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How to Install Brave Browser on Ubuntu 20.04

Install Brave Browser on Ubuntu 20.04

Brave is another in a long line of web browsers that positions itself as an alternative to big guns such as Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox. It’s an unique browser that also comes with its own search engine. Brave is 3x faster than Google Chrome, Better protection from Google and Big Tech.

The browser itself is Open-Source and free, and the goal is to block ads and website trackers. All the good features such as incognito windows, private search, even VPN in a single click. If you’re using Chrome or Firefox, you can start by importing your autofill data, bookmarks, favorites, and history into Brave.

Brave brings truly independent search, offline playlists, free video conferencing even a customizable news feed and all fully private. No creepy ads & trackers means less stuff visible on every web page you visit and that means faster page load, better battery life, even mobile data savings.

Key Features of Brave Browser

This article explains two methods of installing Brave Browser on Ubuntu 20.04.

Choose the installation method that is most appropriate for your environment.

Method 1: Installing Brave Browser as a Snap Package

The easiest way to install Brave Browser on Ubuntu 20.04 is by using the snap packaging system.

A snap package is a type of universal Linux package that you can enjoy irrespective of the distro. Its an self-contained software packages that include the binary all dependencies needed to run the application.

All you need is the snap service pre-configured, In the case of Ubuntu 20.04, it comes with snap pre-installed.

If snapd package is not already installed then you can install it by running following command.

$ sudo apt install snapd

Note: Snap packages can be installed from either the command-line or via the Ubuntu Software application.

This is actually the Snap version of the Brave Browser. It can be used on any Linux distribution that has Snap support.

Open your terminal (Ctrl+Alt+T) and type the following command to install the Brave package.

$ sudo snap install brave

At this step, you have successfully installed Brave Browser on Ubuntu 20.04 system.

If you are not comfortable with the command line, open Ubuntu Software, search for “Brave” and install the application.

Type the following command to update Brave Browser package.

$ sudo snap refresh --list

Method 2: Installing Brave Browser using deb package

Brave has provided a repo for Debian and Ubuntu 16.04+ operating systems. Refer the following steps to install the application using deb package.

Prerequisite:

First, type the following command to install curl and allow apt over HTTPS.

$ sudo apt install apt-transport-https curl

Step #1

Install the Brave repository GPG key.

$ curl -s https://brave-browser-apt-release.s3.brave.com/brave-core.asc | sudo apt-key --keyring /etc/apt/trusted.gpg.d/brave-browser-release.gpg add -

Step #2

Add the repository to your sources.list.d directory.

$ echo "deb [arch=amd64] https://brave-browser-apt-release.s3.brave.com/ stable main" | sudo tee /etc/apt/sources.list.d/brave-browser-release.list

Step #3

Now type the following command to Update apt and install the Brave Browser package.

$ sudo apt update && sudo apt install brave-browser

That’s it, Brave Browser has been installed on your Ubuntu System, and you can start using it. Since the Brave repository is added to the system, your installed Brave version will be updated when you update your Ubuntu system.

Starting Brave Browser

Brave can be launched from the command line by typing brave-browser or In the Activities search bar type “Brave” and click on the icon.

Brave User Interface:

How to Uninstall Brave Browser from Ubuntu 20.04

For some reason, If you want to uninstall Brave Browser, type the following command.

$ sudo apt remove brave-browser

Also, remove the leftover packages with the autoremove command.

$ sudo apt autoremove

Now, the Brave repository is still added along with its GPG key. You may leave it as it is or you may delete them.

$ sudo rm /etc/apt/sources.list.d/brave-browser-release.list*

Note: You may also search and find its GPG key and delete it.

Conclusion

I hope that now you have a good understanding of How to Install Brave Browser on Ubuntu 20.04 LTS Focal Fossa.

If anyone does have any questions about what we covered in this guide then feel free to ask in the comment section below and I will do my best to answer those.

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