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How to install the Eolie web browser on Linux

Tired of the mainstream web browser choices on Linux and looking for something modern yet elegant and fast? Check out Eolie! It’s a sleek, fancy, and minimalist web browser for the Linux platform that runs great on even PCs with meager system resources.

In this guide, we’ll go over how to install Eolie on all major Linux operating systems. Officially, Eolie supports Ubuntu, Arch Linux, Fedora, OpenSUSE, as well as many others through Flatpak.

Ubuntu installation instructions

Ubuntu users can install the Eolie web browser through a dedicated PPA that the developer has made available. To add the PPA, start by opening up a terminal window on the Linux desktop. Once the terminal window is open, execute the add-apt-repository command below.

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:gnumdk/eolie

After adding the Eolie PPA to your Ubuntu PC, you must run the update command. Updating is critical while adding PPAs, as Ubuntu’s software database needs to refresh to give access to the software on the PPA.

sudo apt update

Once your Ubuntu PC’s software sources are up to date, it is time to install the Eolie web browser on your computer. To do that, execute the apt install command below.

sudo apt install eolie

Following the installation, Eolie will be ready to use on your Ubuntu PC. Enjoy!

Debian installation instructions

The developer of Eolie doesn’t specifically say that the Debian operating system is supported. However, they do have a PPA available for Ubuntu, and Debian is very, very similar to it. So, it’ll work just fine.

To start the installation process, you will need to add the Ubuntu 20.10 PPA to your Debian Linux system. There are many ways to do this, including editing your /etc/sources.list file. However, using the add-apt-repository command below in a terminal is the best approach.

Note: if the Debian PPA installation method doesn’t work for you, consider following the Flatpak instructions instead.

sudo add-apt-repository 'deb http://ppa.launchpad.net/gnumdk/eolie/ubuntu groovy main'

After adding the software source to your Debian Linux system, you will need to refresh your software sources. To refresh your software sources, execute the apt update command. Using the apt-get update command also works.

sudo apt update

Following the update command, you may notice an error has occurred. This error is because you’ve not yet added the Eolie PPA’s repo key to Debian. To fix this issue, run the following apt-key command below. It should automatically download and activate the PPA key you need.

sudo apt-key adv --keyserver hkp://keyserver.ubuntu.com:80 --recv-keys DBA501177AA84500

Once the key for the Eolie PPA is set up, re-run the update command. This time, the error shouldn’t appear on the screen. 

sudo apt update

Next, install any updates you may have pending on your Debian PC. Eolie needs your PC to be up to date to run correctly, and you might experience crashes if you do not install updates.

sudo apt update

sudo apt upgrade -y

Finally, install the Eolie web browser on your Debian Linux system using the apt install command below.

sudo apt install eolie

Arch Linux installation instructions

Eolie is on Arch Linux via the Community repository as well as the AUR. In this section of the guide, we will cover both methods of installation. 

Community repo

Installing the Eolie web browser on Arch Linux through the “Community” repo is easy, assuming you have the “Community” repository enabled in your pacman.conf file. 

To start the installation, open up a terminal window. From there, check your pacman.conf file to ensure that “Community” is enabled. After that, use the Pacman command below.

sudo pacman -S eolie


If you’d like to install the web browser on your system via the AUR, start by installing the Trizen AUR helper. Trizen makes installing complex AUR apps automatic and saves a whole lot of time in the long run.

sudo pacman -S git base-devel

git clone https://aur.archlinux.org/trizen.git 

cd trizen 

makepkg -sri

Following the installation of Trizen, you can install the Eolie app with the following trizen -S command in a terminal window.

trizen -S eolie-stable-git

Fedora installation instructions

Eolie is available in a Copr repo for Fedora 33, 32, and 31. However, the Copr repository doesn’t have detailed instructions, and there is no indication if the developer pays much attention to it.

Since the Copr repo seems to be neglected, we highly suggest installing the Flatpak release of Eoli if you are a Fedora user. If you are an expert Fedora user, you can try your hand at getting the Copr version working by clicking here.

OpenSUSE installation instructions

The Eolie web browser is supported on OpenSUSE Linux for LEAP 15.2, Tumbleweed, and 15.1. To start the installation, open up a terminal window. Once you’ve gotten the terminal open, add the Eolie repository to your system with the command below.


sudo zypper addrepo https://ftp.lysator.liu.se/pub/opensuse/repositories/GNOME:/Apps/openSUSE_Factory/ gnome-apps-x86_64


zypper addrepo https://ftp.lysator.liu.se/pub/opensuse/repositories/GNOME:/Apps/openSUSE_Leap_15.2/ gnome-apps-x86_64


sudo zypper addrepo https://ftp.lysator.liu.se/pub/opensuse/repositories/GNOME:/Apps/openSUSE_Leap_15.1/ gnome-apps-x86_64

Finally, after adding the new repository to your OpenSUSE system, you can install the Eolie web browser using the Zypper install command.

sudo zypper install eolie

Flatpak installation instructions

If you’re not able to get the Eolie browser in other ways, you’ll be happy to know that it is available as a Flatpak package. To start the installation, ensure you have the Flatpak runtime configured on your computer

After setting up the Flatpak runtime, you will be able to install the Eolie web browser using the two commands below in a terminal window.

flatpak remote-add --if-not-exists flathub https://flathub.org/repo/flathub.flatpakrepo

flatpak install flathub org.gnome.Eolie

Is the Eolie browser not meeting expectations? Try one of the browsers listed below instead.


  1. Eolie has been in the Arch community repo for almost two years. Why are you instructing users to install the VCS package from the AUR?

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