This brief tutorial shows students and new users how to install the new Microsoft Edge browser for Linux on Ubuntu 20.08 | 18.04.
The new Microsoft Edge browser has adopted the Chromium open source project code base and offers better web compatibility and performance over the legacy edge.
Edge browser is a cross-platform which supports all of Windows, MacOS and Linux systems. If you’re currently using Edge and want to learn how to install the new Edge in Ubuntu, the steps below should show you how to do it.
For those who can’t wait for the preview version of Edge (beta) which will be releases in about 6 weeks from today, or the stable version for release next year, they can install it from the dev branch.
The dev channel offers the latest builds available for Linux, but not a stable preview or beta version that’s more polished for general testing.
Microsoft promised to bring Edge to Linux so it can be used across every major platform, including Windows, macOS, iOS, Android, and Linux.
Edge will be available in traditional Linux package formats (.rpm, .deb) and will support a wide range of distros, Ubuntu included.
Install Edge on Ubuntu
To get the latest dev version of Edge on Ubuntu, simply go to the link below and download the .deb package for Ubuntu.
Then select the Dev branch. If the Beta channel is available, choose that version instead.
When prompted what to do with the file, choose to Save File.
After downloading the file, (most likely) in your downloads folder, browse to folder, then right-click the downloaded file and choose to Open With Software Install.
That should take you to the software install page for Edge package. When you click Install button, it should prompt you to enter your password to continue the installation.
Once done, you should be able to go to the Activities dashboard and search for Edge and launch.
Install Microsoft Edge via Command line
Another way to install Microsoft Edge is via the command line terminal. This method uses the command line works for those who are comfortable using Linux terminal.
To install Edge this way, run the commands below to dependencies for Edge repository and packages.
sudo apt update sudo apt install software-properties-common apt-transport-https wget
Next, install Microsoft GPG key by running the commands below:
wget -q https://packages.microsoft.com/keys/microsoft.asc -O- | sudo apt-key add -
After that, add Microsoft Edge repository file in Ubuntu using the commands below:
sudo add-apt-repository "deb [arch=amd64] https://packages.microsoft.com/repos/edge stable main"
Finally, run the commands below to install Microsoft Edge browser.
sudo apt install microsoft-edge-dev
That’s it! Two methods above showed you how to install the new Microsoft Edge on Ubuntu. You can choose either one to get Edge in Ubuntu!
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