December 3, 2021
How to install Chromium web browser on ubuntu 20.04

How To Install Chromium Web Browser On Ubuntu 20.04 LTS

On this tutorial, we will learn how to install Chromium web browser on Ubuntu deskotp 20.04 LTS operating system.

Introduction

Chromium is a free and open-source codebase for a web browser, principally developed and maintained by Google. Google uses the code to make its Chrome web browser, which has additional features. There is no “stable” Chromium version available for download unlike other web browsers. A stable version has to be compiled or downloaded from a third-party. On this article we will learn how to install Chromium on Ubuntu operatings system.

There are various methods to install Chromium web browser, on this article will only cover the Chromium installation in two options:

  1. Using Ubuntu repository
  2. Using snap

Installing Chromium Browser On Ubuntu 20.04

1. Install Chromium Using Ubuntu Repository

On this option we will install Chromium based on Ubuntu 20.04 repository, here are the steps:

1.1 Update Ubuntu 20.04 LTS System

By updating our system, it will refresh the local list of available packages software to the newer stable version. To update Ubuntu 20.04 system repositories, we will use the command line: sudo apt update.

mpik@worker1:~$ sudo apt update
[sudo] password for mpik: 
Hit:1 http://us.archive.ubuntu.com/ubuntu focal InRelease                                
Get:2 http://us.archive.ubuntu.com/ubuntu focal-updates InRelease [114 kB] 
Get:3 http://security.ubuntu.com/ubuntu focal-security InRelease [114 kB]
Get:4 http://us.archive.ubuntu.com/ubuntu focal-backports InRelease [101 kB]
...

1.2 Install Chromium we browser

After updating Ubuntu system is done, then we will submit the command line to install Chromium web browser : sudo apt install --assume-yes chromium-browser.

mpik@worker1:~$ sudo apt install --assume-yes chromium-browser
Reading package lists... Done
Building dependency tree       
Reading state information... Done
The following packages were automatically installed and are no longer required:
  chromium-bsu-data fonts-uralic libalut0 libglc0 libglewmx1.13 libopenal-data libopenal1 libsdl2-2.0-0
  libsdl2-image-2.0-0 libsndio7.0
Use 'sudo apt autoremove' to remove them.
The following NEW packages will be installed:
  chromium-browser
0 upgraded, 1 newly installed, 0 to remove and 530 not upgraded.
Need to get 48.3 kB of archives.
After this operation, 164 kB of additional disk space will be used.
Get:1 http://us.archive.ubuntu.com/ubuntu focal-updates/universe amd64 chromium-browser amd64 1:85.0.4183.83-0ubuntu0.20.04.2 [48.3 kB]
Fetched 48.3 kB in 2s (24.7 kB/s)           
Preconfiguring packages ...
Selecting previously unselected package chromium-browser.
(Reading database ... 181020 files and directories currently installed.)
Preparing to unpack .../chromium-browser_1%3a85.0.4183.83-0ubuntu0.20.04.2_amd64.deb ...
=> Installing the chromium snap
==> Checking connectivity with the snap store
==> Installing the chromium snap
snap "chromium" is already installed, see 'snap help refresh'
=> Snap installation complete
Unpacking chromium-browser (1:85.0.4183.83-0ubuntu0.20.04.2) ...
Setting up chromium-browser (1:85.0.4183.83-0ubuntu0.20.04.2) ...
Processing triggers for mime-support (3.64ubuntu1) ...
Processing triggers for hicolor-icon-theme (0.17-2) ...
Processing triggers for gnome-menus (3.36.0-1ubuntu1) ...
Processing triggers for desktop-file-utils (0.24-1ubuntu2) ...

1.3 Verify Chromium web browser version

After the installation was completed done, then we will verify its version by submitting command line : chromium-browser --version.

mpik@worker1:~$ chromium-browser --version
Chromium 94.0.4606.81 snap

1.4 Running Chromium web browser

There are two options in calling Chromium web browser, namely : by calling via command line and via Ubuntu Software Center.

  1. Calling from command line, by typing command line via terminal : chromium-browser.
Chromium web browser | texting chromium-browser
Chromium web browser

2. Searching from Ubuntu Software Center :

2. Install Chromium web browser using Snap

After updating Ubuntu system, then we also run the Chromium web browser via snap, by typing command line : sudo snap install chromium.

mpik@worker1:~$ sudo snap install chromium
chromium 94.0.4606.81 from Canonical✓ installed

Then we query its version to verify Chromium web browser installation by typing command line :

mpik@worker1:~$ chromium --version
Chromium 94.0.4606.81 snap

After all are set, then we will call the Chromium web browser and starting to surf the internet.

How to install Chromium web browser on Ubuntu 20.04

Conclusion

On this article we have shown how to install Chromium web browser version 94.0 on Ubuntu 20.04 LTS Operating system by using APT repository and snap.

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