January 26, 2022
How to install Microsoft Edge Browser

How to Install Microsoft Edge Browser on Ubuntu 20.04

On this article we will learn how to install Microsoft Edge Browser on Ubuntu 20.04.

Introduction

Microsoft Edge browser is based on Chromium, the open-source browser engine developed by Google. Any website, web app, or web service that works in any Chromium-based browser, such as Google Chrome. Microsoft Edge is a cross-platform web browser created and developed by Microsoft. It was first released for Windows 10 and Xbox One in 2015, for Android and iOS in 2017 and for macOS in 2019 and for Linux in 2020. On this article we will learn how to install Microsoft Edge on Ubuntu 20.04.

Microsoft Edge Installation

There are two options for installing Microsoft Edge Browser on Linux, namely: via Graphical/GUI and Terminal/CLI (using command line from console). In this article we will discuss the installation in both ways.

Installing Microsoft Edge via GUI

Microsoft Edge browser installation will be started by downloading the *.deb source file from the official Microsoft webpage, extracting it and install the application. Here are the detailed steps.

1. Locate to the Microsoft Edge Download Page

We will go to the Microsoft Edge download page which are located on http://microsoft.com/en-us/edge. Just googling to make sure the URL, then select and download Edge for Linux distribution.

Microsoft Edge download page
Microsoft Edge download page

2. Accept Microsoft Edge license terms

Installing Microsoft Edge will add the Microsoft repository to our system, this condition will be automatically keep Microsoft Edge up to date.

 Microsoft Edge Linces Terms
Microsoft Edge Linces Terms

Then we will be prompted to start the download. Save the file to the default directory (/home/download/).

Starting to download the .deb file
Starting to download the .deb file

3. Double click on the installer for starting the installation

By clicking ‘Install’ button we will install Microsoft Edge.

Install Microsoft Edge version 96.0.1054.41-1
Install Microsoft Edge version 96.0.1054.41-1

4. Open Microsoft Edge

Installing Microsoft Edge via Console

For some people, using the command line to install an application in a Linux environment is preferable to using a GUI. In this section, we will show you how to install Edge using the command line.

1. install Microsoft Edge Dependencies Packages

We will install the dependencies package by running the following command :

$ sudo apt install wget software-properties-common apt-transport-https

2. Add Microsoft GPG key to authenticate Microsoft Edge

Then we will add Microsoft GPG Key

$ curl https://packages.microsoft.com/keys/microsoft.asc | gpg --dearmor > microsoft.gpg

3. Adding Microsoft Edge Repository

Adding Microsoft Edge repository to the system, by typing command line :

$ sudo sh -c 'echo "deb [arch=amd64] https://packages.microsoft.com/repos/edge stable main" > /etc/apt/sources.list.d/microsoft-edge-dev.list'

4. Update System

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

$ sudo apt update

5. Install Microsoft Edge

We will install the latest stbale of Microsoft Edge, by typing command line :

$ sudo apt install microsoft-edge-stable

The output will be as follow :

rapik@worker2:~$ sudo apt install microsoft-edge-stable
Reading package lists... Done
Building dependency tree       
Reading state information... Done
The following packages were automatically installed and are no longer required:
  gimp-data kodi-inputstream-adaptive kodi-inputstream-rtmp kodi-peripheral-joystick libamd2 libaom2 libass9 libbabl-0.1-0
  libcamd2 libccolamd2 libcdio19 libcec4 libcholmod3 libcrossguid0 libdav1d5 libde265-0 libfstrcmp0 libgegl-0.4-0
  libgegl-common libgimp2.0 libheif1 libiso9660-11 libmariadb3 libmetis5 libmicrohttpd12 libmng2 libmypaint-1.5-1
  libmypaint-common libp8-platform2 libpcrecpp0v5 libsdl2-2.0-0 libshairplay0 libtinyxml2.6.2v5 libudfread0 libumfpack5
  libva-wayland2 libwayland-client++0 libwayland-cursor++0 libwayland-egl++0 libx265-192 linux-headers-5.4.0-26
  linux-headers-5.4.0-26-generic linux-image-5.4.0-26-generic linux-modules-5.4.0-26-generic
  linux-modules-extra-5.4.0-26-generic mariadb-common python3-bluez python3-pycryptodome
Use 'sudo apt autoremove' to remove them.
The following NEW packages will be installed:
  microsoft-edge-stable
0 upgraded, 1 newly installed, 0 to remove and 350 not upgraded.
Need to get 119 MB of archives.
After this operation, 393 MB of additional disk space will be used.
Get:1 https://packages.microsoft.com/repos/edge stable/main amd64 microsoft-edge-stable amd64 96.0.1054.41-1 [119 MB]
Fetched 119 MB in 58s (2,045 kB/s)                                                                                           
Selecting previously unselected package microsoft-edge-stable.
(Reading database ... 227393 files and directories currently installed.)
Preparing to unpack .../microsoft-edge-stable_96.0.1054.41-1_amd64.deb ...
Unpacking microsoft-edge-stable (96.0.1054.41-1) ...
Setting up microsoft-edge-stable (96.0.1054.41-1) ...
update-alternatives: using /usr/bin/microsoft-edge-stable to provide /usr/bin/x-www-browser (x-www-browser) in auto mode
update-alternatives: using /usr/bin/microsoft-edge-stable to provide /usr/bin/gnome-www-browser (gnome-www-browser) in auto mo
de
update-alternatives: using /usr/bin/microsoft-edge-stable to provide /usr/bin/microsoft-edge (microsoft-edge) in auto mode
Processing triggers for mime-support (3.64ubuntu1) ...
Processing triggers for gnome-menus (3.36.0-1ubuntu1) ...
Processing triggers for man-db (2.9.1-1) ...
Processing triggers for desktop-file-utils (0.24-1ubuntu2) ...
Install Microsoft Edge Stable  on Ubuntu 20.04 via CLI
Install Microsoft Edge Stable on Ubuntu 20.04 via CLI

6. Launch Microsoft Edge

By using Ubuntu Software launcher, we will start the Edge Browser.

Microsoft Edge web browser for the first time launch
Microsoft Edge web browser for the first time launch

Conclusion

We have shown you how to install Microsoft Edge web browser on Ubuntu 20.04. There are two options to install Edge browser, namely : via GUI and CLI. I hope this article can be useful for any one who need it.

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