How to install Linux app on Chrome OS

Chrome OS is gaining momentum, now users can install Linux applications chromebooks. In this article are the instructions for setting up your grombala. It is worth noting that while Linux applications do not support all devices. The full list podderzhivaem chromebooks can be found at this link.

Configuring the Linux container

First we need to configure the Linux container. Open the settings of Chrome OS, the list of settings we find the Linux partition (Beta). Click on the “Turn On” (Enable). If this button on your laptop does not, then it does not yet support Linux.

Next, a popup window will appear, click on “Install” (Install). After installation, open “Terminal”, which is now available from the applications menu. All packages and applications can be installed using it.

Installing applications

Applications are installed via a special repository. Container Linux to Chrome OS uses the Debian repository. For example, if you want ustanoviti graphics editor GIMP in command line should write the command:

sudo apt-get install gimp

To remove:

sudo apt-get remove gimp

Before installing any packages, it is desirable to update the existing command:

sudo apt-get update

Install Gnome Software Center

In Windows there is a Microsoft Store Mac OS App Store. Linux offers a convenient solution for Gnome Software Center, to your attention the instruction on its installation for those who like to use graphical interface.

For installation in terminal insert the following line:

sudo apt-get install gnome-software gnome-packagekit

If the terminal asks you to continue, press “Y” on the keyboard and press Enter. This will install 2 package gnome-software and gnome-packagekit. The first represents the application itself, and the second package required to interface with the Debian container.

Then in the applications menu you should see our store. Together with it may be other application — do not delete them, otherwise the only installed app store will stop working.


Chrome OS has support .deb packages, so you can install them just by clicking on them, but before that you need to drag the package into the folder “Linux apps” using the integrated file Manager.


Flatpak is a self — contained packages that run in an isolated environment and does not conflict with other packages. The main feature Flatpak — can run on any Linux distributions. Flatpack on your Chrome OS is not working very well, so it is advisable to refuse its installation. But if you do decide, use the following command:

sudo apt-get install flatpak

Next, let’s add the repository Flathub (this is a popular repository Flatpak packages):

sudo flatpak remote-add —if-not-exists flathub

Our reload Chromebook and the process ends. We now have a full-fledged laptop with the ability to install Linux application packages .deb, Flatpak.

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