Ubuntu: How can I install Google Hangout?


I just started running Ubuntu 14.04 (32-bit). I logged into Google+ and went to there page to download the Hangout plug-in. It would download, but any time I tried to open the installer with the Ubuntu Software Center, I would just take me to the home page and won't install anything. Any suggestions?


Just press Ctrl+Alt+T on your keyboard to open Terminal. When it opens, run the command(s) below:

wget -q -O - https://dl-ssl.google.com/linux/linux_signing_key.pub | sudo apt-key add -  sudo sh -c 'echo "deb http://dl.google.com/linux/talkplugin/deb/ stable main" >> /etc/apt/sources.list.d/google.list'  sudo apt-get update  sudo apt-get install google-talkplugin   



There is an amazing chrome extension here. Try using that. Works much like an app.


Google hangout installer file is downloaded as a .deb file.

Install the file with following command:

sudo dpkg -i [Folder]/[filename.deb]  

Or install with gdebi installer

install the Gdebi installer as

sudo apt-get install gdebi  

Then Right click on the file and select Open with Gdebi Installer. Then Click on Install.


Open a terminal, visit the directory where your downloaded file has been placed, and type:

sudo dpkg -i <filename>.deb  


I'm using Chromium, but this should work for Chrome as well.

Step 1: Install the Hangouts extension. This will automatically enable Chrome/Chromium to run in the background, along with the Hangouts app. You'll see both their icons on the taskbar above.

Step 2: Download the Hangouts plugin (I don't know if this is necessary, I just did it anyway). Double click the downloaded file, and click 'Install' when Ubuntu Software Center pops up.

Step 3: Search "startup applications" in the dash, and click 'Add' in the window that pops up.

Step 4: Give it any name you like, for eg. 'chrome-startup'. In the command field, type the following:

if you use Chrome:

/opt/google/chrome/google-chrome --no-startup-window

if you use Chromium:

/usr/bin/chromium-browser --no-startup-window

Click Save.

Now whenever you login to your system, Chrome will start in the background, and along with it, the Hangouts app. Also, the Hangouts app won't close even if you close the browser.

Hope this helped :)

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