Enable distill mode in Chromium

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Distill mode in Chromium is firefox’s “reader view” equivalent. For some reason, this feature has not still “graduated” to be enabled by default, but it is just a matter of setting a flag.

To find out the way to set a flag, I popped open /usr/bin/chromium-browser file and quickly noticed following comment in the script:

# default CHROMIUM_FLAGS (from /etc/$APPNAME/default)

So I opened that file in my favorite text editor code /etc/chromium-browser/default :

Original file contents:

# Default settings for chromium-browser. This file is sourced by /bin/sh from
# /usr/bin/chromium-browser

# Options to pass to chromium-browser
CHROMIUM_FLAGS=""

Modified file contents:

# Default settings for chromium-browser. This file is sourced by /bin/sh from
# /usr/bin/chromium-browser

# Options to pass to chromium-browser
CHROMIUM_FLAGS="–enable-dom-distiller"

Save and close. Restart your browser, and voila!
Now you will see “Distill Page” option in the menu.