Firefox gets all the attention as Linux’s favorite open-source web browser, but there are plenty of other ones to use. One of the better alternatives to Firefox on Linux is Midori. The reason? It’s lightweight, has built-in ad-blocking features, and runs on computers with minimal RAM!
In this guide, we’ll go over how to get Midori browser working on all of the major Linux operating systems. Let’s get started!
The Midori browser has long been a part of Ubuntu’s “Main” software repository. If you’d like to install the latest version available from that software repository, start by opening up a terminal window by pressing Ctrl + Alt + T or Ctrl + Shift + T on the keyboard.
With the terminal window open, it’s time to install the Midori browser on Ubuntu Linux. You can do this with the Apt command below.
sudo apt install midori
You may find this release of Midori a bit lacking, due to how slow the updates can be with Ubuntu. Understandably, updates lag at times, since the primary objective of Ubuntu Linux is to offer up a modern, but stable experience. If you’d like something a little newer on your setup, try following the Snap package instructions instead.
Please note that the Snap release of Midori runs in a sandbox. So, if you’ve got Midori profile data on Ubuntu, it will not be accessible in the Snap version of the app. Be sure to back up all of your user data, bookmarks, etc., before switching to this version.
Version 7 of the Midori web browser is readily available to Debian 10 Linux users. For Debian 9 users, only version 5 is available for installation. If you are using Debian 10, getting the latest release of the browser doesn’t take any extra effort. Just launch a terminal window by pressing Ctrl + Alt + T or Ctrl + Shift + T and enter the command below to get going.
sudo apt-get install midori
Getting the latest release of Midori on Debian 9
If you’re using Debian 9 Stretch, you won’t be able to enjoy the newest features offered up in Midori 7. If not gaining access to the latest features don’t bother you, install it with the following apt-get command.
sudo apt-get install midori
On the other hand, if you need to get your hands on the newest release of the browser, there are a couple of options. Probably the best thing to do is to enable Snap support on Debian and skip to the Snap package instructions below. Alternatively, upgrade your system from Debian 9 to Debian 10 to get access to newer releases of the browser.
Arch Linux instructions
On Arch Linux, the current version of the Midori web browser available is version 8. However, users will not be able to install it without first enabling the “Community” software repository.
To enable “Community,” open up a terminal window and open up your Pacman.conf file inside of the Nano text editor.
sudo nano -w /etc/pacman.conf
Scroll through the text file and locate “#Community.” Then, remove the ‘#’ symbol from in front of it. Be sure to also remove any ‘#’ symbols in the lines directly below it.
When editing is complete, save the changes to Pacman.conf by pressing Ctrl + O on the keyboard, and exit with Ctrl + X.
Assuming the “Community” software repository is up and running, you can install the latest release of Midori to Arch Linux with the following Pacman command.
sudo pacman -Syy midori
Version 7 of the Midori web browser is in the official Fedora Linux software repository. To get a copy of it working on your Fedora Linux PC, open up a terminal window with Ctrl + Alt + T or Ctrl + Shift + T. Then, use the Dnf package manager to load up the latest version.
sudo dnf install midori -y
OpenSUSE users can get the latest version of the Midori web browser through the “OSS All” software repository. To start the installation, launch a terminal window. Then, using the zypper package manager, start the installation.
sudo zypper install midori
It should be noted that the version of Midori available to OpenSUSE 15.0 is severely out of date. If you’d like a newer version of the app, skip these instructions and follow the Snap ones instead, as they’ll provide a more recent version of Midori.
Snap package instructions
Snaps are excellent, as they allow app developers the ability to distribute applications to everyone, without much effort. Best of all, due to the nature of the technology, Snaps are updated relatively quickly.
One of the ways users can gain access to Midori on Linux is through a Snap. As of now, the version in the store is 8.0. To get it going, enable Snap support on your Linux OS. Then, use the snap install command below.
sudo snap install midori