How to Install Chromium Browser on Linux Mint 20

Chromium is an open-source browser project that aims to build a safer, faster, and more stable way for all users to experience the web. The Chromium codebase is widely used, and Microsoft Edge, Opera, and many other browsers are based on the code. Chromium is well-liked amongst advanced users who prefer not to have all the bloat of tracking in Chrome and other proprietary software.

The following tutorial will teach you how to install Chromium Web Browser on your Linux Mint 20 desktop using APT or Flatpak methods.

Update Linux Mint

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

sudo apt update && sudo apt upgrade -y

Install Chromium Browser – APT Method

The first option is to install Chromium straight from Linux Mint/Ubuntu standard repository.

Run the following command to install Chromium from the standard repository using the following command.

sudo apt install chromium-browser -y

Confirm the version installed; use the following command.

chromium-browser --version

Example output:

How to Install Chromium Browser on Linux Mint 20

Install Chromium Browser – Flatpak Method

The second option is to use the Flatpak package manager. Flatpak should be installed on Linux Mint as they prefer using this over Snap packages.

First, re-install the Flatpak manager if it was removed previously.

sudo apt 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:

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

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

flatpak run org.chromium.Chromium

Most desktop users would prefer launching using the application icon, and you would use the following path.

Taskbar > Internet > Chromium.

Example:

How to Install Chromium Browser on Linux Mint 20

The first time you open Chromium, you will be greeted by its default homepage Google which you can change later. To confirm further, click on the settings in the right-hand corner and click About Chromium.

Example:

How to Install Chromium Browser on Linux Mint 20

Update/Upgrade Chromium Browser

Depending on the method used, the following commands can be used to update.

APT Method

sudo apt upgrade && sudo apt upgrade

Flatpak Method

flatpak update

Remove Chromium Browser

For users that no longer require Chromium Browser, use one of the following commands to suit the method you used for the installation of the browser.

APT Remove Method

sudo apt autoremove chromium-browser -y

Flatpak Remove Method

flatpak uninstall --delete-data org.chromium.Chromium

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

flatpak remove --unused

Comments and Conclusion

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. If you are looking for an alternative to Firefox or Chrome, we highly recommend giving Chromium a try!



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