Vivaldi is a freeware, cross-platform web browser developed by Vivaldi Technologies. It had grown from the downfall of Opera with many disgruntled when it changed from the Presto layout engine to a Chromium-based browser, the platform that angered traditional Opera users. Since then, Vivaldi has become one of the most popular alternative Internet Browsers amongst the big three Chrome, Firefox, and Edge.
Vivaldi promotes itself as a leading browser with faster navigation, clever bookmarking, smarter browsing, extensive tab management, and a more visual style approach to browsing than its competitors.
In the following tutorial, you will learn how to install Vivaldi Browser on Debian 11.
- Recommended OS: Debian 11 Bullseye
- User account: A user account with sudo or root access.
- Required packages: wget or curl
Updating Operating System
Update your Debian 11 operating system to make sure all existing packages are up to date:
sudo apt update && sudo apt upgrade
Next, install the following dependencies that are required for the installation:
sudo apt install apt-transport-https wget gnupg software-properties-common -y
Note, run the command if you are unsure it will not harm you if you have installed these packages.
Import Vivaldi GPG Key and Repository
Import GPG Key
In the first step, you will need to download the GPG key.
wget -qO- https://repo.vivaldi.com/archive/linux_signing_key.pub | sudo apt-key add -
Example terminal output:
Import and Add the Repository
Next, add the repo as follows:
sudo add-apt-repository 'deb https://repo.vivaldi.com/archive/deb/ stable main'
Install Vivaldi Browser
Now that you have imported the repository, you can now be installed Vivaldi using the following.
First, update your repository list to reflect the new repository changes:
sudo apt update
Now install the software with the following command:
sudo apt install vivaldi-stable
Type Y, then press the enter key to proceed with the installation.
Confirm the version and build of the Vivaldi Browser version installed on your Debian operating system using the following command:
Vivaldi 4.1.2369.21 stable
Launch Vivaldi Browser
With the installation complete, you can run Vivaldi in a few different ways.
First, while you are in your Debian terminal, you can use the following command:
Alternatively, run the Vivaldi & command in the background to free up the terminal:
However, this isn’t practical, and you would use the following path on your Debian desktop to open with the path: Activities > Show Applications > Vivaldi. If you cannot find it, use the search function in the Show Applications menu if you have many applications installed.
The first time you open Vivaldi, you will be greeted by the following pop up:
From here, you can choose either Essentials, Classic, or Fully loaded. Each will take you through various options, with Fully Loaded needing the most time to set up, and overall it will take about 1 to 3 minutes.
Updating Vivaldi Browser
To update, run the APT update command in your terminal as you would check your entire system for any updates.
sudo apt update
If one is available, use the upgrade option:
sudo apt upgrade vivaldi-stable -y
Uninstall Vivaldi Browser
To remove Vivaldi from Debian 11, execute the following terminal command:
sudo apt-get purge --autoremove vivaldi-stable
Reading package lists... Done
Building dependency tree... Done
Reading state information... Done
The following packages will be REMOVED:
0 upgraded, 0 newly installed, 2 to remove and 0 not upgraded.
After this operation, 293 MB disk space will be freed.
Do you want to continue? [Y/n]
Type Y, then press the enter key to proceed with the uninstall.
Note, unused dependencies will also be removed.
Comments and Conclusion
In the tutorial, you have learned how to import the Vivaldi repository into the apt source list and install the web browser. Overall, Vivaldi is a pretty good alternative to Firefox and Google Chrome, and its main rival is undoubtedly Brave Browser. However, Vivaldi comes with more features, and Brave is focused more on the privacy of its users. A new feature for Vivaldi is the tab management feature; by selecting multiple tabs, you can put them in a “stack,” which saves valuable real estate on the tab bar. Once in a stack, the tabs can be “tiled,” meaning the browser window is divided between the tabs, letting you work with several web pages simultaneously.