How to install Google Chrome on MX Linux

MX Linux is a Debian-based Linux distro and uses the Xfce desktop environment. The distro is popular mainly due to its MX Tools utility, which is a compilation of several GUI-based tools that come in handy to get things done or even for fixing issues quickly. It ships with Firefox as the default web browser. This beginner's guide shows how to install the Google Chrome Browser by GUI and command-line ways.

Compared to other popular Linux distros like Linux Mint, Manjaro, or elementary OS, MX Linux is a relatively new distro that has caught on in recent times, thanks to its medium-sized footprint and easy-to-configure options, and high stability.

If you have recently migrated to MX Linux from Windows or other Linux distros and are looking for a way to download and install Google Chrome on your system, then this guide is for you.

MX Linux, based on Debian stable, includes some core components of antiX, another Debian-based Linux distro. It was initially started as a collaboration of the antiX and the MEPIS communities. The latest release of MX Linux, MX 19.1, which released in February 2020, is based on Debian 10.3 Buster.

Installing Google Chrome on MX Linux

Firefox is the default browser that comes bundled with MX Linux. If you are like us, Google Chrome would be your one and only one choice of browser, and you are ready to do whatever it takes to get your favorite browser on your newly installed Linux distro.

Don’t worry; you don’t have to struggle hard to get Google Chrome on MX Linux. Here is a beginner’s guide on how to install Google Chrome from MX Linux Package Installer as well as the Command-Line.

Method 1: Using the MX Linux Package Installer

  1. Click on the MX Linux logo in the bottom left corner of your desktop and select ‘MX Linux Package Installer’ from the  Start Menu or the Xfce Menu. MX Linux uses the Xfce, a popular desktop environment that is lightning fast.

MX Linux Desktop Menu

2. Root access is required to install any packages in MX Linux. So go ahead and enter your root password.

3. Next, you should see the MX Package Installer console. When the MX Package Installer window opens up, you should be on the ‘Popular Applications’ tab. Expand the Browser menu and select ‘Google Chrome’ as shown in the screenshot. Click the ‘Install’ button. Click ‘OK’ on the ‘Processing, finished successfully’ dialog and close the installer.

MX Linux Package-Installer

MX Linux Google Chrome Installation

That was super easy, wasn’t it?

Method 2: Using command-lines from the Terminal

For those of you who prefer the Shell to the GUI, here are some quick steps on how to install Chrome using the Command-Line.

  1. Open the Xfce terminal from the Start Menu of MX Linux.

Xfce Terminal in MX Linux

2. Update the repositories and upgrade MX Linux so that your OS is up to date with all the latest stability updates and fixes.

sudo apt update
sudo apt upgrade

3. Download the latest release of Google Chrome for Linux. This is a Debian file, and it works on MX Linux because MX Linux is derived from Debian.


4. Run the downloaded Debian file using the following command.

sudo dpkg -i google-chrome-stable_current_amd64.deb

install chrome in Mx Linux terminal
Install Google Chrome in Xfce Terminal

Add Google Chrome to Desktop, Panel, or Favorites

After you are done installing Google Chrome, open the Start Menu and search for Chrome. The Xfce desktop environment has many user-friendly features, such as adding your favorite apps as shortcuts to the Desktop, Favorites in the Start Menu, or the Panel.

Just right-click on Chrome in the start menu and choose one of the following: Add to Desktop, Add to Panel, or Add to Favorites.

Install Google Chrome in MX Linux
Add Chrome to Desktop, Favorites, or Panel

The Xfce Panel is a highly productive taskbar of the Xfce desktop environment. Any apps that you add to the Panel can be opened with a single click, and you can organize your work life with all related apps in one place.


So, you now have Google Chrome browser on your freshly updated MX Linux and also have a shortcut to increase your productivity. Enjoy the Linux desktop experience and swing by our site to keep up on the latest buzz from the Linux universe.

Divya Kiran Kumar
I'm the Editor of FOSS Linux. I worked as a Software Engineer before taking up blogging as my full-time job. I enjoy using Linux, and can't imagine anything else for my PC. Apart from writing for FOSS Linux, I enjoy reading non-fictional books. Sapiens was my favorite last read. I hope you enjoy reading and using this blog to enhance your Linux experience! Have a great day ahead!


  1. I thougt you FOSS Linux and Chrome a non foss software. You lie about who you are, you are not foss user you just use computer and software.

  2. thank you for providing such useful information. I have an old computer on which i am using 32 bit MX Linux can you please guide me if the second method will work on my 32bit MX linux or i need to download 32bit version of chrome? if so then plz give me cmds for that as well.

    Thank you

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