Install Google Talk Plugin on Ubuntu from Official Repository


This brief tutorial is going to show you how to install Google Talk plugin on Ubuntu 13.10, 13.04, 12.10, 12.04 from the official repository.

Google Talk is browser plugin that allows you to make a voice and video chat with your friends via your webcam and microphone connected to the computer.

To get started, press Ctrl+Alt+T to open terminal, then follow the steps below:

1.) Run this command to add the official repository:

sudo sh -c 'echo "deb stable main" >> /etc/apt/sources.list.d/google-talkplugin.list'

2.) Download and install the key:

wget -q -O - | sudo apt-key add -

3.) Update the package lists to make it available:

sudo apt-get update

4.) Finally install the plugin via Synaptic Package Manager, or by this command:

sudo apt-get install google-talkplugin

That’s it. Enjoy!

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    1. It’s a browser plugin that lets you voice and video chat with friends and family from your browser. Install this plugin and logon to Gmail with your webcam and microphone attached to your computer, then initiate a chat with a friend or family member.

  1. My ubuntu version is 13.04.I tried the above process but unable to run the application.
    I was shown the following in the terminal. Now I am unable to open the software center.

    E: Malformed line 1 in source list /etc/apt/sources.list.d/google-talkplugin.list (dist parse)
    E: The list of sources could not be read.

    1. i have the same problem with you Krishna, can somebody tell us how to solve that?

  2. Got loaded on 14.04 but it doesn’t interface with Chromium Chat Settings on older Acer One netbook. Do I have to revert to older Ubuntu?

    1. It’s a plugin for your browser. With it installed, you can log into gmail and do video & audio chat

  3. Hi,

    I finally managed to install this but now it takes forever and a day to get to my email. I disabled it in Chrome and can now get to my email. I have other devices that can use Google talk. How do I uninstall the plugin in Ubuntu? Thanks.

  4. I’ve downloaded the “google-chrome-stable_current_amd64.deb” file. Can anyone guide me how to install this in UBUNTU 12.04..

    1. First the package you downloaded is for 64-bit (amd64) system, go to Launcher -> System Settings -> Details. There you can see your OS type.

      Then, install Gdebi from Ubuntu Software Center.

      Finally, right-click on the package in file manager and select to open with Gdebi and click install.

  5. Hi
    I can’t insatll this plugin on Ubuntu 13.04 running on ODROID-U2. It says wrong archtecture when I try to install the plugin. I checked the architecture, and it is “armv71”. Has anybody encountered such problem? Please help me to solve this problem

  6. I just don’t get it, nothing works. I used google voice for two years now it says install
    all of a sudden will not install at all……I have no idea how to use your advice but tried cut and paste each of your lines and hit enter after. No difference still says it is not installed

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