How to Install Vivaldi Browser on Rocky Linux EL9 or EL8

Vivaldi stands out for users who seek a distinctive, customizable, and privacy-centric web browsing experience. Jon von Tetzchner, co-founder of Opera Software, developed Vivaldi to offer unique features and performance. If you want to learn how to install Vivaldi Browser on Rocky Linux 9 or the older stable Enterprise Linux release of Rocky Linux 8, follow this guide.

Key Advantages of Vivaldi:

  • Customization: Vivaldi’s interface is highly adaptable, allowing users to modify tabs, set custom keyboard shortcuts, and reconfigure the UI to their liking.
  • Optimized Performance: Engineered for responsiveness, Vivaldi ensures a swift and seamless browsing experience.
  • Privacy-Centric: With a built-in tracker and ad blocker, a dedicated privacy-focused search engine, and an array of privacy tools, Vivaldi prioritizes user security and confidentiality.
  • Distinctive UI: Vivaldi boasts a unique user interface with features like tab stacks, integrated Notes, Image Properties tools, and more.

Rooted in the Chromium project, Vivaldi prioritizes user autonomy and privacy. This guide shows you how to integrate Vivaldi into Rocky Linux 9 smoothly and the older stable release of Rocky Linux 8. Whether you’re targeting stable or snapshot versions, this guide guarantees a seamless installation and tips for future maintenance and removal.

Update Rocky Linux Before Vivaldi Installation

First, update the system before installing the Vivaldi Browser to ensure all packages are current. By doing this, you reduce the chance of conflicts during installation and ensure a smooth and seamless experience:

sudo dnf upgrade --refresh

Import Vivaldi RPM on Rocky Linux 9 or 8

To begin installing Vivaldi Browser, it is necessary to import the Vivaldi repository using the following command in the terminal.

sudo dnf config-manager --add-repo https://repo.vivaldi.com/archive/vivaldi-fedora.repo

The Vivaldi repository indicates it is for Fedora systems. However, it can serve as a standard repository for all Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL) distributions.

Install Vivaldi Browser on Rocky Linux 9 or 8

After successfully importing the Vivaldi repository, the next step is installing the Vivaldi browser. You can choose from two versions: the stable version, which we recommend for daily use, and the snapshot builds preview, or nightly versions. Importantly, you can install both versions on the same system without conflicts because they have separate installations.

To install the recommended stable version of the Vivaldi browser, enter the following command in the terminal:

sudo dnf install vivaldi-stable

Users or developers wishing to test the Vivaldi development version can execute the following command in the terminal:

sudo dnf install vivaldi-snapshot

Launch Vivaldi Browser on Rocky Linux 9 or 8

With the installation process now complete, there are two ways to launch the Vivaldi browser. One option is to use the following command in the terminal.

vivaldi-stable

Or

vivaldi-snapshot

Ideally, most desktop users won’t launch the Vivaldi Browser from a terminal every time. Instead, follow the path below to access the application icon. Additionally, if you use this as your everyday browser, remember to pin it by right-clicking the icon.

Activities > Show Applications > Vivaldi Browser {version}

Screenshot of the 'Launch' button for Vivaldi Browser on Rocky Linux 9 or 8.
Example screenshot showcasing how to click the launch button for Vivaldi Browser on Rocky Linux.

If you aim to make Vivaldi Browser your daily go-to, consider pinning it to your taskbar or dock. This ensures quick and easy access. Right-click the application icon and choose the pinning option.

Once you launch the Vivaldi browser, it greets you with a landing page. From here, you can tailor the browser to your liking. Here are some configurations you can tweak:

  • Set a default home page
  • Sync bookmarks, history, and other data across devices
  • Enable or disable browser extensions
  • Modify tab, window, and privacy settings
  • Set up mouse gestures, keyboard shortcuts, and beyond

Furthermore, the Vivaldi browser offers a vast array of themes, extensions, and tools for customization. Personalizing the browser to your taste can enhance the browsing experience and boost productivity.

For more in-depth adjustments, click on the Vivaldi browser’s main menu and select the “Settings” option. In this section, you can change the browser’s appearance, fine-tune privacy and security settings, and more.

Screenshot of the first-time configuration settings for Vivaldi Browser on Rocky Linux 9 or 8.
Initial setup and configuration example for Vivaldi Browser on Rocky Linux.

After you complete the configuration steps and save the preferred settings, the final landing page will display, indicating that the browser is ready. This page might show frequently visited websites, bookmarks, or a custom homepage based on the user’s preferences.

Confirmation screenshot of Vivaldi Browser successfully installed on Rocky Linux 9 or 8.
Installation completion screenshot for Vivaldi Browser on Rocky Linux.

Tips for Starting with Vivaldi Browser on Rocky Linux 9 or 8

Now that you have successfully installed Vivaldi on Rocky Linux, here are some first-time tips for users new to the Vivaldi Browser and unfamiliar with it.

General Tips with Vivaldi on Rocky Linux

  • Tab Management: Vivaldi offers robust tab management features. Stacking multiple tabs into one tab makes grouping related websites easier. To create a stack, drag one tab over another.
  • Quick Commands: Press F2 to bring up Vivaldi’s Quick Commands. This feature allows you to navigate, open tabs, and adjust settings, all from a single search box.
  • Web Panels: Enhance your browsing experience by adding your favorite sites to the side panel. Click the + sign at the bottom left corner and enter the site’s URL.

Customizations with Vivaldi on Rocky Linux

  • Themes: Vivaldi offers a range of themes to personalize your browser. Navigate to Vivaldi Menu > Settings > Themes to explore and customize as per your preferences.
  • Customize Start Page: Adjust the look and feel of your start page by heading over to Vivaldi Menu > Settings > Start Page. You can add your favorite websites as speed dials or choose from Vivaldi’s curated list.
  • Modify Keyboard Shortcuts: Vivaldi allows you to set custom keyboard shortcuts for almost every action. Head over to Vivaldi Menu > Settings > Keyboard to customize shortcuts to your liking.

Other Noteworthy Tips with Vivaldi on Rocky Linux

  • Mouse Gestures: Execute commands without using the keyboard. To enable mouse gestures, head to Vivaldi Menu > Settings > Mouse and familiarize yourself with the list of available gestures.
  • Privacy Features: Vivaldi takes user privacy seriously. Explore built-in tools like a tracker and ad blocker. These can be activated by navigating to Vivaldi Menu > Settings > Privacy.
  • Built-in Note-taking: Don’t scramble for a notepad. Vivaldi has a built-in note-taking tool. Click the notepad icon on the side panel to jot down your thoughts.

Incorporating these tips will improve your familiarity with the Vivaldi Browser and enhance your browsing experience. As you spend more time with Vivaldi on Rocky Linux, you’ll discover even more features and personalization options that cater to your needs.

Additional Vivaldi Commands on Rocky Linux 9 or 8

Update Vivaldi Browser on Rocky Linux 9 or 8

We recommend regularly running the DNF update command in your terminal to ensure your Vivaldi Browser is up-to-date. This command checks for updates for all installed packages, including the Vivaldi Browser.

sudo dnf update --refresh

It is advisable to run the terminal command update method regularly to keep your system and Vivaldi Browser up-to-date. Maintaining an updated system allows users to take advantage of the latest features, security updates, and performance enhancements offered by Vivaldi and the operating system.

Remove Vivaldi Browser From Rocky Linux 9 or 8

You can use the following terminal command to remove the Vivaldi Browser from your system.

sudo dnf remove vivaldi-stable

For alternative snapshot build installations on Rocky Linux, use the following command.

sudo dnf remove vivaldi-snapshot

For users who no longer wish to install or use the Vivaldi Browser on their system, they may remove the associated repository by executing the following command:

sudo rm /etc/yum.repos.d/vivaldi.repo
sudo rm /etc/yum.repos.d/vivaldi.snapshot.repo

Conclusion

In conclusion, you can easily install Vivaldi on Rocky Linux through the command line terminal. The browser lets you customize various options to tailor the experience to your preferences. When you compare Vivaldi to other popular browsers like Firefox, Chrome, and Opera, Vivaldi offers more customization options and a feature-rich experience. Vivaldi prioritizes user privacy and security and provides many productivity-enhancing features, making it a top choice for a personalized and efficient browsing experience.

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