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The open source project, Chromium, can be installed with the package chromium, available in the official repositories. In the AUR you can also find:

  • chromium-devAUR - the development version
  • chromium-browser-binAUR - the binary version of the latest Chromium build
  • iron-binAUR - the binary version of SRWare Iron: modified Chromium with altered settings to increase privacy and with built-in ad-blocker
Note: Compiling chromium-devAUR takes at least as long as compiling the Linux kernel.

The modified browser, Google Chrome, bundled with Flash Player and PDF Reader, can be installed with the package google-chromeAUR, available in the AUR. In the AUR you can also find:

See these two articles for an explanation of the differences between Stable/Beta/Dev, as well as Chromium vs. Chrome and the version numbers.


File associations

Unlike Firefox, Chromium does not maintain its own database of mimetype-to-application associations. Instead, it relies on xdg-open to open files and other mime types, for example, magnet links.

There are exceptions to this rule though. In the case of mailto URIs, Chromium calls out to xdg-email which is similar to xdg-open. Other protocol handlers may have equivalent scripts so check /usr/bin/xdg*.

The behaviour of xdg-* tools is managed automatically in environments such as GNOME, KDE, Xfce or LXDE, but does not work in others. Usually this behaviour can be fixed by tricking them into thinking that they are operating in one of the supported desktop environments. Depending on your environment one may work and another will not so trying each is recommended. You can set the desktop environment with the following variable:


where the recognised desktop environments are: gnome, kde, xfce and lxde. For the variable to be always set, put it somewhere like ~/.xinitrc or ~/.bashrc.

An alternative is to edit the xdg-open or xdg-email scripts and hard-code a useful DE. At the bottom of the file you will see something like this:


if [ x"$DE" = x"" ]; then

DEBUG 2 "Selected DE $DE"

# if BROWSER variable is not set, check some well known browsers instead
if [ x"$BROWSER" = x"" ]; then
    if [ -n "$DISPLAY" ]; then

case "$DE" in
    open_kde "$url"

    open_gnome "$url"

    open_mate "$url"

    open_xfce "$url"

    open_lxde "$url"

    open_generic "$url"

    exit_failure_operation_impossible "no method available for opening '$url'"

change the third line: DE=generic to one of the supported desktop environments (e.g. DE=gnome).

Note: These changes are lost when any of the utilities are upgraded.

An approach which is less useful is to place the required application in the default browser list:

   if [ -n "$DISPLAY" ]; then

xdg-open and xdg-email fall back to this list of browsers and will use the first that they find to attempt to open the URI. You could add the name of the application to the beginning of the list. However there is no guarantee that the application will be called correctly to meet your needs, e.g. your mail client will open but it will not correctly receive the mailto address. Also it will only work for one application.

A fourth option is to make a softlink from your preferred application to one of the names on the browser list. This approach has the same problems as the previous work around. For more discussion on these ideas see this forum thread.

Font Rendering

Chromium is now supposed to use the settings in ~/.fonts.conf, though you may have to edit it manually (see Font Configuration). If your fonts setting are stored in another place, create ~/.fonts.conf and add these lines:

 <match target="font">
    <edit name="autohint" mode="assign">
    <edit name="hinting" mode="assign">
    <edit mode="assign" name="hintstyle">

If the fonts are still rendered badly, you can use Xft settings as suggested here. Create ~/.Xresources if it does not exist and add in:

! Xft settings ---------------------------------------------------------------
Xft.dpi:        96
Xft.antialias:  true
Xft.rgba:       rgb
Xft.hinting:    true
Xft.hintstyle:  hintslight

Then update the X Resources database using:

xrdb -merge ~/.Xresources
Note: These settings will affect any application that uses X Resources for font settings; one example is rxvt-unicode.

Non-Latin characters

Install needed fonts to correctly display Chinese, Japanese, Korean characters. For examples of recommended fonts for various languages see Font Packages.

For the Arch Wiki, one only needs the ttf-arphic-uming package.

Default browser

The simplest way to make Chromium the default browser is to set variable $BROWSER=chromium in ~/.profile

if [ -n "$DISPLAY" ]; then

To test if this was applied successfully, try to open an URL with xdg-open as follows:

$ xdg-open

If everything went well, either a new tab inside Chromium, or a new window would open and display the Google homepage, depending on your settings.

Another option, when using mimeoAUR, is to associate "http://" links with Chromium:


If all of that still does not get it working, you can try adding the following to the [Added Associations] list in ~/.local/share/applications/mimeapps.list:


If even that didn't work, try this:

$ xdg-mime default chromium.desktop x-scheme-handler/http
$ xdg-mime default chromium.desktop x-scheme-handler/https

For more info, see Xdg-open.

Flash Player plugin

Adobe (Netscape Plugin API)

Note: This version will not be updated (except for security updates), and is stuck at version 11.2.

The Adobe Flash plugin can be installed with the package flashplugin, available in the official repositories.

Adobe (Pepper Plugin API)

While the classic Flash plugin will not be updated for Linux, an updated Flash Player is included with Google Chrome. It is compatible with Chromium and Iron.

The easiest way to install pepper-flash for Chromium is using one of the packages provided in the AUR:

Enable the Flash Player plugin with location /usr/lib/PepperFlash/ in chrome://plugins and disable the plugin with location /usr/lib/mozilla/plugins/

Note: If Pepper Flash doesn't show up in the plugins list (as is the case for Iron), then disable and start with
iron --ppapi-flash-path=/usr/lib/PepperFlash/ --ppapi-flash-version=11.7.700.169

PDF Viewer plugin

There are multiple ways of enabling PDF support in Chromium that are detailed below.


libpdf is Google's own implementation of a PDF renderer included with Google Chrome. It is compatible with Chromium and Iron.

The easiest way to install libpdf for Chromium is using one of the packages provided in the AUR:

Enable the plugin in chrome://plugins.

Note: To install libpdf for other Chromium packages, edit the PKGBUILD of chromium-libpdf-stableAUR to install into correct path. For example, to install it for chromium-browser-binAUR, replace
install -m644 opt/google/chrome/ "${pkgdir}/usr/lib/chromium"


install -m644 opt/google/chrome/ "${pkgdir}/opt/chromium-browser"
Manual installation

To do it manually, download a Google Chrome release that corresponds to the version of Chromium you use:

$ wget
$ wget
$ wget
$ wget

Extract the deb file with

$ ar vx <deb-file>

Extract LZMA archive with

$ tar -xJf <lzma-file>

Move from opt/google/chrome/ to the appropriate directory as stated above. A change of its file permissions and ownership may be necessary (the permission of should be 755).

To verify that the installation went correctly: start Chromium, open chrome://plugins/ and check if "Chrome PDF Viewer" is available (it may need to be enabled).

Note: As a new version of Chromium will not update, it may become incompatible. Thus and with respect to possible security fixes it is advisable to update both at the same time.

Using mozplugger


Using the KParts plugin



Chromium uses NSS for the certificate management. Certificates can be managed (including added) by going to Settings, clicking the Show advanced settings.. link and then Manage Certificates.

Tips and Tricks



Proxy Settings

There have been many situations in which proxy settings do not work properly, especially if set through the KDE interface. A good method as of now is to use Chromium's command-line options, like --proxy-pac-url and --proxy-server, to set your proxy.

Default profile

If you cannot get your default profile when you try to run Chromium and get a similar error instead:

$ chromium
[2630:2630:485325611:FATAL:chrome/browser/] Check failed: profile. 
Cannot get default profile. Trace/breakpoint trap

you have to set the correct owner of the directory ~/.config/chromium as following:

$ sudo chown -R yourusername:yourusergroup /home/yourusername/.config/chromium


Sometimes, Chromium will disable WebGL with certain graphics card configurations. This can generally be remedied by typing about:flags into the URL bar and enabling the WebGL flag. You may also enable WebGL by passing the command line flag --enable-webgl to Chromium in the terminal.

There is also the possibility that your graphics card has been blacklisted by Chromium. To override this, pass the flag --ignore-gpu-blacklist when starting Chromium, alternatively, go to about:flags and enable Override software rendering list.

Pulseaudio & PA-Alsa-Bridge & Pepper-Flash

Given a certain version of Chrome (23.x seem to exhibit this problem) and Pepper-Flash (11.x) while using the PA-Alsa-Bridge, sound may not play, become distorted, start skipping or outright keep crashing the PA-Alsa-Bridge continously. See [1] for the bugreport.

A possible workaround is to use pasuspender to suspend Pulseaudio and force Chrome to use Alsa directly.

First, create an ~/.asoundrc file to default Alsa to your real hardware instead of Pulseaudio. See Alsa and [2] for more information. Exemplary ~/.asoundrc:

pcm. !default {
    type hw
    card 0
    device 0

Then use pasuspender to suspend Pulseaudio and force Chrome to use Alsa which now uses your real hardware.

pasuspender -- google-chrome

The problem might be related to the tsched=0 option in Pulseaudio. See Pulseaudio#Glitches, skips or crackling and comment #27 in [3].

Google Play & Flash

DRM content on Flash still requires HAL to play. This is readily apparent with Google Play Movies. If one attempts to play a Google Play movie without HAL, they will receive a youtube like screen but the video will not play.

Note: chromium-pepper-flashAUR does not work with this method. The user must ensure they are using flashplugin.

As per "Watching movies from Google Play on Arch Linux"; install halAUR and hal-infoAUR. Then run the following Bash code:

cd ~/.adobe/Flash_Player;                       ## enter the Adobe Flash Player directory
rm -rf NativeCache AssetCache APSPrivateData2;  ## remove cache

Start the HAL daemon and one will be able to watch Google Play Movie content.

# systemctl start hal.service

Alternately one can just save the following Bash script below and run it before they want to watch Google Play Movie content.


## written by Mark Lee <bluerider>
## using information from <>

## Start and stop HAL service on command for Google Play Movie service

function main () {  ## run the main insertion function
clear-cache;  ## remove adobe cache
start-hal;  ## start the hal daemon
read -p "Press 'enter' to stop hal";  ## pause the command line with a read line
stop-hal;  ## stop the hal daemon

function clear-cache () {  ## remove adobe cache
cd ~/.adobe/Flash_Player;  ## go to Flash player user directory
rm -rf NativeCache AssetCache APSPrivateData2;  ## remove cache

function start-hal () {  ## start the hal daemon
sudo systemctl start hal.service && ( ## systemd : start hal daemon
 echo "Started HAL service..."
 ) || (
 echo "Failed to start HAL service!"

function stop-hal () {  ## stop the hal daemon
sudo systemctl stop hal.service && (  ## systemd : stop HAL daemon
 echo "Stopped HAL service..."
 ) || (
 echo "Failed to stop HAL service!"

main;  ## run the main insertion function

Force 3D acceleration in Pepper Flash Player and i.g. the browser with radeon driver

To force 3D rendering there is an option "Override software rendering list" in chrome://flags ,also you would have to export video acceleration variables, see; you could check if it is working in chrome://gpu

See Also