Raspberry Pi Vivaldi

In this Raspberry Pi Vivaldi tutorial, we look at all the steps on how to install the Vivaldi browser and why you might want to.

If you have never heard of this browser that’s because it’s only a couple years old (at the time of writing). The company who develops the Vivaldi browser was founded by Jon Stephenson Von Tetzchner, the former CEO at Opera. The browser has more than a million users and is steadily growing.

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There are many reasons why you may want to add another browser to your Pi, especially if you’re looking to use it as a desktop computer rather than in something like a headless server. Vivaldi might simply have a lot of features that appeal to you over the default Chromium browser.

If you’re looking for a Chromium alternative, then this browser is one of the better ones you can install on the Raspberry Pi. Below I will go through the few steps to setting this up and a brief overview of the browser itself.

Equipment

You don’t need anything except for the default equipment for the Raspberry Pi.

Recommended:

Raspberry Pi 2 or 3

Micro SD Card

Power Supply

Ethernet Cord or Wifi dongle (Pi 3 has Wifi inbuilt)

Optional:

Raspberry Pi Case

Vivaldi Coolest Features

I will quickly highlight some of the coolest features of the Vivaldi and why you might want to download it and use it rather than the default Chromium browser.

Extensions

You can still get all your favorite Chrome extensions on Vivaldi with no extra configuration required. Perfect if you love having a vast range of extensions in your browser. Remember some extensions can be quite performance heavy and may impact on your overall experience with Vivaldi on the Raspberry Pi.

vivaldi extensions

Styling

One of the biggest things I like about Vivaldi is the styles that you’re able to pick from. There is a lot of different customization that you can do so you can best personalize the browser for you.
vivaldi styles

Mouse Gestures

If you’re a fan of mouse gestures, then you will be please Vivaldi supports using your mouse to do basic commands. This feature is perfect if you’re a bit of a power user and love the ability to shortcut a lot of typical actions you do when you’re browsing.

vivaldi mouse gestures

Side by Side Browsing

Side by side browsing is extremely handy if you find the need to open two or more websites side by side. This feature is an extension of the tabbing feature where you can have multiple pages or sites under the one tab.

To move multiples sites onto a single tab simply drag the tab down then onto the tab you want. To view the tabs side by side in the same window simply right click and go “Tile Tab Stack”.

vivaldi side by side browsing

There is much more to the Vivaldi browser, and these are just some of the highlights. There are tons more extras such as note taking, in-depth history statistics, quick commands and much more.  If you’re keen to get using it, then follow our Raspberry Pi Vivaldi installation guide below.

How to install Vivaldi on the Raspberry Pi

The most important part of this Raspberry Pi Vivaldi tutorial is the installation. It’s a pretty straightforward setup that I will go into detail below.

1. Make sure your Raspberry Pi is completely up to date by running the following commands.

sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get upgrade

2. To install, first download the Vivaldi deb file. (You can also download this directly from their website via a browser.)

wget https://downloads.vivaldi.com/stable/vivaldi-stable_1.13.1008.34-1_armhf.deb

3. Now you want to install the software, do this by running the following command.

sudo apt install ./vivaldi-stable_1.13.1008.34-1_armhf.deb

4. When the installation has finished, you can find the browser in the main menu -> Internet. Click on it to load it.
Raspberry Pi Browser Menu Vivaldi
5. The browser should now run and function correctly.

Performance Enhancements

For a smoother performance of the Raspberry Pi Vivaldi browser, it is recommended that you increase the swap space on the Raspberry Pi from 100mb to 2048mb. This change can easily be done by doing the following steps.

1. First, run the following command to open up the dphys-swapfile in the nano editor.

sudo nano /etc/dphys-swapfile

2. In here, find and edit the CONF-SWAPSIZE line, so it looks like the line below. (Changing 100 to 2048)

CONF_SWAPSIZE=2048

3. Once done, save and exit by pressing ctrl+x, then y and then enter.

4. Now restart the swap service by entering the following line

sudo /etc/init.d/dphys-swapfile restart

5. This increase in swap space should now help with the performance of the Vivaldi browser on the Raspberry Pi. Please note, increasing the swap size may shorten the life of your SD Card.

Media Extensions

From my testing, most websites will work correctly by just using the basic installation method as detailed in this tutorial. If you want websites such as Spotify to work, then you will need to install some extra software.

Vivaldi has put together a very handy guide that touches on most issues that you might find with the browser running on a Pi (Including running Spotify within the Vivaldi browser). I highly recommend checking it out if you’re having any issues. Some things require a bit more tinkering to work, but hopefully, this guide has been able to get all the basics up and running.

If you’re happy with this guide and want more, then be sure to check out all our guides for getting started with the Raspberry Pi.

I hope by now you have been able to install Vivaldi on the Raspberry Pi. If you want to discuss more on this tutorial, then be sure to check out the forums.

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