How to install the Chromium browser on Ubuntu 24.04

In this guide, we'll walk you through the process of installing the Chromium browser on Ubuntu 24.04. Chromium is the open-source project behind Google Chrome, offering similar features and performance without some of the proprietary components.

Why Chromium?

Chromium provides a fast, secure, and stable browsing experience while maintaining a commitment to open-source principles. It's an excellent choice for users who prefer open-source software or want to avoid proprietary elements present in Google Chrome.

Installation Process

We'll be using Flatpak to install Chromium. Flatpak is a next-generation technology for building and distributing desktop applications on Linux. Here's why we're using Flatpak:

  • It provides the latest version of Chromium
  • Updates are handled separately from system updates
  • It allows for easy installation of applications across different Linux distributions

Step-by-Step Instructions

Follow these steps to install Chromium:

1. Install Flatpak

First, we need to install Flatpak. Open a terminal and run:

sudo apt install flatpak

2. Add the Flathub Repository

Next, we'll add the Flathub repository, which hosts a large collection of Flatpak applications:

sudo flatpak remote-add --if-not-exists flathub

3. Install Chromium

Now, let's install Chromium:

sudo flatpak install flathub org.chromium.Chromium

After installation, you can launch Chromium from your application menu or by typing 'chromium' in the terminal.

Additional Information

Chromium offers many of the same features as Google Chrome, including:

  • Fast page loading and JavaScript execution
  • Support for the latest web standards
  • A wide range of extensions and themes
  • Automatic updates to ensure you have the latest security fixes

Remember, while Chromium is very similar to Chrome, it doesn't include some proprietary codecs. This means some media content might not play by default, but you can often install additional codecs if needed.


If you encounter any issues during installation, try the following:

  • Ensure your system is up to date: sudo apt update && sudo apt upgrade
  • If Flatpak commands fail, try logging out and back in, or restarting your system
  • Check your internet connection if downloads are failing

Useful Resources

For more information about Chromium and Flatpak, check out these resources:

We hope this guide helps you get Chromium up and running on your Ubuntu system. Happy browsing!