Ubuntu – 16.04 – Google Chrome not starting


I just installed 16.04 yesterday, and tried installing Google Chrome. I downloaded the .deb from Google, opened it with Software Installer and installed it. So far, so good.

However, when I try to open Chrome from the Launcher, the Chrome icon pops up in the Unity sidebar but no window opens. When I right click the Chrome icon and select "New Window", the Chrome icon disappears in 5 seconds.

Has anyone else faced this on 16.04?

EDIT: When I try to run google-chrome here's the output

~$ google-chrome
/usr/bin/google-chrome: line 55: /opt/google/chrome/chrome: cannot execute binary file: Exec format error
/usr/bin/google-chrome: line 55: /opt/google/chrome/chrome: Success
~$ google-chrome-stable
/usr/bin/google-chrome-stable: line 55: /opt/google/chrome/chrome: cannot execute binary file: Exec format error
/usr/bin/google-chrome-stable: line 55: /opt/google/chrome/chrome: Success

Best Answer

Comments on the question show that, at least in the case of Tejas Srinivasan (who posted the question), the problem was that Google Chrome was the 64-bit version, but the 32-bit version of Ubuntu had been installed accidentally, rather than the 64-bit version as had been intended. A 32-bit OS cannot run 64-bit programs. Installing the 64-bit version of Ubuntu instead solved the problem.

My googling suggests that the bitness of your Google Chrome may not match the bitness of your Ubuntu. Can you tell us if which of the 32-bit or 64-bit versions of Chrome and Ubuntu have you installed?

edwinksl Aug 1 '16 at 9:48

Yep, that's what the problem was - I'd accidentally installed the 32-bit version of Ubuntu. I did an uninstall and re-installed the 64-bit version. Thanks!

Tejas Srinivasan Aug 2 '16 at 3:27