How to install Chromium browser in Debian

Chromium is a "non-google", open source browser, on which Google Chrome is based. The application is widely used as the upstream source code for a variety of other browsers, such as Microsoft Edge, Opera, Yandex Browser, etc.

Before getting any further, we assume that you have a basic understanding of how the Linux shell works and how we send commands to it. You also need to know how to run terminal commands under root privileges in the safe way using sudo.

In this article, we will show you how to install Chromium Browser on your Debian, specifically the latest version - Debian 11 Bullseye. The guide is applicable to the OS older version Debian 10 Buster and many other Linux distro that are based on Debian.

Install Chromium on Debian using apt

Update all packages

Before installing any new package or software application, it is suggested that you refresh your system cache. To do this, run the below-mentioned command to update the apt packages list of the Debian repository.

sudo apt update

Install Chromium browser

After updating all the packages, you can move on to installing the Chromium browser. Unlike the Google Chrome browser, you don't need to add any extra software repositories to your Debian 11 system in order to install Chromium. This Chromium browser application is already available in the default official Debian 11 repository. So, you can easily install it on your Debian 11 system by typing the below-mentioned command.

sudo apt install chromium

Verify Chromium installation

Once the installation completes, you can verify the installation process by checking the version of the installed Chromium browser version by running the command below.

chromium -version

Install Chromium on Debian using snap

Snap is the new way of installing software on Linux systems, introduced by Canonical, who owns Ubuntu. With snaps, you can install all of an app's dependencies with a single command, and updates are automatic and resilient. Plus, apps run in their own isolated sandbox, thus minimizing security risks.

Since Ubuntu is a Debian-based operating system, snap can also be installed and used in Debian.

First, you have to install snapd on your Debian 11 Bullseye using apt. The snapd is the primary daemon which manages all "snaps" on your system.

sudo apt install snapd

If you are installing snap for the first time, it is advised to install the core package to make sure that all the basic features of snap works fine. In order to do that, run the following command in any terminal window :

sudo snap install core

You will see something like this

core 16-2.51.4 from Canonicalinstalled
Code language: CSS (css)

Now that snap is properly set up, all you need to do to install Chromium is running the command below :

sudo snap install chromium
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