How to Install Yandex Browser on Manjaro 21 Linux

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!

The following tutorial will teach you how to install Yandex 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 Yandex Browser

Install Yandex Stable

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

yay -S yandex-browser --noconfirm

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

Optional. Install Yandex Browser Beta

Run the following command for users or developers who want to test Yandex beta version.

yay -S yandex-browser-beta --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 Yandex Browser

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 > Yandex {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 Ubuntu 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. Overall, it should take 1 to 5 minutes, depending on how much customization you want.

Note that you will be able to choose a color theme. The Dark theme is quite popular, and selecting it changes your background every day.

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

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) Yandex Browser

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

Remove Yandex Browser Stable

yay -Rns yandex-browser --noconfirm

Remove Yandex Browser Beta

yay -Rns yandex-browser-beta --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

If you’re looking for an alternative to Chrome, the Yandex browser could be a good option. 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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