How to Install Microsoft Edge on Manjaro 21 Linux


Like many other Linux Systems, Ubuntu users are limited to the Firefox Internet Browser by default. However, there is an alternative in Microsoft Edge, which has been developed for over a year and received good reviews amongst communities of Linux distributions that use it as their primary browser rather than just switching over from Google Chrome or another alternate browser and has been known to be the fastest web browser to date.

In the following tutorial, you will learn how to install Microsoft Edge on Manjaro 21 Linux with three methods available stable, beta, or the developer (nightly) version. The tutorial will use the command line terminal with yay AUR helper, ideally most users may be using some wrapper for Pacman, for new users, it is essential to install one to keep your packages up-to-date while you learn Arch/Manjaro.

Update Manjaro

Update your system to make sure all existing packages are up to date.

sudo pacman -Syu

Install yay Helper

To begin the installation, you must have GIT installed to import the yay repository to install/build. From your command terminal, use the following code to begin the installation.

sudo pacman -S --needed --noconfirm base-devel git

Now clone the yay archive using the following terminal command.

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git clone https://aur.archlinux.org/yay-git.git

Next, move the archive to the /OPT/ directory. This is a good location for any other archive installs, keep everything located, and traditionally the location is a commonly used area for different applications.

sudo mv yay-git /opt/

Now navigate to the yay-git directory location.

cd /opt/yay-git

Build the package using the makepkg command.

makepkg -si

Install Microsoft Edge Browser

Now that you have installed the package management helper, you can install Edge. As explained at the start of the tutorial, there are three options: stable, beta, or unstable, but installing the default version is recommended for most users.

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Remove --noconfirm to stop automatic installation and review changes.

Install Microsoft Edge Stable

yay -S microsoft-edge-stable-bin --noconfirm

Confirm the version build installed using the following command.

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microsoft-edge-stable --version

Example output:

How to Install Microsoft Edge on Manjaro 21 Linux

Install Microsoft Beta Beta

yay -S microsoft-edge-beta-bin --noconfirm

Confirm the version build installed using the following command.

microsoft-edge-beta --version

Example output:

How to Install Microsoft Edge on Manjaro 21 Linux

Install Microsoft Edge Dev (Nightly)

yay -S microsoft-edge-dev-bin --noconfirm

Confirm the version build installed using the following command.

microsoft-edge-dev --version

Example output:

How to Install Microsoft Edge on Manjaro 21 Linux

Launch Microsoft Edge Browser

The browser version of Edge that you installed can be launched from your terminal, but most often, the easiest way is to open the browser is using the path Taskbar > Internet > Micrsoft Edge (Version).

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Example:

How to Install Microsoft Edge on Manjaro 21 Linux

The first time you open Microsoft Edge, you can customize by choosing three browser views and the ability to sign in to your Microsoft account to sync Edge across all devices.

Once open, you will see a default landing page.

Example:

How to Install Microsoft Edge on Manjaro 21 Linux

How to Update/Upgrade Microsoft Edge Browser

The best way to upgrade the browser, depending on what versions you have installed, is using the following command that should all the requirements from standard to nightly using the command line terminal. Alternatively, the desktop should notify you of updates.

yay -Syu --devel --timeupdate

How to Remove (Uninstall) Microsoft Edge Browser

When you no longer want to remove Edge from your system or a particular version, you can remove the browser using one of the commands below that suit the version you have installed.

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Remove --noconfirm to stop automatic removal and review changes.

RemoveMicrosoft Edge Browser Stable

yay -Rns microsoft-edge-dev-stable --noconfirm

Remove Microsoft Edge Browser Beta

yay -Rns microsoft-edge-beta-bin --noconfirm

Remove Microsoft Edge Browser Dev (Nightly)

yay -Rns microsoft-edge-dev-bin --noconfirm

Optionally, you can run the following command to clean up any leftover unused dependencies, and this is highly recommended to run, so your system does not become bloated.

yay -Yc

Comments and Conclusion

In the tutorial, you have learned how to quickly install yay AUR helper along with learning how to install, maintain, and if so, remove Microsoft Edge stable, beta, or dev from your Manjaro 21 Linux desktop.

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So, all in all, is Microsoft Edge a good browser? Yes, it is, and it is arguably the fastest. Is it the best browser? No, there are many excellent browsers available, and some of them are even free and open source. But if you’re happy with Edge, then that’s great – it’s certainly come a long way from its predecessors. Just be aware that it doesn’t have as many features as some of the other big browsers.

However, ranking Edge for performance and speed lands this amongst the top Internet Browser, and it truly does work well on Linux. If you can get over the fact, Microsoft owns it.


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