Installing Google Chrome on Debian Linux with Remote Desktop

Login as a normal user (who  as sudo rights).

Open the default Debian Iceweasle web browser and navigate to the Chrome Download site:


Click Download

Select 64bit .deb (For Debian/Ubuntu)


Click Accept and Install

This will actually download the installation file


Choose to save the file.

Open Terminal

cd ~/Downloads

sudo dpkg -i google-chrome-stable_current_amd64.deb

This will fail.. so next get the missing dependancies with:

sudo apt-get -f install

Now repeat:

sudo dpkg -i google-chrome-stable_current_amd64.deb

Chrome will now be installed (note that cannot use the browser when logged in as root??)


Install Chrome Remote Desktop on Debian

Open the Chrome browser and sign in to the account.

Add the “Chrome Remote Desktop” app into Chrome if not already installed.

Download the Chrome Remote Desktop from:

Open Terminal

cd ~/Downloads

sudo dpkg -i ~/Downloads/chrome-remote-desktop_current_amd64.deb

This will probably fail due to missing dependancies, fix with:

sudo apt-get -f install
sudo dpkg -i ~/Downloads/chrome-remote-desktop_current_amd64.deb

Next we need to create a file that defines the graphical environment. I’m using LXDE.

Create a file called .chrome-remote-desktop-session in your home directory.

cd ~
nano .chrome-remote-desktop-session

Add the following:

exec /usr/bin/startlxde

See for details of getting other desktop environment settings.

Reboot the computer.

Open the Chrome Browser a remote Desktop

Click the “My Computers” -> “Access your own computers from anywhere” -> “Get started”

Scroll down to the bottom of the page and you should see “Enable remote connections”


Click and enter the remote access PIN number.

You will now be able to access the machine from any other Chrome Remote Desktop app when signed into your Google Chrome account.


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