Google Chrome on RHEL, CentOS 6/7 should be easy, but!


The latest level of Google Chrome installs on RHEL 7.x but RHEL 6.x requires major effort due to the level of gcc++ libraries required by the Google Chrome install package. Google Chrome (release 43 and above) will not install on Redhat or CentOS 6.x !!

Redhat 6.x Admins have three choices –

  1. Switch to Firefox (hummm I wonder),
  2. Upgrade to RHEL 7.x,
  3. Follow these instructions –

Step 1: Add Google YUM repository

Create /etc/yum.repos.d/google-chrome.repo
[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: Test access to the latest version of Google Chrome

# yum info google-chrome-stable

Step 3: Install Google Chrome

# yum install google-chrome-stable

Step 4: Install Required Libraries

NOTE – Required forĀ RHEL / CentOS 6.x, Skip if installing on RHEL / CentOS 7.x

The following script was developed by Richard Lloyd. It gathers necessary Redhat libraries and places these libraries in the (/opt/google/chrome/lib) directory to allow Google Chrome to run.

# wget http://chrome.richardlloyd.org.uk/install_chrome.sh
# chmod u+x install_chrome.sh
# ./install_chrome.sh

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