How to Install Yandex Browser on Linux Mint 21 LTS


Yandex browser is the most popular internet browser for all major platforms. It’s based on Chromium, making it fast to load with Standards compliance ensuring no compatibility issues arise due to its ability to be customized through translation services if needed! Yandex also has an outstanding built-in ad blocker that removes annoying ads, improves loading speed, and protects your privacy by blocking tracking requests. Yandex Browser also offers you a variety of customization options so that you can make the browser work precisely how you want it to. You can choose from various themes, set up custom wallpapers, and even change the toolbar buttons to suit your needs. Overall, Yandex Browser is an incredibly stable and fast browser that offers an excellent experience for all users.

In the following tutorial, you will learn how to install Yandex Browser on Linux Mint 21 LTS desktop using the command line terminal with tips about maintaining and removing the browser versions.

Update Linux Mint

First, update your system to ensure all existing packages are up to date to avoid potential conflict issues during the installation.

sudo apt update && sudo apt upgrade -y

Install Required Packages

The following dependencies will need to be installed to install Yandex successfully. Most of these packages are already on your system, but running the command can help ensure they’re installed.

sudo apt install dirmngr ca-certificates software-properties-common gnupg gnupg2 apt-transport-https curl -y

If you skip and encounter issues, return and just run the command.

Import Yandex Browser Repository

The first step is to import the GPG key to verify the authenticity of the packages. In your terminal, execute the following command to import to your keychain.

curl -fsSL https://repo.yandex.ru/yandex-browser/YANDEX-BROWSER-KEY.GPG | gpg --dearmor | sudo tee /usr/share/keyrings/yandex.gpg > /dev/null

Next, import one

Import Repository – Yandex Browser Stable

echo deb [arch=amd64 signed-by=/usr/share/keyrings/yandex.gpg] http://repo.yandex.ru/yandex-browser/deb stable main | sudo tee /etc/apt/sources.list.d/yandex-stable.list

Import Repository – Yandex Browser Beta

echo deb [arch=amd64 signed-by=/usr/share/keyrings/yandex.gpg] http://repo.yandex.ru/yandex-browser/deb beta main | sudo tee /etc/apt/sources.list.d/yandex-beta.list

Now run an APT update to reflect the newly imported repository.

sudo apt-get update

Install Yandex Browser

Once you have imported the repository, you can install Yandex Browser stable or the beta/development version. You should choose the stable version over the beta by default, but you can install both.

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Install Yandex Browser Stable

sudo apt install yandex-browser-stable -y

Install Yandex Browser Beta

sudo apt install yandex-browser-beta -y

Remove Auto-Generated Source.list

Installing any Yandex versions will place another sources.list, which is incorrectly formatted and causing your apt update command to spam many errors. The easiest solution is to remove these additional sources.list using the following command.

sudo rm /etc/apt/sources.list.d/yandex-browser*.list

The above command works for stable and the beta version and should leave you with the sources you imported from this tutorial yandex-beta.list and yandex-stable.list.

Example before:

ls /etc/apt/sources.list.d/yandex*

Example before output:

joshua@linux-mint-21:~$ ls /etc/apt/sources.list.d/yandex*
/etc/apt/sources.list.d/yandex-beta.list
/etc/apt/sources.list.d/yandex-browser-beta.list
/etc/apt/sources.list.d/yandex-browser.list
/etc/apt/sources.list.d/yandex-stable.list

Example after:

ls /etc/apt/sources.list.d/yandex*

Example after output:

joshua@linux-mint-21:~$ ls /etc/apt/sources.list.d/yandex*
/etc/apt/sources.list.d/yandex-beta.list
/etc/apt/sources.list.d/yandex-stable.list

How to Launch Yandex Browser

With the installation complete, you can run Yandex by following the path.

Taskbar > Internet > Yandex Browser {version}

Example:

The first time you open Yandex Browser, a pop-up message will appear asking you to select the browser as the default for your desktop and send data back to Yandex.

This is user choice, select your options and click Ok to proceed.

Example:

Yandex Browser will have a few quick pages of setting options to customize your Yandex experience. Depending on how much customization you want, it should take 1 to 5 minutes.

Example:

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

Example:

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

How to Update/Upgrade Yandex Browser

To update, run the APT update in your terminal as you would check your entire system for any updates, including from the Yandex repository.

sudo apt update && sudo apt upgrade -y

How to Remove (Uninstall) Yandex Browser

To remove Yandex Browser, execute the following terminal command that matches your installed version.

Remove Yandex Browser Stable

sudo apt autoremove yandex-browser-stable -y

Remove Yandex Browser Beta

sudo apt autoremove yandex-browser-beta -y

Note unused dependencies will also be removed.

Ideally, you will want to remove the repositories as well.

Remove Yandex Browser Stable Repository

sudo rm /etc/apt/sources.list.d/yandex-stable.list

Remove Yandex Browser Beta Repository

sudo rm /etc/apt/sources.list.d/yandex-beta.list

For full cleanup, remove the GPG key as well.

sudo rm /usr/share/keyrings/yandex.gpg

Comments and Conclusion

The Yandex browser could be a good option if you’re looking for an alternative to Chrome. The browser is based on Chromium and has many of the same features as Chrome, but it also includes some unique options that may make it a better fit for your needs. Give it a try and see what you think!

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