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Download and install Google Chrome

Google Chrome is a fast web browser available at no charge. Before you download, you can check if Chrome supports your operating system and that you have all the other system requirements.

How to install Chrome

Windows
  1. Download the installation file.
  2. If prompted, click Run or Save.
    • If you choose Save, to start installation, either:
      • Double-click the download.
      • Click Open file.
  3. If you're asked, 'Do you want to allow this app to make changes to your device', click Yes.
  4. Start Chrome:
    • Windows 7: A Chrome window opens once everything is done.
    • Windows 8 & 8.1: A welcome dialogue appears. Click Next to select your default browser.
    • Windows 10 and 11: A Chrome window opens after everything is done. You can make Chrome your default browser.

If you've used a different browser, like Internet Explorer or Safari, you can import your settings into Chrome.

Install Chrome offline

If you're having problems downloading Chrome on your Windows computer, you can try the alternative link below to download Chrome on to a different computer.

  1. On a computer connected to the Internet, download the alternative Chrome installer.
  2. Move the file to the computer where you want to install Chrome.
  3. Open the file, and follow the onscreen instructions to install.

If you land on the regular download page, that’s normal. Even though the installers look similar, a special tag tells us which one is best for you.

Once you download the file, you can send it to another computer.

Mac
  1. Download the installation file.
  2. Open the file called 'googlechrome.dmg'.
  3. In the window that opens, find Chrome Chrome.
  4. Drag Chrome to the Applications folder.
    • You might be asked to enter the admin password.
    • If you don't know the admin password, drag Chrome to a place on your computer where you can make edits, like your desktop.
  5. Open Chrome.
  6. Open Finder.
  7. In the sidebar, to the right of Google Chrome, click Eject Eject.
Linux

Use the same software that installs programs on your computer to install Chrome. You'll be asked to enter the administrator account password.

  1. Download the installation file.
  2. To open the package, click OK.
  3. Click Install Package.

Google Chrome will be added to your software manager so that it stays up to date.

Chromebook
Chrome comes preinstalled on all new Chromebooks. Learn how to set up your Chromebook.

System requirements to use Chrome

Windows

To use Chrome on Windows, you'll need:

  • Windows 7, Windows 8, Windows 8.1, Windows 10 or later
  • An Intel Pentium 4 processor or later that's SSE3 capable
Mac

To use Chrome on Mac, you'll need:

  • macOS High Sierra 10.13 and up
Linux

To use Chrome on Linux, you'll need:

  • 64-bit Ubuntu 14.04+, Debian 8+, openSUSE 13.3+ or Fedora Linux 24+
  • An Intel Pentium 4 processor or later that's SSE3 capable 

Fix problems with Chrome

Fix issues with Chrome on Wayland

Chrome on Linux now supports Wayland along with X11. When Chrome opens on Linux, one of these display server protocols is automatically chosen.

How Chrome interacts with a display server protocol
  • Chrome interacts with a display server protocol to help you perform certain types of actions. If you have trouble with these types of actions in Wayland you can change back to X11:
    • Drag and drop
    • Copy and paste
    • Keyboard, mouse or touch input
  • Wayland restricts Chrome’s ability to perform certain actions such as:
    • Tab dragging uses simplified preview thumbnails.
    • Windows can’t be placed at a set location on the screen.
How to override the Chrome automatic display server protocol selection

From your browser:

  1. Navigate to chrome://flags
  2. Set #ozone-platform-hint to X11 or Wayland

From the command line:

  1. Navigate to the command line
  2. Launch Chrome:
    • For X11: --ozone-platform=x11
    • For Wayland: --ozone-platform=wayland

Can't install Chrome because of S mode

If you can’t install Chrome on your Windows computer, your computer might be in S mode. If you want to download and install Chrome, learn more about how to exit S mode. You can also find out how to fix problems installing Chrome.

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