How to Install Microsoft Edge Browser in Linux

Long gone days where Microsoft products are not open-source and architected only for Windows. In their efforts to make a strong footprint in the Linux market, Microsoft has announced on “Microsoft Ignite 2020Edge browser is available for Linux as a dev preview.

Edge browser is initially released with Windows 10 followed by Mac OS, X Box, and Andoird. The Dev release is said to be a preview release aiming to have developers who want to build and test their sites and apps on Linux.

Some features like Signing in to Microsoft Account or AAD account are not available at the moment and it is expected for future build releases. As of now, Edge supports local accounts only.

The current release of Edge supports Debian, Ubuntu, Fedora, and OpenSUSE distribution. It is expected Edge will be available for more platforms in upcoming releases.

Running Microsoft Edge in Ubuntu
Running Microsoft Edge in Ubuntu

There are two ways to install Microsoft Edge on Linux.

We will see both the ways on how to install Edge.

Installing Microsoft Edge Using .deb or .rpm File

First, download the .deb or .rpm file from Microsoft Edge Inside site and install the package as shown. It will add the Microsoft repository to your system, which will automatically keep Microsoft Edge up to date.

$ sudo dpkg -i microsoft-edge-*.deb [On Debian/Ubuntu/Mint]
$ sudo rpm -i microsoft-edge-*.rpm [On Fedora/OpenSUSE] 
Install Microsoft Edge in Ubuntu
Install Microsoft Edge in Ubuntu

Installing Microsoft Edge Using Package Manager

Now let’s see how to install Edge from the command line using the distribution package manager.

Install Edge on Debian, Ubuntu, and Mint

$ curl | gpg --dearmor > microsoft.gpg
$ sudo install -o root -g root -m 644 microsoft.gpg /etc/apt/trusted.gpg.d/
$ sudo sh -c 'echo "deb [arch=amd64] stable main" > /etc/apt/sources.list.d/microsoft-edge-dev.list'
$ sudo rm microsoft.gpg
$ sudo apt update
$ sudo apt install microsoft-edge-dev

Install Edge on Fedora Linux

$ sudo rpm --import
$ sudo dnf config-manager --add-repo
$ sudo mv /etc/yum.repos.d/ /etc/yum.repos.d/microsoft-edge-dev.repo
$ sudo dnf install microsoft-edge-dev

Install Edge on OpenSUSE Linux

$ sudo rpm --import
$ sudo zypper ar microsoft-edge-dev
$ sudo zypper refresh
$ sudo zypper install microsoft-edge-dev

That’s it for this article. We have discussed two ways of installing the Edge browser on Linux. Though we have many browsers available in Linux, we have to wait and see how Edge is turning out to be in future releases. Install Edge, Play with it and share your experience with us.

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