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How to install the Chromium based version of Brave browser on Linux

The company behind Brave has switched the browser from its own, in-house rendering engine to Chromium. As a result, all installation methods we covered in our guide about how to install the Brave browser is now inaccurate.

In this guide, we will demonstrate the new ways you can install the latest Brave web browser on your Linux PC. To start, uninstall the old version from your computer. Then, install any pending software updates and follow along below.

Ubuntu/Debian installation instructions

The new version of the Brave web browser is no longer in the Ubuntu Snap Store. As a result, if you would like to use the latest version of Brave, you must install it through their custom software repository. To start the installation process, open up a terminal window and use the apt install command to set up the “apt-transport-https” and “curl” packages, which are required to set up the Brave repo.

Note: it is possible to follow these instructions on a Debian Linux PC to get the Brave browser working. However, on specific releases of the operating system, you may need to replace the apt commands with apt-get commands.

sudo apt install apt-transport-https curl

Following the installation of the “apt-transport-https” and “curl” packages, use the curl command to download the Brave repo’s release key. Do not skip this step! Without the key file, the repo will not work with Ubuntu!

curl -s https://brave-browser-apt-release.s3.brave.com/brave-core.asc | sudo apt-key --keyring /etc/apt/trusted.gpg.d/brave-browser-release.gpg add -

After adding in the release key, it is time to add in the Brave software repository to your Ubuntu Linux PC. Using the echo command, add in the repo.

echo "deb [arch=amd64] https://brave-browser-apt-release.s3.brave.com/ stable main" | sudo tee /etc/apt/sources.list.d/brave-browser-release.list

Following adding the software repository, you must run the update command. Using this command will set up the ability to install the Brave browser with the apt install command.

sudo apt update

Finally, once the apt update command is complete, you will be able to install the Brave browser using the apt install command.

sudo apt install brave-browser

Arch Linux installation instructions

The developers of the Brave web browser have not created an official package for Arch Linux. However, those on Arch Linux will still be able to use Brave, as users have uploaded a custom package to the Arch Linux AUR.

To start the Brave installation on Arch Linux, you must enable AUR support. To do that, open up a terminal window and use the Pacman command below to install the “git” and “base-devel” packages.

sudo pacman -S base-devel git

Following the installation of the “git” and “base-devel” packages on Arch Linux, it is time to install the Trizen AUR helper. This app will make setting up Brave much easier, as it takes care of all dependencies automatically. To install the Trizen app, enter the commands below.

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

cd trizen

makepkg -sri

Once the Trizen application is set up on your Arch Linux computer, the installation of the Brave browser can be done with the trizen -S command below.

trizen -S brave-bin

Fedora installation instructions

On Fedora Linux, you will be able to install the browser from the official Brave software repository. To start the installation, you must install the “dnf-plugins-core” package. Using the dnf install command below, set up “dnf-plugins-core.”

sudo dnf install dnf-plugins-core

Following the installation of the “dnf-plugins-core” on your Fedora Linux PC, use the config-manager command to subscribe to the Brave browser repository. Please keep in mind that this repository works with Fedora, as well as CentOS and RHEL 8+.

sudo dnf config-manager --add-repo https://brave-browser-rpm-release.s3.brave.com/x86_64/

Now that the software repository for Brave is on your Fedora Linux PC, it is time to use the rpm –import command to add the Brave repository key file.

sudo rpm --import https://brave-browser-rpm-release.s3.brave.com/brave-core.asc

Finally, when everything is set up, you will be able to install Brave with the dnf install command.

sudo dnf install brave-browser

OpenSUSE installation instructions

Using OpenSUSE Linux and need to install the new version of the Brave browser? Open up a terminal window by pressing Ctrl + Alt + T or Ctrl + Shift + T on the keyboard. Then, follow the step-by-step process outlined below.

Step 1: Install the Curl application on your OpenSUSE Linux PC, as it is required to get the official Brave software repository working correctly.

sudo zypper install curl

Step 2: Now that the Curl app is set up on your OpenSUSE Linux PC, download the official Brave software repository key using the rpm –import command.

sudo rpm --import https://brave-browser-rpm-release.s3.brave.com/brave-core.asc

Step 3: Using the addrepo command, subscribe your OpenSUSE Linux PC to the official Brave browser software repository. Keep in mind that this repo will only work with OpenSUSE 15.0, 15.1, and newer. If you’re using an older release of the OS, it will not work!

sudo zypper addrepo https://brave-browser-rpm-release.s3.brave.com/x86_64/ brave-browser

Step 4: Finally, install the new version of the Brave web browser on your OpenSUSE Linux PC using the zypper install command below.

sudo zypper install brave-browser

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