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Install Chromium Browser on Arch Linux


Update: I’ve submitted a patch to the existing PKGBUILD in the AUR which brings the Chromium Browser up to yesterdays nightly build.  Much improved from the previous.

I saw a post recently on the Planet Ubuntu Users, again by Stefano Forenza, regarding installing and testing the latest daily Chromium browser builds.  That got me curious so I started poking around and found an available package for Arch Linux by way of the Arch User Repository.  Installation was simple enough and the browser works, but I should mention that it is *very* alpha quality.  None of the menu buttons worked for me and I wasn’t able to make use of tab functionality.  It is nice to see that some progress is being made though on the Linux platform.

  1. Download the chromium-browser tarfile from the Arch User Repository.
  2. tar xf chromium-browser.tar.gz
  3. cd chromium-browser/
  4. makepkg -i

At the time of this writing the Arch User Repository package is marked as out of date.  Again, install the package and use the browser at your own risk.  It is still very, very alpha.

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