Ubuntu 12.04 Tips and Tricks

By default google-chrome will run as under the normal user. You would get following error if you run chrome as root user

Google Chrome can not be run as root.
Please start Google Chrome as a normal user.
run as root, you must specify an alternate
--user-data-dir for storage of profile information.

ubuntu chrome run as root error

To run chrome as root user follow these steps

Open /opt/google/chrome folder

open google-chrome file

ubuntu chrome run as root file location

Append last line of file with '--user-data-dir $HOME'

Actual line

exec -a "$0" "$HERE/chrome" "$@"

Appended line

exec -a "$0" "$HERE/chrome" "$@" --user-data-dir $HOME

Save and close the file

ubuntu chrome run as root modified file

Now run chrome as root user also.

ubuntu chrome running as root user