Fedora users currently, by default, are only limited to the Firefox Internet Browser. However, many alternatives can be installed. Microsoft Edge is one alternative that has been in development for over a year and has been getting quite a lot of good reviews amongst many Linux distribution communities and maybe an alternative compared to just switching to Google Chrome.
In the following tutorial, you will learn how to install Microsoft Edge on Fedora.
Table of Contents
- 1 Prerequisites
- 2 Import Edge GPG Key and Repository
- 3 Install Microsoft Edge
- 4 How to Launch Microsoft Edge
- 5 How to Update Microsoft Edge
- 6 How to Remove (Uninstall) Microsoft Edge
- 7 Comments and Conclusion
- Recommended OS: Fedora Linux 34 (Newer versions will work also)
- User account: A user account with sudo or root access.
Updating Operating System
Update your Fedora operating system to make sure all existing packages are up to date:
sudo dnf update && sudo dnf upgrade -y
Import Edge GPG Key and Repository
Import the Microsoft Edge GPG Key
First, run the following command to import the GPG Key for the RPM Import:
sudo rpm --import https://packages.microsoft.com/keys/microsoft.asc
Import the Microsoft Edge Repository
Next, add the repo as follows:
sudo dnf config-manager --add-repo https://packages.microsoft.com/yumrepos/edge
Adding repo from: https://packages.microsoft.com/yumrepos/edge
Now you have completed the imports, refresh your repository list to reflect the new additions.
sudo dnf update
Install Microsoft Edge
Microsoft Edge can be installed now using the apt command as below:
sudo dnf install microsoft-edge-dev
Currently, microsoft-edge or microsoft-edge-dev is the same version due to no stable version released.
Type “Y”, then press the “ENTER KEY” to proceed.
Confirm the version and build of the Microsoft Edge version installed on your operating system using the following command:
Microsoft Edge 96.0.1032.0 dev
How to Launch Microsoft Edge
To run Microsoft Edge, you can use the terminal command in your console:
Alternatively, run microsoft-edge command in the background to free up the terminal:
However, this isn’t practical, and you would use the following path on your Fedora desktop to open with the path: Activities > Show Applications > Microsoft Edge (dev). If you cannot find it, use the search function in the Applications menu.
The first time you open Microsoft Edge, you will be greeted by the following:
Untick or leave the Microsoft improvement tracking, then click the OK button to continue.
Afterward, you will find three options Inspiration, Informational or Focused. Selecting each tab will preview what the view will look like in your Edge browser background. Choose one and click the confirm button.
Lastly, the optional sign-in and sync across multiple devices. Unless you need this, click Continue without signing in, as most users would do by clicking the X in the top right-hand corner of the pop-up screen.
Now you will see The Microsoft Edge Internet Browser finally as per below:
Note, the tutorial used the Fedora 35 Beta to Install Microsoft Edge and everything worked correctly as it did on Fedora 34.
How to Update Microsoft Edge
To update Microsoft Edge Internet Browser, run the DNF update command in your terminal as you would check your entire system for any updates.
sudo dnf update
If one is available, use the upgrade option:
sudo dnf upgrade
Or upgrade just Microsoft Edge itself:
sudo dnf upgrade microsoft-edge
How to Remove (Uninstall) Microsoft Edge
To remove Edge from Linux Mint, execute the following terminal command:
sudo dnf autoremove microsoft-edge-dev
Type “Y”, then press the “ENTER KEY” to proceed with the removal of Microsoft Edge.
Note, unused dependencies will also be removed.
Comments and Conclusion
In the tutorial, you have learned how to import the APT binary package and the GPG key to install Microsoft Edge. Overall, the Edge Beta has been in development for over a year and should see a stable version released alongside a dev future closer in the future. Microsoft is keeping the beta up to date and seems to be focusing on its security and development, so it’s a good alternative if you get tired of Google Chrome or Firefox.