5 Of The Most Popular Internet Browsers Available For Ubuntu

In this article I will provide you a list of internet browsers that can be easily installed on your Ubuntu system.

Brave Browser:

As you may know, Brave Browser is an open-source, Chromium based internet browsers that comes with a built-in adblocker. The feature does not block all the ads and replaces all of infected ads (used for malwertising) with Brave ads, giving the money to the website displaying the ads, to Brave sponsors and the to the community.

By default, the browser accesses only the HTTPS version of all the websites (if there is a HTTPS version available).

Due to the fact that the Brave Browser is available as a snap package, installing it on Ubuntu or a derivative system is easy. You only need to install the snapd package and to use snap to install brave:

For more information about the snap package manager, follow this guide.

$ sudo apt install snapd
$ sudo snap install brave

To remove brave, do:

$ sudo snap remove brave

For more information about this browser, follow the Brave Browser article series (the newest instructions are on the top).

Pale moon:

As you may know, Pale Moon is an open-source, cross-platform browser based on Mozilla Firefox, being up to 25% faster then the original.

Pale moon is based on Firefox, has support for the official Firefox extensions, but does not contain all of the Firefox features, including: social API, accessibility features, WebRTC and has some specific customizations and configuration options which are not available on Firefox.

For more information about this browser, follow the Palemoon article series (the newest instructions are on the top).

How to install Pale Moon on Ubuntu 18.10 Cosmic Cuttlefish:

$ sudo sh -c "echo 'deb http://download.opensuse.org/repositories/home:/stevenpusser/xUbuntu_18.10/ /' > /etc/apt/sources.list.d/home:stevenpusser.list"
$ wget -nv https://download.opensuse.org/repositories/home:stevenpusser/xUbuntu_18.10/Release.key -O Release.key
$ sudo apt-key add - < Release.key
$ sudo apt-get update
$ sudo apt-get install palemoon

How to install Pale Moon on Ubuntu 18.04 Bionic Beaver, Elementary OS 0.5 Juno, Linux Mint 19.x:

$ sudo sh -c "echo 'deb http://download.opensuse.org/repositories/home:/stevenpusser/xUbuntu_18.04/ /' > /etc/apt/sources.list.d/home:stevenpusser.list"
$ wget -nv https://download.opensuse.org/repositories/home:stevenpusser/xUbuntu_18.04/Release.key -O Release.key
$ sudo apt-key add - < Release.key
$ sudo apt-get update
$ sudo apt-get install palemoon

Optional, to remove palemoon, do:

$ sudo apt-get remove palemoon

Opera:

As you may know, Opera is a popular, open-source, cross-platform internet browser. The browser is available for Windows, Mac OS X and Linux and has been developed by Opera Software AS. First, it has been built on the Blink layout engine, but after a while, it has adopted the Chromium browser engine.

Among others, it includes private browsing, tabbed browsing, a download manager and can integrate easily with social services, like WhatsApp and Facebook.

For more information about this browser, follow the Opera article series (the newest instructions are on the top).

In order to install Opera on Ubuntu 18.10 Cosmic Cuttlefish, Ubuntu 18.04 Bionic Beaver, Linux Mint 19.x, Elementary OS 0.5 Juno and other Ubuntu derivative systems, you need to manually add the repo and import the key to your system, to update the local repo index and install the opera package. Like this:

$ sudo add-apt-repository 'deb https://deb.opera.com/opera-stable/ stable non-free'
$ wget -qO- https://deb.opera.com/archive.key | sudo apt-key add -
$ sudo apt-get update
$ sudo apt-get install opera

Optional, to remove Opera, do:

$ sudo apt-get remove opera

Vivaldi:

As you may know, Vivaldi is a Chromium-based open-source internet browser, built by the Opera founder.

Main features of Vivaldi:

  • speed dial which allows access to favorite websites in each new tab and permits organizing favorite websites into folders,
  • the browser supports quick text commands;
  • built-in notes taking tool;
  • side panel with fast access to bookmarks, downloads and notes;
  • custom search engines support;
  • allows side-by-side browsing using a side panel;
  • tab management:
  • session management;
  • allows previewing open tabs;
  • tab cycling;
  • tab stacks (you can drop a tab on top of another to create a stack);
  • restore closed tabs or blocked pop-ups from the Vivaldi trash can;
  • tab stack tiling (view stacked tabs in a grid or side-by-side);
  • mouse gestures and keyboard shortcuts;
  • user interface scaling;
  • adaptive interface color;

The easiest way to install Vivaldi on Ubuntu 18.10 Cosmic Cuttlefish, Ubuntu 18.04 Bionic Beaver, Linux Mint 19.x, Elementary OS 0.5 Juno and other Ubuntu derivative systems is too use the default Opera repository. You need to manually add the repository, download and install the key, update the repo index and install the vivaldi-stable package:

$ sudo add-apt-repository “deb [arch=i386,amd64] http://repo.vivaldi.com/stable/deb stable main”
$ wget –q0- http://repo.vivaldi.com/stable/linux_signing_key.pub | sudo apt-key add –
$ sudo apt-get update
$ sudo apt-get install Vivaldi-stable

Optional, to remove Vivaldi, do:

$ sudo apt-get remove vivaldi*

Tor Browser Bundle:

Tor Browser Bundle is an internet browser based on Mozilla Firefox configured to protect the users’ anonimity, via Tor and Vidalia. The bundle also includes 3 Firefox extensions: Torbutton, NoScript and HTTPS-Everywhere.

The Tor Browser anonymizes the traffic and encrypts everything everything in the Tor network. Via the HTTPS-Everywhere extension, it also encrypts the traffic between the Tor network and the final destination.

In order to successfully install the latest version of Tor Browser Bundle on your system, you need to download and install the repo key, add the repository to your system, refresh the repo index and install the required package. Follow the instructions for your system exactly and everything should run smoothly.

How to install Tor Browser Bundle on Ubuntu 18.10 Cosmic Cuttlefish:

$ gpg --keyserver keys.gnupg.net --recv 886DDD89
$ gpg --export A3C4F0F979CAA22CDBA8F512EE8CBC9E886DDD89 | sudo apt-key add -
$ sudo sh -c 'echo "deb http://deb.torproject.org/torproject.org/ cosmic main" >> /etc/apt/sources.list.d/tor.list'
$ sudo apt-get install tor

How to install Tor Browser Bundle on Ubuntu 18.04 Bionic Beaver, Linux Mint 19.x and Elementary OS 0.5 Juno:

$ gpg --keyserver keys.gnupg.net --recv 886DDD89
$ gpg --export A3C4F0F979CAA22CDBA8F512EE8CBC9E886DDD89 | sudo apt-key add -
$ sudo sh -c 'echo "deb http://deb.torproject.org/torproject.org/ bionic main" >> /etc/apt/sources.list.d/tor.list'
$ sudo apt-get install tor

Optional, to remove tor, do:

$ sudo apt-get remove tor

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