How to install Midori Web Browser on Ubuntu 20.04

Midori is an free and open source web browser that focuses more on being lightweight than on providing a lot of features. It’s an fast Webkit based browser developed by Christian Dywan. It fully integrated with the WebKit rendering engine, the same engine used in Google Chrome and Safari browsers.

Midori is written in the C and Vala programming languages. It’s an cross-platform application and available under all major operating systems including Linux, Android, Windows, macOS. It uses the GTK+ 2 and GTK+ 3 interface which is the part of Xfce desktop environment.

It provides many useful browsing features such as HTML5 support, bookmarks, RSS support and a spell checker. Modori protects the privacy and anonymity of users, so browsing is 100% private.

Midori Browser being user privacy conscious uses DuckDuckGo as its default search engine. As you would know that DuckDuckGo is a search engine that doesn’t collect or share user informations. Of course, You can set it to use other search engines such as Google and Yahoo, if you prefer.

Everyone likes a Web browser with simple user interface(UI), and the first thing that impressed me about Midori was the easy and uncluttered interface in fact, it looks quite similar to Mozilla Firefox. Midori supports all the standard keyboard shortcuts such as open a new tab with Ctrl+T, go to the address bar using Ctrl+L, open the search bar using Ctrl+K, Bookmark using Ctrl+D and you can navigate between tabs using Alt+1, Alt+2.

Key Features of Midori Web Browser

  • Free and Open-Source
  • Integration with GTK+ 2 and GTK+ 3 support
  • Speed Dial for creating new tabs
  • Customizable side panels
  • Private browsing
  • Session Mangement, Tabs and Windows
  • Open a 1000 tabs instantly
  • Cross-browser extensions compatible with Chrome, Firefox, Opera and Vivaldi
  • Highly Customizable and extensible interface
  • Easy web apps creation
  • Adblock filter list support
  • Default DuckDuckGo search engine
  • Ubuntu Unity Support
  • WebKit rendering engine

This article explains three methods of installing Midori Web Browser on Ubuntu 20.04. Choose the installation method that is most appropriate for your environment.

Method 1: Installing Midori Web Browser as a Snap Package

The easiest way to install Midori 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 Midori 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 Midori package.

$ sudo snap install midori

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

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

Type the following command to update Midori package.

$ sudo snap refresh --list

Method 2: Installing Midori from Ubuntu apt repository

The Midori Web Browser is included in Ubuntu 20.04. Follow the step by step guide to install the application.

Step #1

Type the following command to update the apt sources.

$ sudo apt update

Step #2

Now execute this command to install the Midori package.

$ sudo apt install midori

With the help of && you can write both the commands in a single line. Something like this:

$ sudo apt update && sudo apt install midori

That’s It.

Starting Midori Web Browser

Midori can be launched from the command line by typing midori or In the Activities search bar type “Midori” and click on the icon.

Midori User Interface:

How to Uninstall Midori Browser from Ubuntu 20.04

For some reason, If you want to uninstall Midori application, refer following methods.

Method #1

If you have installed Midori Web Browser via Snap type the following command:

$ sudo snap remove midori

Method #2

If you have installed the appication from default ubuntu apt respository then uninstall by running the below command:

$ sudo apt remove midori


I hope that now you have a good understanding of How to install Midori Web 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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