I know that Debian Squeeze has Chromium 6.x only. So I added backports but seems that Chromium is not included. Since Chromium/Chrome development is very fast, version 6.x has sort of become outdated.

Is there a way to install the latest version of Chromium to Debian Squeeze without changing the system from stable to testing/unstable?

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The preferred way to do this is to use apt pinning. It allows you to install a single package from testing/unstable, without migrating the whole system to testing/unstable. Caution: this will bring also package dependencies to testing. Pay attention at what are you doing. A complete guide to pinning is here: http://wiki.debian.org/it/AptPreferences What you need to do is:

Edit /etc/apt/apt.conf and add the following line (or edit a similar line if present)

APT::Default-Release "stable";

Edit /etc/apt/sources.list and add (replace the mirror with your own). You will have a similar line with stable in place of testing. DO NOT EDIT THAT LINE.

deb ftp://http.us.debian.org/debian testing main contrib non-free

Now edit /etc/apt/preferences, and add

Package: chromium-browser
Pin: release a=testing
Pin-Priority: 900

Run apt-get update; to check that you haven't switched to testing, try to launch a apt-get upgrade. If you see lots of upgrades (maybe upgrade your system just before starting the procedure), abort: something has gone wrong. You may or may not see chromium in the upgrades: if not, upgrade it with

apt-get install -t testing chromium-browser
  • I checked and found that there are a number of dependencies on the "wheezy" release of chromium that make it impractical to install on "squeeze". Commented Feb 13, 2015 at 7:29
  • Well, every way of installing latest chromium on squeeze is going to need those dependencies. So your options are to keep squeeze version of chromium, drag all those dependencies from wheezy, or entirely upgrade to wheezy. squeeze is now oldstable, and in some months jessie will be the next stable. I heard that squeeze will be mantained by non-debian people for some time, but still if you are a desktop user (and if you aren't, I think you don't care about Chromium) you should really be using the latest stable.
    – p91paul
    Commented Feb 13, 2015 at 11:54
  • As of today stable has v73, testing has v73 and unstable has v75. Is it safe to follow the procedure for unstable? It suggests huge changes to the system (91 upgraded, 41 newly installed, 12 to remove) including system core libraries
    – golimar
    Commented Jul 1, 2019 at 9:01
  • I wouldn't do that unless v75 has something you really need
    – p91paul
    Commented Jul 2, 2019 at 12:03
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    Security patches are usually backported to stable, and quite fast (see unix.stackexchange.com/questions/508609/…). So security should not be considered as a reason to switch that much packages to their unstable version, unless you are aware of a critical vulnerability in v73 not yet patched in stable.
    – p91paul
    Commented Aug 3, 2019 at 15:23

There don't seem to be any Debian repositories that have up-to-date Chromium versions, but there's an Ubuntu Lucid PPA that can be (ab)used.

Add to /etc/apt/sources.list:

deb http://ppa.launchpad.net/chromium-daily/ppa/ubuntu lucid main

Add the keys for that PPA:

apt-key adv --keyserver keyserver.ubuntu.com --recv-keys 4E5E17B5

Then just upgrade as usual

Source: http://charlieharvey.org.uk/page/chromium_17_on_squeeze

  • It looks like the PPA hasn't been updated since april 2012, though chromium 18 is still much better than chromium 6. The webapps PPA could be used, except that it only has the two most recent ubuntu versions.
    – AI0867
    Commented Oct 30, 2012 at 10:47
  • This PPA looks usable: launchpad.net/~a-v-shkop/+archive/chromium
    – AI0867
    Commented Oct 30, 2012 at 10:56
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    I had to use the following command to import the Chromium dev key: sudo apt-key adv --recv-keys --keyserver keyserver.ubuntu.com 4E5E17B5
    – earthmeLon
    Commented Nov 13, 2012 at 0:29

A Debian wiki guide says to do the following:

aptitude update
aptitude install chromium-browser chromium-browser-l10n
  • Debian will always lag behind the upstream. The OP is asking how to get the latest.
    – bahamat
    Commented Sep 13, 2011 at 16:05
  • Thanks for your answer. But I have Chromium installed (using the way you mentioned) and I want to update it to the latest version available.
    – baktin
    Commented Sep 13, 2011 at 16:22

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