How to Install Vivaldi Browser on Fedora Linux


Vivaldi is a web browser designed for power users and built on the Chromium engine. It offers a wide range of features and customizations that greatly enhance your browsing experience on Fedora Linux. Some of the key benefits of using Vivaldi on Fedora Linux include the following:

  • Customizable interface and themes
  • Advanced tab management
  • Built-in notes and screen capture tools
  • Advanced browsing history and bookmarks options
  • Built-in ad-blocker and privacy features
  • Ability to synchronize data across devices
  • Keyboard shortcuts and mouse gestures for improved productivity
  • Speed Dial and Quick Commands for easy access to your favorite websites and settings.
  • Vivaldi community – You can share, learn and connect with Vivaldi users worldwide. Incorporating Vivaldi into your Fedora Linux desktop can significantly improve your browsing experience, making it more efficient and enjoyable.

The following guide will walk you through installing Vivaldi on a Fedora Linux workstation desktop using the command line terminal. It will also provide information on maintaining and removing the browser versions if necessary.

Step 1: Update Fedora

Begin by updating your system to ensure all existing packages are up to date to prevent potential conflicts during installation.

sudo dnf upgrade --refresh

Step 2: Import Vivaldi Repository

As Fedora repositories do not have Vivaldi stored by default, you must import the official Vivaldi RPM with the following command.

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

Now, you can proceed to install the browser.

Step 3: Install Vivaldi Browser

After importing the repository, you can install the stable version of Vivaldi Browser or the nightly version, also known as the snapshot build. While the stable version is recommended by default, you can install both versions simultaneously.

Note at the current time, the Linux GPG key is not working correctly to import both versions; remove the “–nogpgcheck” if you would like to try importing the GPG key. If it fails, re-add this option.

Typically, users start by installing the recommendable stable build version using the command provided.

sudo dnf install --nogpgcheck vivaldi-stable -y

Verify the version and build the stable version.

vivaldi --version

If you wish to have the latest Vivaldi beta snapshot version installed to test and view new changes, use the command provided.

sudo dnf install --nogpgcheck vivaldi-snapshot -y

Verify the version and build the snapshot version.

vivaldi-snapshot --version

Step 4: Launch Vivaldi Browser

After the installation is finished, there are various ways to launch Vivaldi. One of the options is to use the command provided while in the terminal.

vivaldi

Most desktop users can find the application icon using the following path.

Activities > Show Applications > Vivaldi

Example:

When you launch Vivaldi, you will be presented with a landing page that allows you to customize your browser to your preferences. This page offers several options for personalizing your browsing experience, including setting your preferred start page, selecting a theme, and configuring your keyboard shortcuts. By taking the time to customize your browser, you can improve your productivity and make your browsing experience more efficient and enjoyable.

Additionally, you can customize your browser further by installing extensions from the Vivaldi add-ons store. And if you want to access your settings quickly, you can use the command vivaldi://settings in the address bar.

Example:

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

Example:

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

Additional Commands & Tips

Update Vivaldi Browser

To update, use the command ‘dnf refresh’ in your terminal, which will check for any updates for your entire system, including updates from the Vivaldi repository.

sudo dnf update --refresh

Remove Vivaldi Browser

To uninstall Vivaldi Browser, execute the terminal command that corresponds to the version you have installed.

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Use the following command to remove the stable version of the Vivaldi browser.

sudo dnf autoremove vivaldi-stable

If you have also installed the snapshot build, you may want to remove it. It’s worth noting that you can remove this version while keeping it stable.

sudo dnf autoremove vivaldi-snapshot

If you no longer need the Vivaldi repository, it’s best to remove it using the following command.

sudo rm /etc/yum.repos.d/vivaldi-fedora.repo

Conclusion

Installing the Vivaldi browser on Fedora Linux is a straightforward process that can be accomplished by importing the official Vivaldi RPM and the GPG key, importing the Vivaldi repository, and installing the browser. Depending on your preferences, you can install the stable version or the snapshot build. Once the installation is complete, you can customize your browser to improve productivity and make your browsing experience more efficient and enjoyable. Additionally, you can also update and remove the browser as needed. Overall, Vivaldi is a versatile and customizable browser that can enhance your browsing experience on Fedora Linux.

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