How To Install Flock Browser v1.2 on Ubuntu 8.04

By | 2008/06/15

It’s been a while since I’ve blogged about the Flock Browser, and after checking it out today I thought it was time for an update here at Ubuntu Tutorials.  For all of you that are addicted to all of the social networking sites (Digg, Twitter, Facebook,, Flickr, etc) you get an integrated-into-the-browser experience with the Flock Browser.  Follow the steps below and give ‘er a try:

Install Flock Browser v1.2 on Ubuntu 8.04

Unfortunately there are no .deb packages for the Flock Browser so you’ll have to install things manually.  Yes, this’ll require some commands at the terminal.  Yes, I’ll give you cut-and-paste commands.  No, the terminal won’t eat your cat.

  1. Download Flock Browser v1.2 and select “Save File” to store it on your Desktop.
  2. Open a terminal and run: sudo tar -C /opt -xzvf Desktop/flock-*.tar.gz
  3. Create a link to the new browser within your PATH: sudo ln -s /opt/flock/flock /usr/bin/flock-browser
  4. Dump the following into a new file: /usr/share/applications/flock.desktop

[Desktop Entry]
Comment=Flock Web Browser

You should now have a new entry in your Applications menu called “Flock Web Browser” (your menu may need to refresh first).  You can also launch the browser from the terminal using the command:


Enjoy!  Anytime there is a Flock Browser update you should be able to safely repeat steps 1 and 2 and you’re set.

2 thoughts on “How To Install Flock Browser v1.2 on Ubuntu 8.04

  1. Erwan

    Note that you’re describing a system-wide install; if you install Flock in your home directory, then you will get auto-updates directly from Flock.

    It probably works also by giving writing rights to your “main” user to the folder you installed Flock in.

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