How to Install Brave web browser in Ubuntu / Linux Mint

December 8, 2018 — 15 Comments

Brave web browser is a free and open-source software based on Chromium. It features faster page loading speed, and blocks ads and trackers by default.

Brave has an official apt repository that supports for Ubuntu 16.04, Ubuntu 18.04, Ubuntu 18.10, Linux Mint 18.x, 19.x so far.

To make things easier, Ubuntu 18.04 users can install the community maintained Brave snap package directly from Ubuntu Software.

1. Open terminal either via Ctrl+Alt+T keyboard shortcut or by searching for ‘terminal’ from app launcher. When it opens, run command to install the repository key:

curl -s | sudo apt-key --keyring /etc/apt/trusted.gpg.d/brave-browser-release.gpg add -

Type user password (no asterisks feedback) and hit Enter.

2. Then add the apt repository via command:

sudo sh -c 'echo "deb [arch=amd64] `lsb_release -sc` main" >> /etc/apt/sources.list.d/brave.list'

For Linux Mint, replace `lsb_release -sc` in the code with xenial for Mint 18.x, bionic for Mint 19.x.

3. Finally refresh system cache and install the web browser:

sudo apt update

sudo apt install brave-browser brave-keyring


To remove the Brave web browser, run command in terminal:

sudo apt remove --autoremove brave-browser brave-keyring

And remove the apt repository via Software & Updates -> Other Software:

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15 responses to How to Install Brave web browser in Ubuntu / Linux Mint

  1. Ign:21 “” sylvia InRelease
    Err:22 “” sylvia Release
    403 Forbidden
    Reading package lists… Done
    E: The repository ‘ sylvia Release’ does not have a Release file.
    N: Updating from such a repository can’t be done securely, and is therefore disabled by default.
    N: See apt-secure(8) manpage for repository creation and user configuration details.

    • For Linux Mint, as I wrote you need to do a little change on command in step 2.

      You can now run command in terminal (Ctrl+Alt+T) to edit the repository:

      sudo gedit /etc/apt/sources.list.d/brave.list

      Replace sylvia with xenial in the opened file and save it.

  2. rofl how about “snap install brave” easy peasy

    “snap uninstall brave” easy peasy

    lot of unnecessary bs on here

  3. I”m getting this error at third step. No idea

    E: Malformed line 1 in source list /etc/apt/sources.list.d/brave-browser-beta-.list (dist parse)
    E: The list of sources could not be read.
    E: The package lists or status file could not be parsed or opened.

  4. I do all stuff that was said in here and brave browser just dont opening

  5. Ubuntu sucks:

    gpg: no valid OpenPGP data found.

  6. This advice sucks outdated version won’t work.

  7. What would I change in the code for this to work on Disco Dingo?

  8. Hi, I went to the website directly and tried from there since, I tried the steps listed here but I may have messed up. I don’t know what nor how.

    from the website, I did the first and second step. Then tried to update with apt update, and got this error:

    E: Malformed entry 2 in list file /etc/apt/sources.list.d/brave.list (Component)
    E: The list of sources could not be read

    Does anybody know what it is due to, and how to fix it?
    Thanks ahead!

    • > E: Malformed entry 2 in list file /etc/apt/sources.list.d/brave.list (Component)
      > E: The list of sources could not be read
      > Does anybody know what it is due to, and how to fix it?

      I got the same thing. Linux Mint 19. I removed the extra sources for Brave via Update Manager>Software Sources, , then started all over again. This time I put bionic where it had `lsb_release -sc` in the example, but I ALSO REMOVED THE QUOTES and that error did not reappear

  9. This fails on the first command:

    curl -s | sudo apt-key –keyring /etc/apt/trusted.gpg.d/brave-browser-release.gpg add –
    gpg: no valid OpenPGP data found.

  10. Worked perfectly on Lubuntu 18.04. Thanks!

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