How to Install Chromium Browser in Ubuntu Linux

This article demonstrates several ways of installing Chromium browser in Ubuntu and other Linux distributions.

Chromium is an open-source browser project that sits at the foundation of Google Chrome. It is maintained by The Chromium Projects, along with Chromium OS.

You can install Google Chrome in Ubuntu easily but if you want to use the open source version of Chrome (i.e. Chromium), then you are at the right place.

In this article, I’ll be covering information about Chromium, how you can install Chromium in Ubuntu and other Linux distributions, as well as how to install the Beta and Dev versions of Chromium.

Installing Chromium in Ubuntu

There are various ways you can install Chromium on your Linux machine.

If you are okay with using commands, you can simply type this in the terminal:

sudo apt install -y chromium-browser

If you are not comfortable with terminal, don’t worry. In Ubuntu (as well as in other distributions), you can find Chromium in the Software Center. Open up Software Center and search for Chromium:

Ubuntu Software Center Chromium
Ubuntu Software Center Chromium

Click on the entry and then on Install:

Ubuntu Software Center Install Chromium
Ubuntu Software Center Install Chromium

You can now open Chromium by searching for it in the Applications menu:

Ubuntu Applications Chromium
Ubuntu Applications Chromium

or by opening up a terminal and typing in:

chromium

You can uninstall the app in Ubuntu the same way you installed it (from the Software Center).

However, you may not get the latest version through the software center, if you want that, you can follow any of the methods below.

Install Chromium using Snap

You can use install the snap version of Chromium on any distribution using:

sudo snap install chromium

You can uninstall this version with:

sudo snap remove chromium
Bonus Tip: Install codecs in Chromium browser

If you installed Chromium using the package manager (or the PPA), you can install/update the non-proprietary media codecs using:

sudo apt install -y chromium-codecs-ffmpeg

If you want to add the proprietary media codecs:

sudo apt install -y chromium-codecs-ffmpeg-extra

Additionally, on Arch, you can install chromium-widevine from the user repositories. This will allow you to stream Netflix in Linux, for example.

Installing Chromium Beta & Dev Channels

Dev and Beta builds of Chromium enable you to access several experimental features that are not available in the stable version. Some enthusiastic users or developers try these unstable channels from time to time.

You can install the beta and dev version of Chromium using an unofficial PPA.

Note: Your install of stable Chromium browser will be overridden by the unstable version.

Install Chromium Beta channel in Ubuntu

Use the following commands to install Chromium Beta:

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:saiarcot895/chromium-beta
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install chromium-browser

To remove this (unstable) version, use:

sudo apt remove -y chromium*
sudo ppa-purge ppa:saiarcot895/chromium-beta

Install Chromium Dev channel in Ubuntu

Enter the following in the terminal to install Chromium Dev:

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:saiarcot895/chromium-dev
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install chromium-browser

As before, to remove this unstable version, use:

sudo apt remove -y chromium*
sudo ppa-purge ppa:saiarcot895/chromium-dev

Install Chromium via Flathub

If you need the latest stable version and you prefer using Flatpak, you can choose to install the Flatpak package.

Chromium is available as a Flatpak package on Flathub but the only problem is — you need to have Flatpak 1.8.2 installed to be able to install Chromium.

You can check your installed version by typing in:

flatpak --version

If you have anything below 1.8.2, you need to upgrade Flatpak installed on your system. You can easily do that using the following commands below:

Note: This will upgrade your Flatpak to the latest pre-release version (proceed at your own risk):

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:alexlarsson/flatpak
sudo apt update
sudo apt upgrade

Once you’re done upgrading, you can simply install Chromium using the command:

flatpak install flathub org.chromium.Chromium

Wrapping Up

In this article, I’ve covered some features of Chromium and the various methods you can install it on Ubuntu and other Linux distributions, even covering Beta and Dev releases.

I also recommend mastering Chromium keyboard shortcuts to use it more efficiently.

Thanks for reading our article. We hoped that you learned something new while reading it. As always, we are eager to hear your questions and suggestions in the comments!

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  • if install chromium via terminal with sudo apt install -y chromium-browser, how to update it when new version released?

    • I also want the NON-snap ubuntu repository version of chromium but the apt install command now (ubuntu 20.04 LTS) just installs the snap version which does not work for me anyway.
      ie it runs but but then I cannot install the companion to the VideoDownloadHelper (or rather I can install it but it is not found so I cannot use it properly – it all works fine in firefox and worked perfectly in the non-snap version of chromium). It is so annoying that it always used to work beforehand and now it no longer does!
      it just says
      “Companion App not installed” (but it is: used gdebi and also software manager and provided password) plus
      “Checking companion app returned: Specified native messaging host not found.”

      PLEASE LET
      Thunderstorms and heavy rain fall ABUNDANTLY on the heads of the developers that decided to transition to annoying SNAP!!!

      * I hate snaps and will even leave ubuntu if you keep sticking them everywhere *

      PS: I saw how long my previous machine took to boot just because of snaps…

      • Great comment! I totally agree with you on everything:
        1. I hate snap as well and will never ever install snap or any related packages!
        2. I will also leave Ubuntu if they keep pushing the damn snap = crap on users!
        Snap takes a huge amount of disk space! They claim that the disk space usage is very low, however it is NOT TRUE! It freed-up Gigabytes on my SSD after purging all snap and related packages.
        Why not provide .deb package or simply include Chromium in Ubuntu and Debian repositories?

    • The Chromium .deb package is available from Debian stable repositories:
      https://packages.debian.org/bullseye/chromium
      When I tried to install the package I got the following:
      The following packages have unmet dependencies:
      chromium : Depends: libicu67 (>= 67.1-1~) but it is not installable
      Depends: libjpeg62-turbo (>= 1:1.5.0) but it is not installable
      Depends: libjsoncpp24 (>= 1.9.4) but it is not installable
      Depends: libre2-9 (>= 20201101+dfsg) but it is not installable
      Depends: libwebpmux3 (>= 0.6.1-2+b1) but 0.6.1-2ubuntu0.20.04.1 is to be installed
      Depends: chromium-common (= 90.0.4430.212-1) but it is not installable
      You need to download the dependencies from the same Debian stable repository, place them in a folder named “chromium”, for example, then run in terminal: sudo apt install /home/chromium/*.deb
      It worked perfectly for me.