How to Install Brave web browser in Ubuntu / Linux Mint (Updated)

This simple tutorial shows how to install the latest Brave web browser in Ubuntu 21.10, Ubuntu 20.04, Ubuntu 18.04, Linux Mint 20.

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

The browser offers an official apt repository. So Ubuntu, Debian, and Linux Mint based systems can easily install the software and receive updates via built-in update manager utility.

[ac-box style=”tip”]To make things easier, Ubuntu 18.04 and higher can install the community maintained Brave snap package directly from Ubuntu Software.


1. Firstly, search for and open “terminal” from your system start menu. When it opens, paste the command below into terminal and hit Enter:

sudo apt install apt-transport-https curl

Type user password (no asterisk feedback) and hit Enter. It will add https support for apt package manager and install curl to grab the GPG key.

2. Next copy and paste the command below, and run to download & install the GPG key:

sudo curl -fsSLo /usr/share/keyrings/brave-browser-archive-keyring.gpg

And run command to add the apt repository to your system. So far, only 64-bit PC / laptop is supported.

echo "deb [signed-by=/usr/share/keyrings/brave-browser-archive-keyring.gpg arch=amd64] stable main"|sudo tee /etc/apt/sources.list.d/brave-browser-release.list

3. Finally refresh system cache and install the web browser by running the commands one by one:

sudo apt update

sudo apt install brave-browser

Uninstall Brave & Apt Repository:

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

sudo apt remove --autoremove brave-browser

Unlike PPA, Brave’s apt repository does not list in Software & Updates utility under Other Software tab. However, you can remove the config file easily by running command in terminal:

sudo rm /etc/apt/sources.list.d/brave-browser-release.list

By Ji m

I'm a freelance blogger who started using Ubuntu in 2007 and wishes to share my experiences and some useful tips with Ubuntu beginners and lovers. Please comment to remind me outdated tutorial! And, notify me if you find any typo/grammar/language mistakes. English is not my native language. Contact me via Buy me a coffee:


  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.

    1. 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

    1. error: snap “brave” is not available on stable for this architecture (i386) but
      exists on other architectures (amd64).

  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. 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!

    1. > 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

  5. On Linux Mint 19.1

    1. sudo apt-get update
    2. sudo apt install snapd
    3. snap install brave

    brave 0.63.48 from Brave Software (brave✓) installed

  6. any way to edit the brave launcher in gnome ubuntu 18.04?
    I want to add a flag: –user-data-dir-name /mnt/ramdisk
    to run cache in ram

  7. E: Malformed entry 1 in list file /etc/apt/sources.list.d/brave-browser-release-.list (Component)
    E: The list of sources could not be read.

Comments are closed.

Exit mobile version