Chromium is a FOSS project that’s the base for various browsers including Google Chrome, Microsoft Edge, and Opera. Chrome specifically, is just Chromium with some proprietary features added on.
As Chromium lacks support for things like automatic updates and multimedia codecs, Chrome’s user experience is generally better. But users that value free open-source software tend to prefer Chromium. If you’ve decided to install Chromium as well, this guide will be helpful.
Install from Snap Store
If you’re new to Ubuntu, you might prefer installing Chromium graphically as it’s easier to understand what you’re doing.
- Launch the Ubuntu Software app from the dock.
- Search and open the Chromium package’s page.
- The Stable package is selected by default. You can change to the Beta or Dev (edge) releases if you want and click on Install to install Chromium.
- After installing Chromium, you can launch it from the applications menu.
Install from Command Line
Normally, we’d use apt when installing packages from the command line. But the package in the Ubuntu Universe repo is just an empty transitional package that links to a Chromium snap. So, you might as well just install Chromium using snap instead.
sudo snap install chromium
You can install the Beta or Dev (edge) versions instead using the
sudo snap install chromium --channel=latest/beta
sudo snap install chromium --channel=latest/edge
If you want to install the multimedia codecs as well, use
sudo snap install chromium-ffmpeg
After setting up Chromium, you can open it from the applications menu or directly from the terminal by entering
Managing and Using Chromium
Snaps auto-update, so you don’t need to worry about keeping Chromium updated. You can check the currently installed version with
snap info chromium
If you want to urgently run a manual update, you can use
sudo snap refresh chromium
And if you want to uninstall Chromium, you can use
sudo snap remove chromium