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Is there an easier way to install Chromium than what is described here?

Furthermore, is there an easier way to stay up to date with current Chromium releases rather than having to re-build Chromium each release? (a script which automatically grabs and installs the latest build possibly?).

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I don't know if this question belongs here, if it's inline with stack exchange type questions. I'm unsure because, at this stage of Chromiums product development, the information will become out of date –  Crowie yesterday
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Chromium is currently not built for the chromium-daily PPA, which makes using it a bit of a security issue. Unless you can find a better PPA that stays up to date, I'd recommend you use the repo version of Chromium. Using an old browser on the internet will get you hacked. See:

Does someone know why the Chromium daily package isn't build anymore?

For the latest stable of Chromium click the button here:

https://apps.ubuntu.com/cat/applications/chromium-browser/

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That's not the latest stable version of Chromium. That's just the latest version to be frozen for the newest version of Ubuntu. The latest stable version of Chromium is version 30. That website only offers the .deb for version 25 -- the same version in the official Ubuntu Universe repository. Judging by the question, this answer is simply not correct. –  Evan Carroll Jul 6 '13 at 19:46
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Update: As of 2013-06-28 the official package repositories of 12.04 and newer have been updated to chromium 28. It is no longer necessary or recommended to add this PPA!


The old answer for reference, THIS IS NOT LONGER NEEDED:

There is an unofficial PPA for the Chromium stable, which is more recent than the official source:

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:a-v-shkop/chromium
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install chromium-browser

(Click here for instructions on using PPAs.)

See here for the development release:

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On top of being unofficial, it's also way out of date. As of my writing this, Chromium Stable in a-v-shkop is version 25, while the Chromium in -dev is version 27. Chromium upstream has released version 30 though. The timestamps in -dev indicate that this repository has not been updated in three months. –  Evan Carroll Jul 6 '13 at 19:51
    
@EvanCarroll That's the general "risk" you have with any PPA: as soon as the maintainer loses interest it'll become outdated. See my updated answer for why it's no longer necessary. –  kynan Jul 7 '13 at 20:24
    
So why not just delete answer if it's not necessary and further now a useless contribution? –  Evan Carroll Jul 7 '13 at 20:26
    
It was the appropriate answer at the time and has helped people. The question is a moving target and hence not a perfect fit for the Q&A format. –  kynan Jul 7 '13 at 20:44
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I've asked a similar question. What I do is use the daily zip archives. Within Chromium I install the Chromium Update plugin. It doesn't auto install or anything but I have quick access to the latest zip which I simply extract to the current location (in my case ~/opt/).

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I had the exact same problem, and had come to the conclusion that Chromium had been abandoned. In any case, when the Unity Webapps Preview was released I installed it right away, and it updated both FireFox and Chromium. After FireFox moving so slowly it hurt, I moved back to Chromium and decided I could live with it being outdated... Lo and behold! It had been updated!

To install the Webapps Preview:

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:webapps/preview
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install unity-webapps-preview



Wait for everything to install, and Chromium should be fully updated: Chromium 20.0.1132.47

If you don't want to use the Webapps, then you can just go to Chromium's extension page and select to disable the add-on: Disable Webapps extension


If you want to uninstall Webapps:

sudo apt-get install ppa-purge
sudo ppa-purge ppa:webapps/preview


N.B. Using ppa-purge removes all the packages that were installed or upgraded by the ppa you added: this means that Chromium and FireFox (as well as other applications) will be downgraded. If you use Chromium's sync function, this will cause an error when you start the program telling you that your profile is from a newer version of Chromium, and that you should upgrade or change profiles.

Hope this helps!

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that works for me. thanks! –  trmpa Jul 30 '12 at 5:20
    
@Bill O'Dwyer, so what version number of Chromium do you have now? How often do updates of Chromium occur (or are offered)? –  user25656 Jul 30 '12 at 6:38
    
@vasa1 - as you can see in the screenshot, I'm running version 20.0.1132.47. I'm not entirely sure how often it'll get updated. I think I had an update two or three days ago, but again, I'm not entirely sure... Watch this space and I'll try to nail it down. –  Bill O'Dwyer Jul 30 '12 at 7:22
    
@BillO'Dwyer How to get this update on natty? –  Khurshid Alam Jul 31 '12 at 13:59
    
@KhurshidAlam Please see my second answer for instructions. –  Bill O'Dwyer Aug 1 '12 at 16:45
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GUI method

I remember that one of the first things that I made after I installed a fresh version of Ubuntu 13.04 it was to install Chromium browser Install Chromium browser. And I installed it from Ubuntu Software Center without to add any ppa repository or to download it from somewhere. Also, I remember that just a few days ago Software Updater announced me that there is a new version of Chromium to update.

So it's sure that Canonical have decided to provide the most recent Chromium versions and you don't need to think anymore what is easier way to install Chromium or how to stay up to date with current Chromium releases. And here is the official Ubuntu package of Chromium browser on Launchpad: https://launchpad.net/ubuntu/+source/chromium-browser.

Proof:

USC - chromium install

As you can see from above image, you can also to install Unity Webapp extension once with Chromum Browser.

Comand-line method

Open a terminal and run next command:

sudo apt-get install chromium-browser

Proof:

terminal - chromium install

As a note, it seems that Chromium Likely to Replace Firefox As Default Browser in Ubuntu 13.10.

If you are interested somehow by other versions of Chromium browser from Personal Package Archives (PPAs), here is a complete list with all of these (some of them have been abandoned): https://launchpad.net/ubuntu/+ppas?name_filter=chromium-browser. And keep in mind that these PPAs are considered by Canonical unsupported and unsecured.

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Currently, the only way to get it that I can think of is by getting the source code and building it yourself. The packages in the chromium stable ppa failed to build. That was a week ago and I have already wrote an email to the maintainer of that ppa trying to make him aware of that problem but he would not write back…

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I filed a report for the failing PPA builds: bugs.launchpad.net/ubuntu/+source/chromium-browser/+bug/910561 –  Piet Delport Jan 1 '12 at 14:56
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Just add this repository to your software sources by entering the command below in the terminal (Ctrl+Alt+T).

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:chromium-daily/stable
sudo apt-get update

Then:

sudo apt-get install chromium-browser

Right now this will not give you the latest Chromium, but the latest in the PPA which is 18.0.1025.x.

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Newest packages on Launchpad from Alex Shkop can be found using this link

For all the Stable and Development branches of the packages.

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If you need exactly Chromium use this PPA

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