How to Install LibreWolf Browser on Pop!_OS 22.04 LTS

With all the talk of big tech companies selling user data and government surveillance, it’s no wonder that more and more people are looking for ways to protect their privacy online. Your web browser is one of the essential tools for protecting your privacy. While many browsers on the market claim to be privacy-focused, few can rival LibreWolf. LibreWolf is a free, open-source browser designed from the ground up with privacy in mind. Its features make it easy to browse the web securely and anonymously, including built-in ad and tracker blockers, DNS over HTTPS, and a VPN.

What’s more, LibreWolf is based on the same code as Firefox, so you can rest assured that it’s a reliable and stable browser. If you’re serious about protecting your privacy online, LibreWolf is your browser.

The following tutorial will teach you how to install LibreWolf Browser on Pop!_OS 22.04 LTS release series. The tutorial will describe importing the official repository and gpg key and updating and removing the browser by utilizing the command line terminal.

Update Pop!_OS

Before proceeding with the tutorial, ensuring your system is up-to-date with all existing packages is good.

sudo apt update && sudo apt upgrade -y

Install Required Packages

The following dependencies will need to be installed to install LibreWolf successfully. Most of these packages are already on your system, but running the command can help ensure they’re installed.



sudo apt install dirmngr ca-certificates software-properties-common gnupg gnupg2 apt-transport-https curl -y

If you skip and encounter issues, return and just run the command.

Install LibreWolf Browser

The first step is to import the GPG key to verify the authenticity of the packages. In your terminal, execute the following command to import to your keychain.

curl -fsSL https://deb.librewolf.net/keyring.gpg | gpg --dearmor | sudo tee /usr/share/keyrings/librewolf.gpg > /dev/null

Next, import the LibreWolf repository.

echo deb [arch=amd64 signed-by=/usr/share/keyrings/librewolf.gpg] http://deb.librewolf.net jammy main | sudo tee /etc/apt/sources.list.d/librewolf.list

Now run an APT update to reflect the newly imported repository.

sudo apt update

Finally, you can install the LibreWolf browser using the following command.

sudo apt install librewolf -y

Launch LibreWolf Browser

Now that you have the privacy-focused browser installed, launching can be done in a few ways.



Using the command line terminal, you can open the browser quickly by using the following command.

librewolf

The best way to use LibreWolf for desktop users that prefer not to use the command line terminal is to open the GUI of the application by following the path.

Activities > Show Applications > LibreWolf

Example:

How to Install LibreWolf Browser on Pop!_OS 22.04 LTS

Next, you will see the default LibreWolf window, similar to Firefox as you would expect, but very stripped back.

Example:



How to Install LibreWolf Browser on Pop!_OS 22.04 LTS

How to Update & Upgrade LibreWolf Browser

The browser should update itself with your system packages for desktop users using the APT package manager. For users who want to check manually, use the following command in your terminal.

sudo apt update && sudo apt upgrade

How to Remove (Uninstall) LibreWolf Browser

When you no longer want the browser installed on your system, use the following command to remove it.

sudo apt autoremove librewolf --purge -y

Remove the repository if you plan not to re-install LibreWolf again.

sudo rm /etc/apt/sources.list.d/librewolf.list

After removing the repository list file, remove the GPG.

sudo rm /usr/share/keyrings/librewolf.gpg

Comments and Conclusion

LibreWolf is an excellent Firefox fork for anyone who values their privacy and security online. It eliminates telemetry, increases protection against tracking and fingerprinting techniques, and includes a few security improvements. Plus, it’s open source so you can check out the code yourself! If you’re looking for a more private browsing experience, give LibreWolf a try!


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