Arora – Cross Platform WebKit Browser in Ubuntu

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Arora is a simple cross platform web browser. Currently Arora is a very basic browser whose feature list includes things like "History" and "Bookmarks". When using Qt 4.4 Arora does not have support for netscape plugins, but if you use qt-snapshot then it will work. But it is small, less than 10,000 lines of code, very fast, lean, mean and loads of fun to hack on. Benjamin Meyer originally created as a demo for Qt to help test the QtWebKit component and find API issues and bugs before the release. An older version can still be found in Qt's source code in the demo/browser directory. Arora works on Linux, OS X, Windows, FreeBSD, and embedded Linux using Qt Embedded.

Install arora in Ubuntu

If you want to install from ubuntu repositories use the following command

sudo apt-get install arora

This will complete the installation.


Install from .deb package (The reason for this is you can install latest version)

If you want to install from .deb package first you need to download latest package from here on  to your desktop when you try to install you should see similar to the following screen click on close

Now click on Install Package

Enter your password

Downloading additional packages in progress

Installing dependencies in progress

Installing package in progress

Installation finished

Using arora

Go to Applications--->Internet--->Arora

Arora Browser in action

Arora version details

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15 thoughts on “Arora – Cross Platform WebKit Browser in Ubuntu

  1. @John,

    After adding the source list you need to run the following command to update

    sudo apt-get update

    Now you try

    Did you try any one method specified above

  2. I didn’t install Arora from the repository since I didn’t want an old version. I was just commenting on the fact that I couldn’t find a .deb package like you had in the article.

  3. I use Arora for my olpc running DebXO, it is superslick, runs like a breeze, and only slows down if I have more than 5 tabs open (note: olpc). There is theoretical flash support, but it’s not important for what I use it for.

  4. echo “echo \”#Arora webkit
    deb $(lsb_release -sc) main\” | sudo tee -a /etc/apt/sources.list.d/ppa.list

    sudo apt-key adv --recv-keys --keyserver 0x643dc6bd56580ceb1ab4a9f63b22ab97af1cdfa9

    sudo apt-get update
    sudo apt-get install arora
    ” > ./
    sudo sh ./ && rm ./

  5. The .deb file is definitely on that web page. It just has a long file name which is truncated by the right margin. It is in the list “featured downloads”, and the full file name is:


    What YOU will see, however, is something like this:


  6. Arora won’t install! Upon opening the debian package I get this error message:

    Error: Dependency is not satisfiable: libqt4-network

    Assuming I need to install libqt4-network, I opened the Synaptic Package Manager, to discover that libqt4-network is already installed!

    So now what do I do?

  7. I see, according to the manual, “-f” fixes broken dependencies. Okay, so I ran the command. Then attempted to open the debian package again. Same problem:

    Error: Dependency is not satisfiable: libqt4-network

    Anything else to try? TIA.

  8. I think the Ubuntu creators want former Windoze users to feel right at home. I remember all those missing DLL’s that really were not. In Ubuntu, it’s missing dependencies (that really are not). I feel just like I’m back using XP. Great!

  9. @Zeke: You can’t just download the deb and double-click it. The dependency is not satisfiable because you didn’t properly add the PPA repo, or you didn’t ‘sudo apt-get update’, so Ubuntu knows where to get the dependency. More than likely it’s in the same PPA.

  10. FWIW, I’m running Ubuntu Jaunty, and installed Arora 0.8.0 from Canonical’s repos via commandline (sudo apt-get…) with no trouble at all.

    That said, for some reason it’s running (scrolling, loading pages, typing, etc.) so slowly as to be almost unusable. That’s even with only one tab and Click-to-Flash (or whatever it’s called) turned on… I’ve seen this behavior once or twice before in the past, but I can’t recall what the exact issue was. I’ll keep an eye out for future releases — hopefully the issue will be resolved soon, because using Dillo2 or Links2 as the “lightweight” option isn’t always the most pleasant experience.

  11. I just installed Arora, it works! Cool. Is there a URL that I see how the webKit could function? Is there some documentation somewhere?

    Insane User

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