When I do

apt-get install chromium-browser

it downloads some .deb file, and then installs a snap package:

Selecting previously unselected package chromium-browser.
(Reading database ... 227048 files and directories currently installed.)
Preparing to unpack .../chromium-browser_77.0.3865.120-0ubuntu1~snap1_amd64.deb
=> Installing the chromium snap
==> Checking connectivity with the snap store
==> Installing the chromium snap
Warning: /snap/bin was not found in your $PATH. If you've not restarted your
         session since you installed snapd, try doing that. Please see
         https://forum.snapcraft.io/t/9469 for more details.

chromium 78.0.3904.70 from Canonical✓ installed
=> Snap installation complete
Unpacking chromium-browser (77.0.3865.120-0ubuntu1~snap1) ...
Setting up chromium-browser (77.0.3865.120-0ubuntu1~snap1) ...
Processing triggers for mime-support (3.63ubuntu1) ...
Processing triggers for hicolor-icon-theme (0.17-2) ...
Processing triggers for gnome-menus (3.32.0-1ubuntu1) ...
Processing triggers for desktop-file-utils (0.24-1ubuntu1) ...
(base) keddad@keddad:~$

But I didn't ask it to get me chromium via snap, I wanted to get a normal .deb package. It works, after all, but it just feels wrong. If I want to get a snap, I use snap, not apt. Why such behavior is considered normal?


For Ubuntu 19.10 it was a developer's decision. See cite from release notes:

Ubuntu 19.10 New Features

The Chromium browser is only available as a snap in 19.10. This blog post has more details.

It is normal and expected.

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    Is there a way to work around that? I tried adding the chromium PPA, but it still wants me to install snapd. – hiigaran Oct 31 '19 at 20:38
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    Quick search for PPAs using Y PPA Manager gives ppa:system76/proposed with Chromium deb package 76.0.3809.100-1pop1 which is now outdated (it means insecure). So I would recommend to run fresh installation of Ubuntu 18.04 LTS (will be supported until 2023). – N0rbert Oct 31 '19 at 21:00
  • Thanks. Was able to work around my original issue needing a chromium specific browser, but will keep it in mind for future use. – hiigaran Nov 6 '19 at 1:08
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    relevant as chromium snap version has a hardcoded whitelist for xdg-open-URLs, breaking nearly everything except "http", "https", "mailto", "snap", "help", "apt", "zoommtg". if you try to open a slack/notListed url it fails silently... see: bugs.launchpad.net/snapd/+bug/1776873 – Munchies May 6 '20 at 10:13
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    One of the new-and-improved features of the snap-based chromium is that it is unable to access anything on the separately mounted /opt partition that I created on my Ubuntu 20.04 system. Until and unless the snap-based chromium allows access to partitions other than the one on which it is running, I will stick with a non-snap-based version. – HippoMan Oct 24 '20 at 21:07

I had the same problem. I disabled/removed snap/snapd from my Ubuntu and didn't want to install it again because of Chromium. Since Ubuntu and Debian are usually compatible, I installed Chromium from the Debian repositories: https://askubuntu.com/a/1206153/1038363

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    This is probably the best solution on here seeing as Canonical is trying to force the use of snapd after originally stating that it would never replace apt. – Tmanok Jun 18 '20 at 2:41
  • I tried this for a while, but it's pretty unstable -- probably because of library differences. I gave up on Ubuntu on my workstation and laptop because of this (used it on and off since 2006) and I've switched to Manjaro. – lnostdal Nov 6 '20 at 11:42

I've had the same problem. Wanted Chromium, but no via Snap. Found Chromium Dev PPA, works stable so far: https://launchpad.net/~saiarcot895/+archive/ubuntu/chromium-dev

  • keep in mind that the API keys are missing and you have to add them yourself. Quoted from the repo: "Some Chromium features, including Sync, require an API key, which is not included with the packages below." – Munchies May 6 '20 at 10:10

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