Ubuntu 22.04 Chromium Browser installation

The purpose of this tutorial is to show how to install the Chromium web browser on Ubuntu 22.04 Jammy Jellyfish. Chromium is an open source browser maintained by Google. Along with the Chromium browser itself, Google Chrome, Microsoft Edge, Opera, Vivaldi, and a slew of other notable web browsers are all based on the Chromium source code. It’s safe to say that Chromium plays a huge role in the way that many users view the web today.

Despite Chromium’s influence, Mozilla Firefox is the default web browser on Ubuntu 22.04. Chromium is still can still be easily installed directly from Ubuntu’s package manager. Contrast this to a browser like Google Chrome, whose closed source precludes it from being as easily installed on Ubuntu.

While Chromium is a fully functional browser on its own, it’s missing support for propriety codecs like H.264 and AAC. At the cost of minor inconveniences like this, you’ll be getting an open source, Chrome-like browser. We dive more into this topic in our Firefox vs. Chrome/Chromium guide.

In this tutorial you will learn:

Chromium Browser installation on Ubuntu 22.04 Jammy Jellyfish Linux
Chromium Browser installation on Ubuntu 22.04 Jammy Jellyfish Linux
Software Requirements and Linux Command Line Conventions
Category Requirements, Conventions or Software Version Used
System Ubuntu 22.04 Jammy Jellyfish
Software Chromium Browser
Other Privileged access to your Linux system as root or via the sudo command.
Conventions # – requires given linux commands to be executed with root privileges either directly as a root user or by use of sudo command
$ – requires given linux commands to be executed as a regular non-privileged user

Chromium Browser installation on Ubuntu 22.04 step by step instructions



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Install Chromium Browser from command line

  1. Get started by opening a command line terminal and executing the following two apt commands:
    $ sudo apt update
    $ sudo apt install chromium-browser
    

    All done.

  2. You can start the Chromium Browser using the below command or search for it in the Activities menu.
    $ chromium-browser
    

Install Chromium Browser using graphical user interface

  1. Use the top left Activities menu to open the Ubuntu Software application.
    Open Ubuntu Software application from Activities menu
    Open Ubuntu Software application from Activities menu
  2. Click the magnifying glass to perform a search, and type chromium as your search query.
    Search for Chromium in the software catalog and click the result that shows up
    Search for Chromium in the software catalog and click the result that shows up
  3. To begin the installation press the Install button.



    Install Chromium on Ubuntu 22.04
    Install Chromium on Ubuntu 22.04

  4. Enter your username and password to continue with the installation. Your user needs to have root permissions to perform the installation.
    Authenticate with your password to start the installation
    Authenticate with your password to start the installation
  5. You can start the Chromium Browser using the below command or search for it in the Activities menu.
    $ chromium-browser
    

Closing Thoughts




In this tutorial, we saw how to install one of the world’s most influential open source browsers, the Chromium web browser, on Ubuntu 22.04 Jammy Jellyfish Linux. It proves quite easy to install from both command line and GUI, since Ubuntu 22.04 includes it in the default package repositories.