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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.


As of 2021-01-03 16:59:07, Debian's Chromium package in the repositories for stretch remains vulnerable to numerous CVEs as outlined in the Chromium Security Tracker. Chromium in buster and sid, however, remain up-to-date. Consider using an alternative browser like Firefox if you are on stretch.

From the debian repo

How to install Chromium:

apt install chromium chromium-l10n

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


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:



Debian-specific information

Alternative browsers

See also

CategorySoftware | CategoryNetworkApplication | CategoryWebBrowser