How to Install Brave Browser on openSUSE Leap 15

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 web browser, which distinguishes itself from other browsers by automatically blocking online advertisements and website trackers in its default settings. Brave has claimed its browser puts less strain on your computer’s performance than Google Chrome, regardless of how much you ask of it. Even with multiple tabs open at once, Brave uses less memory than Google Chrome-like, up to 66% less.

In the following tutorial, you will learn how to install Brave on openSUSE Leap 15.

Prerequisites

Update Operating System

Update your openSUSE operating system to make sure all existing packages are up to date:

sudo zypper refresh

The tutorial will be using the sudo command and assuming you have sudo status.

To verify sudo status on your account:

sudo whoami

Example output showing sudo status:

[joshua@opensuse ~]$ sudo whoami
root

To set up an existing or new sudo account, visit our tutorial on adding a User to Sudoers on openSUSE.

To use the root account, use the following command with the root password to log in.

su
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Import & Install GPG Key and Repository

For openSUSE-based systems, the three repository branches currently need to be imported individually on your system. Once done, they are automatically added to your repolist, so you will not need to re-download these to update Brave in the future.

To import Brave Browser Stable Repository & GPG Key (Recommended):

sudo zypper addrepo https://brave-browser-rpm-release.s3.brave.com/x86_64/ brave-browser
sudo rpm --import https://brave-browser-rpm-release.s3.brave.com/brave-core.asc

To import Brave Browser Beta Repository & GPG Key:

sudo zypper addrepo https://brave-browser-rpm-beta.s3.brave.com/x86_64/ brave-browser-beta
sudo rpm --import https://brave-browser-rpm-beta.s3.brave.com/brave-core-nightly.asc

To import Brave Browser Nightly Build & GPG Key:

sudo zypper addrepo https://brave-browser-rpm-nightly.s3.brave.com/x86_64/ brave-browser-nightly
sudo rpm --import https://brave-browser-rpm-nightly.s3.brave.com/brave-core-nightly.asc

Install Brave Browser

Now you can install the RPM package using the zypper package manager.

sudo zypper install brave-browser

Example output:

How to Install Brave Browser on openSUSE Leap 15

Type “Y”, then press the “ENTER KEY” to proceed with the installation.

Next, verify the build and version installed. This also indicates that Brave was installed successfully.

brave-browser --version

Example output:

Brave Browser 95.1.31.87 

Optional. Install Brave Browser Beta or Nightly

Alternatively, you can install Brave Beta or Nightly build if you have downloaded the repositories. These two versions are not recommended for daily use, especially not on a main desktop or production server. However, for those who want to live on the edge, you can install the alternative versions.

WARNING – THESE VERSIONS CAN POTENTIALLY HAVE SECURITY FLAWS WHILE IN TESTING. DO NOT USE THESE IF YOU CANNOT AFFORD THE RISK.

To install Brave Browser Beta:

sudo zypper install brave-browser-beta

To install Brave Browser Nightly Build (Dev):

sudo zypper install brave-browser-nightly

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

Next, verify the installation of beta or unstable, use the following command.

To verify Brave Browser Beta:

brave-browser-beta --version

Example output:

Brave Browser 95.1.32.76 beta

To verify Brave Browser Nightly:

brave-browser-nightly --version

Example output:

Brave Browser 95.1.33.29 nightly
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How to Launch Brave Browser

With the installation complete, you can run brave in a few different ways. First, while you are in your terminal, use the following command:

brave-browser

Alternatively, run the brave-browser command in the background to free up the terminal:

brave-browser &

However, this isn’t practical, and you would use the following path on your desktop to open with the path: Activities > Show Applications > Brave Web Browser. If you cannot find it, use the search function in the Show Applications menu if you have many applications installed.

How to Install Brave Browser on openSUSE Leap 15

The first time you open Brave, you will be greeted by the following pop up asking if you would like to set Brave as the default browser:

How to Install Brave Browser on openSUSE Leap 15

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

Now you will see Brave Internet Browser finally as per below:

How to Install Brave Browser on openSUSE Leap 15

How to Update Brave Browser

To update Brave Browser on openSUSE systems, run the zypper refresh command in your terminal as you would check your entire system for any updates.

sudo zypper refresh

And that’s it, and any updates should be automatically applied. This should be done daily or as often as possible as this will update all your packages.

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How to Remove (Uninstall) Brave Browser

To remove Brave, execute the following terminal command:

sudo zypper remove brave-browser

Example output:

How to Install Brave Browser on openSUSE Leap 15

Type “Y,” then press the “ENTER KEY” to proceed with the uninstall.

Note, unused dependencies will also be removed.

If you have the beta or unstable builds installed.

To remove Brave Browser Beta:

sudo zypper remove brave-browser-beta

To remove Brave Browser Nightly Build:

sudo zypper remove brave-browser-nightly

Comments and Conclusion

In the tutorial, you have learned how to import the RPM binary package and the GPG key to install Brave Browser’s latest stable version. Overall, the Brave is an exciting newcomer to the scene of web browsers. Brave’s claims about being so much faster than Google Chrome would be believed as by eliminating ads and ad trackers by default, Brave downloads much less content from a website than any other browser.

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