On the article that follows below, we will delve into how to install Google Chrome / Opera Browser on CentOS 9 / RHEL 9. Web browsers are applications that enable a user to access the internet and get information from different sources. They make it easy to access online content while offering different speed options, privacy, and security. There are different types of web browsers available that have the same function of accessing the internet but differ with additional features like payments, security, privacy, and customisations. They include Google Chrome, Microsoft Edge, Opera, Brave, Vivaldi, Mozilla Firefox, etc.
Google Chrome is the most popular browser with high-speed performance, very expandable, and compatible with the majority of browser extensions. The only disadvantage it has is that it is resource hungry. It can use up most of your Computer resources leading to lagging and sometimes crashing the system if it has low storage. It is cross-platform and available on Windows, Mac, and Linux, as well as iOS and Android making it very popular.
Some of its other unique features include
- A vast library of add-ons.
- Secure DNS lookup for compatible providers.
- Highly customizable with different themes available.
- With a Google account, you can sync settings and bookmarks between computers.
- Easy and quick internet surfing.
- Voice search option
Install Google Chrome on RHEL 9|CentOS 9
Run the following command to add the Google Chrome repository.
$ sudo vi /etc/yum.repos.d/google-chrome.repo [google-chrome] name=google-chrome baseurl=http://dl.google.com/linux/chrome/rpm/stable/$basearch enabled=1 gpgcheck=1 gpgkey=https://dl-ssl.google.com/linux/linux_signing_key.pub
Then install Google Chrome with the following command
sudo dnf install google-chrome-stable.x86_64
Then start the application from the console with the following command
You can also do so from the Application Launcher.
Setup Google Chrome on CentOS 9|RHEL 9
The Google Chrome browser opens as shown below.
You can do a quick setup for adding the bookmarks
You can also select a background of your choice
Then the browser is ready to use. You can sign in with your account or do so later
The Start Page appears as shown below
You can access all Google Applications like Gmail, Google Drive, Google Photos, etc on the browser from the menu.
You can customize the browser from the settings by adding more extensions and themes
To add more extensions or themes, Go to the Chrome Web store
The Chrome Web Store includes vast libraries of plugins and themes that you can simply add to your browser.
With that. You have Google Chrome Browser ready to run on your CentOS 9 / RHEL 9 system.
Opera Browser is a diverse web browser with a built-in proxy, great security features, and really nice interface. It is built on Chromium-based technology which means you can add Google’s extensions for further customizations. Opera is best for social media users due to its social and messaging app integration making the apps accessible right in the browser. Opera is available for macOS, Linux, and Windows devices and also on Android and iOS.
- Built-in Ad blocker.
- Social and messaging app integration.
- Send encrypted content.
- Built-in VPN.
- Speed dial.
- Image mark-up tool.
Install Opera Browser on RHEL 9|CentOS 9
Run the following command to add the official repository for Opera.
$ sudo vi /etc/yum.repos.d/opera.repo [opera] name=Opera packages type=rpm-md baseurl=https://rpm.opera.com/rpm gpgcheck=1 gpgkey=https://rpm.opera.com/rpmrepo.key enabled=1
Then install Opera Browser
sudo dnf install opera-stable
You can start the program from the console
You can also start the application from the Application Launcher.
Setup Opera Browser on RHEL 9|CentOS 9
The Opera Browser opens as shown below.
You can do a quick setup to start the browser.
Tun on the Ad-blocker that removes ads from sites that you visit.
You can choose to set up Whatsapp Messenger at this point or later. Import bookmarks from your old browser.
The setup is done and you can start browsing.
The start page appears as shown below.
You can further customize your browser from the settings page.
On the sidebar on the left, you can add more tools that can appear or remove the ones you do not prefer to show.
When you scroll down, you will find under Opera tools the Extensions options. You can select it to appear on the sidebar by clicking on it.
Then once you open it, The following page appears. It has available extensions only. To add more extensions click on Get more extensions
The Opera add-ons page opens with the available extensions to add to the browser.
Opera Browser is set up and ready to use.
We have installed Google Chrome/Opera Browsers on RHEL 9|CentOS 9. Google Chrome is the most popular and most used web browser by users. It offers high-speed performance and quick manoeuvring with the main disadvantage being it is resource intensive. Opera Browser on the other hand is great for social media users who would use all the social media apps right in the browsers. It can also be good for shopaholics with the main disadvantage being it might not be that fast. Check below for more articles on our site;