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A script that fetches a ChromeOS image for ARM32 and extracts the Widevine binary, saving it in a compressed archive for use with Vivaldi

The included script '' fetches a ChromeOS image for ARM and extracts the Widevine binary, saving it in a compressed archive. Since it downloads a fairly large file (2Gb+ on disk after download) it is recommended that you run the script on a machine that has plenty of disk space.

To install the resultant archive, issue the following on your ARM machine–after copying over the archive if needed:

sudo tar Cfx / widevine-flash-20200124_armhf.tgz

(Where 'widevine-flash-20200124_armhf.tgz' is updated to reflect the actual name of the created archive)

After install of these libraries, issue the following two commands and restart Vivaldi–assumes bash as your shell:

mkdir -p ~/.config/vivaldi{,-snapshot}/WidevineCdm
echo '{"Path":"/opt/WidevineCdm"}' | tee ~/.config/vivaldi/WidevineCdm/latest-component-updated-widevine-cdm > ~/.config/vivaldi-snapshot/WidevineCdm/latest-component-updated-widevine-cdm

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This created package is designed to work on Vivaldi 2.10 (not pure Chromium 79+, which would require patches to detect Widevine on ARM).

#!/bin/sh -eu
# Make sure we have wget or curl
available () {
command -v "$1" >/dev/null 2>&1
if available wget; then
DL="wget -O-"
DL_SL="wget -qO-"
elif available curl; then
DL="curl -L"
DL_SL="curl -s"
echo "Install Wget or cURL" >&2
exit 1
# Find a URL to a suitable armhf ChromeOS recovery image
CHROMEOS_URL="$($DL_SL | grep -A11 CB5-312T | sed -n 's/^url=//p')"
CHROMEOS_IMG="$(basename "$CHROMEOS_URL" .zip)"
if [ -e "$CHROMEOS_IMG" ]; then
# Fetch the recovery image (2Gb+ on disk after download)
# Note the next free loop device in a variable
LOOPD="$(losetup -f)"
# If root, we can mount silently (no popup windows after mount)
if [ "$USER" = "root" ]; then
MNTPNT="$(mktemp -d -t ChromeOS.XXXXXX)"
mount -o ro "${LOOPD}p3" "$MNTPNT"
# Associate all the partitions on the disk image with loop devices:
udisksctl loop-setup -rf "$CHROMEOS_IMG_PATH/$CHROMEOS_IMG"
sleep 1
# Mount the third partition of the disk image (if the previous did not do it automatically)
if ! lsblk -lo MOUNTPOINT "${LOOPD}p3" | tail -n1 | grep -q \.; then
udisksctl mount -b "${LOOPD}p3"
# Note the mount point in a variable
MNTPNT="$(lsblk -lo MOUNTPOINT "${LOOPD}p3" | tail -n1)"
# Copy over files and make manifest
CHRFILES="$(mktemp -d -t ChromeOS_Files.XXXXXX)"
install -Dm644 "$MNTPNT"/opt/google/chrome/ "$CHRFILES"/opt/WidevineCdm/_platform_specific/linux_arm/
WVVER="$(grep -Eaom1 '([0-9]+\.){3}[0-9]+' "$CHRFILES"/opt/WidevineCdm/_platform_specific/linux_arm/"
WVMGR="$(echo $WVVER | cut -d. -f1)"
WVMIN="$(echo $WVVER | cut -d. -f2)"
echo "{\"version\":\"$WVVER\",\"x-cdm-codecs\":\"vp8,vp9.0,avc1,av01\",\"x-cdm-host-versions\":\"$WVMIN\",\"x-cdm-interface-versions\":\"$WVMIN\",\"x-cdm-module-versions\":\"$WVMGR\"}" > "$CHRFILES"/opt/WidevineCdm/manifest.json
# Extract the libs out and copy them to a compressed tar archive
ARCHIVE_NAME="widevine-flash-$(date '+%Y%m%d')_armhf.tgz"
echo "Extracting and compressing files"
tar -C"$CHRFILES" -caf "$ARCHIVE_NAME" opt/WidevineCdm/manifest.json opt/WidevineCdm/_platform_specific/linux_arm/ --format ustar --owner 0 --group 0
rm -r "$CHRFILES"
echo "Created: $ARCHIVE_NAME"
# Cleanup
if [ "$USER" = "root" ]; then
umount "$MNTPNT"
losetup -d "$LOOPD"
rmdir "$MNTPNT"
ALLMNTS="$(lsblk -lo NAME,MOUNTPOINT "$LOOPD" | sed -n '/\//s/^\(loop[0-9]\+p[0-9]\+\).*/\1/p')"
echo "$ALLMNTS" | xargs -I{} -n1 udisksctl unmount -b /dev/{}
if [ "$LOOPD" != "$(losetup -f)" ]; then
udisksctl loop-delete -b "$LOOPD"
if [ "$DEL_IMG" = "N" ] || [ "${1:-EMPTY}" = "-k" ]; then
# Inform the user how to proceed
cat <<EOF
To install the contents of these files on an ARMhf device, copy the tar archive over to the target machine and issue the following:
sudo tar Cfx / $ARCHIVE_NAME
After install of these libraries, issue the following two commands and restart Vivaldi:
mkdir -p ~/.config/vivaldi/WidevineCdm
echo '{"Path":"/opt/WidevineCdm"}' > ~/.config/vivaldi/WidevineCdm/latest-component-updated-widevine-cdm
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shinkou commented Dec 17, 2021

First of all, I'd like to thank all of you who are contributing to this thread. It's been very promising so far.

@iisti I've been following the instructions here with your big update, but Vivaldi seems to crash every time with that Widevine configuration. I've tried both 5.0 and 3.4. And they both don't seem to work. Also, the symbolic link for chromium don't seem to do anything neither. Because I simply don't see Widevine under chrome://component. My best guess is that they might have changed something in that, but I could be wrong.

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NonstickAtom785 commented Dec 20, 2021

@shinkou just a thought... Have you tried using Microsoft Edge? I'm not sure if it has widevine support or not. But I will say that widevine is definitely supported on armhf and arm64. The lineage os builds for the rpis have them built in.

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Exceen commented Apr 6, 2022

How can I remove this? Especially the big files? I installed it on accident on a wrong Raspberry Pi of mine. I only find files that take a few megabytes, those aren't the issue. But the README states something about 2Gb+ files and I can't find these.

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