Install Chromium on Ubuntu 20.04 LTS Without Snap / Using Traditional Deb - For those who love GNOME desktop, Ubuntu 20.04 LTS is a great release. It's fast, snappy, and polished. Although some folks find that GNOME 3.36 a bit laggy after hours, but overall, Focal offers solid performance than ever.

The thing that annoys me (and many users I believe) is the installation of my personal favorite browser. Canonical now use Chromium as snap package instead of regular deb package on Ubuntu 20.04 LTS.

This is what you will get when you tell apt to install it :

sudo apt install chromium-browser
Preparing to unpack .../chromium-browser_79.0.3945.79-0ubuntu1_amd64.deb ...
=> Installing the chromium snap
==> Checking connectivity with the snap store
==> Installing the chromium snap

It acts as an alias to installing the snap version. Well, I'm not against snap, but I'll avoid to install any snap apps as much as I can for some reasons, including auto-updates without asking me, relatively slower, take up a lot more space, and visual issue.

Running Chromium on Ubuntu 20.04 LTS

For your information, a few days ago the team behind Linux Mint is worried about the direction that Ubuntu Snap is taking, and decided to block snap by default in upcomin release.

Suggested read :

"Ubuntu is planning to replace the Chromium repository package with an empty package which installs the Chromium snap. In other words, as you install APT updates, Snap becomes a requirement for you to continue to use Chromium and installs itself behind your back. This breaks one of the major worries many people had when Snap was announced and a promise from its developers that it would never replace APT".

Applications in this store cannot be patched, users cannot audit, hold, modify, or even point snap to a different store. Mint developers believes that this is in effect similar to using proprietary software.

Chromium Deb in Ubuntu 20.04 LTS and 19.10

Thankfully, we live in Linux and open source world, so there's always a good options. No, we will not use Flatpak (it isn't exist yet). Instead, we will use System76 PPA. Kudos to the team for providing Chromium deb!.

First of all, please make sure to enable main, universe, restricted, and multiverse repository via Software & Updates. Once it updated, run the following commands :

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:system76/pop
sudo apt install chromium

Advanced Package Tool (APT) and Debian Package Manager (DPKG) will start to process our request automatically, simply wait until it finish.

To uninstall it from the system, you just need to run sudo apt remove chromium in the Terminal window. I hope this guide help you to install Chromium on Ubuntu 20.04 LTS Focal Fossa and 19.10 Eoan Ermine. Thanks for reading!.