How to Install Chromium Browser on Ubuntu 20.04

Install Chromium Browser on Ubuntu 20.04

In this article, we will have explained the necessary steps to install and configure the Chromium Browser on Ubuntu 20.04 LTS. Before continuing with this tutorial, make sure you are logged in as a user with sudo privileges. All the commands in this tutorial should be run as a non-root user.

Chromium is an open-source Web browser project started by Google, to provide the source code for the proprietary Google Chrome browser. Google Chrome is closed source and collecting statistics on the use of the browser, and the Chromium version is open source.

Install Chromium Browser on Ubuntu 20.04

Step 1. First, before you start installing any package on your Ubuntu server, we always recommend making sure that all system packages are updated.

sudo apt update
sudo apt upgrade

Step 2. Install Chromium Browser on Ubuntu system.

Run command to add the PPA:

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:xalt7x/chromium-deb-vaapi

After that, run command to “pin” the PPA to avoid installation of the snap package in Ubuntu 20.04:

cat <<EOF | sudo tee /etc/apt/preferences.d/pin-xalt7x-chromium-deb-vaapi
Package: *
Pin: release o=LP-PPA-xalt7x-chromium-deb-vaapi
Pin-Priority: 1337
EOF

Once done, refresh package cache and install Chromium deb:

sudo apt update
sudo apt install chromium-browser chromium-codecs-ffmpeg-extra

Step 3. Start the Chromium Browser.

You can start the Chromium browser either from the command line by typing chromium-browser or by clicking on the Chromium icon (Activities → Chromium) or by opening up a terminal and typing in:

chromium

That’s all you need to do to install Chromium Web Browser on Ubuntu 20.04 Focal Fossa. I hope you find this quick tip helpful. If you have questions or suggestions, feel free to leave a comment below.