Brave Browser on Arch Linux

If like me, you’ve had enough of Google – its time to make the first step and remove Google Chrome from you’re life. Brave is a new open-source browser that respects your privacy. Its also just a lot faster and has a built-in ad-blocker.

The Brave browser is available for Arch Linux in the AUR. If you’re running yaourt, installation should be as simple as:

[andy@home-pc ~]$ yaourt -Sy brave-bin --noconfirm

Or if you’re running pamac which ships by default on Manjaro now:

[andy@home-pc ~]$ pamac search brave-bin --aur
[andy@home-pc ~]$ pamac build brave-bin

If you see the below warning when you launch Brave, you will need to enable user namespaces.

To temporarily test, close Brave and run the following commands:

[andy@home-pc ~]$ sudo sysctl kernel.unprivileged_userns_clone=1
[sudo] password for andy: 
kernel.unprivileged_userns_clone = 1

If you re-open Brave, hopefully the warning is no longer present. To make that change permanent, run:

[andy@home-pc ~]$ echo kernel.unprivileged_userns_clone = 1 | sudo tee /etc/sysctl.d/00-local-userns.conf
[sudo] password for andy: 
kernel.unprivileged_userns_clone = 1

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