Brave is the next generation browser developed by Brave Software, Inc under open source license and free to use. The source code of Brave Desktop browser is based on the Chromium and created to run on Linux, Windows and macOS. The Brave browser is designed to be secure by blocking annoying ads and website trackers to ensure their is user privacy when browsing the internet.
Brave Desktop users will earn rewards by opting into the privacy-respecting ads and help give publishers back their fair share of Internet revenue. In this article we will cover the installation steps of Brave desktop browser on Manjaro Linux desktop operating system. The same guide should work on other Arch Linux based distributions.
Some features of Brave Desktop Browser
Some of the cool features of Brave Desktop web browser are:
- Settings and Bookmarks import: You can easily import your settings and bookmarks from your old browser.
- Search: You can choose default search engine and use keyboard shortcuts for alternate search engine.
- Security: Enjoy built-in password manager, form autofill and ability to use “Do not track” with browsing requests.
- Extensions/Plugins: Brave supports most of the Chrome extensions in the chrome web store
- Shields: Ad blocking, Cookie control, Per-site shield settings and Cookie control.
- Support your favorite sites with Brave Rewards: Turn on Brave Rewards and give a little back to the sites you frequent most.
- Tabs & Windows: Ability to use Private Windows, Pinned Tabs, Auto-unload and many other features.
- Faster load speeds: Brave is stated to load pages faster than Chrome and Firefox.
Follow the next steps to install and use Brave Desktop browser on Manjaro and other Arch based Linux distributions.
Step 1: Update System
We always encourage Linux users to update their operating system packages to the latest releases available in the upstream repositories.
On your Manjaro Linux launch the terminal and run the following commands:
sudo pacman -Syu
Once the system has been updated perform system power recycle.
Step 2: Install Brave Desktop Browser on Manjaro | Arch Linux
The next step after the reboot is installation of Brave Desktop browser on Manjaro and other Arch based systems.
Method 1: Install from AUR
sudo pacman -S --needed git base-devel git clone https://aur.archlinux.org/yay.git cd yay makepkg -si
After yay is installed use it to get Brave browser on Manjaro|Arch Linux:
$ yay -S brave
Start installation process:
Packages (1) brave-1.16.67-1 Total Download Size: 98.27 MiB Total Installed Size: 238.91 MiB :: Proceed with installation? [Y/n] y
Brave browser can be launched from CLI:
Or from the installed applications menu list.
Method 2: Install from Snap
For the Snap installation method first install Snap.
git clone https://aur.archlinux.org/snapd.git cd snapd makepkg -si
Once installed, the systemd unit that manages the main snap communication socket needs to be enabled:
sudo systemctl enable --now snapd.socket
To enable classic snap support, enter the following to create a symbolic link between /var/lib/snapd/snap and /snap:
sudo ln -s /var/lib/snapd/snap /snap
To install Brave, simply use the following command:
sudo snap install brave
Step 3: Launch Brave Web Browser on Manjaro
After installation you can use the terminal or Desktop Environment Launcher to start brave web browser on Arch|Manjaro:
Hit the “Let’s Go” button to start configuring Brave Browser and using it as your default web browser.