How to Install Vivaldi Browser on Ubuntu 20.04

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 approach than its competitors.

In the following tutorial, you will learn how to install Vivaldi Browser on Ubuntu 20.04.

Prerequisites

  • Recommended OS: Ubuntu 20.04 – optional (Ubuntu 21.04)
  • User account: A user account with sudo or root access.

Updating Operating System

Update your Ubuntu 20.04 operating system to make sure all existing packages are up to date:

sudo apt update && sudo apt upgrade

Install Dependencies

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.


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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:

OK

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

Confirm the version and build of the Vivaldi Browser version installed on your operating system using the following command:

vivaldi --version

Example output:

Vivaldi 4.1.2369.21 stable

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How to Launch Vivaldi Browser

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

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

vivaldi

Alternatively, run the Vivaldi & command in the background to free up the terminal:

vivaldi &

However, this isn’t practical, and you would use the following path on your 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.

Example:

How to Install Vivaldi Browser on Ubuntu 20.04

The first time you open Vivaldi, you will be greeted by the following pop up:

How to Install Vivaldi Browser on Ubuntu 20.04

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

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Uninstall Vivaldi Browser

To remove Vivaldi from Ubuntu 20.04, execute the following terminal command:

sudo apt-get purge --autoremove vivaldi-stable

Example output:

Reading package lists... Done
Building dependency tree... Done
Reading state information... Done
The following packages will be REMOVED:
  libu2f-udev vivaldi-stable
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.

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