Install Google Chrome on OpenSUSE

In this guide, we will have a look at how to install Google Chrome on openSUSE.


To perform the steps that are demonstrated in this guide, you need to prepare the following components:

Google Chrome on OpenSUSE

Chrome is currently the most popular cross-platform web browser by Google. Most of Chrome’s source code comes from Chromium, an open-source project. However, Chrome is licensed as proprietary freeware. It’s available for all major platforms including Windows, Linux, macOS, and others.

For openSUSE, Google offers a dedicated repo for an easier management of Chrome installations. The repo is compatible with both openSUSE Leap and Tumbleweed. However, it’s possible to manually install Chrome from the official RPM package.

Installing Chrome from the Chrome Repo

This is the recommended way of installing and managing the Chrome installations on openSUSE.

Updating OpenSUSE

First, make sure that openSUSE is update-to-date:

$ sudo zypper ref

$ sudo zypper up

Importing the GPG Key of the Chrome Repo

GPG is a complete and free implementation of the OpenPGP standard. It can encrypt the data transmission between parties. It can also be used to verify the origin of the data.

For any repo, zypper looks for the associated public GPG key to verify the downloaded files. To verify the downloaded files from the Chrome repo, we need to add its public key to the keyring:

$ sudo rpm --import

Adding the Chrome Repo

Add the Chrome repo using the following command:

$ sudo zypper addrepo Google-Chrome

Once the repo is added, refresh the zypper repo cache using the following command:

$ sudo zypper ref -f

If the operation is successful, it should appear on the list of repos:

$ zypper repos

Installing Google Chrome

There are three branches of Chrome that are available from the official repo:

  • stable: google-chrome-stable
  • beta: google-chrome-beta
  • unstable: google-chrome-unstable

For most users, the stable release is recommended. The beta and unstable branches are intended for advanced users and developers for testing and debugging purposes.

To install Chrome, use the following command:

$ sudo zypper install google-chrome-stable

$ sudo zypper install google-chrome-beta

$ sudo zypper install google-chrome-unstable

All three branches can be installed and utilized simultaneously. But this method is not recommended unless you need to.

Launching Chrome

A shortcut for Chrome should be automatically added to the menu of the desktop environment. Alternatively, we can launch Chrome from the command line:

$ google-chrome-stable

$ google-chrome-beta

$ google-chrome-unstable

Uninstalling Chrome

To uninstall Chrome, run the appropriate command(s):

$ sudo zypper remove google-chrome-stable

$ sudo zypper remove google-chrome-beta

$ sudo zypper remove google-chrome-unstable

To remove all the Chrome installations at once, use the following command instead:

$ sudo zypper remove google-chrome-*

Installing Chrome as Flatpak

Flatpaks are universal Linux packages that can be installed and used on any supported Linux distro. Besides the official repo, Chrome is also available as a flatpak. Learn more about Flatpak.

Installing Flatpak

To install any flatpak, we need the Flatpak tool first. It’s available from the default package repos for both openSUSE Leap and Tumbleweed:

$ sudo zypper install flatpak

Next, enable the Flathub repo:

$ sudo flatpak remote-add --if-not-exists flathub

Installing Chrome Flatpak

The system is now ready to download and install the flatpak packages. To install the Chrome flatpak, run the following command:

$ sudo flatpak install flathub

Uninstalling Chrome Flatpak

The following command uninstalls the Chrome flatpak from the system:

$ sudo flatpak uninstall

To uninstall Chrome with all its user data, use the following command instead:

$ sudo flatpak uninstall --delete-data

The Chromium Browser

The Chromium browser is an open-source alternative to Chrome. It’s built directly from the source code with no proprietary components. Because of the licensing flexibility, most Linux distros (including openSUSE) offer prebuilt Chrome binaries.

Installing Chromium from the OpenSUSE Repo

Installing the Chromium Browser

The Chromium browser is directly available from the default openSUSE package repos:

$ zypper search chromium

To install the browser, run the following command:

$ sudo zypper install chromium

It should appear on the apps menu. Alternatively, use the following command to launch the browser:

$ chromium

Uninstalling the Chromium Browser

To uninstall the Chromium browser, use the following command:

$ sudo zypper remove chromium

Installing Chromium as Flatpak

Similar to Chrome, Chromium is also available as a flatpak. To install, run the following command:

$ sudo flatpak install flathub org.chromium.Chromium

To uninstall, use the following command:

$ sudo flatpak uninstall org.chromium.Chromium

To uninstall and remove the user data, use this command instead:

$ sudo flatpak uninstall --delete-data org.chromium.Chromium

Other Chromium-Based Browsers

Besides Chrome, there are various other Chromium-based browsers, each offering different feature sets. Some are geared towards privacy, some offers various additional features, and so on. Here’s a short list of other Chromium-based browsers that you can try out:

  • Brave: A feature-rich browser with a focus on privacy.
  • ungoogled-chromium: A Chromium fork with numerous tweaks to improve privacy.
  • Colibri: A simple, fast, and efficient browser without tabs.


We explored the various ways of installing Google Chrome on openSUSE. The methods described are applicable to openSUSE Leap and Tumbleweed. We also demonstrated how to install and manage Chromium, the open-source alternative to Chrome.

Both Chrome and Chromium come with tons of built-in features. For example: developer tools, trusted sites, website blocking, and more. If you’re concerned about privacy, check out the Tor browser.

About the author

Sidratul Muntaha

Student of CSE. I love Linux and playing with tech and gadgets. I use both Ubuntu and Linux Mint.