RPi Chromium

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Adding Chromium web browser to a Raspberry Pi

What does it do?

This guide shows you how to install a Chromium web browser, which should be faster than the standard Debian web browser.

These instructions will show you how to install a software from the command line. This is a very important skill if you wish to progress further with Linux.

What do you need?

  • A Raspberry Pi, model B.
  • A boot SD card for the Raspberry Pi.
  • A network connection (Ethernet or WiFi).

What skill level is required?

Suitable for absolute beginners. No Linux knowledge is needed.

Overview of this project

You need to

  • Install Chromium software on the Raspberry Pi
  • Start the Chromium web browser

If you are really scared of entering commands, there are alternative instructions at the end. This shows you how to install software without using any commands. Note that it is MUCH easier to use the command line, but you may find it useful to see the two methods described.

Installing the software

Insert a Debian SD card in the Raspberry Pi.

Connect the Ethernet cable from your Raspberry Pi to a modem or other internet service. You may also use a WiFi device, but you may need help to get this working.

Log in with your username and password.

To check if your internet connection is working, enter the following command and press enter at the end.

host www.raspberrypi.org

If your internet connection is working, you should see a response like the following

www.raspberrypi.org has address xxx.xxx.xxx.xxx

If you get an error message instead, you have a problem with your internet connection. You must ask somebody to help fix this problem before you can proceed.

Enter the following command and press enter at the end.

sudo apt-get install chromium-browser

You will be asked for your password. Enter your password and press enter. Note that you will not be able to see your password.

You will be asked for permission (yes/no) to install new software. Press the 'y' key and enter to continue.

Wait for the installation to complete.

Opening the Chromium web browser

Enter the following command and press enter at the end.

startx

Wait for the desktop to finish loading.

Click on the LXDE icon (the strange X) in the bottom-left corner of the screen.

Move your mouse to point to "Internet".

Click on "Chromium".

The Chromium web browser will open.

Alternative method: Installing the software without using commands

Insert a Debian SD card in the Raspberry Pi.

Connect the Ethernet cable from your Raspberry Pi to a modem or other internet service. You may also use a WiFi device, but you may need help to get this working.

Log in with your username and password.

Enter the following command and press enter at the end.

startx

You will be asked for your password. Enter your password and press enter. Note that you will not be able to see your password.

You will be asked for permission (yes/no) to install new software. Press the 'y' key and enter to continue.

Wait for the installation to complete.