Running the Chromium browser on a Linux system

Chromium is a free and open-source (FOSS) web browser that is very similar to the Google Chrome browser, though with some differences. Google started the Chromium project as a means to provide the source code for the proprietary Google Chrome browser. The Chromium Project is headed by Google developers with input from community developers.

If you wish to use the Chromium browser on a CentOS Linux system, you can install it by running the command yum install chromium from the root account. You can check if it is already installed on a CentOS system with rpm -qi chromium.

$ rpm -qi chromium
Name        : chromium
Version     : 60.0.3112.113
Release     : 2.el7
Architecture: x86_64
Install Date: Tue 26 Sep 2017 10:35:46 AM EDT
Group       : Unspecified
Size        : 106438445
License     : BSD and LGPLv2+ and ASL 2.0 and IJG and MIT and GPLv2+ and ISC and OpenSSL and (MPLv1.1 or GPLv2 or LGPLv2)
Signature   : RSA/SHA256, Tue 29 Aug 2017 08:00:23 AM EDT, Key ID 6a2faea2352c64e5
Source RPM  : chromium-60.0.3112.113-2.el7.src.rpm
Build Date  : Mon 28 Aug 2017 08:21:06 PM EDT
Build Host  :
Relocations : (not relocatable)
Packager    : Fedora Project
Vendor      : Fedora Project
URL         :
Summary     : A WebKit (Blink) powered web browser
Description :
Chromium is an open-source web browser, powered by WebKit (Blink).

To start the program, you need to type the command chromium-browser rather than chromium. If you wish to be returned to the Bash shell prompt after issuing the command, put an ampersand after the command, e.g. chromium-browser &. The executable is placed in the /usr/bin directory.

$ which chromium-browser

The following additional files are installed with the chromium-browser , which you can see with the repoquery command, if you have the yum-utils package installed.

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$ repoquery --list chromium