How to Install Chromium Browser on Fedora 36 Linux

Chromium is an open-source browser project that builds a safer, faster, and more stable way for all users to experience the web. The codebase has been widely used in other popular browsers like Microsoft Edge or Opera because it provides them with standards compliance while still being customizable enough not to be stagnant over time like some others can become once their original design intention was fulfilled, which would lead people away from using those applications altogether if they didn’t see any changes made after release day.

In the following guide, you will learn how to install Chromium Web Browser on your Fedora 36 Workstation desktop using two Fedora default repository methods or the Flatpak method, along with how to maintain and remove the browser in the future.

Update Fedora

Before you continue, your system is advised to ensure all existing packages are up to date to avoid system conflicts during the installation and good system maintenance.

sudo dnf upgrade --refresh -y

Install Chromium Browser – DNF Method

The first option is to use the native Fedora repository. The recommended way to install Chromium Browser for Fedora users is by utilizing the DNF package manager.

In your terminal, use the following dnf install command.

sudo dnf install chromium -y

For users that prefer using Flatpak packages, use the following method instead.

Install Chromium Browser – Flatpak Method

The second option for the average desktop user environment is to install Chromium with Flatpak manager, automatically installed on your Fedora workstation. Flatpak also always offers the latest version of the browser and includes quick updates.

For users that may have removed the installation manager, re-install the Flatpak using the following command.

sudo dnf install flatpak -y

For users installing Flatpak for the first time, it is often recommended to reboot your system. Failure to do this can occur with odd issues arising, such as paths not being generated for icons.

reboot

SKIP THE REBOOT IF FLATPAK IS INSTALLED.

Next, you need to enable Flatpack using the following command in your terminal:

sudo flatpak remote-add --if-not-exists flathub https://flathub.org/repo/flathub.flatpakrepo

Now install Chromium using the following flatpak command.

flatpak install flathub org.chromium.Chromium -y

How to Launch Chromium Browser

Now that you have the Chromium Browser installed, launching can be done in a few ways.

In your terminal type:

chromium

If you would like to launch Chromium & and use the terminal, send it to the background:

chromium &

Alternatively, Flatpak users will need to launch using the command below from a terminal instance:

flatpak run flatpak run org.chromium.Chromium

However, this isn’t practical, and you would use the following path on your desktop to open with the path: Activities > Show Applications > Chromium Web Browser.

Alternatively, if you cannot find it, use the search function in the Show Applications menu if you have many applications installed.

Example:

How to Install Chromium Browser on Fedora 36 Linux

The first time you open Chromium, you will be greeted by its default homepage.

Example (Click Image to Enlarge):

How to Install Chromium Browser on Fedora 36 Linux

How to Update/Upgrade Chromium Browser

Updates should appear in notifications, but if these fail to show or sometimes, it is recommended to check using the terminal regardless use one of the following commands to check for updates.

DNF Method

sudo dnf update --refresh

Flatpak Method

flatpak update

How to Remove Chromium Browser

For users who no longer require the paint application, use one of the following commands to suit the original installation method.

DNF Remove Method

sudo dnf autoremove chromium -y

Flatpak Remove Method

flatpak removeflathub org.chromium.Chromium

Next, run the following command for any leftover clean-up.

flatpak remove --unused

Comments and Conclusion

In the tutorial, you have learned to install the Chromium Web Browser on Fedora 36 in two different ways and remove the package if no longer required.

Overall, Chromium Browser is an excellent open-source choice that allows Linux distributions that need open-source software to package a browser almost identical to Chrome. Linux distributors can also use Chromium as the default web browser in place of Firefox.



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