Manjaro ships with Firefox browser by default settings. If you are a Google Chrome user, you should know by now chrome browser is not available from the Manjaro’s Package Manager. There is the Chromium browser, which is near equivalent, but for a complete Google experience, Chrome is the obvious choice for most users.
In this article, you will see the easiest way to install the Google Chrome browser. This guide is thoroughly tested on Manjaro 17.0.5 but should work on lower and upcoming versions shortly.
Installing Google Chrome in Manjaro
METHOD 1: GUI Way
STEP 1: Click the start menu and select ‘Add/Remove Software,’ which is nothing but ‘Package Manager.’
STEP 2: In the ‘Package Manager’, click on the breadcrumb and select ‘Preferences’.
STEP 3: Click on the ‘AUR’ tab. It is the Arch User Repository where you will find hundreds of community developed packages. The package maintainer uses Package Helper to download the browser from Google servers and compiles it for Arch Linux based distros. It is trustworthy for seven years or so. So don’t worry – it is safe.
STEP 4: Enable AUR support by turning ON the slider button. Also, check the box ‘Check for updates from AUR’. Click ‘Close’.
STEP 5: Select ‘AUR’ in the left pane, and then search for google-chrome’. Click ‘Apply’.
STEP 6: Google Chrome should download from the repository servers. Unfortunately, the servers aren’t super fast. So be patient, it is going to take some time.
STEP 7: Click on ‘Details’ to see the progress. After the installation is complete, you should see ‘Transaction successfully finished’. The wording sounds like some bank transaction, but don’t worry, it is a free download.
STEP 8: Close ‘Package manager’ and look for ‘Chrome’ in the start menu. Enjoy surfing!
METHOD 2: Using command-line from the Terminal
Those who would like to get the Chrome installation done from the Terminal should fire the following commands:
Step 1: Install git using the following command:
sudo pacman -S git
Step 2: Go to Arch Linux AUR page and copy the Git Clone URL.
Step 3: Enter git and paste the URL by right-clicking paste.
Step 4: Use cd commands to navigate to the “Downloads”>”google-chrome” directory.
Step 5: Build the package from the source using makepkg command:
Step 6: The package is built in the google-chrome directory with extension .tar.xz. Let’s install it using pacman.
sudo pacman -U google-chrome*.tar.xz
Congrats, Google Chrome installation is complete!