LibreWolf is a popular Firefox web browser fork that focuses on privacy and security, which is a viable option to switch to for Fedora users unhappy with Firefox on Fedora Linux. One of the critical features of LibreWolf is the elimination of telemetry, which can be used to track your online activity and personal information. LibreWolf also includes increased protection against tracking and fingerprinting techniques and security improvements. The team behind LibreWolf is committed to providing a safe and secure browsing experience for all users.
The following tutorial will teach you how to install LibreWolf Browser on Fedora 37/36/35 Linux. The tutorial will go over importing the official repository and gpg key and installing the browser using cli on the command line terminal, and how you would update and remove the browser.
Recommended Steps Before Installation
Before you continue, your system is advised to ensure all existing packages are up to date to avoid system conflicts.
sudo dnf upgrade --refresh -y
Install LibreWolf Browser on Fedora Linux
The first step is to import the GPG key to verify the authenticity of the packages. In your terminal, execute the following command.
sudo rpm --import https://keys.openpgp.org/vks/v1/by-fingerprint/034F7776EF5E0C613D2F7934D29FBD5F93C0CFC3
Next, import the LibreWolf repository.
sudo dnf config-manager --add-repo https://rpm.librewolf.net
Finally, you can install the LibreWolf browser using the following command.
sudo dnf install librewolf -y
Launch LibreWolf Browser on Fedora Linux
Now that you have the privacy-focused browser installed, launching can be done in a few ways.
Using the command line terminal, you can open the browser quickly by using the following command.
The best way to use LibreWolf for desktop users that prefer not to use the command line terminal is to open the GUI of the application by following the path.
Activities > Show Applications > LibreWolf.
Next, you will see the default LibreWolf window, similar to Firefox as you would expect, but very stripped back and uses DuckDuckGo for its default search engine; you can alter this further.
Update LibreWolf on Fedora Linux
The browser should update itself with your system packages for desktop users, given it is using the DNF package manager. For users who want to check manually, use the following command in your terminal.
sudo dnf update --refresh
Remove LibreWolf on Fedora Linux
When you no longer want the video conference software installed on your system, use the following command to remove it.
sudo dnf autoremove librewolf -y
Finally, it is always a good idea to disable the repositories if you no longer require them; you can re-enable them later if you want to install the browser again.
sudo dnf config-manager --set-disabled rpm.librewolf.net
Use the following enable command for users who want to re-enable the repositories for future installs.
sudo dnf config-manager --set-enabled rpm.librewolf.net