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How to Install Waterfox Browser on Ubuntu 20.04 | 22.04 LTS

In this guide, we will show you how to install Waterfox Browser on Ubuntu systems.

Waterfox is an open-source web browser for x64, ARM64, and PPC64LE systems. It is intended to be ethical and (in Waterfox Classic) maintain support for legacy extensions dropped by Firefox, from which it is forked.

There are official releases for Windows (including a portable version), macOS, Linux and Android in two versions: Classic (Year.Month) and Current (G.x.x.x).

Waterfox is based on Firefox (and uses Firefox’s engine) and is compiled using various compilers and using Intel’s Math Kernel Library, Streaming SIMD Extensions 3 and Advanced Vector Extensions. Linux builds are built with Clang on all architectures other than PPC64LE. It is compatible with extensions written for Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome and Opera.

Install Waterfox Browser

Follow the steps below to get started with Waterfox Browser:

  • Update your Ubuntu system packages with running the below command:
sudo apt update -y && sudo apt upgrade -y
  • Also make sure the dependencies below are installed.
sudo apt install -y apt-transport-https software-properties-common curl gnupg2
  • Waterfox Browser package is not available on Ubuntu base repository. So You can install it via importing and installing the Waterfox Repository as follows:

First, import your keychain for Ubuntu 20.04 with the following command:

curl -fsSL https://download.opensuse.org/repositories/home:hawkeye116477:waterfox/xUbuntu_22.04/Release.key | gpg --dearmor | sudo tee /etc/apt/trusted.gpg.d/home_hawkeye116477_waterfox.gpg > /dev/null
  • First, import your keychain for Ubuntu 22.04 with the following command:
curl -fsSL https://download.opensuse.org/repositories/home:hawkeye116477:waterfox/xUbuntu_22.04/Release.key | gpg --dearmor | sudo tee /etc/apt/trusted.gpg.d/home_hawkeye116477_waterfox.gpg > /dev/null
  • Then import the repository for Ubuntu 20.04
echo 'deb http://download.opensuse.org/repositories/home:/hawkeye116477:/waterfox/xUbuntu_20.04/ /' | sudo tee /etc/apt/sources.list.d/home:hawkeye116477:waterfox.list
  • Then import the repository for Ubuntu 22.04
echo 'deb http://download.opensuse.org/repositories/home:/hawkeye116477:/waterfox/xUbuntu_22.04/ /' | sudo tee /etc/apt/sources.list.d/home:hawkeye116477:waterfox.list
  • Execute an APT update to reflect the newly imported PPA.
sudo apt update -y
  • Now install some of the packages that go with your installation; these are optional but recommended.
sudo apt install fonts-lyx ffmpeg -y
  • Install waterfox browser current version with running:
sudo apt install waterfox-g4-kpe -y

Access Waterfox

  • Access Waterfox Browser through the command line by running the command
waterfox-g
  • Also you can search on the system search bar by typing Waterfox Browser as follows
  • Waterfox Browser will open as shown below

How to Remove (Uninstall) Waterfox Browser

  • Remove Waterfox Browser with APT Remove Method:
sudo apt remove waterfox-g4-kpe fonts-lyx ffmpeg -y
sudo rm /etc/apt/trusted.gpg.d/home_hawkeye116477_waterfox.gpg
sudo rm /etc/apt/sources.list.d/home:hawkeye116477:waterfox.list \

Install Waterfox Browser -Conclusion

That’s it

Thanks.

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