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Manage Chrome browser updates (Linux)

When you install Chrome browser on Linux computers, the Google repository is also installed. The repository ensures that your system automatically keeps Chrome browser up to date.

Step 1: Turn off Chrome browser updates

To stop Chrome browser auto-updating, take one of the following actions:

  • Create an empty repository before installing Chrome browser:
    $ sudo touch /etc/default/google-chrome
  • Add the following line to /etc/default/google-chrome:
Step 2: Turn off Chrome browser component updates (Optional)

Applies only to Chrome browser components

Even if you turn off automatic updates for Chrome browser, browser components won’t automatically stop updating, including Widevine DRM (for encrypted media) and the Chrome updater recovery component. If you want to stop these components from updating, disable the Chrome ComponentUpdatesEnabled policy.

Using your preferred JSON file editor:

  1. In your etc/opt/chrome/policies/managed folder, create a JSON file and name it component_update.json.
  2. Add the following setting to the JSON file to turn off component updates:
    "ComponentUpdatesEnabled": "false"
  3. Deploy the update to your users.
Note: This policy does not apply to all components. For a full list of exempted components, see ComponentUpdatesEnabled.

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