Microsoft Edge is a secure, fast, and user-friendly browser designed for the modern web. It is available on Windows, macOS, iOS, and Android, with the developer preview version compatible with Linux. With Edge, you can easily synchronize your bookmarks, history, and passwords across all your devices. It uses Chromium, the same open-source project as Google Chrome, and supports Chrome extensions. This article provides a guide on how to install Microsoft Edge Browser on Ubuntu 20.04. Note that the Edge developer preview may not be stable enough to serve as your primary browser and lacks some features.
Installing Edge Browser on Ubuntu
To easily install Microsoft Edge on Ubuntu, follow these simple steps. Firstly, enable the Microsoft Edge repository using the command line. Then, install the package with
apt. This straightforward process will have you up and running with the Edge browser in no time.
- To install the necessary dependencies with sudo privileges, run the command below to update the package index and initiate the installation process:
sudo apt update sudo apt install software-properties-common apt-transport-https wget
- To import the Microsoft GPG key using
wget, follow the steps below:
wget -q https://packages.microsoft.com/keys/microsoft.asc -O- | sudo apt-key add -
And enable the Edge browser repository by typing:
sudo add-apt-repository "deb [arch=amd64] https://packages.microsoft.com/repos/edge stable main"
- After enabling the apt repository, proceed to install the Edge package.
sudo apt install microsoft-edge-dev
Your Ubuntu system now has Edge installed at this stage.
To update the Edge package, you have two options: either use the standard Software Update tool on your desktop or execute the following commands in your terminal after the release of a new version:
sudo apt update sudo apt upgrade
Type “Edge” in the search bar located in the Activities section, then proceed to click on the corresponding icon in order to launch the application.
You can initiate Edge using the command line by entering “microsoft-edge” in the prompt.
Upon launching the browser for the first time, a window will pop up asking whether or not you would like to transmit usage statistics and diagnostic information to Microsoft. The window will look similar to the one depicted below:
Choose based on your personal liking and then hit the OK button to move forward.
You can customize your new tab page, modify your browser settings, and add extensions from this location.
In summary, we have provided you with a step-by-step guide on how to effortlessly install Microsoft Edge on your Ubuntu 20.04 desktop computer. Moreover, for those who have previously utilized other popular browsers such as Chrome, Firefox, Chromium, or Opera, we have highlighted how you can effortlessly transfer your bookmarks and settings to Edge. We hope you find this guide useful, and we welcome any feedback or comments you may have.