Run Linux Applications on Your Chromebook with these Steps

Now you can run powerful Linux apps on your Chromebook. A feature of Google will let you run the Linux desktop apps directly on your Chromebook. Technically the system is still in beta, and it can take a little while to set up. But once it gets placed up, you can have a world of Linux apps for use. Originally designed by keeping in mind that it would need access to the development environment and full code editors, yet it provides access to photo editing tools like DarkTable, graphics tools like Krita and GIMP, office tools like LibreOffice, and more. Get access to Linux with these steps:

Compatible Linux Chromebooks

If you look at the Hardware-wise specifications, Chromebooks made in or after 2019 should have Linux support. In the technical aspect, the CPU will require hardware virtualization support. You may see it missing in the older Chromebooks. You need Chrome with a suitable processor and its OS version 69 or newer to run Linux on a Chromebook. If you want to check the OS version of your Chromebook, type chrome://version in your address bar and read off the number on the top.

Enable Linux

Suppose you figure out that your Chromebook is capable of running Linux and also it is up to date. In that case, you can enable Linux on your Chromebook by clicking Notification, then going to the Settings and clicking on Linux, and finally turning it on. You will have to specify a username. Along with that, you need to allocate storage space for the Linux system to use.

Set Permissions

On your Chromebook, the Linux system will run in a protected sealed-off zone, so you don’t need to worry as the Linux apps won’t be able to damage your system. To perform any specific function, the Linux sandbox will need permission regarding it.

Welcome to the Terminal

After setting Linux on your Chromebook, you will see a blank terminal window appearing on your screen. If you know the basic Linux commands, the task to move further would be easier for you. Firstly, you need to check if your Chromebook Linux is upgraded and up to date or not. For that type the command:

sudo apt update && sudo apt dist-upgrade

Add a Linux Software Store

According to Google’s expectation, you should use Linux on Chromebook through the terminal. This way you can install everything. However, you can make everything more comfortable by installing a standard Linux graphical software store. You need to type:

sudo apt-get install gnome-software gnome-packagekit

Close the terminal after everything gets installed. Now you can find the Linux apps by opening the standard Launcher and clicking on the respective Software. You will see a selection of software categories along with a vast number of options inside it.

Add More Linux Software Sources

You can get access to Linux software from various sources. In the previous step, we talked about the software that are thoroughly tested by the OS developers, so they can also be of older versions.

In a new system named Flatpak, you can get access to updated versions of software directly from the app developer. The software can be added to Gnome Software store by typing these commands:

sudo apt install flatpak

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

sudo apt install gnome-software-plugin-flatpak

Installing Linux Software

Use Gnome Software for adding a Linux app. Then you need to open the Chrome Launcher and scroll to Linux apps and then Software. Then use the Search icon for typing audacity. You can also discover it from the Audio & Video category. Select Audio Creation and browse the list or search for Audio Editing. Click on the icon of headphone appearing there, and click ‘Install’. Each Linux app will get installed on the Linux app folder with a standard Chromebook Launcher, and if you want, you can also pin it to your app bar.

Install Flatpak Linux Software

In the previous step, on your Chromebook, you installed the Linux software. In this step, you need to install the Flatpak system. It is the latest release of Linux software.

In, browse for the software and scroll down to the terminal commands appearing there:

sudo flatpak install flathub com.spotify.Client

sudo flatpak run com.spotify.Client

Select Launcher to run these and then go to Linux apps, and go to the terminal to type the commands as mentioned above.

Removing and Backing Up Linux

If at some point, you want to remove Linux from your Chromebook, follow these steps:

  1. Go to Settings
  2. Then click on Linux
  3. And then press on Remove and it will get deleted.

If in case you want to take the backup of your files before deleting them, then follow these steps:

  1. Go to Linux
  2. Click on Backup and Restore tool
  3. It will save the .tumi file. You can save the large file on your external USB drive or SD card.

Final Verdict

So, these were the ways, with which you can run powerful Linux apps on your Chromebook without much trouble. You can easily access any of the Linux apps, with the steps mentioned above. And after use, if in case you want to remove the setup, you can do that too with some easy steps. But, before removing your setup, do make sure to take the backup of all your files and folders of Linux.

Mila is a Blog expert and has been working in the technology industry since 2003. As a technical expert, Mila has written technical blogs, manuals, white papers, and reviews for many websites such as 4YELLOWPAGES


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