How to Install Google Chrome on Fedora?
By default, you will find the Mozilla Firefox browser on your Fedora. Like me, many use Google Chrome and want to use them across all platforms. So, here is how to install Chrome on Fedora.
How to install Google Chrome on Fedora?
There are two different ways to install Chrome on Fedora Linux.
- You can either use the GUI or Software for the installation
- Or you can use Terminal for installing Chrome on Fedora
Method 1: Use GUI for Chrome on Fedora
You are going to enable the third-party repositories option first then open Software.
Then you will click on Menu and at the right top you will select the Software Repositories.
Here you are going to enable the third-party Repositories and click on the Install button.
NOTE: If you have clicked on the Remove All button on your screen then this means that you have already installed the third-party Repositories and there is no need for installing them again.
Now you are going to scroll down and find Google Chrome and click on Enable.
Then you are going to search for Google Chrome software on your Fedora. Once you found it select it and then you will install it.
Method 2: Use Terminal to install Chrome on Fedora
For this purpose, you are going to run Terminal on your Fedora. You will also need admin privileges, as you are going to use Sudo in your commands.
First, you are going to install third-party repositories.
$ sudo dnf install fedora-workstation-repositories
Then you will enable the Google Chrome repositories on your fedora with the command below:
$ sudo dnf config-manager --set-enabled google-chrome
And at last, you are going to install Chrome on Fedora by the command below:
$ sudo dnf install google-chrome-stable
After installing Chrome, you should face a warning on your Terminal screen. You will be asked to import GPG keys, and you are going to import them by typing Y and pressing Enter.
Install Chrome on Fedora (dev or beta)
Some of the users might be interested in installing the developer or beta version of Chrome. Instead of using the last command on Terminal, they can use the command below to install other versions of Chrome on their Fedora.
For installing the developer version, use this command:
$ sudo dnf install google-chrome-unstable
And for installing the beta version, you will need to use this one:
$ sudo dnf install google-chrome-beta
Install Chromium on fedora
Like Google Chrome, there are two ways to install Chromium on Fedora too.
Method 1: Use Software (GUI)
You are going to open Software and there you are going to search for Chromium. Now that you have Chromium on your screen, you will select it and click on Install.
2: Use Terminal for Chromium installation
Likewise, you are going to open Terminal on your fedora. Then you are going to use the command below, one by one to install chromium. The first command will install Chromium whereas, the other one will upgrade the installed Chromium.
# dnf install chromium
# dnf upgrade chromium
NOTE: it was mentioned before that Chromium won’t support playback media (H.264 or ACC) or DRM-protected media. For using those, you will need a Chromium-free world. This can be accessed from RPM Fusion repositories, where you will install the plugin.
Google Chrome vs Chromium? Which one to install?
If you are using any Linux distribution then you probably know a little about Chromium. Chromium is another version of Google Chrome for Linux.
Chrome is a web browser that is built on Chromium source code. Chrome has a sleek user interface, built-in support for Google services, and features like automatic updates and the Chrome Web Store for extensions and apps.
This version supports all the proprietary media files that include (H.264 and ACC). Playbacks as rights-protected media like Netflix are also supported on Chrome browser. Other features such as browser sync, location sync, and much more are added to Google Chrome.
Chromium, unlike Google Chrome, is an open-source application, which means its source code is freely available for anyone to access and modify. In contrast, Chrome undergoes changes implemented by Google, many of which may not be disclosed to users. However, developers working with Chromium have the freedom to introduce changes based on their specific needs.
While Google Chrome offers a more feature-rich experience, Chromium is highly customizable and particularly well-suited for use with Linux distributions. Despite lacking some of the features found in Chrome, Chromium remains a stable, secure, and fast web browser. It serves as a foundation for various browsers, including Chrome, and empowers developers to create their own customized browsing experiences using its core technology and codebase.
Key differences between Google Chrome and Chromium:
Google Chrome and Chromium are two related web browsers, but they have some key differences:
Branding and Customizations
Google Chrome has its branding and includes Google-specific features, such as built-in support for Google services and automatic updates. Chromium, on the other hand, lacks the Google branding and does not have the proprietary features found in Chrome.
Chrome provides a polished and user-friendly interface with a focus on simplicity and ease of use. Chromium, being an open-source project, may have a more basic user interface and lacks some of the additional features found in Chrome.
Licensing and Privacy
Chrome includes some closed-source components and proprietary features, which may raise concerns about privacy and data collection. Chromium, being open-source, allows users and developers to review and modify the source code, providing more transparency and potentially enhanced privacy.
Stability and Updates
Google Chrome goes through additional testing and quality assurance to ensure stability and reliability. It also receives automatic updates from Google to keep the browser secure and up to date. Chromium is updated regularly by the open-source community but may not receive the same level of testing and updates as Chrome.