Howto install latest Epiphany (webkit) Browser in Jaunty

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Epiphany is the web browser for the GNOME desktop. Its goal is to be simple and easy to use. Epiphany ties together many GNOME components in order to let you focus on the Web content, instead of the browser application. As part of the GNOME project, Epiphany is Free Software.

Epiphany displays webpages with the same speed and accuracy as other popular browsers, such as Safari or Firefox. In addition, it provides an elegant, responsive and uncomplicated user interface that fits in perfectly with GNOME, and it has been translated to over sixty languages!

Epiphany Features


Epiphany shows you clearly if the information you enter on a webpage is transmitted securely. It can block popup windows, refuse cookies from untrusted sites and store your passwords in a safe place. With Epiphany, you can rest assured that your online privacy is being guarded.

Customizable user interface

Epiphany lets you arrange user interface elements by simply dragging and dropping with your mouse. It also provides tabs, so you can easily organize related webpages on your computer screen.

Smart bookmarks

Smart bookmarks make it a snap to lookup text in online knowledge bases, like dictionaries or search engines. Also, you don't have to keep track of in which subfolder you put that one bookmark --- just assign it some topic(s) and Epiphany will show you the relevant bookmarks in a dropdown menu.

Extensions and plugins

Need some specialized browser function that's not available in the default menus? There's a good chance someone has already written an extension for you. The Epiphany Extensions package is what you will need. Epiphany runs all the same popular plugins that run in Mozilla.

Install latest Epiphany (webkit) Browser in Jaunty

Open the sources.list file using the following command

sudo gedit /etc/apt/sources.list

Add following lines

deb jaunty main
deb jaunty main

Save and exit the files

Now add the GPG key using the following command

sudo apt-key adv --recv-keys --keyserver 2D9A3C5B

Update the source list using the following command

sudo apt-get update

Install epiphany using the following command

sudo apt-get install epiphany-webkit

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6 Responses

  1. John M says:

    I’m a huge Epiphany fan, and have been for a long time and really looking forward to using the latest version in Karmic. Anyway, I have already added the sources to install Ephiphany-Webkit in Jaunty a while back, and even though it installs Epiphany-Webkit extensions, the “Tools” menu is missing from the browser, and therefore I am unable to access the extensions. I am using the most current version, and find this extremely frustrating. Is there something special you did to enable extensions, because I still haven’t figured out a way to get to them, or are they no longer under the “Tools” menu and am I simply looking for them in the wrong place?

  2. C Phillips says:

    Thanks for tipping me onto epiphany. Never used it before. I was wondering why you didn’t just “sudo apt-get install epiphany-browser” like it says on the epiphany site though? It worked for me.

  3. Bird says:

    This way the browser will be updated all the time when you sudo apt-get upgrade.

    Unfortunately the key server is not responding right now?

  4. John M says:

    To C. Phillips –

    Every time I’ve run “sudo apt-get install epiphany-browser”, even with the epiphany-webkit ppa in my sources, it still insists on pulling the gecko version for some reason. Not sure why, as the web-kit version has a higher version number than the gecko version, but it does. BTW, do you have access to extensions in Epiphany-Webkit? I still haven’t worked that one out, and it is slowly driving me mad trying to chase down a fix. 😛

  5. nanker says:

    [quote]Unfortunately the key server is not responding right now?[/quote]
    I can’t seem to get any luv installing the version of Epiphany where I can actually have the spell checker enabled.

    The key server seems to be down for me also, but are the keys necessary to install? I know, probably a dumb question, but I don’t very often add repos to my sources.list, so I always forget the process.

    Anyway when trying to install I get the following:

    nanker@tak:~$ sudo apt-get install epiphany-webkit
    Reading package lists… Done
    Building dependency tree
    Reading state information… Done
    Package epiphany-webkit is not available, but is referred to by another package.
    This may mean that the package is missing, has been obsoleted, or
    is only available from another source
    E: Package epiphany-webkit has no installation candidate

    do you think it is b/c I could not get the keys from:
    sudo apt-key adv –recv-keys –keyserver 2D9A3C5B

    that is causing this problem? I notice the tut is fairly fresh so I am thinking the ppa links should be current 😉


  6. molecule-eye says:

    This doesn’t install the latest 2.28.x version. It installs (presently) the 2.27.x version. Also it doesn’t install the latest WebkitGTK+ version. How you install the latest version is a mystery to me. I can’t find any debs or PPAs for these things. You have to build from source, unfortunately.

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