Install Chromium on CentOS/Red Hat (RHEL) 6.6

chromium-logoThis is huide howto install Chromium Browser on CentOS 6 / Red Hat (RHEL) 6. Move directly to Chromium install guide.

It’s true Google Says Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6 Is Obsolete and after latest update, Google Chrome won’t work anymore on CentOS 6/Red Hat (RHEL) 6. Someone might think that it’s time to change Firefox or Opera, but if you have get used to Google Chrome, then it might be hard. Currently it might be possible to compile newer GCC and get Google Chrome working on Enterprise Linux 6, but more important news is that, the Google says Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6 Is Obsolete and later Google Chrome updates might need something new dependencies what Enterprise Linux 6 doesn’t have.

One interesting thins is Google Chrome still supports example Windows XP and Ubuntu 10.04, but yes, it looks like CentOS/RHEL users have to wait CentOS 7 / Red Hat (RHEL) 7 to get Google Chrome work again.

You will get following error when you try to install Google Chrome currently on CentOS/RHEL 6:

And if you check GLIBCXX versions then you see this:

No GLIBCXX_3.4.15!

That’s why here is guide howto install Chromium Browser on CentOS/Red Hat (RHEL) 6.6/6.5/6.4/6.3/6.2/6.1/6. Yes it’s not Google Chrome, but much better choice than change to another browser if you like Google Chrome style and with Chrome plugins it’s really close original Google Chrome.

Install Chromium Browser on CentOS 6.6 / Red Hat (RHEL) 6.6

1. Change root user

2a. Install NCSU ITECS repository (64-bit only)

2b. Install/enable hughesjr Chromium EL 6 repository (32-bit and 64-bit)

Not only old version(s) available.

3. Install Chromium Browser on CentOS 6 / RHEL 6

4. Start Chromium Browser

Use Chromium Launcher from Menu:
Chromium Launcher CentOS 6

Or alternatively run command:

Chromium running on CentOS 6

Chromium Running on CentOS 6

Chromium running on CentOS 6.4 with Pepper Flash Plugin and Chrome PDF Viewer Plugin

Chromium running on CentOS 6.4 with Pepper Flash Plugin and Chrome PDF Viewer Plugin

Chromium running on CentOS 6.4 (Adobe Flash Test Page)

Chromium running on CentOS 6.4 (Adobe Flash Test Page)

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  1. Can you make a post of how to install pepper flash for this chromium browser?

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    • Hi hadrons123,

      This is good idea, I add Pepper Flash installation soon on this guide. :)

      Reply
    • Hi again hadrons123,

      Now here is guide howto install Pepper Flash plugin and Chrome PDF Viewer plugin on Chromium. Check steps 4. and 5.

      Reply
  2. I love u guys, I’ll not moving from my CentOS too soon, kkk!!!

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    • Hi redix,

      You are welcome! And thanks for sharing last google-chrome!

      Reply
  3. 2 bugs -chromium related- until now… One that says my jre, even 7u25, is obsolete. Workaround: Start chromium with: “–allow-outdated-plugins” parameter without quotes. And other that pdf plugin is crashing, here is a explanation: https://code.google.com/p/chromium/issues/detail?id=105102

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    • Hi Renatinho,

      Thanks for this info!

      Reply
  4. Hi, JR, can you make a lesson how to install latest GIMP on CentOS ?

    Best regards,
    George!

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  5. This installs in opt directory , but how do you link it with oracle’s jre, preferably latest one?

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  6. Hi JR,

    As an FYI:

    Repo russianfedora-free has a very old, non-working, version of chromium (18.0.972.0 ), which can get installed instead of chromium-el6 (28.0.1500.95) if you have used priority settings in your repo files.

    It’s best if you fix your priority setting first, as russianfedora-free pulls in two other packages that may interfere with the chromium-el6 package.

    This is what I got doing it the wrong way around:
    [root@localhost yum.repos.d]# (30786)/ KStartupInfo::createNewStartupId: creating: “localhost.localdomain;1380833683;46567;30786_TIME0″ : “unnamed app”
    kbuildsycoca4 running…

    To get the correct version installed, clear out the old:

    yum remove chromium
    yum remove v8-3.14.5.10-2.el6.x86_64
    yum remove chromium-ffmpeg-18.0.972.0-1.el6.R.x86_64

    Then add a lower “priority=NN” line to the chromium-el6.repo file in the /etc/yum.repos.d directory and:

    yum install chromium

    Running Transaction
    Installing : chromium-28.0.1500.95-213514.x86_64 1/1
    Verifying : chromium-28.0.1500.95-213514.x86_64 1/1

    Installed:
    chromium.x86_64 0:28.0.1500.95-213514

    Complete!

    Seems to work? Well, not on CentOS release 6.3 (Final):

    [michael@localhost ~]$ /opt/chromium/chrome-wrapper
    /opt/chromium/chrome: symbol lookup error: /opt/chromium/chrome: undefined symbol: _XGetRequest

    Any thoughts?

    Best,
    Michael

    PS: Thanks for all the write ups you do. I’ve used many over the years.

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  7. Hi JR,

    Can you add to this guide how to install the last working version of Chrome on CentOS 6.3 and earlier? Where to DL the older Chrome RPM, etc.

    Thanks,
    Michael

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    • Hi Michael,

      I have currently on CentOS 6.4 graphical installations where I can test this, but for me this looks to work normally. I can’t recommend you to use old chrome packages, because there is lots of security fixed release since latest working chrome version.

      Could you upgrade your system(s) to CentOS 6.4?

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  8. You can get older Chrome versions here:

    http://shersonb.net/repositories/google-chrome/

    The command to install the last v27 is:

    yum –nogpgcheck localinstall google-chrome-stable-27.0.1453.110-202711.x86_64.rpm

    > Could you upgrade your system(s) to CentOS 6.4?

    No. And why is that always the answer? Things break during upgrades, spending hours fixing, resolving broken dependencies, and recompiling working software for a version upgrade is tedious at best. Moronic in the extreme, if one only needs to have a working version of single piece of software.

    Yes, it’s Google’s lunacy in this specific case, but CentOS is fairly horrible about leaving your system trashed after an upgrade.

    Best,
    Michael

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    • Hi again Michael and thanks!

      Yes, you can run old Google-Chrome if you want to.

      And I see your point about upgrades (something like, If It Works, Don’t Fix It!), but normally RHEL/CentOS upgrades are very “stable” and only some minor changes.

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  9. Hi JR,

    Followed the directions above and it replaced my Chrome. Is that normal? It seems to work fine…thank you for guide. I am running:
    Red Hat Enterprise Linux Server release 6.4 (Santiago).

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  10. Thank you very much, it worked like a charm!

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  11. You rock guys, great post! FYI, this is all applicable to Oracle Enterprise Linux as well

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  12. I’m not sure why, however this guide doesn’t work for me, I’ve followed the instructions all the way through but flash doesn’t work. Do you have any advice on troubleshooting this?

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  13. help
    my rhel6.4, yum install chromium ,seuccess,but /usr/bin/chromium-browser %U –user-data-dir
    /usr/bin/chromium-browser: symbol lookup error: /usr/bin/chromium-browser: undefined symbol: gdk_screen_get_primary_monitor (T-T)

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  14. Same here, any idea?

    alexrl@localhost ~ $ chromium-browser
    /usr/bin/chromium-browser: symbol lookup error: /usr/bin/chromium-browser: undefined symbol: gdk_screen_get_primary_monitor
    alexrl@localhost ~ $

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