When you want to test different browsers and features may find it useful to install additional web browsers on Ubuntu. This brief tutorial shows you how to install Google Chrome, Opera, Chromium and Vivaldi web browsers on Ubuntu 16.04 / 17.04 | 17.10 easily from their official repositories.
When you install a package from its official repository on Ubuntu, you’ll get newer versions of the package together with the regular system updates or upgrades. So, installing package repositories on Ubuntu is recommended.
As you may already know by now, Ubuntu comes with Firefox as its default web browser. It is the only web browser installed by default. But it doesn’t have to be that way.
If you like Google Chrome or Opera or other browsers, you can easily install them and carry your favorite browsers with you across platforms. So, continue below to learn how to install Google Chrome, Opera and Chromium and others.
Installing Google Chrome
Here’s something that you probably also know.. you can easily any of the browsers below from their download pages on the web. No need to add repositories or anything like that.
But when you install the repository, you also get newer releases when they become available everytime you update your desktop. So enabling system repositories is great.
Run the commands below to install Google Chrome on Ubuntu
sudo sh -c 'echo "deb [arch=i386,amd64] http://dl.google.com/linux/chrome/deb/ stable main" >> /etc/apt/sources.list.d/google-chrome.list' wget -q -O - https://dl-ssl.google.com/linux/linux_signing_key.pub | sudo apt-key add - sudo apt update sudo apt install google-chrome-stable
Installing Opera Web Browser
To install Opera web browser, run the commands below
sudo sh -c 'echo "deb [arch=i386,amd64] https://deb.opera.com/opera-stable/ stable non-free" >> /etc/apt/sources.list.d/opera.list' wget -qO- https://deb.opera.com/archive.key | sudo apt-key add - sudo apt update sudo apt install opera-stable
When asked whether to install a new repository for Opera, choose No. You already added one above and don’t want a duplicate.
Chromium is an open source version of Google Chrome.. you can install it simply by running the commands below.. no repository to add or anything like that.
sudo apt install chromium-browser
To install Vivaldi run the commands below
sudo sh -c 'echo "deb [arch=i386,amd64] http://repo.vivaldi.com/stable/deb/ stable main" >> /etc/apt/sources.list.d/vivaldi.list' wget -O - http://repo.vivaldi.com/stable/linux_signing_key.pub | sudo apt-key add - sudo apt update sudo apt install vivaldi-stable
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