Installing Ungoogled Chromium on Ubuntu 19.04

What is ungoogled Chromium?

A lightweight approach to removing Google web service dependency

ungoogled-chromium is Google Chromium , sans dependency on Google web services. It also features some tweaks to enhance privacy, control, and transparency (almost all of which require manual activation or enabling) .

ungoogled-chromium retains the default Chromium experience as closely as possible . Unlike other Chromium forks that have their own visions of a web browser, ungoogled-chromium is essentially a drop-in replacement for Chromium.

Installation for this is fairly straight forward I have to scripts that will do it for you. The first is pulling over version 73 binaries from here. Then we will string together install commands to install everything in order. Lets get started:

Open a Terminal window. Copy and paste the following into Terminal and run it. This will create a ungoogled directory in your Home folder and download all the required binaries.

mkdir ~/ungoogled && cd ~/ungoogled && wget -c && wget -c && wget -c && wget -c && wget -c && wget -c

Once the above is complete we will need to string these installs in the proper order as to avoid dependency errors.

sudo apt install ./ungoogled-chromium-common_73.0.3683.103-1.disco1_amd64.deb && sudo apt install ./ungoogled-chromium_73.0.3683.103-1.disco1_amd64.deb && sudo apt install ./ungoogled-chromium-driver_73.0.3683.103-1.disco1_amd64.deb && sudo apt install ./ungoogled-chromium-l10n_73.0.3683.103-1.disco1_all.deb && sudo apt install ./ungoogled-chromium-sandbox_73.0.3683.103-1.disco1_amd64.deb && sudo apt install ./ungoogled-chromium-shell_73.0.3683.103-1.disco1_amd64.deb

That is it! You have installed a privacy friendly Chromium! A few things to note:

  • You can’t install extentions from the Chrome Store. Instead copy the URL of the extension you want and download it using Chrome Extention Downloader

  • To install downloaded extentions type chrome://extensions/ into your address box in ungoogled chromium. Then drag and drop the downloaded extension.

I find the long list of random commands creepy and wouldn’t copy-paste them to my system.

There is also a warning in the README of that repository

and by quick glance this method doesn’t include automatic updates, so you may be in danger after time passes.

For now I am staying with Firefox and for me to consider Ungoogled Chromium, they would need to start supporting either Flatpak or Snap from which I prefer Flatpak which isn’t tied to a single repository unlike Snap.

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I am not a fan of blind updates so I’ll never post a way to do so. Unless some sort of alpha, automatic updates really hold little value.

Long list of commands is to provide newer Linux users with an easy way to install alternatives.

&& Simply links commands you’d do in terminal in the order you provide.

Breaking them down independently will provide the same output; just more time consuming.

Creepy would be providing a bash and users blindly running that.