Several browsers may be downloaded and installed on FreeBSD through the add/remove programs panel or command line with the pkg_add package manager.
- FreeBSD add/remove software panel
- Command line download and install with pkg_add
- Direct download from browser website
- Internet connection
- Root password
- Name of the desired browser
FreeBSD Add/Remove Software Panel
The software management panel has a library of programs designed specifically to work with your version of FreeBSD.
Locating software in the panel
Open the "add/remove" software window, accessible through the menu options. Type or paste the name of the desired browser into the search window, and click "search".
Installing through the panel
Click on piece of software, then click "install". The software manager will prompt for the root password, then download and install the dependencies along with the main program.
pkg_add Command Line Software Manager
FreeBSD uses the pkg_add software manager for command line program installs. It will download and install the program along with needed libraries.
Check software compatibility
To install the software via command line, you need to first find it's name and see if the desired browser is available through pkg_add.
Using a search engine
The fastest way is to search. Open up your favorite search engine such as Google, and enter:
pkg_add -r softwarename on FreeBSD
This will produce results such as help forum entries that will tell if that software may be installed with pkg_add and your version of FreeBSD, and what it is named.
Using the pkg_add list feature
pkg_add can list all of the available packages, type:
Installing the browser through pkg_add
Once the name of the program and availability is verified from an internet search, the software can be installed along with any dependencies by using a command:
pkg_add -r softwarename Install package from remote repository
pkg_add -v softwarename Install package
Type "y" at the prompt to accept the new program. The name of a program as it is stated in pkg_add might remain the same throughout the years and different operating systems, or differ slightly. A quick internet search should show the current syntax.
Direct download from main website
Browsers for FreeBSD may also be downloaded and installed from the main website of the software developer. This will often be the most up to date.
Click on piece of software, which might come in a file such as".rpm" and then click "install". The software manager will prompt for the root password, then download and install the dependencies and main packages.