Install Latest Chromium Browser in Ubuntu

Chromium is the open source version of Google Chrome web browser, aims to build a safer, faster, and more stable way for all internet users to experience the web. While Chromium Stable PPA has been abandoned for a while (since version 18), this simple tutorial will show you how to install the latest chromium in Ubuntu (for now it is version 23).

Install Chromium browser:

Update: ppa:a-v-shkop/chromium-dev will try to maintain more-or-less fresh releases of Chromium while Chromium Team won’t release new versions of Chromium browser. Install from this ppa (support Ubuntu 12.04, 12.10, 11.10, 11.04, 10.04):

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:a-v-shkop/chromium
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install chromium-browser

Chromium browser is available in Ubuntu Software Center, but it is a little old. If you would like the latest version, download it at:

Download Chromium
It’s a non-install version, just extract the package and run the chrome executable. For example, I downloaded the package and extracted it under ~/Downloads directory. Just hit Ctrl+Alt+T to launch a terminal, run this to navigate to extracted folder:

cd ~/Downloads/chrome-linux

Then start chromium browser:

./chrome

After that, you can lock shortcut icon to Unity Launcher by right-click -> Lock to launcher.

Or add a custom launcher to menu:

  • Launch alacartefrom the dash home
  • Add new item, in command area input ./home/USERNAME/Downloads/chrome-linux/chrome (change the path to chromium).

Enjoy!

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