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Using Chrome in Kicksecure.


Chrome is non-freedom software!

See Avoid non-freedom software.

Documentation for this is incomplete. Contributions are happily considered! See this for potential alternatives.


These instructions are cumbersome due to Google Chrome Repository Insecurity.

(Based on Linux Software instructions.)

Signing Key Installation[edit]

  • Digital signatures: A tool enhancing download security. Commonly used across the internet.
  • Learn more: Curious? Learn more about digital software signatures.
  • Optional: Digital signatures are optional. If you've never used them before, there might be no need to start now.
  • No worries: New to digital software signatures? It's okay, no need to worry.
  • Not a requirement: Not mandatory for using Kicksecure, but an extra security measure for advanced users.

Download the signing key.


View OpenPGP key information.

gpg --keyid-format long --import --import-options show-only --with-fingerprint

pub   dsa1024/A040830F7FAC5991 2007-03-08 [SC]
      Key fingerprint = 4CCA 1EAF 950C EE4A B839  76DC A040 830F 7FAC 5991
uid                            Google, Inc. Linux Package Signing Key <>
sub   elg2048/4F30B6B4C07CB649 2007-03-08 [E]

gpg: key 7721F63BD38B4796: 2 signatures not checked due to missing keys
pub   rsa4096/7721F63BD38B4796 2016-04-12 [SC]
      Key fingerprint = EB4C 1BFD 4F04 2F6D DDCC  EC91 7721 F63B D38B 4796
uid                            Google Inc. (Linux Packages Signing Authority) <>
sub   rsa4096/78BD65473CB3BD13 2019-07-22 [S] [expires: 2022-07-21]

Convert assci armored to gpg keyring format [1]

gpg --no-default-keyring --keyring --import


Create keyring with the RSA 4096 signing key only.

gpg --no-default-keyring --keyring --armor --export "EB4C 1BFD 4F04 2F6D DDCC EC91 7721 F63B D38B 4796" | gpg --dearmor --no-options --no-default-keyring > google.gpg

Install the Google RSA 4096 APT signing key.

sudo cp google.gpg /usr/share/keyrings/google.gpg

Avoid Google Chrome Automatic Repository Configuration[edit]

Due to Google Chrome Repository Insecurity.

Create file /etc/default/google-chrome to avoid Google Chrome Automatic Repository Configuration. [3]

Note: this will only work if Google Chrome Repository hasn't been previously added.

sudo touch /etc/default/google-chrome

Repository Installation[edit]

Open file /etc/apt/sources.list.d/google-chrome.list in an editor with root rights.


This box uses sudoedit for better security.

Kicksecure for Qubes

NOTE: When using Kicksecure-Qubes, this needs to be done inside the Template.

Others and Alternatives

  • This is just an example. Other tools could achieve the same goal.
  • If this example does not work for you or if you are not using Kicksecure, please refer to this link.

sudoedit /etc/apt/sources.list.d/google-chrome.list


deb [arch=amd64] [signed-by=/usr/share/keyrings/google.gpg] stable main


Package Installation[edit]

Pick a package version.

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

Example below installs google-chrome-stable.

Install google-chrome-stable. To accomplish that, the following steps A. to D. need to be done.

A. Update the package lists.

sudo apt update

B. Upgrade the system.

sudo apt full-upgrade

C. Install the google-chrome-stable package.

Using apt command line parameter --no-install-recommends is in most cases optional.

sudo apt install --no-install-recommends google-chrome-stable

D. Done.

The procedure of installing google-chrome-stable is complete.






  1. Because in next step, gpg can only work with keyrings. Not with assci armored public key files. This is to import only the newer signing key. Avoiding to import the insecure legacy DSA 1024 signing key.
  2. gpg --no-default-keyring --keyring --armor --export "EB4C 1BFD 4F04 2F6D DDCC EC91 7721 F63B D38B 4796" | gpg --import
    gpg: key 7721F63BD38B4796: 2 signatures not checked due to missing keys
    gpg: key 7721F63BD38B4796: public key "Google Inc. (Linux Packages Signing Authority) <>" imported
    gpg: Total number processed: 1
    gpg:               imported: 1
    gpg: no ultimately trusted keys found
  3. Note: Installing Google Chrome will add the Google repository so your system will automatically keep Google Chrome up to date. If you don’t want Google's repository, do “sudo touch /etc/default/google-chrome” before installing the package.

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