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Quick tip for Chromium Browser users: The official Ubuntu Chromium Browser beta and dev channel PPAs are unmaintained for a long time but there are a couple of PPAs you can use to get the latest beta and development Chromium builds in Ubuntu.

Chromium Browser Dev Ubuntu

Saikrishna Arcot maintains two Chromium PPAs: one for the Chromium Beta channel and one for the Chromium Dev channel builds - both PPAs are updated regularly for all supported Ubuntu versions.

However, there is a downside to using these PPAs: these Chromium builds don't include the Google APIs which means that some features like the browser Sync don't work by default. To get these features back, you need to get a Google API key - the instructions for doing this are included in the PPAs description.

You can use these Chromium builds without the Google API but remember that the Sync, among others, won't work!

Another thing you should note is that using these PPAs, your current Chromium installation will be overwritten by the one in the PPA, so you can't install both Chromium Stable and Chromium Beta or Dev in the same time.


Install Chromium Beta Channel build in Ubuntu


To add the Chromium Beta Channel PPA and install the browser in Ubuntu (and derivatives, like Linux Mint, etc.), use the following commands:
sudo add-apt-repository ppa:saiarcot895/chromium-beta
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install chromium-browser


Install Chromium Development Channel build in Ubuntu


To add the Chromium Dev Channel PPA and install the browser in Ubuntu (and derivatives, like Linux Mint, etc.), use the following commands:
sudo add-apt-repository ppa:saiarcot895/chromium-dev
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install chromium-browser

The Aura UI was disabled for the latest Chromium development builds but it used to be enabled until yesterday and that caused some rendering bugs. The Aura UI will return in Chromium dev builds and it might get pretty unstable when that happens so use this with care!


How to revert the changes and return to Chromium stable


You can use PPA Purge to purge the two PPAs above and return to the Chromium stable version from the official Ubuntu repositories. To do this, firstly install ppa-purge:
sudo apt-get install ppa-purge

Then:

- if you've added the Chromium Beta Channel PPA, purge it using the following command:
sudo ppa-purge ppa:saiarcot895/chromium-beta
- if you've added the Chromium Dev Channel PPA, purge it using the command below:
sudo ppa-purge ppa:saiarcot895/chromium-dev
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