In Ubuntu, the
chromium-browser package is in the Canonical Universe repository, which means that it is community-maintained rather than officially supported by Canonical.
The result of this is that the
chromium-browser package is sometimes out of date, leaving you running an older version of Chromium rather than the latest stable release.
Canonical are working on entirely deprecating the Deb package and moving to using Snaps as the only official method for running always-updated Chromium. Source: https://community.ubuntu.com/t/intent-to-provide-chromium-as-a-snap-only/5987
The official Chromium snap can be found in the Snap Store here: https://snapcraft.io/chromium
To install the Chromium Snap on Ubuntu, use the following command:
$ snap install chromium
Then, when you want to check for upgrades and install them if available, use:
$ snap refresh chromium
The Chromium Snap and old
chromium-browser package can co-exist, as their installation and configuration directories are completely separate. The command to launch the Chromium Snap is
chromium, while the command to launch the Deb packaged version is
If you wish to transfer your user data (browsing history, bookmarks, extensions, etc) from the
chromium-browser version to the new Chromium Snap, this can be easily done:
~/.config/chromium/, just in case something goes wrong. If you are the only user of Chromium, your user profile will most likely be a directory named
Default. If you have multiple Chromium users, it may be called something else, which you can check at
chrome://versionunder the 'Profile Path' variable.
chromiumcommand, or by using the application launcher. In order to quickly identify which launcher is the new Chromium Snap, the Snap usually has a more modern, flat-design icon, while the old
chromium-browserlauncher has an older '3d' icon. This may differ for your own system though.
chromium-browserpackage and any associated package repositories.