You’re now able to install Microsoft Edge for Linux

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  • Microsoft's Chromium-based Edge finally became available on Linux as a Dev channel build.
  • In order to quickly install Microsoft Edge for Linux, don’t hesitate to refer to our below tips.
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You’re now able to download Microsoft Edge for Linux

Microsoft’s Chromium-based Edge for macOS and Windows 10 went stable on January 15th, 2020. Recently, the first Dev channel build of Microsoft Edge on Linux became available with all the expected basic features.

The good news is that Edge Dev supports Ubuntu, Debian, Fedora, as well as openSUSE distributions. You can easily download Edge Dev distributions in .deb or .rpm packages.

Some end-user features and services may not yet be fully enabled. However, Edge comes with all the basic ones, including Google extensions and support for smooth scrolling.

Microsoft’s intentions regarding this projects have already been revealed:

We adopted the Chromium open source project in the development of the new Microsoft Edge to create better web compatibility for our customers, and less fragmentation of the web for all web developers.

How can I install Microsoft Edge for Linux?

Do keep in mind that you need to use Terminal to install the browser correctly. The initial release supports local accounts only.

Moreover, signing in to Microsoft Edge via a Microsoft Account or AAD account and other features that require signing in will be available in a future preview.

To easily set up Microsoft’s repository on Fedora, use these commands:

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-dev.repo

To start the actual installation, type this command next:

sudo dnf install microsoft-edge-dev

In order to set up Microsoft’s repository on Ubuntu or Debian, run these commands in Terminal:

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

Up next, use the following two commands to install Microsoft Edge Dev:

sudo apt update
sudo apt install microsoft-edge-dev

On openSUSE, enter these commands to set up Microsoft repository:

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

To complete the process, enter the following commands:

sudo zypper refresh
sudo zypper install microsoft-edge-dev

How can I run Legacy Edge on 20H2?

This first Dev channel build of Microsoft Edge on Linux isn’t the only major change related to Edge. Running Legacy Edge on 20H2 is also possible, through a simple workaround.

You just need to delete the BrowserReplacement key value at

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\WOW6432Node\Microsoft\EdgeUpdate\ClientState\{56EB18F8-B008-4CBD-B6D2-8C97FE7E9062}

in registry.

Regarding the downsides of this procedure, here’s what one user says:

The only downside is that you probably have to delete this key each time Edge Chromium gets an update.

Microsoft plans to release weekly builds following their regular Dev Channel cadence alongside their other supported platforms, so we’ll keep an eye on things and return with fresh info.