How to Install Brave Browser on Debian 11 Bullseye

Brave is a free and open-source web browser developed by Brave Software, Inc. based on the Chromium web browser. Brave is a privacy-focused internet browser that sets itself apart from other browsers by automatically blocking online advertisements and website trackers in its default settings.

Brave claims that its browser puts less strain on your computer’s performance than Google Chrome. Even with multiple tabs open at once, the new Brave Software uses 66% less memory and has 50 million more active users than before – a growth of 2X in 5 years!

In the following tutorial, you will learn how to install Brave Browser using the command line terminal to install the stable version, and optional beta or development builds.

Update Debian

First, update your system to ensure all existing packages are up to date to avoid any conflicts during the installation.

sudo apt update && sudo apt upgrade -y

Install Required Packages

To complete the installation, you will need to install the following software packages by using the following command in your terminal.

sudo apt install software-properties-common apt-transport-https wget ca-certificates gnupg2 -y

If you are unsure, run the command; it will not harm you. These are the most common software packages found on nearly all Linux distributions.

Import GPG Key & Brave Repository

Users have three choices to import for their Brave Browser installation. The first and most recommended is to install the Brave Browser stable branch for most of your usage. However, for more advanced or curious users, you can install the beta and nightly build repositories that are separate installations.

Import Stable GPG KEY:

wget -O- | sudo gpg --dearmor | sudo tee /usr/share/keyrings/brave-browser-archive-keyring.gpg

Import Stable Repository:

echo deb [arch=amd64 signed-by=/usr/share/keyrings/brave-browser-archive-keyring.gpg] stable main | sudo tee /etc/apt/sources.list.d/brave-browser-release.list

Option 2 – Import Brave Browser Beta

Import Beta GPG KEY:

wget -O- | sudo gpg --dearmor | sudo tee /usr/share/keyrings/brave-browser-beta-archive-keyring.gpg

Import Beta Repository:

echo deb [arch=amd64 signed-by=/usr/share/keyrings/brave-browser-beta-archive-keyring.gpg] stable main | sudo tee /etc/apt/sources.list.d/brave-browser-beta.list

Option 3 – Import Brave Browser Nightly

Import Nightly GPG KEY:

wget -O- | sudo gpg --dearmor | sudo tee /usr/share/keyrings/brave-browser-nightly-archive-keyring.gpg

Import Nightly Repository:

echo deb [arch=amd64 signed-by=/usr/share/keyrings/brave-browser-nightly-archive-keyring.gpg]  stable main | sudo tee /etc/apt/sources.list.d/brave-browser-nightly.list

Install Brave Browser

Brave Browser can now be installed using the following.

First, update your repository list to reflect the new repository changes:

sudo apt update

Now install Brave with the following command:

sudo apt install brave-browser -y

Install Brave Browser Beta or Nightly

Alternatively, you can install Brave Beta or Nightly build if you’ve added the repositories. These two versions are not recommended for everyday use, especially not on a main desktop or production environment.

First, update your APT repository before installing any of the browsers.

sudo apt update

Note that they do not replace your stable version and are installed separately.

Install the Beta version of Brave Browser

sudo apt install brave-browser-beta

Install Brave Browser Nightly Build (Dev)

sudo apt install brave-browser-nightly

How to Launch the Brave Browser

Once the installation is complete, there are several ways you can run bravely. First, while you’re in your terminal, use the following command:


However, this is impractical, and you would use the following path on your desktop.

Activities > Show Apps > Brave Web Browser {version}.

Alternatively, if you can’t find it, use the search feature in the Applications menu if you have many apps installed.


Install Brave Browser on Debian 11 Bullseye

The first time you open Brave, you will be greeted with the following pop-up window.


Install Brave Browser on Debian 11 Bullseye

Uncheck or leave as is and click the OK button to continue.

You will finally see Brave Internet Browser, run through the “Let’s go” first time tour, or click on the “Skip welcome tour” for most users.

Next, you will land at the default search engine landing page.


Install Brave Browser on Debian 11 Bullseye

How to Remove (Uninstall) Brave Browser

Run one of the following commands corresponding to your Brave version and remove the repository to remove Brave.

Remove the Brave Browser Stable Build:

sudo apt autoremove brave-browser --purge

Note that unused dependencies will also be removed.

If you have installed the beta or unstable version.

Remove the Brave Browser Beta Build:

sudo apt autoremove brave-browser-beta --purge

Remove the Brave Browser Nightly Build:

sudo apt autoremove brave-browser-nightly --purge

Remove the added repositories with the following command.

sudo rm /etc/apt/sources.list.d/brave-browser-*

Note the above command will blanket remove all Brave Browser repositories. Alternatively, you can remove specific versions and make sure to specify “brave-browser-beta.list”.

Comments and Conclusion

Brave is growing in popularity for a reason. It is the perfect browser for people who want to take back control of their data and keep their browsing habits private. With Brave, you can ensure that your information is safe and secure while browsing the internet. If you’re looking for a new browser that puts your privacy first, try Brave today!

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6 thoughts on “How to Install Brave Browser on Debian 11 Bullseye”

  1. missing command:
    sudo apt-key adv –keyserver –recv-keys A8580BDC82D3DC6C

  2. I tried these commands (also followed the steps at the Brave download page for Debian 9+. It always says “E: Unable to locate package brave-browser”

    • Hi Joe,

      Sorry for the delayed message missed. Are you launching from the terminal? Is the icon missing from the applications menu? This is Debian 11; you are installing Brave on?

      I’ve tried this a few times on Fresh Debian 11 minimal installs. Is your machine an upgrade from 10? Any other errors at all?


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