It is known that Chromium browser is now shipped as deb "Transitional package - chromium-browser -> chromium snap".

But this maybe not expected for some users and they want to get normal deb-based version. How does this possible?

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If you are concerned about security, the most proper way to get updated Chromium without untested third party patches and without snap in Ubuntu 20.04 is to use official builds from 18.04, which will be supported until 2023.

For proper installation and future updates follow the steps.

Enable bionic-updates repo:

cat <<EOF | sudo tee /etc/apt/sources.list.d/bionic-updates.list
# for deb-based chromium. Supported only 'til 2023
# see also /etc/apt/preferences.d/chromium-deb-bionic-updates
deb http://archive.ubuntu.com/ubuntu/ bionic-updates universe

Pin Chromium packages from this repo:

cat <<EOF | sudo tee /etc/apt/preferences.d/chromium-deb-bionic-updates
Package: chromium-browser chromium-browser-l10n chromium-codecs-ffmpeg-extra chromium-codecs-ffmpeg 
Pin: release a=bionic-updates
Pin-Priority: 900

And install packages:

sudo apt update
sudo apt install chromium-browser

Et voilà! Trusted and automatically updated environment without snap bastards.

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    Chose this one. Worked perfectly (so far). Thanks! Just as an FYI, installing from source (chromium.googlesource.com/chromium/src/+/master/docs/linux/…) at the chromium.googlesource.com site installs 533 packages without asking, including snapd and other snap packages. So I purged all that. I tentatively leap to the conclusion that the "install-build-deps.sh" script that is part of the process detects ubuntu 20.04 and builds the containerized version. also without asking. sigh.
    – BISI
    Nov 12, 2020 at 19:35
  • Fetch & authorize the repo GPG key with: curl -s 'https://keyserver.ubuntu.com/pks/lookup?op=get&search=0x790bc7277767219c42c86f933b4fe6acc0b21f32' | sudo apt-key add -
    – ulidtko
    Nov 11, 2022 at 15:27
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    Missing GPG key can also be remediated by sudo apt-key adv --recv-keys --keyserver keyserver.ubuntu.com 3B4FE6ACC0B21F32
    – Mike
    Jan 12, 2023 at 18:56
  • Installing Chromium from bionic builds worked very well, but it's 2023 already so supposedly there will be no further updates. Do you have any advice what to do now?
    – Mike
    Jan 12, 2023 at 18:57

It is possible by using a third-party repository (PPA) from LaunchPad, named Chromium Beta branch.

To install, one needs to add this repository to the system by:

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:saiarcot895/chromium-beta

Then remove the snapped Chromium by:

snap remove chromium

and install the package with:

sudo apt-get install chromium-browser

To avoid the installation of the snap package in the future, one should do the following:

cat <<EOF | sudo tee /etc/apt/preferences.d/pin-chromium-deb
Package: *
Pin: release o=LP-PPA-saiarcot895-chromium-beta
Pin-Priority: 1337

To revert to the snap version, use:

sudo rm /etc/apt/preferences.d/pin-chromium-deb; sudo apt-get autopurge chromium-browser; snap install chromium
  • Only for info to "snap free" users like me. As I've completly removed snaps I had before "pin" the PPA and then install Chrominum. This is the sequence to follow for who removed compleatly snaps from their system. Thanks for sharing your good solution.
    – pat
    Oct 25, 2020 at 10:50
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    If you prefer not trusting an additional party, the accepted answer to this askubuntu.com/questions/1179273/… very similar question would be preferable.
    – Bruni
    Jun 8, 2021 at 10:31
You can download latest official .deb build for Ubuntu 20.04 LTS (Focal), 21.04 (Hirsute), 21.10 (Impish), 22.04 LTS (Jammy) and 22.10 (Kinetic) here: https://launchpad.net/~phd/+archive/ubuntu/chromium-browser/

This is a PPA repository (maintained by me) with official Ubuntu packages released originally for Ubuntu 18.04 LTS (Bionic) and automatically updated as soon as a new version is released in the 18.04 repository.


Since April 2023 Canonical does no longer provide Chromium .deb packages for any version of Ubuntu.
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