Best Web Browsers for Ubuntu and Other Linux Distributions

What are your options when it comes to web browsers for Linux? Here are the best web browsers you can pick for Ubuntu and other Linux distros.

There is no such thing as the perfect web browser. It all depends on what you prefer and what you use it for.

But, what are your best options regarding web browsers for Linux?

In this article, I highlight the best web browsers you can pick for Ubuntu and other Linux.

We have tried and tested these browsers on Ubuntu. But, you should be able to install it on any Linux distribution of your choice.

Top Web Browsers for Linux

Illustration for web browser running in Ubuntu Linux
Illustration for web browser running in Ubuntu Linux

Every browser offers something unique. And, when it comes to the Linux platform, there are some interesting exclusive choices as well.

Before you see this list, please note that it is not a ranking list. The browser listed at number 1 should not be considered better than the ones at 2, 3 or 10.

Non-FOSS Warning! Some applications mentioned here are not open source. They are listed here because they are available on Linux and the article focuses on Linux. We have a separate dedicated list of open source web browsers as well.

1. Vivaldi

vivaldi screenshot


  • Sidebar for quick web application access
  • Calendar and Email integration
  • Unique tab management
  • Pomodoro (clock timer) feature
  • Mobile app available


  • Resource-heavy when using a variety of features
  • Not 100% open-source

Vivaldi is an impressive browser that has been getting more attention from Linux users more than ever.

While it is not 100% open-source, you can find most of its source code (except for its UI) online.

With Vivaldi 4.0 release, they have been focusing more on improving the experience for Linux users. You can set clock timers to increase your work productivity, use the built-in translation for web pages, track your calendar, add shortcuts to web applications, and multi-task at its peak with this browser.

Even though it is a fast web browser, I wouldnโ€™t bet on it as the โ€œfastestโ€ or lightest. You need a good amount of memory (RAM) to make use of all the features while you work on stuff.

Overall, it is a feature-rich web browser. So, if you need something with as many features as possible to multi-task, Vivaldi can be your choice.

How to Install Vivaldi on Linux?

Vivaldi can be easily installed on Ubuntu and Debian thanks to the .deb file it provides. There is also .rpm packages available for Fedora, Red Hat and SUSE Linux.

You can refer to our resources to install Deb files and install RPM files in case you are new to Linux.

2. Mozilla Firefox

firefox proton


  • Privacy protection
  • Not based on Chrome engine
  • Open Source
  • Firefox Account services


  • User Experience changes with major updates

Firefox is the default web browser for most Linux distributions. Hence, it is an obvious choice to start with.

In addition to being open-source, it offers some of the best privacy protection features. And, with the right settings, you can turn it into one of the most secure browsers similar to Tor Browser (which is also based on Firefox).

Not just limited to its security, but Firefox also offers useful integrated features like Pocket (to save web pages and read later), VPN, email alias, breach monitor, and more when you sign in with your Firefox account.

How to Install Firefox on Linux?

It should already come pre-installed in your Linux distribution. But, if it is not present, you can search for it in the software center or install it using the terminal with the following command:

sudo apt install firefox

3. Chromium

chromium screenshot


  • Open Source Chrome alternative
  • Similar features to Google Chrome


  • Lacks certain features that Google Chrome offers

Chromium is the open-source alternative and the base for Google Chrome and many other chrome-based browsers.

If you do not want to use Google Chrome, chromiumโ€™s your best bet to get the same experience on Linux.

Even though Google controls Chromium and has been locking down Chrome, it is a good option for Linux systems.

How to Install Chromium on Linux?

You should be able to find it easily in the software center. But, if you need help, refer to our installation guide for Chromium.

4. Google Chrome

google chrome screenshot


  • Seamless integration with Google services


  • Not open-source

Google Chrome is an excellent web browser unless you do not want to opt for a proprietary solution or products by Google.

You get all the essential features and the ability to integrate all Google services. If you prefer using Google Chrome on Android and want to sync across multiple platforms, it is an obvious choice for desktop Linux.

If you were looking for a simple and capable web browser while using Google services, Google Chrome can be a great pick.

How to Install Google Chrome on Linux?

Google Chrome offers both Deb and RPM packages to let you install on any Ubuntu-based or Fedora/openSUSE distribution.

If you need help with the installation, I should point you to our guide on installing Google Chrome on Linux.

5. Brave Browser

brave ui new


  • Privacy protection features
  • Performance


  • No account-based (cloud) sync

Brave browser is one of the most popular Linux browsers.

It is an open-source project and is based on chromium. It offers several useful privacy protection features and is known for its blazing-fast performance.

Unlike any other browser, you can get rewards even if you block advertisements on websites. The rewards you collect can only be used to give back to your favorite websites. This way, you get to block ads and also support the website.

You can expect a faster user experience with minimum resource usage.

It offers sync capabilities, but you need to have one of the connected devices, considering it lacks a cloud-based sync feature.

We also have a detailed comparison article on Brave vs Firefox, if you need to decide between the two.

How to Install Brave on Linux?

Unlike some other web browsers, you cannot directly find a package or in the software center. You need to enter some commands in the terminal to install the browser.

Fret not, you can follow our instructions to install brave browser to proceed.

6. Opera

opera screenshot


  • Free VPN in-built
  • Extra features


  • Not open source

While Opera is not the most popular choice, it is definitely a useful browser for Linux users.

It comes with a built-in VPN and adblocker. So, you should have the basic privacy protection sorted with the help of the Opera web browser.

You can quickly access popular chat messengers from the sidebar without launching a separate app or window. This is similar to Vivaldi considering the side chat messenger web apps but the user experience is significantly different.

Overall, it is a good pick if you want a free VPN as an added bonus to other essential browsing features.

It is worth noting that Opera offers a unique Opera GX browser that lets you tweak/enforce limits on system resources when using a browser along with gaming activities. This was still in development for Linux at the time of writing, if it is available by the time you read it, that could be a fantastic option!

How to Install Opera?

Opera provides Deb package for Linux. You just head to its official website to download and install it.

7. Microsoft Edge

microsoft edge on linux


  • Convenient option for Windows users who also use Linux


  • Not open-source
  • Still in Beta

Microsoft Edge has surpassed Mozilla Firefox in terms of its popularity. Not just because itโ€™s the default Windows browser, but it also offers a promising web experience while based on Chrome.

At the time of writing this article, Microsoft Edge is available as a beta release for Linux. It works fine at the moment but lacks quite a few features normally available for Windows.

Overall, you should find most of the essential features available.

If you use Windows and Linux as your desktop platforms, Microsoft Edge can come in handy as the preferred web browser.

How to install Microsoft Edge on Linux?

It is currently available through the Microsoft Insiders channel as a beta. So, this could change once the stable release is out.

For now, you can install the Deb/RPM file through the Microsoft Edge insiders web page.

You can also have a look at our how-to article on installing Microsoft Edge on Linux.

Unique Web Browsers for Linux

Most users prefer to stick with the mainstream options because of security updates and future upgrades, but there are also some different options. And, some exclusive to Linux users.

8. GNOME Web or Epiphany

gnome web


  • Minimal
  • Open Source


  • Lacks many features
  • No cross-platform support

Epiphany is the default GNOME browser and like the GNOME OS, not many people are aware of GNOMEโ€™s browser. elementary OS utilizes it as its default web browser.

It is a minimal browser that offers a clean and elegant user experience. You cannot sync your bookmarks or history, so you need to manually export them if you want to back them up or transfer to another browser.

How to Install GNOME Web?

You may find it pre-installed in some Linux distros. If not, you can check out its Flatpak package to install the latest version on any Linux distro.

9. Falkon

Falkon Browser


  • Uses lightweight QtWebEngine rendering engine


  • Lacks many features

Falkon is a QtWebEngine based browser with privacy in mind. It should be good enough for basic web browsing, but it may not be a solution for your daily driver.

It is available for Windows and Linux.

You can explore more about it and get the installation instructions in our dedicated article on Falkon browser.

10. Nyxt

nyxt browser settings


  • Highly customizable
  • Keyboard use focused


  • Suitable for certain users
  • Lack of cross-platform support

Nyxt is an interesting web browser built for power keyboard users. You can browse and navigate the web using keyboard shortcuts.

To know more about it and the installation instructions, go through our detailed article on Nyxt browser.

Wrapping Up

When it comes to Linux, you get a variety of choices available to pick. I have deliberately skipped command line based web browsers like Lynx here.

So, what would be your selection for the best web browser?

Moreover, Iโ€™d be curious to know what do you look for when installing a web browser for your system?

Feel free to share your thoughts in the comments below.

About the author
Ankush Das

Ankush Das

A passionate technophile who also happens to be a Computer Science graduate. You will usually see cats dancing to the beautiful tunes sung by him.

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