Howto: Install Chromium on Ubuntu

May 4, 2009

Hey all, long time no post yet again. Exams can do that to you…but if you are much more fortunate than I and have some time to kill, I would highly suggest taking the pre-alpha of Chromium (the open source base of Google Chrome) for a spin. For a long while now I’ve been looking for a decent browser replacement for Firefox on my netbook, which is almost unbearably slow. Thankfully for my mobile browsing experience, Chromium seems to be shaping up to be that browser. Still has tons of bugs and crashes occasionaly, but for pre-alpha it’s still really polished and *really* fast. I will be writing a more thorough review once I get the time, but until then you all can just see for yourself.

A big fat warning before we begin: EXPECT THINGS TO BREAK. This isn’t even in alpha yet, so there are no guarantees as to your experience. That said, I’ve had a pretty good experience with it so far.

All you really need to do to get Chromium installed is to add the nightly PPA repository that the developers were kind enough to set up for all of us Ubuntu users and install the chromium-browser package. To do this, simply do the following:

Open up a terminal (or use Alt+F2) and execute the following command:

sudo gedit /etc/apt/sources.list

Now go to the PPA site to get the correct lines to add into the file.  To do this, simply select your version of Ubuntu and it will tell you what lines you need. It should look something like this (the lines for Intrepid):

deb http://ppa.launchpad.net/chromium-daily/ppa/ubuntu intrepid main
deb-src http://ppa.launchpad.net/chromium-daily/ppa/ubuntu intrepid main

Add these to the end of the file, save, then exit.

Now you need to add the repository key. Simply execute this command:

sudo apt-key adv --recv-keys --keyserver keyserver.ubuntu.com fbef0d696de1c72ba5a835fe5a9bf3bb4e5e17b5

Great! The repository is now installed and verified. Now, simply update the repositories and install the package by running the following commands:

sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install chromium-browser

That’s it! Chromium should now be installed on your system, ready for you play around with. Enjoy.

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One Response to “Howto: Install Chromium on Ubuntu”

  1. Gojeg Says:

    Nice tutorial, I’m using Chromium now. But, some extensions causing error. 😦


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