There are a bunch of different web browsers popping up on the market lately. The main reason for this is that more than ever, users are starting to get sick of the mainstream browsers. Chrome eats up RAM (and has major privacy issues), and Firefox while getting better still needs work. That’s why the Brave browser and Vivaldi browser have been getting some attention.
SPOILER ALERT: Scroll down and watch the video tutorial at the end of this article.
The Vivaldi browser is a re-implementation of the Opera web browser, before (in Vivaldi’s view) everything changed for the worst. Much like Opera, Vivaldi has things like Speed Dial, Rewind/Fast Forward, and other Opera browser features. Additionally, it has a lot of new things to show off as well, like Adaptive Interface Color: something that allows the browser to change colors based on the browser page, and etc.
This browser has some pretty good support for Linux. In this article, we’ll go over all the ways to install the Vivaldi browser on Linux.
Looking to get the Vivaldi web browser working on your Ubuntu PC? Here’s how to do it. Start off by opening up a terminal window. From here, run the update tool. This is to make sure that all of the programs, libraries and other things are up to date.
Note: Debian users follow these instructions, as Ubuntu and Debian are very similar. You may need to replace apt with apt-get.
sudo apt update sudo apt upgrade -y
After running the upgrade tool, it’s time to download and install the package. In your web browser, navigate over to the Vivaldi download page. Look for “Vivaldi 64 bit” if your Ubuntu PC is 64 bit. Run 32 bit? Grab the download that is labeled “Vivaldi 32 bit”.
Note: if you’re using Ubuntu ARM (like Ubuntu Mate for the Raspberry Pi and etc), you’ll need to download “Vivaldi ARM DEB” instead.
When the DEB package file finishes downloading, it’ll be saved to ~/Downloads. Using the CD command, move the terminal to ~/Downloads. Then, using the LS command, list everything in the directory.
cd ~/Downloads ls
Look for the name of the DEB file, and write it out like this. For example, version 1.14 of the package will be written out like this:
sudo dpkg -i vivaldi-stable_1.14.1077.45-1_amd64.deb
Running DPKG will install Vivaldi to your Ubuntu PC. However, due to how packages are built, there may be missing dependencies that fail to install. To fix this, run apt install -f.
sudo apt install -f
When apt install -f finishes, Vivaldi should be usable.
Arch Linux doesn’t have an official Vivaldi package on the website. Nonetheless, Arch users have figured out a way to port the browser over, using the AUR. To install Vivaldi on Arch Linux, first head over to this page, and download the latest snapshot of the browser. Alternatively, clone it with git:
git clone https://aur.archlinux.org/vivaldi.git
After cloning the latest Vivaldi snapshot, run the build process to generate and install a new AUR package.
Running this command will start the package generation process. It’ll take a bit of time, but after it finishes you’ll be left with an installable, native, Arch Linux Vivaldi package file. Install it to the system with:
sudo pacman -U *.pkg.tar.xz
Installing Vivaldi on Fedora is quite easy. First, open up the official download page for the browser and find the version of Vivaldi that matches your system. 64 Bit Fedora users should select “Vivaldi 64 bit”, and etc.
Right click on the download link, and select “copy link address” (or the equivalent). Then, move to the terminal and install it via the DNF package manager. For example, to install version 1.14, you’d do:
sudo dnf install https://downloads.vivaldi.com/stable/vivaldi-stable-1.14.1077.45-1.x86_64.rpm -y
When DNF finishes installing Vivaldi package, the web browser will be usable on your Fedora PC.
Like Fedora, OpenSUSE is supported by the Vivaldi team via a downloadable RPM file. Head over to the download page and grab the latest RPM (for either 32 or 64 bit). Once downloaded, use the CD command in terminal to navigate to the ~/Downloads directory. Then, use LS to reveal the name of the RPM file.
cd ~/Downloads ls
The package is installable to all current versions of SUSE (Leap/Tumbleweed) via the Zypper package manager. As of writing this article, version 1.14 is the most current version of the Vivaldi browser. Keep in mind that because you will need to modify the command below with the correct version if it updates or the command will not work.
For best results, copy the file name of the RPM that shows in LS.
sudo zypper install vivaldi-stable-1.14.1077.45-1.x86_64.rpm
Unfortunately, Vivaldi doesn’t have a plain .tar.gz release of their browser, so getting it running on non-mainstream Linux distributions will be challenging (if they don’t have something like the Arch AUR). If you absolutely love this browser and want to use it on your Linux distribution, yet can’t find a binary, consider downloading the deb2targz script. It can easily convert any Debian package file to a tar.gz archive file.
After converting it, you may be able to install the browser to your system manually.