Sunday, March 26, 2017

Install Google Chrome on RHEL/CentOS 7/6 and Fedora 25-20

Google Chrome is a freeware web browser developed by Google Inc. Google Chrome team proudly announced the release of Google Chrome 56 on January 25, 2017.

The actual version is 56.0.2924.76 for Linux and Mac OS X / Windows operating system. This new version bundled with a number of exciting fixes, features, improvements and brings WebGL 2.0, Flac support and HTML5 enabled by default.

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 we have practically installed Google Chrome 56 browser in one of our 
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/6.xCentOS 7.x/6.x and Fedora 25-20 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     : 56.0.2924.76
Release     : 1
Size        : 44 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
Loading mirror speeds from cached hostfile
* base: mirror.fibergrid.in
* epel: ftp.riken.jp
* extras: mirrors.viethosting.vn
* remi-safe: ftp.arnes.si
* rpmforge: mirror.team-cymru.org
* updates: mirror.fibergrid.in
Resolving Dependencies
--> Running transaction check
---> Package google-chrome-stable.x86_64 0:56.0.2924.76-1 will be installed
--> Finished Dependency Resolution
Dependencies Resolved
======================================================================================================================================================================
Package                    Arch                     Version                 Repository                     Size
======================================================================================================================================================================
Installing:
google-chrome-stable      x86_64                  56.0.2924.76-1          google-chrome                    44 M
Transaction Summary
======================================================================================================================================================================
Install  1 Package
Total download size: 44 M
Installed size: 171 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 Firefoxand Opera browsers run successfully on the same platforms.
Luckily, there is a script developed by Richard Lloyd, that automatically download and install latest Google Chrome browser by picking libraries from a more recent released distro and put those libraries in (/opt/google/chrome/lib) directory and then you can able to run Google Chrome on RHEL/CentOS 6.x versions.
# wget http://chrome.richardlloyd.org.uk/install_chrome.sh
# chmod u+x install_chrome.sh
# ./install_chrome.sh
Sample Output
Richard Lloyd Google Chrome Script
Google Chrome Installer 7.50 on the x86_64 platform
(C) Richard K. Lloyd 2016 <rklloyd@gmail.com>
*** Creating temporary directory /tmp/chrome_install ...
*** Changing working directory to /tmp/chrome_install ...
*** Generating a list of out-of-date packages (please wait) ...
*** Checking for an update to install_chrome.sh ...
*** Downloading version.dat (please wait) ...
--2017-01-27 02:11:44--  https://chrome.richardlloyd.org.uk/version.dat
Resolving chrome.richardlloyd.org.uk (chrome.richardlloyd.org.uk)... 193.110.246.232
Connecting to chrome.richardlloyd.org.uk (chrome.richardlloyd.org.uk)|193.110.246.232|:443... connected.
HTTP request sent, awaiting response... 200 OK
Length: 5
Saving to: ‘version.dat’
100%[=====================================================================================================================================================>] 5           --.-K/s   in 0s      
2017-01-27 02:11:44 (335 KB/s) - ‘version.dat’ saved [5/5]
*** install_chrome.sh is already the latest version (7.50) - continuing ...
*** Determining latest Google Chrome version number (please wait) ...
*** Downloading chrome_versions.csv (please wait) ...
--2017-01-27 02:11:46--  http://omahaproxy.appspot.com/all?os=linux&channel=stable
Resolving omahaproxy.appspot.com (omahaproxy.appspot.com)... 216.58.220.177, 2404:6800:4009:801::2011
Connecting to omahaproxy.appspot.com (omahaproxy.appspot.com)|216.58.220.177|:80... connected.
HTTP request sent, awaiting response... 200 OK
Length: 318 [text/plain]
Saving to: ‘chrome_versions.csv’
100%[=====================================================================================================================================================>] 318         --.-K/s   in 0s      
2017-01-27 02:11:46 (39.1 MB/s) - ‘chrome_versions.csv’ saved [318/318]
*** Latest google-chrome-stable version number is 56.0.2924.76 ...
*** Downloading google-chrome-stable_current_x86_64.rpm (please wait) ...
--2017-01-27 02:11:46--  https://dl.google.com/linux/direct/google-chrome-stable_current_x86_64.rpm
Resolving dl.google.com (dl.google.com)... 216.58.199.142, 2404:6800:4009:806::200e
Connecting to dl.google.com (dl.google.com)|216.58.199.142|:443... connected.
HTTP request sent, awaiting response... 200 OK
Length: 43781619 (43M) [application/x-rpm]
Saving to: ‘google-chrome-stable_current_x86_64.rpm’
100%[=====================================================================================================================================================>] 4,37,81,619 3.40MB/s   in 14s    
2017-01-27 02:12:00 (3.42 MB/s) - ‘google-chrome-stable_current_x86_64.rpm’ saved [43781619/43781619]
*** Google Chrome 56.0.2924.76 downloaded successfully ...
*** Installing Google Chrome 56.0.2924.76 RPM (please wait) ...
Preparing...                          ################################# [100%]
Updating / installing...
1:google-chrome-stable-56.0.2924.76################################# [100%]
Redirecting to /bin/systemctl start  atd.service
*** Google Chrome 56.0.2924.76 was installed successfully ...
*** /opt/google/chrome tree contains 87 files totalling 181 MB ...
*** /tmp/chrome_install tree contains 1 files totalling 47 MB ...
Google Chrome 56.0.2924.76 was installed successfully.
Please run the browser via the 'google-chrome' command as a non-root user.
To update Google Chrome, run "yum update google-chrome-stable" or
simply re-run this script with "./install_chrome.sh".
To uninstall Google Chrome,
run "yum remove google-chrome-stable " or "./install_chrome.sh -u".

Step 3: Starting Chrome Web Browser

Start browser with non-root user.
# google-chrome &
Welcome screen of Chrome web browser.

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