How to install the Waterfox browser on a Chromebook

Today we are looking at how to install the Waterfox browser on a Chromebook.

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Please use the video as a visual guide, and the commands and links below to install it on your Chromebook.

This tutorial will only work on Chromebooks with an Intel or AMD CPU (with Linux Apps Support) and not those with an ARM64 architecture CPU.

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1) 00:05 (time stamp in the video)
We start the process by enabling the Linux Container on our Chromebook.  You can al
ways remove it again in the future as well if needed.

To enable it, we go to the settings of our Chromebook, inside of it, we click on the "Advance" option in the left panel, and then the "Developers" section. Then enable Linux from there as seen in the video.

2) 00:34
Now we continue to the next phase in the tutorial and that is to run several commands in our Linux terminal, which will install the browser.

Some general facts about the terminal.  To paste a command into the Linux terminal, press "Ctrl Shift v" together.  After you paste a command into the Linux terminal, please press "enter" to run it.  At some commands you will see a question to press Y or n to continue.  If you see it press "enter" to continue.

2.1)  This command will install some packages which the application requires and a menu editor which we will use later in the tutorial.  The Y and n question will appear in this command, please press "enter" then.

sudo apt install libdbus-glib-1-2 kmenuedit

01:21 This command will download the browser installer.


01:37 This command will extract the installer.

tar -xvjf waterfox-G5.1.tar.bz2

2.4) 01:55 This command will launch the browser from the terminal, to make sure that it works.

waterfox/waterfox --disable-framerate-limit

2.6) 02:31 This command will launch a menu editor, which we installed with the second command.  Please use my video as a guide here on how to use it.  In the process, you will choose a category on where to save the launcher, create a launcher, to rename the launcher, to choose the Waterfox executable as the command and to save the launcher.


3) 03:38 Now we will launch the Waterfox browser.