How to Install Vivaldi Browser on Manjaro 21 Linux

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. This platform angered traditional Opera users. Since then, Vivaldi has become one of the most popular alternative Internet Browsers among the big three Chrome, Firefox, and Edge.

Vivaldi promotes itself as a leading browser with faster navigation, clever bookmarking, more intelligent browsing, extensive tab management, and a more visual approach.

The following tutorial will teach you how to install Vivaldi Browser on Manjaro 21 Linux. 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

Before you begin, ensure your system is up-to-date to avoid any conflicts during the installation, and for good practice, use the terminal command as follows.

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.

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 directory 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 Vivaldi Browser

Install Vivaldi Stable

Now that you have installed an AUR package manager, you can now be installed Vivaldi using the following command.

yay -S vivaldi --noconfirm

Remove –noconfirm to manually go through the installation questions instead of selecting the default answers.

Optional. Install Vivaldi Browser Snapshot (Beta)

Run the following command for users or developers who want to test Vivaldi’s development version.

yay -S vivaldi-snapshot --noconfirm

Remove –noconfirm to manually go through the installation questions instead of selecting the default answers.

Note that the upstream browser versions do not replace your stable version and are installed separately.

How to Launch Vivaldi Browser

With the installation complete, you can run the browser in a few different ways.

First, while you are in your terminal, you can use the following command:

vivaldi

Ideally, most desktop users will not open a terminal each time to launch the browser, so use the following path to launch the application icon.

Taskbar > Internet > Vivaldi {version}

Example:

How to Install Vivaldi Browser on Manjaro 21 Linux

The first time you open Vivaldi, you will be greeted by the following landing page to customize your browser.

Vivaldi will have about five pages of quick setting options to customize your Vivaldi experience. Overall, it should take 1 to 5 minutes, depending on how much customization you would like.

Note, you will be able to choose a color theme, the Dark theme is quite popular along with Hot Pink, but others are available.

Once done, you will see the final landing page, and you are good to go browsing.

Example:

How to Install Vivaldi Browser on Manjaro 21 Linux

Congratulations, you have successfully installed Vivaldi Browser on your desktop.

How to Update/Upgrade Vivaldi Browser

The best way to upgrade the software is to use the following terminal command.

yay -Syu --devel --timeupdate

Note it is advised to run terminal commands now and then even if you have set up AUR auto-updates using the automatic GUI updater; this ensures you are not missing anything.

How to Remove (Uninstall) Vivaldi Browser

Execute the following terminal command for users wanting to remove the browser that matches the installation choice you originally installed.

Remove Vivaldi Browser Stable

yay -Rns vivaldi  --noconfirm

Remove Vivaldi Browser Snapshot (Beta)

yay -Rns vivaldi-snapshot --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

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.



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