Chromium is a fast, stable, and secure browser built for the modern web. It is the basis of many browsers, including the world’s most popular web browser Google Chrome.
The main difference between Chromium and Chrome is that Chromium is open source. Chromium does not include proprietary web codecs and does not send crash reports and usage tracking to Google. If you prefer open source applications, then Chromium is an excellent choice.
This article describes two ways to install Chromium on Ubuntu 20.04. Chromium can be installed as an snap package via the Snapcraft store or as a deb package from Google storage.
Select the installation method most suitable for your environment. The same instructions apply for any Ubuntu-based distribution, including Kubuntu, Linux Mint, and Elementary OS.
Installing Chromium as a Snap Package
The chromium snap package is distributed and maintained by Canonical, the company behind Ubuntu.
Snaps are standalone software packages that include all binaries of dependencies needed to run the application. The Snap Pack is easy to upgrade and secure. Unlike standard deb packages, snaps have a larger disk footprint and longer application startup times.
The Snap package can be installed from the command line or via the Ubuntu Software application.
To install Chromium snap, open your terminal (Ctrl + Alt + T) and run the following command:
sudo snap install chromium
There she is. Chromium is already installed on your Ubuntu desktop, and you can start using it.
Whenever a new version is released, the Chromium snap pack will update automatically in the background.
If you are not comfortable with the command line, open the Ubuntu Software, search for "Chromium" and install the application.
Installing Chromium with apt
Chromium deb is available in the default Ubuntu repositories. This is actually a transition package that installs snap.
Open your terminal using the keyboard shortcut Ctrl + Alt + T or by clicking the terminal icon and running the following command as a user with sudo privileges:
sudo apt update sudo apt install chromium-browser
There she is. At this point, you have Chromium installed on your Ubuntu system.
When a new version is released, you can update Chromium via the command line or your desktop Software Update tool.
Get started with Chromium
In the Activity search bar, type "Chromium" and click the icon to launch the application.
When you start the browser for the first time, you will see the default Chromium welcome page.
From here, you can log into your Google Account to sync bookmarks, history, passwords and other settings across all your devices.
We have shown you how to install Chromium on Ubuntu 20.04. If you've used a different browser before, like Chrome, Firefox, or Opera, you can import your bookmarks and settings to Chromium.
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