Tired of the big browsers and looking for an open source alternative that respects your privacy? Check out the Qupzilla browser. It’s the official browser of the KDE project and there’s a lot to love. For starters, it uses a “native widget style” to integrate with nearly every Linux desktop environment (even non-KDE ones). It also has killer features like a built-in ad blocker, an Opera-like speed dial for quick access to websites, a built-in RSS reader, and more!
SPOILER ALERT: Scroll down and watch the video tutorial at the end of this article.
In this article, we’ll be going over all the different ways to install Qupzilla on Linux. To use this browser, you need to be running Ubuntu, Debian, Arch Linux, Fedora, OpenSUSE or at the very least, be able to launch an AppImage.
Ubuntu users are able to install the new Qupzilla browser directly from the software sources. To install the program, you’ll first need to install any available software updates. There are two ways to update software on Ubuntu. If you want to do it outside of the terminal, press the “Windows” button on your keyboard, search for “updates” and open the update manager. In the update tool, you will be able to install updates directly.
Don’t want to use the GUI update tool? Open up a terminal window and run the following commands.
sudo apt update sudo apt upgrade -y
Now that Ubuntu is up to date, install Qupzilla. To install via the Ubuntu Software Center, search for “Qupzilla”, click the “Install” button, and enter your user’s password. From there, the browser should install. Launch it by searching the Activities area for “Qupzilla”. It’s also possible to install it via apt in a terminal.
sudo apt install qupzilla
Need to remove the Qupzilla browser from Ubuntu? Search “Qupzilla” in the Software Center app and click “uninstall”. Alternatively, run this apt command.
sudo apt remove qupzilla
The Debian software sources have Qupzilla, though depending on what version of Debian you use, it varies. If you’re running Debian Stable, or something later, consider following our guide to enabling newer software sources on Debian (via Debian Backports) first.
Before installing Qupzilla, install all pending updates to your Debian PC. The quickest way to update Debian is to use the apt-get command. The first phase of updating Debian with apt-get is the update command. This will refresh all of the software sources and let the user know if there are any new updates available to install.
sudo apt-get update
When apt-get update finishes, it’s time to run the second phase of the update process. The second command (apt-get upgrade) will tell Debian to install all pending updates.
sudo apt-get upgrade -y
With all the software up to date, Qupzilla is ready to install. Those using Debian Testing or Unstable can install Qupzilla with a simple apt-get install.
sudo apt-get install qupzilla
If you’re running Stable or later, you’ll need to install Qupzilla via Debian Backports.
Note: please change releasename to the version of Debian you’re running.
sudo apt-get -t releasename-backports install qupzilla
Remove Qupzilla from Debian with:
sudo apt-get remove qupzilla --purge
Arch Linux is a bleeding-edge Linux distribution, and because of it, users often get the absolute latest versions of software available. To install the Qupzilla browser, first make sure your Arch PC is up to date. Installing updates on Arch is very important and without up-to-date programs, the installation might break.
Using the Pacman package tool, sync the latest packages and upgrade them.
sudo pacman -Syyu
Now that the system is up to date, use the Pacman tool to sync the absolute latest stable version of the Qupzilla browser.
sudo pacman -S qupzilla
Need to remove the Qupzilla browser from Arch? Remove it with pacman -R.
sudo pacman -R qupzilla
Thankfully, Qupzilla is a totally open source browser, so Fedora has no issue shipping it in the software sources by default. Additionally, the Fedora operating system is fairly bleeding-edge, so users will likely be able to experience new Qupzilla features fairly quickly. Here’s how to install it. First, you’ll need to update your packages using dnf update.
sudo dnf update -y
When Fedora finishes installing the latest updates, it’s safe to use the DNF package manager to grab the latest version of the Qupzilla browser.
sudo dnf install qupzilla
Uninstall Qupzilla at any time by running dnf uninstall.
sudo dnf uninstall qupzilla
OpenSUSE has two versions of their operating system. One version of the operating system is very stable and has older packages much like Debian (Leap). The other is more like Arch Linux or Fedora and has some very new, potentially unstable packages. Suffice it to say, your version of SUSE dictates what version of Qupzilla is available.
Note: If you’d like the absolute latest version of the browser, consider following our guide to convert your Leap install to Tumbleweed.
Installing the Qupzilla browser on Suse is pretty easy, and it starts by using the zypper command to refresh and update the software on the system. First, use ref to update all Suse software sources and repos.
sudo zypper ref -s
Then, use update to install all of the updates.
sudo zypper update
Now that Suse is up to date, install the Qupzilla browser.
sudo zypper install qupzilla
Remove the software from your OpenSUSE PC using zypper remove.
sudo zypper remove qupzilla
Qupzilla is part of KDE. As a result, many (if not all) Linux distributions distribute the software in some form or another. To install it, open up your terminal and search the package manager tool for “qupzilla”. Can’t find it? Consider heading over to the official Qupzilla download page and grabbing an AppImage of the browser.
The advantage of this method is that Qupzilla doesn’t need to be installed on a Linux PC to run. Instead, it’ll open from anywhere as the AppImage file.