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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.


How to install Chromium:

apt-get update
apt-get install chromium chromium-l10n

(chromium-l10n is only used for localization and is optional)

Viewing PDF

Chromium does not provide a way to view PDF method out of the box. The easiest way is to install this extension on the Chrome Web Store, authored by the Google Chrome team, which attempts to use Google Docs to display the pdfs.

Otherwise, a method which may work is to download the (proprietary) Chrome deb package from Google Chrome homepage, find the library object file called, and manually move it to where you installed Chromium. An outdated instruction can be found in this post on the Debian user forums.

Recently, Google released the Chrome PDF viewer under a free software license under the name pdfium. Hopefully this will be integrated into Debian at some point.

Alternative browsers

See also