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How to install Falkon browser on Linux (formerly QupZilla)

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If you liked QupZilla and want to use it, even after it changed its name, here’s how to install the Falkon browser on Linux.

The browser previously known as QupZilla got a better name (Falkon) and a new home, KDE. This brings quality web browsing back to native KDE software for the first time in a few years.

How to install Falkon browser on Linux (formerly QupZilla)

The new browser uses QtWebEngine and offers a pleasant experience and integration with all parts of the Plasma environment.

The distribution that brings the latest version of the KDE environment, KDE Neon, is adopting Snap packages as its packaging format.

And with Falkon now under the auspices of KDE, its arrival as a Snap app was only a matter of time. And the time is now.

Falkon is a modest package with a size of 3.2 MB, since most of its total size is provided by the KDE framework. Below, you will see how to install this new browser on your system.

To learn more about this version of the program, click on this link.

How to install the Falkon browser on Linux

To install the Falkon browser on Linux, use one of the procedures below.

How to install the Falkon browser on Linux via Flatpak

To install the Falkon browser on Linux via Flatpak you need to have support for this technology installed on your system. If not, use the tutorial below to install:

How to install Flatpak support on Linux

Then, you can install the Falkon browser on Linux via Flatpak, by doing the following:
Step 1. Open a terminal;
Step 2. Use the commands below to install the program via Flatpak. Be patient, as it can often take several minutes for Flatpak to download everything you need;

flatpak remote-add –if-not-exists flathub https://flathub.org/repo/flathub.flatpakrepoflatpak remote-add –if-not-exists kdeapps –from https://distribute.kde.org/kdeapps .flatpakrepo

How to install Falkon browser on Linux via AppImage file

To install the Falkon browser on Linux via the AppImage file, you must do the following:

Step 1. Open a terminal (In Unity, use Dash or by pressing the CTRL + ALT + T keys);
Step 2. Check if your system is 32-bit or 64-bit, to do this, use the following command in the terminal:

uname -m

Step 3. If your system is 64-bit, use the command below to download the program. If the link is out of date, access this page, download the latest version and save it with the name falkon.appimage:

wget https://download.kde.org/stable/falkon/3.0.1/Falkon-3.0.1.AppImage -O falkon.appimage

Step 4. Give execution permission for the downloaded file;

chmod + x falkon.appimage

Step 5. Now install the program with the command;

sudo ./falkon.appimage

Step 6. When you start the file for the first time, you will be asked if you want to integrate the program with the system. Click “Yes” if you want to integrate it or click “No” if you don’t want to integrate it. If you choose Yes, the program launcher will be added to the application menu and installation icons. If you choose “No”, you will always have to start it by double clicking on the AppImage file.

If you want to better integrate this program into your system, install AppImageLauncher, using this tutorial:
How to install the AppImageLauncher integrator on Linux

How to install the latest version of the Falkon browser on Linux on distros that support Snap

To install the Falkon browser on Linux via Snap you need to have support for this technology installed on your system. If not, use the tutorial below to install:

How to install Snap pack support on Linux

Then, you can install the Falkon browser on Linux via Snap by doing the following:

Step 1. Open a terminal;
Step 2. If you use KDE Neon, and it is up to date, you must have Kpl from the KDE Framework platform already installed. If you are not using KDE Neon, or are using a machine without KDE, you can install the KDE platform snap using this command:

sudo snap install kde-frameworks-5

Step 3. Install the latest version of the Falkon browser, using this command:

sudo snap install falkon –edge

Step 4. Later, if you need to update the Falkon browser snap on Linux, use:

sudo snap refresh falkon

Step 5. Then, if necessary, uninstall the program, using the command below;

sudo snap remove falkon

Ready! Now, you can start the program in the Applications / Dash / Activities menu or any other application launcher in your distro, or type falkon or in a terminal, followed by the TAB key.

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