My chromium version is 78, but the current google chrome is 85 or something. All my ubuntu machines's chromes are in the 80s.

But this is my chromium version:

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I have tried to upgrade it using apt, but I am told I am already on the latest version.

$ sudo apt-get update
$ sudo apt-get upgrade chromium-browser
chromium-browser is already the newest version (78.0.3904.108-rpt1).

Unlike Chrome, Chromium doesn't seem to have ability to update itself.

I considered downloading chrome, but there doesn't seem to be a 32 bit version.

I could download an older chromedriver, but I wanted to find out first if there is a recommended way to install a newer chromium/chrome version, or what I am overlooking.

What am I doing wrong?

  • What operating system do you use?
    – Ingo
    Commented Sep 19, 2020 at 17:29

2 Answers 2


You are most likely not doing anything wrong. Most Linux distros don't update the official Repos immediately after an update to a package comes out. Like goldilocks mentioned, Raspbian/RpiOS is derived from Debian, which is known to update the Repos a little later than other distros. If you want you could get a fresh install of Raspibian and try if you really want to make sure you haven't done anything wrong. If you want the latest version, the official Chromium website links to these scripts which you can run to get them.

  • "Most Linux distros don't..." -> Worth noting that Debian as a (de facto or de jure) policy lags behind most other distros (on the premise that this is promotes platform stability), and Raspbian/RpiOS is derived directly from it. Hence most other distros probably do have a newer Chromium.
    – goldilocks
    Commented Sep 19, 2020 at 14:52

The automatic updater is explicitly a chrome thing not available in chromium.

From the faq at https://www.chromium.org/administrators/turning-off-auto-updates/

Q: Does the open-source Chromium browser auto-update like Chrome? No. Chromium does not have its own auto-update process, so if you are deploying Chromium, do you not need to worry about turning off auto-updates.

You therefore rely on how the mechanism you installed chromium with provides updates.

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