If you have a Fedora 12 or Red Hat 6 (RHEL) or later versions of Linux on a system and would like to install the Google Chrome browser using the YUM package manager, you can do so using the following steps.
Note: You can determine which version of those operating systems or CentOS
you are using by examining the contents of
- Add Google's own YUM repository to be sure you obtain the latest
version of the chrome browser, which will allow you to easily ensure you can
keep it up-to-date. To do so, create the file
/etc/yum.repos.d/google.repoand place the following lines in it depending on whether you are using a 32-bit version of Linux or a 64-bit version. You can check whether you have a 64-bit version by issuing the command
uname -a. For a 64-bit version, you will see
x86_64in the output.
name=Google - i386
[google64] name=Google - x86_64 baseurl=http://dl.google.com/linux/rpm/stable/x86_64 enabled=1 gpgcheck=1 gpgkey=https://dl-ssl.google.com/linux/linux_signing_key.pub
Note: you could also put both the 32-bit and 64-bit repo information in the same file, if you wish.
- Install either the stable, beta, or unstable versions of Chrome from
the root account. I would recommend using the stable version.
## Install Google Chrome Stable version
yum install google-chrome-stable
## OR install Google Chrome Beta version##
yum install google-chrome-beta
## OR install Google Chrome Unstable version##
yum install google-chrome-unstable
However, if you are using CentOS 5, you won't be able to install the Chrome browser using the above steps. When I attempted to install the package on a CentOS 5.5 system, I saw a message indicating that version 3.2 of the lsb package was needed:
Missing Dependency: lsb >= 3.2 is needed by package
# yum install google-chrome-stable Loaded plugins: fastestmirror, priorities Loading mirror speeds from cached hostfile * addons: hpc.arc.georgetown.edu * base: centos.mirror.netriplex.com * extras: mirror.vcu.edu * rpmforge: fr2.rpmfind.net * updates: mirrors.serveraxis.net google64 | 951 B 00:00 403 packages excluded due to repository priority protections Setting up Install Process Resolving Dependencies --> Running transaction check ---> Package google-chrome-stable.x86_64 0:6.0.472.53-57914 set to be updated --> Processing Dependency: lsb >= 3.2 for package: google-chrome-stable --> Processing Dependency: xdg-utils for package: google-chrome-stable --> Running transaction check ---> Package google-chrome-stable.x86_64 0:6.0.472.53-57914 set to be updated --> Processing Dependency: lsb >= 3.2 for package: google-chrome-stable ---> Package xdg-utils.noarch 0:1.0.2-2.el5.centos set to be updated --> Finished Dependency Resolution google-chrome-stable-6.0.472.53-57914.x86_64 from google64 has depsolving proble ms --> Missing Dependency: lsb >= 3.2 is needed by package google-chrome-stable-6 .0.472.53-57914.x86_64 (google64) Error: Missing Dependency: lsb >= 3.2 is needed by package google-chrome-stable- 6.0.472.53-57914.x86_64 (google64) You could try using --skip-broken to work around the problem You could try running: package-cleanup --problems package-cleanup --dupes rpm -Va --nofiles --nodigest The program package-cleanup is found in the yum-utils package.
When I tried updating the
lsb package, I saw the following:
# yum install lsb Loaded plugins: fastestmirror, priorities Loading mirror speeds from cached hostfile * addons: hpc.arc.georgetown.edu * base: mirrors.serveraxis.net * extras: mirror.vcu.edu * rpmforge: fr2.rpmfind.net * updates: mirrors.serveraxis.net 403 packages excluded due to repository priority protections Setting up Install Process Package redhat-lsb-3.1-12.3.EL.el5.centos.x86_64 already installed and latest ve rsion Package redhat-lsb-3.1-12.3.EL.el5.centos.i386 already installed and latest vers ion Nothing to do
I had similar results when I changed the contents of
to try the 32-bit version, instead.
I found lots of other people reporting the same problem with earlier versions of Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL) 5 and versions of Fedora prior to 12. E.g., there are similar reports at How to install google Chrome in RHEL 5. and Add support for RHEL/CentOS for OS compatibility. At the latter problem report webpage, I found a suggestion from andrewrjones that people wanting to use chrome on CentOS check Chris Staite's webpage, Chrome on CentOS where he provides Chromium for CentOS. Chromium is Google's open source alternative to their Chrome browser.
You can download Chromium for CentOS 5 from his website or from this website. Chromium is an open-source browser project behind the Google Chrome browser that aims to build a safer, faster, and more stable way for all users to experience the web.
Once you've downloaded it, you will need to unzip it and untar it.
When you extract the contents of the tar file, a
directory will be created beneath the current directory. Make that
the working directory and run
# gunzip chrome.tar.gz
# tar -xvf chrome.tar
# cd chrome
You will then be asked to choose the search engine you wish to use from Google, Yahoo!, or Bing.
Once you've started Chromium, you can control and customize it, by clicking on the wrench symbol in the upper, right-hand corner of the Chromium window.
When I ran
chrome-wrapper, I received the error message below,
but the program ran.
[5578:5592:5060312371904:ERROR:base/nss_util.cc(184)] Error initializing NSS with a persistent database (sql:/root/.pki/nssdb): NSS error code -8174
The program that Chris provides is a 32-bit one.
# file chrome
chrome: ELF 32-bit LSB executable, Intel 80386, version 1 (SYSV), dynamically linked (uses shared libs), not stripped
I found a discussion of the problems with Chrome and Chromium as well on CentOS systems at Google chrome for CentOS ?? that indicates Google has no interest in supporting Chrome on CentOS 5. There's also helpful information there on the Chromium software available from Chris Staite's site and how to resolve problems encountered with it on CentOS systems, but, since I have a lot of more pressing things to get done, I decided I couldn't afford to spend any more time troubleshooting issues with Chrome and Chromium on CentOS and just deleted the Chromium software from the system on which I had placed it.
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