Microsoft Edge For Linux Is Closer To Stable Release

Microsoft Edge for Linux is set to launch in the stable channel later this year. A beta version of the browser is now available for download.

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Microsoft Edge For Linux Is Closer To Stable Release

Microsoft Edge for Linux is set to launch in the stable channel later this year. Ahead of the big announcement, a beta version of the browser is now available for download.

These days, Microsoft Edge is no longer exclusive to Windows 10. It has been built from the ground up and it was released for all platforms last year. In October 2020, the Software giant announced the first Edge Dev build for Linux. Since then, the company has been updating the browser every week with new features and bug fixes.

Microsoft announced that Edge Beta is now available for Linux as .deb and .rpm packages for Ubuntu / Debian and Fedora / openSUSE. The beta brings the new features and tools for users as the tech giant looks to claw back market share from rivals like Chrome and Firefox.

Microsoft Edge Beta also adds support for the sync feature, which means users can now sync their passwords, extensions and other settings to the Linux version.

While the Dev channel is updated every week with new features and bugs, beta is the second most stable branch. It gives users a chance to see some of the new features coming to Microsoft Edge before the browser has cleared for a stable release. The Beta channel receives major changes every six weeks.

If everything goes according to the plan, the first stable build of Microsoft Edge Linux could be released later this year.

How to install Microsoft Edge beta on Linux

If you prefer to install software from the command line, just copy/paste the following commands into your terminal:

Debian / Ubuntu / Linux Mint

curl https://packages.microsoft.com/keys/microsoft.asc | gpg --dearmor > microsoft.gpg
sudo install -o root -g root -m 644 microsoft.gpg /etc/apt/trusted.gpg.d/
sudo sh -c 'echo "deb [arch=amd64] https://packages.microsoft.com/repos/edge stable main" > /etc/apt/sources.list.d/microsoft-edge-dev.list'  
sudo rm microsoft.gpg
sudo apt update && sudo apt install microsoft-edge-beta

Arch Linux

yay -S microsoft-edge-beta-bin

Fedora

sudo rpm --import https://packages.microsoft.com/keys/microsoft.asc
sudo dnf config-manager --add-repo https://packages.microsoft.com/yumrepos/edge
sudo mv /etc/yum.repos.d/packages.microsoft.com_yumrepos_edge.repo /etc/yum.repos.d/microsoft-edge-beta.repo  
sudo dnf install microsoft-edge-beta

openSUSE

sudo rpm --import https://packages.microsoft.com/keys/microsoft.asc
sudo zypper ar https://packages.microsoft.com/yumrepos/edge microsoft-edge-beta  
sudo zypper refresh
sudo zypper install microsoft-edge-beta

3 Comments

  1. I sure all Linux fans are dying for this to happen. They wouldn’t want to de-Google or de-Microsoft their lives. /s

  2. Are there really Linux users installing this? Why would anyone use Linux but then browse with EDGE, it’s mind boggling.

    • It’s highly efficient to use edge with linux. Edge’s memory consumption is way lower than chrome and even firefox. Thus, we can have resource efficient GNU/Linux with resource efficient edge browser. Also, edge has a lot of features that chrome lacks or even firefox, whereas there is no such feature in firefox that isn’t available in edge (except customisation),
      Also to mention: edge’s built in pdf reader removes the need of a separate pdf reader and editor

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