Monday, 23 July 2012

Centos 6/RHEL install Flock Browser

Before installing make sure you have installed Mozilla Firefox from the repo and the essential Adobe Flash plugin for it.

Flock is a well known browser popular with many tech people for its multitude of features and powerful tools for web use. It is excellent if you use a lot of web accounts with the Accounts and Services toolbar proving to be especially useful. The most recent version I found was 2.6.1 as seen below with a search engine I like to use regularly.

Normally you can obtain it from  but at present it seems to be temporarily on hold, with promises of exciting new developments around the corner. For now you can download Flock 2.6.1 if you can't find it anywhere else.

This is only tested on Centos 6 32 bit.

When you have downloaded it to your home directory, decide where to put it, I use /usr/share.

$ cd /usr/share          to the install directory

$ su                     to root, then extract the files

# tar xjf /home/<user_name>/flock-2.6.1.en-US.linux-i686.tar.bz2

create a symlink in bin directory

# ln -s /usr/share/flock/flock-browser /usr/bin/flock-browser

# exit                     back to normal user

Now to run it just type

$ /usr/bin/flock-browser                       or

$ flock-browser

See Fluxbox key bindings for more if using it.

An import dialogue box shows if another browser is installed.

And the first run screen

Flock can be a very useful browser although a little resource heavier than some. Its definitely worth a look though and its pretty straightforward to install.

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