Chromium Beta branch

PPA description

This PPA contains the latest Chromium Beta builds, with hardware video decoding enabled (hidden behind a flag), and support for Widevine (needed for viewing many DRM-protected videos) enabled.

== Hardware Video Decoding ==

To enable hardware video decoding, open chrome://flags, search for "Hardware-accelerated video decode", enable the entry, and restart Chromium.

=== Widevine Support ===

The packages in this PPA have support for Widevine inside Chromium enabled. However, you still need to copy some files from Chrome into Chromium for you to use Netflix (or other websites using Encrypted Media Extensions) in Chromium.

1. Download and install Chrome (or extract the necessary files, if you know how to do that).
2. From the Chrome installation directory (probably /opt/google/chome or something similar), copy into ~/.config/chromium.
3. Restart Chromium.

=== API Key ====

Some Chromium features, including Sync, require an API key, which is not included with the packages below. To use these features, please follow the 11 steps at Then, open .profile located in your home folder (you will need to see hidden files), and add the following three lines to the end of the file (on a new line):

export GOOGLE_API_KEY="api_key"
export GOOGLE_DEFAULT_CLIENT_ID="client_id"
export GOOGLE_DEFAULT_CLIENT_SECRET="client_secret"

Replace what is in the quotes (after the '=' sign in each line) with the appropriate value. You will need to log off and log back on (or restart if you prefer) for Chromium to use the keys.

=== NPAPI Plugins ===

Chromium dropped support for NPAPI plugins. This means that you cannot use the standard Flash (Flash 11.2) available through most methods. Instead, you'll need to install the PPAPI version of Flash through a package.

=== Preventing falling back to the standard version of Chromium ===

Sometimes, this PPA doesn't get updated within a few days of a release, and in some cases, the version of Chromium in the standard Ubuntu repos may be newer than the version provided by the PPA. If you want to prevent apt from updating to the version in the standard Ubuntu repos, add the following three lines into /etc/apt/preferences.d/chromium:

Package: *
Pin: release o=LP-PPA-saiarcot895-chromium-beta
Pin-Priority: 700

=== Help ===

If you need help with installing Chromium or notice stuff not working that should normally work, click on my name below in the "Adding this PPA to your system" section.

=== Packaging ===

Packaging for this PPA is at A separate branch is created for each upstream branch number.

Adding this PPA to your system

You can update your system with unsupported packages from this untrusted PPA by adding ppa:saiarcot895/chromium-beta to your system's Software Sources. (Read about installing)

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:saiarcot895/chromium-beta
sudo apt-get update
Technical details about this PPA

This PPA can be added to your system manually by copying the lines below and adding them to your system's software sources.

Display sources.list entries for:
Signing key:
1024R/E6200BDA4A746F2A1F7FFD3FE6A17451DC058F40 (What is this?)


For questions and bugs with software in this PPA please contact Saikrishna Arcot.

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chromium-browser 1:91.0.4472.27-0ubuntu1~ppa3~21.04.1 Saikrishna Arcot ()
chromium-browser 1:91.0.4472.27-0ubuntu1~ppa3~20.10.1 Saikrishna Arcot ()
chromium-browser 1:91.0.4472.27-0ubuntu1~ppa3~20.04.1 Saikrishna Arcot ()
chromium-browser 1:91.0.4472.27-0ubuntu1~ppa3~18.04.1 Saikrishna Arcot ()
chromium-browser 1:91.0.4472.27-0ubuntu1~ppa2~16.04.1 Saikrishna Arcot ()
libvdpau 1.4-2~ubuntu20.04.1 Saikrishna Arcot ()
pipewire 0.2.3-3~ubuntu18.04.1 Saikrishna Arcot ()
vdpau-video 0.7.4-7ubuntu1~ppa2~20.04.1 Saikrishna Arcot ()
vdpau-video 0.7.4-7ubuntu1~ppa1~18.10.1 Saikrishna Arcot ()
vdpau-video 0.7.4-6ubuntu2~ppa1~18.04.1 Saikrishna Arcot ()
vdpau-video 0.7.4-5ubuntu1~ppa3~16.04.1 Saikrishna Arcot ()
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