How to Install Microsoft Edge on Ubuntu [GUI and Terminal]

Developed by Microsoft, Microsoft Edge is a cross-platform, feature-rich, and modern-age browser designed for a smooth and fast browsing experience. Microsoft Edge is a remarkable improvement from the Internet Explorer browser which was dull and uninspiring to many It is fast, resource-friendly, and replete with useful features such as vertical tabs, web capture tool, immersive reading support, and a well-organized UI for exemplary browser experience.

Microsoft Edge made its way to the Linux ecosystem and it is now possible to install it on your favorite Linux distribution. In this instructional guide, learn how to install Microsoft Edge on Ubuntu 20.04 both graphically and using the CLI.

Method 1: Installing Microsoft Edge on Ubuntu Graphically

To get started with installing Microsoft Edge graphically, visit the official Microsoft Edge download page and you should get what we have here.

Click on the blue button labeled "Now on Linux"

Microsoft Edge official download page

The page will scroll down to a section where you are provided with two download options; either a Debian file (.deb) or an RPM file (.rpm) for RHEL distributions.

Click on the Linux(.deb) option.

Download Microsoft Edge Debian file

To download the file, skim through the license terms and click on the 'Accept and Download' button.

Accept and Download

On the pop-up dialogue that appears, click on the 'Save File' option and click 'OK' to download the Microsoft Edge Debian file.

Save the deb file

Once the download of the Debian file is complete, double click on it or right-click and select the appropriate action to open it. Here, we have opened it using the Ubuntu Software Center.

Click 'Install' to begin the installation process and follows the on-screen prompts thereafter.

install screen

During the installation, Microsoft Edge's repository will be automatically added. This ensures that you are always in a position to upgrade to newer versions of Microsoft Edge once they are released via the Software Updater.

Method 2: Install Microsoft Edge in Ubuntu Terminal

Installing Microsoft Edge from the terminal takes only a few simple steps. First, update the package index.

$ sudo apt update

Next, install the required dependencies needed for the installation to work seamlessly.

$ sudo apt install wget software-properties-common apt-transport-https

Then add the Microsoft Edge repository to your system.

$ sudo add-apt-repository "deb [arch=amd64] https://packages.microsoft.com/repos/edge stable main"

Once the repository is added, update the package index once again to sync with the newly added Microsoft Edge repository.

$ sudo apt update

Finally, install Microsoft Edge browser using the command:

$ sudo apt install microsoft-edge-stable

How to launch Microsoft Edge

At this point, Microsoft Edge is successfully installed on your Ubuntu instance. To launch Microsoft Edge from the terminal simply run the command:

$ microsoft-edge

Alternatively, you can use the GUI by clicking on 'Activities' on the top left corner and searching for Microsoft Edge.

Once launched, Microsoft Edge will pop open as shown. Click on 'Accept and get started' button to accept the license agreement.

Accept license agreement to install Microsoft Edge

Next, select your preferred browser tab style from the three options provided and click on the 'Confirm' button.

Select your preferred tab style

The next step will prompt you to sign in to your Microsoft account. Click on the Sign in button and authenticate with your Microsoft account login credentials.

Sign in to Microsoft Edge browser

And finally, Microsoft Edge Welcome page will come to view. From here you can take a tour of Microsoft Edge by clicking on 'Next' and following the on-screen instructions.

Microsoft Edge welcome page

How to uninstall Microsoft Edge

If Microsoft Edge doesn't really work for you or is not quite as you had expected, you can remove or uninstall it from your system by running the following command:

$ sudo apt remove microsoft-edge-stable

Conclusion

Microsoft Edge has made a huge impression in the browser circles and one cannot deny that indeed it's a modern age browser packed with all the nifty features that enhance the browsing experience. Still, it faces cut-throat competition from other browsers that have been around for long such as Firefox and Google Chrome. But given its rich array of features, it comes off as a formidable competitor and will likely be around for years to come.

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