Install Chromium Web Browser in Ubuntu in 3 Easy Steps(Lucid,Karmic,Jaunty)


So for those who are wondering what Chromium Web Browser is all about, this is the original project from where Google Chrome draws its source code. See also How is Chromium Browser different from Google Chrome. I would personally prefer Chromium over Google Chrome, because Chromium is devoid of any kind of tracking by Google of different usage statistics, which I think is a breach of privacy(though you can opt-in and out of it in Google Chrome).


Chromium-daily launchpad repo will give you updates almost daily, and I have personally experienced a kind of robustness in Chromium which is so unseen in Google Chrome. Enough reasons to install Chromium in Ubuntu I guess. Lets get started.

How Install Chromium in Ubuntu Maverick, Lucid, Karmic?
  • In Ubuntu Lucid and Karmic, you can add the chromium ppa repository and authenticate chromium ppa with GPG key in just one step. Simply copy-paste the following line into Terminal.
sudo add-apt-repository ppa:chromium-daily/ppa && sudo apt-get update
  • Now Install Chromium in your Ubuntu.
sudo apt-get install chromium-browser
  • Done. Thats all you need to do if you are using Ubuntu 10.10, Ubuntu 10.04 or Ubuntu 9.10.
How to Install Chromium in Ubuntu Jaunty, Intrepid?
  • Adding of GPG key and Chromium PPA are different steps here. Follow the steps below to install Chromium in Ubuntu Jaunty, Intrepid.
Add GPG Key First
  • Goto Terminal, and copy-paste the following line inside Terminal(Give password when prompted).
sudo apt-key adv --recv-keys --keyserver keyserver.ubuntu.com 4E5E17B5
  • Done.
Add Chromium-Daily PPA Launchpad Repo
  • You will have to add the following chromium-daily repo to your 3rd party repository list. 
  • For that, goto System - Administration - Software Sources, select the third-party-software tab and Click ADD.
  • Now, depending on the version of Ubuntu you use, copy-paste the following line.
For Ubuntu Jaunty 10.04
deb http://ppa.launchpad.net/chromium-daily/ppa/ubuntu jaunty main

For Ubuntu Intrepid 9.10
deb http://ppa.launchpad.net/chromium-daily/ppa/ubuntu intrepid main
  • Close the window and click Reload when prompted to.
  • Done.
Now, Install Chromium Web Browser
  • Again, simply copy-paste the following line to your terminal(one by one).
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install chromium-browser
  • Done.
  • Now, goto Applications - Internet - Chromium Web Browser. 
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