos.myfahim.com
adobe-linux-x86_64                                                      
                                                                        
                        3/3
google-chrome                                                           
                                                                        
                        3/3
Available Packages
Name        : google-chrome-stable
Arch        : x86_64
Version     : 72.0.3626.96
Release     : 1
Size        : 50 M
Repo        : google-chrome
Summary     : Google Chrome
URL         : https://chrome.google.com/
License     : Multiple, see https://chrome.google.com/
Description : The web browser from Google
            : 
            : Google Chrome is a browser that combines a minimal design 
with sophisticated technology to make the web faster, safer, and easier.

Do you see the highlighted output in the above, that clearly telling that the latest version of chrome is available from repository. So, let’s install it using yum command as shown below, which will automatically install all needed dependencies.

# yum install google-chrome-stable
Sample Output

Install Google Chrome in Linux

Loaded plugins: fastestmirror, langpacks, product-id, 
search-disabled-repos, subscription-manager, versionlock
This system is not registered with Subscription Management. You can use 
subscription-manager to register.
Loading mirror speeds from cached hostfile
 * base: mirror.dhakacom.com
 * epel: ftp.jaist.ac.jp
 * extras: mirror.ehost.vn
 * rpmforge: mirror.veriteknik.net.tr
 * updates: mirror.ehost.vn
Resolving Dependencies
--> Running transaction check
---> Package google-chrome-stable.x86_64 0:69.0.3497.81-1 will be 
updated
---> Package google-chrome-stable.x86_64 0:72.0.3626.96-1 will be an 
update
--> Finished Dependency Resolution

Dependencies Resolved

============================================================================================================================================================================

 Package                                         Arch                   
           Version                                   Repository         
                       Size
============================================================================================================================================================================
Updating:

 google-chrome-stable                            x86_64                 
           72.0.3626.96         
                   google-chrome                             50 M

Transaction Summary
============================================================================================================================================================================
Upgrade
  1 Package

Total download size: 50 M
Is this ok [y/d/N]: y

Update : Sadly, the Google Chrome browser no longer supports the most famous commercial distribution RHEL 6.x and its free clones such as CentOS and Scientific Linux.

Yes, they’ve discontinued support for RHEL 6.X version as of Google Chrome and on other side, latest Firefox and Opera browsers run successfully on the same platforms.

The next step for RHEL/CentOS 6 users to move to RHEL/CentOS 7, the latest Google Chrome works out-of-the-box on RHEL/CentOS 7.

Step 3: Starting Chrome Web Browser

Start browser with non-root user.

# google-chrome &

Welcome screen of Chrome web browser.

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