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Installing Google Chrome on openSuSE 11.2

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Download the appropriate version of Google Chrome from here.


If you are unsure whether to download the 32-bit or the 64-bit version, open Terminal and type

uname -i

If it says x86_64, download the 64-bit version or the 32-bit version otherwise.

Open the Terminal and go to the folder where you’ve downloaded the rpm file and type

sudo rpm -i google-chrome-beta_current_x86_64.rpm

Enter the root password and wait until the prompt  reappears. Installation is now complete but you may need to create shortcuts on Application launcher and enable plugins in order to watch YouTube. So, read ahead.

Create a directory called plugins in /opt/google/chrome

sudo mkdir /opt/google/chrome/plugins

Create a symbolic link on this directory to the directory where the browser plugins are already installed. Note however that this process assumes that Firefox is already installed and that you’re able to watch YouTube on Firefox.

sudo ln -s /usr/lib64/browser-plugins/* /opt/google/chrome/plugins/

Note :- You may have to use lib instead of lib64 if you are running a 32-bit OS.

Create shortcuts

Right click on Application Launcher (The icon on the bottom left corner of your screen, assuming KDE is your choice of Desktop Environment) and select click on Menu Editor.

Click on the + sign next to Internet and then right-click on Web Browser, select New Item and type Chrome in the box that appears.

Enter a Name and Description as you wish and type the following on the Command text box as shown below,

/opt/google/chrome/google-chrome %U --enable-plugins

Click on the ? icon as shown in the above image to select an icon. A window as the one shown below appears

Click on other icons and click on Browse and select the icon product_logo_48.png in /opt/google/chrome/ and click on ok

Click on the Save icon on the Menu Editor main window, wait for it to save the configuration and then exit the Menu Editor.

Now you can find the application installed on Application Launcher -> Applications -> Internet -> Web Browser -> Chrome

Please leave a comment if this post was useful to you.


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  1. I’m new on OpenSUSE/Linux and every tutorial across the web I found told to copy plugins from “/usr/lib/mozilla-firefox/plugins” and I never found it. But I’m using a 64bits OS – it’s “/lib64/”!

    Man, you saved my life. Thanks!


    January 21, 2010 at 9:04 AM

  2. Another great post.
    Thanks for the tips and help.
    Everyone, bookmark this site.

    Install Software

    February 6, 2010 at 6:26 AM

  3. Google Chrome the best browser
    Thank you

    صفر واحد

    March 17, 2010 at 1:27 PM

  4. I received

    error: Failed dependencies
    lsb >= 3.2 is needed by googlechrome beta5


    May 2, 2010 at 9:43 PM

  5. Excellent guide!!! Thanks !!


    July 5, 2011 at 11:18 PM

  6. Since Chrome 13, at least the 32 bit version will no longer install
    >> cat /etc/SuSE-release
    openSUSE 11.2 (i586)
    VERSION = 11.2
    >> rpm -i google-chrome-stable_current_i386.rpm
    error: Failed dependencies:
    lsb >= 4.0 is needed by google-chrome-stable-13.0.782.107-94237.i386 is needed by google-chrome-stable-13.0.782.107-94237.i386
    >> rpm –query glibc

    Certainly, I will not fool around with glibc just to make the browser run. Chances are high that this would completely destroy the installation.

    Gernot Katzer

    August 30, 2011 at 5:52 PM

  7. thats my problem “”error while loading shared libraries: cannot open shared object file: Error 40″”


    March 20, 2012 at 3:07 AM

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