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Chromium is an open source web browser that strives for a secure, fast and stable web browsing experience for its users. It is the open source project behind Google Chrome.


From the Debian repository

As of 2022-08-26 18:35:00, Debian's Chromium package security status is as below:

Stretch (oldoldstable): Security support has been discontinued, see DSA-4562-1 security update.
Buster (oldstable): Security support has been discontinued, see DSA 5046-1 security update. Vulnerable to numerous CVEs, see Debian Security Tracker.
Bullseye (stable), Bookworm (testing): See Debian Security Tracker for the current status.

If security support has been discontinued for the Debian release you are using then please consider getting Chromium from an alternative source such as Flatpak, or using an alternative browser like Firefox, Brave or ungoogled-chromium.

You can obtain Chromium by simply installing the chromium package. chromium-l10n would also be of interest to users whose preferred language is not English, as it contains all of the language packs for the browser.

A minimal "Chromium shell" is available in the chromium-shell package, if you don't require a full web browser.

From the Linux Mint Debian Edition repo

Chromium can be installed from the third-party repository that provides it for LMDE (Linux Mint Debian Edition). This is completely unsupported, and will not update automatically, meaning that you must remember to update it manually regularly to avoid critical security issues.

This package is only available for the amd64 architecture.

The download link can be found here:

Choose the latest version of the Chromium package available from the listing, and install the .deb file through your preferred method.

From the Flathub Flatpak repo

Chromium can also be installed through Flatpak, one being available through Flathub. After following the Flathub setup guide, you can install it through the terminal by running:

flatpak install org.chromium.Chromium

Or through any software center (such as GNOME Software or KDE Discover) which supports Flatpak installation.


Many popular, useful, and open-source browser extensions for Chromium are built as Debian packages that can be loaded locally and updated via Apt, reducing the need to use the Chrome Web Store and to trust the binary extension files that it serves. You can find these by searching for packages named webext-*.

Viewing PDF

Chromium can view PDFs without any additional extensions (internally using PDFium software library)

Video acceleration

Since Chromium 88, video acceleration is available but not enabled. This results in the CPU being used instead of the video card, attempting to enable this option offloads the CPU for the video card:

Drivers and libraries according to your hardware

For Intel Gen 7 and earlier hardware:

# apt install i965-va-driver-shaders libva-drm2 libva-x11-2

For Intel Gen 8+ hardware:

# apt install intel-media-va-driver-non-free libva-drm2 libva-x11-2

intel-media-va-driver-non-free from non-free repo

For nouveau and amdgpu :

# apt install mesa-va-drivers libva-drm2 libva-x11-2

Enable these browser flags

Type these URLs into your address bar, activate them and restart your browser on its request:




By default Chromium will use its X11 backend, even if you're running it in a Wayland session. Changing the "Preferred Ozone platform" flag to "Auto" will cause it to use the Wayland backend instead, but there are sometimes bugs. This page describes how to safely enable Wayland for Chromium.

Debian-specific information

Alternative browsers

See also

CategorySoftware | CategoryNetworkApplication | CategoryWebBrowser