Switching between dev and beta Chrome channels on Linux

If you’re on Linux (say Ubuntu 10.04, also known as Lucid Lynx), you can switch between the developer (dev) and beta channels of Chrome like this:

Switch from Beta to Dev:
sudo apt-get install google-chrome-unstable

Switch from Dev to Beta:
sudo apt-get install google-chrome-beta

That’s easier for me than going back for the .deb file and doing something with it.

Also, if you want to check whether a new dev version of Chrome is out, you can just repeat the same command:
sudo apt-get install google-chrome-unstable

and if there’s no new version, you’ll get something like this back:

Reading package lists… Done
Building dependency tree
Reading state information… Done
google-chrome-unstable is already the newest version.
0 upgraded, 0 newly installed, 0 to remove and 0 not upgraded.

I figured I’d document this in case I needed to remember how to do it in the future. 🙂

12 Responses to Switching between dev and beta Chrome channels on Linux (Leave a comment)

  1. Only Linux?!?! Who’s up for a good operating system argument/smackdown?

  2. Instead of checking for the latest dev build by using the install command you could always just do a general system update which would pick it up anyway. Saves having to remember the commands. Or, wait for the automated system updater to install it (if you have it configured).

  3. Smart !! 🙂

  4. The above of course assumes that you already have Google Chrome installed (http://www.google.com/chrome). If you have not, then the sources will not be available and therefore you won’t be able to switch between versions.

  5. Sweet! Someone should make a Chrome Channel Changer in Linux.

  6. Awesome, this will help out, I too will bookmark the post for future reference

  7. Why isn’t there a GUI switching system for Windows for the Dev/Regular?

  8. Awesome, now you can delete that thing from the list what a man should do in his life 🙂 Congrats!

  9. I prefer to use

    sudo aptitude install google-chrome-unstable

    I’ve been using it so long that it’s purely a habit by now, but IIRC it has better dependency management than apt-get.

  10. Sweet! Someone should make a Chrome Channel Changer in Linux.

  11. Matt:
    Bookmarked this after the recent Unstable update broke scrolling up with the mouse wheel!
    A Chome channel changer sounded like such a good idea I wrote a simple bash script to get it done.
    Michael D. Healy

  12. Is it possible to make a Chrome Channel Changer in Linux? or was that comment just an impossible wish?