Microsoft Edge has become one of the fastest, easiest, and safest browsers for the modern web. With the Chromium engine implemented in the browser, Edge is now stable and comes with tools and extensions. In this article, we will explain how to install Microsoft Edge browser on Linux.
Install Microsoft Edge Using Deb Package
The easiest way to configure Edge browser on your Debian/Debian-based/Ubuntu/Ubuntu-based system is to use the deb package.
1. Start by navigating to the Microsoft Edge Insider Channel.
2. You can download the beta version, which is the most stable and suitable for most users, or the package from the developer channel if you want an early version of the package.
3. Once you have downloaded the .deb package to your local computer, right click on the package and choose “Open with another application”.
4. You will be taken to a window where you can select the application you want to use to open the file. Select “Software Install”.
5. Finally, click the Install button to start the installation process. You may need an administrator password to complete the installation.
If you prefer to use Terminal to install the Edge Deb package, you can do so using the commands below.
Make sure you have the .deb package from the resource provided above.
Next, open Terminal and navigate to the package location.
dpkg command, install the package as:
sudo dpkg -i microsoft-edge-beta_93.0.0.096.11.1_amd64.deb
Replace the name of the package to match your downloaded package version.
Install Edge Browser on Linux Using Repositories
We can also use the Microsoft Edge repositories to install the Edge browser. To do this, first install several required dependencies:
sudo apt install software-properties-common apt-transport-https wget curl
With the above requirements met, proceed to add the the Microsoft GPG key.
wget -q https://packages.microsoft.com/keys/microsoft.asc -O- | sudo apt-key add –
Once imported, enable the repository using the command:
sudo add-apt-repository "deb [arch=amd64] https://packages.microsoft.com/repos/edge stable main"
Finally, update the packages and install the Edge browser using the commands:
sudo apt-get update sudo apt-get install microsoft-edge-*
Note: replace the asterisk with either “beta” or “dev”, allowing you to install either the beta or the dev version of the browser.
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Installing Edge Browser on Arch/Manjaro
To install the Edge browser in Manjaro, you can use the AUR repositories.
To enable AUR repositories on Manjaro Linux:
1. Open the application’s menu and search “pamac”.
2. Select “Add/Remove Software”.
3. Open the preferences menu using the hamburger icon on the top-right corner.
4. In the preferences window, navigate to the AUR option and toggle the icon to enable AUR repositories.
5. Close the configuration window and search for “microsoft-edge-dev-bin”.
6. Select the entry shown and click “Install”.
This should install the Microsoft Edge browser on Manjaro.
For Arch and other Arch-based distributions, you can install the Edge browser with yay.
1. Open a terminal and type:
sudo pacman -Sy yay
2. Once yay is installed, enter the command to install Microsoft Edge:
yay -S microsoft-edge-dev-bin
Installing Microsoft Edge on Fedora/OpenSUSE
To install Microsoft Edge on Fedora or OpenSUSE, use the provided RPM packages.
1. First, navigate to Microsoft Edge Insider and download the RPM file for your desired channel.
2. Next, start Terminal and navigate to the location of the downloaded RPM file.
3. Finally, use the command:
sudo yum localinstall microsoft-edge-beta-*.rpm
Note: replace the asterisk with the version of the downloaded RPM package.
Launching the Edge Browser
To launch the browser, launch the activities search bar and type edge.
Click on the Edge icon and launch the browser.
You can also launch it by typing the command
microsoft-edge in the terminal.
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Frequently Asked Questions
Is Microsoft Edge free?
Yes, Microsoft Edge is a free browser.
2. How is Microsoft Edge different from Firefox?
While not very noticeable to the average user, Firefox offers additional tools like Eye Dropper, Web Developer Extensions, and more compared to the Microsoft Edge browser. However, due to the implementation of the Chromium platform, MS Edge offers an advantage over Firefox with support for Chrome extensions.
3. How frequently will I receive browser updates?
Depending on the channel from which you installed Microsoft Edge, you will likely receive updates for the development channel every week and every six weeks for the Beta channel.
In this guide, we have discussed different methods of setting up the Microsoft Edge browser. Once configured, you can add browser extensions or import bookmarks, history, and passwords from other Chromium-based browsers.