Quick Tip: Web Browser on Jetson TX1

The Chromium web browser is now available from the Ubuntu repositories. It’s easy to install. Looky here:

Background

Most Ubuntu systems, including the 32-bit versions of the Jetson Development Kits, install a web browser in the desktop Launcher for easy access.

However, when the NVIDIA Jetson TX1 Development Kit switched over to 64-bit only, it presented a small dilemma. There were no mainstream web browsers available for ARM-64 bit architecture. NVIDIA rectified this in a subsequent release by providing a special version of Chromium (the open source version of the Google Chrome web browser) as a binary, along with access to the modified source code. However, the version installed is a developer version,  which included sandboxing. Most users are used to a different experience.

As time passed, eventually the 64-bit ARM version of the Chromium browser appeared in the Ubuntu repositories, and can now be installed using apt-get.

Web Browser Installation

In the video above, installation was performed directly after flashing the Jetson TX1 with L4T 24.2.1 using JetPack 2.3.1. At a Terminal execute:

$ sudo apt-get install chromium-browser

Answer ‘Y’ at the install prompt. Once Chromium is installed, you can access the Chromium Web Browser from the search icon. It may also be convenient to lock the application icon to the Launcher after you start Chromium. You can right click on the Chromium icon in the Launcher and select ‘Lock to Launcher’, or move the icon to a different location on the Launcher which will lock it in place.

Hopefully this makes life a little easier for those of us who had issues configuring the installed developer version of Chromium.

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