5 days ago

Vivaldi Web browser released for Raspberry Pi

Vivaldi has released an experimental build of its web browser for Raspberry Pi.

The new web browsers offers a range of quirky and interesting features, such as tab grouping and screenshot capturing.

More helpful, for Raspberry Pi users, is the ability to fine-tune performance by turning off support for features such as animated gifs; or by forcing pages to load in a clutter-free ‘reader’ environment.

Ruarí Ødegaard on the Vivaldi team blog writes:

We started making these builds primarily for ourselves, as part of our work towards Vivaldi mobile and to allow us to try out Vivaldi on various ARM devices that the team already own (or intend to buy).

I have a Raspberry Pi plugged into my TV. This allows me to use my TV as another device for browsing. While high-end TVs increasingly have a browser built in, it is cheaper to add a Raspberry Pi to the setup – and those browsers tend to be limited, compared to a full-featured desktop browser like Vivaldi

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Install Vivaldi web browser on a Raspberry Pi

You can install Vivaldi on a Raspberry Pi using the following command.

cd Downloads/
wget https://downloads.vivaldi.com/stable/vivaldi-stable_1.13.1008.34-1_armhf.deb
sudo apt install vivaldi-stable_1.13.1008.34-1_armhf.deb

Or visit the Vivaldi blog in Chromium and click the blue Download Vivaldi for Linux ARM button. Double-click the deb file in your Downloads folder to install it.

After installation, you will find the web browser in Menu > Internet > Vivaldi.

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What features does Vivaldi on a Raspberry Pi offer?

According to the Vivaldi website, the browser offers the following features over regular web browsers:

  • Advanced tab management – ability to group, tile, move and pin tabs.
  • Side Panel with easy access to bookmarks, downloads, a “tree-style” access to tabs, notes, browsing history and websites of users’ choice.
  • Built-in functionality such as the screenshot Capture tool, Notes and Image Properties.
  • Powerful History overview that lets users explore their browsing patterns, backed by statistics and visual clues.
  • Unique and customizable look and feel of the browser interface with custom Themes and more.
  • Keyboard Shortcuts and Mouse Gestures for quick browser commands.

“We are excited to unveil Vivaldi for the popular development board Raspberry Pi and other Linux based ARM devices. Enthusiastic Raspberry Pi users who are looking for a more feature-rich and flexible browser, will find Vivaldi a thrilling experience,” says Jon von Tetzchner, CEO at Vivaldi Technologies.

  • Scott Linovitz

    For the install to work I needed to make the following small change:
    sudo apt install ./vivaldi-stable_1.13.1008.34-1_armhf.deb

  • d3nv3rp0st

    Wish I had seen Scott’s post with the additional dot. I went to the file manager, found the downloaded file and double clicked..worked. Vivaldi seems much more stable than chrome on my build. Thanks.

  • Ian Binnie

    Looks good so far, reasonably configurable. There is one major feature lacking, unless I can plugin an Ad blocker it won’t become my default.

  • Stuart

    Install pi-hole on the old mark one RaspberryPi at the back of your man drawer. Much better than any adblocker using resources on your browsing pi.

    Keep it all in the family 😉

  • Alexanderre

    good point, worked for me after doing that, thanks 🙂

  • Alexanderre

    and I’am yet to find a way to add Pocket functionality in order to be able to sync stuff between RPi and Apple devices 🙂