How to Install Brave Browser on Manjaro 21 Linux

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!

The tutorial will use the yay AUR helper, ideally most users may be using some wrapper for Pacman, for new users, it is essential to install one to keep your packages up-to-date while you learn Arch/Manjaro.

In the following tutorial, you will learn how to install Brave Browser on Manjaro 21 Linux by installing the stable, beta, or nightly browser build along with how to update and remove the browser into the future if required with the command line terminal.

Update Manjaro

Update your system to make sure all existing packages are up to date.

sudo pacman -Syu

Install yay Helper

To begin the installation, you must have GIT installed to import the yay repository to install/build. From your command terminal, use the following code to begin the installation.

sudo pacman -S --needed --noconfirm base-devel git

Now clone the yay archive using the following terminal command.

git clone https://aur.archlinux.org/yay-git.git

Next, move the archive to the /OPT/ directory. This is a good location for any other archive installs, keep everything located, and traditionally the location is a commonly used area for different applications.

sudo mv yay-git /opt/

Now navigate to the yay-git directory location.

cd /opt/yay-git

Build the package using the makepkg command.

makepkg -si

Install Brave Browser

Now that you have installed the package management helper, you can install Brave. As explained at the start of the tutorial, there are three options: stable, beta, or unstable, but installing the default version is recommended for most users.

Remove --noconfirm to stop automatic installation and review changes.

Install Brave Browser Stable

yay -S brave-bin --noconfirm

Confirm the version build installed using the following command.

brave --version

Example output:

How to Install Brave Browser on Manjaro 21 Linux

Install Brave Browser Beta

yay -S brave-beta-bin --noconfirm

Confirm the version build installed using the following command.

brave-beta --version

Example output:

How to Install Brave Browser on Manjaro 21 Linux

Install Brave Browser Nightly

yay -S brave-nightly-bin --noconfirm

Confirm the version build installed using the following command.

brave-nightly --version

Example output:

How to Install Brave Browser on Manjaro 21 Linux

Launch Brave Browser

The browser can be launched from your terminal, but most often, the easiest way is to open the browser is using the path Taskbar > Internet > Brave Browser.

Example:

How to Install Brave Browser on Manjaro 21 Linux

The first time you open Brave Browser, you will receive a pop-up asking you to set Brave as the default browser.

Either keep it selected for yes, or untick for no, then press the OK.

Example:

How to Install Brave Browser on Manjaro 21 Linux

Once open, you will see a default landing page.

Example:

How to Install Brave Browser on Manjaro 21 Linux

Update/Upgrade Brave Browser

The best way to upgrade the browser, depending on what versions you have installed, is using the following command that should all the requirements from standard to nightly.

yay -Syu --devel --timeupdate

Remove (Uninstall) Brave Browser

When you no longer want to remove Brave from your system or a particular version, you can remove the browser using one of the commands below that suit the version you have installed.

Remove --noconfirm to stop automatic removal and review changes.

Remove Brave Browser Stable

yay -Rns brave-bin --noconfirm

Remove Brave Browser Beta

yay -Rns brave-beta-bin --noconfirm

Remove Brave Browser Nightly

yay -Rns brave-nightly-bin --noconfirm

Optionally, you can run the following command to clean up any leftover unused dependencies, and this is highly recommended to run, so your system does not become bloated.

yay -Yc

Comments and Conclusion

In the tutorial, you have learned how to quickly install yay AUR helper along with learning how to install, maintain, and if so, remove Brave Browser stable, beta, nightly, or esr from your Manjaro desktop.

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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