How to Install Linux Apps in Chrome OS

Hey welcome back to the channel and
welcome to another episode of Tutorial Tuesday. In today’s tutorial I’m going to
show you how to install Linux apps in Chrome OS Now as usual if you have any
questions leave them down in the comment section below and if you want to check
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let’s get right into the tutorial alright so here we are on the desktop
and because Linux is integrated with the OS turning that feature on is just as
easy as turning any other feature on so if we go into our settings scroll down
to the bottom here look for this Linux beta and it’s just a matter of clicking
turn on and then install so it’s going to download all the components necessary
and create that Linux container and then we can get to updating it and installing
apps alright so that went through the initial installation that’s setup our
container and then opened up this terminal window now in this terminal
window the first thing we want to do is update the repositories so the
repositories in Linux or at least in the debian-based Linux are basically a
database of all the available software and the versions of that software so we
want to update all that information so we’re going to do sudo apt update and
that’s going to go through and update that info now the sudo is basically
telling that to run as an administrator so that is all updated and you can see
right here it told us that there are 61 packages that can be upgraded so the
next thing we want to do is sudo apt upgrade I’m gonna select yes and that is
going to use that database that it updated identified the software that’s
out of date on our system and go and update everything and when that’s done
I’ll come back because then we’ll be ready to install stuff all right so our
system is all updated at this point and we’re ready to start installing apps now
the way we do that is with a little command like say I want to install GIMP
that’s my image editor of choice I can just do sudo apt install and then GIMP
so it’s going to search those repositories for GIMP it found it it
tells me everything it needs to install I’m going to tell it I wanted to do that
and it’s gonna install it now installing what the
pseudo at the install is just one method for installing stuff in a debian-based
Linux installation like this one there’s some other ways you can do it there’s
something called flat pack and then there’s also de bebé files those dot DEP
files are basically just more or less installation files similar to on Mac OS
or Windows there’s a command that you can use to install those DEP files not
including that as part of this tutorial that’s kind of beyond the scope of this
but there is tons and tons of information and whatever you find online
it’s no different in a full Linux installation than it is in here as far
as installing those applications there is one more thing that I’m going to show
you and as soon as this is the done installing I’ll show you what that is
alright so that’s all done installing now if we want to run that we run it
just the way we do with any other application on our system we can go into
our application drawer here and we see a linux apps folder going in there these
will be all the Linux applications that we’ve installed on our system right now
there’s the terminal that’s installed by default and GIMP that we just installed
so we can click on that it launches just like any other app on our Chromebook and
we’re ready to use it now here’s the catch things that you’re running with in
this Linux container don’t have access to the file storage on your Chromebook
so when you download stuff that goes into your downloads folder on your
Chromebook you cannot access that Downloads folder from the Linux
application so if we want to get a image over to GIMP to edit how do we do that
it’s very easy if we go into the files application when we when Linux was set
up on our system it created this Linux files folder now we can just take say we
want to edit this PNG we can just take that drag it into our Linux files it’s
there if we do an LS or dir inside here we can see that PNG is there and now if
we go into camp get rid of some of these windows if we go into GIMP and open up
that file and then just go to here we can see that PNG open it up and we’re
ready to start at dang it now that’s the same if you’re
gonna install those DEP files you’re gonna copy them over to that Linux
folder and just run that deep dpkg command from within the terminal and
install that application again there’s tons of information on that online but
that’s it it’s just a matter of flipping a switch installing some updates and
then you’re ready to install your Linux apps in Chrome OS so there you go that’s
how easy it is to get Linux applications up and running on your Chromebook now
there are some limitations to this method one being that there’s no GPU
acceleration so no graphics card acceleration and there’s no audio in
these Linux apps so things like video editors and audio editors things like
that they’re not going to work that is coming in the future but it’s not here
just yet now there is a much more advanced way to install a full-blown
Linux installation on your Chromebook through something called crouton if you
would like a tutorial on that let me know down below and then if enough
people want it I’m happy to do one on that but without loading crouton you can
get some great apps up and running really easy

93 thoughts on “How to Install Linux Apps in Chrome OS

  1. Would like to see eGPU passthrough to Windows VM using Thunderbolt 3 PCIe card on Linux Gnome Boxes/Virt-Manager and then run some AAA games in Windows VM. If it is doable.

  2. I got my raspberry pi, I would be interested to more more about what I can do with it. Similar to the video you did not to long ago on the video games 👍

  3. The cruton tutorial would be great to see.. you explain things very well, it's been something i'd like to try soon

  4. how do u make this video with ur head floating at the corner of the screen video? mind sharing the steps use in chromebook

  5. I'm curious. Has anyone tried adding flatpak repositories and running them. The updated software provided has major advantages over the older software from the Debian apt repositories. I run flatpak on my Linux System76 laptop ( PopOS is amazing ) and the software is light years ahead.

  6. Just bought a ChromeBook and am learning how to get the most from it. I would like to see a tutorial on Crouton. Thanks for the info.

  7. Thanks for the relatively easy to follow video. Can I use this method to use VLC player to watch DVDs and listen to music CDs, from an external dvd drive? Or….must I use that Crouton method? Thanks, Harold.

  8. How long did it take for your Linux to download. Mine as been very close to the end of 30 minutes now and hasn’t moved at all.

  9. NGL Chrome OS looks so much nicer than any Linux distribution I've seen (I know it's not a Linux distribution)

  10. I'm a little scared to play with Linux on my chromebook. Putting Firefox on my chromebook could be fun I'll admit but I'm worried about getting viruses thru apps downloaded from Linux. That's my only problem with playing with Linux. I may never use it for this reason.

  11. What if I have a file? I get an error message if I want to install e.g. this one:

  12. Please help! virtually no matter what command i do i get
    "error: failed to write status database record about 'libglew2.0:amd64' to '/var/lib/dpkg/status': No space left on device" but i have over 3gb of space

  13. my chromebook ran out of space while installing the container and no i have no way to remove it and only 42mb of spave left, please help, thx in advance

  14. Great video! I'm new to the Chromebook gang. Just today, I bit the bug and decided on a Lenovo S330 I bought on there website (I honestly was leaning more on the smaller 11.6" C630). BUT, it was the PRICE that got me to buy (finally) a decent Chromebook that fits for the tasks and other things I do. As of this comment, they're selling it for $189–LAST DAY TODAY, by the way. Can't wait! Tired of this Asus laptop. Just doesn't cut it for me. Anyway, I was wondering if this Linux install will install properly and perform right, in other words, compatible, with the S330…? Sort of a dumb question, I know, but I ask that because I was thinking about what current Android OS it's running if Linux will work…

  15. Is it possible to install windows drivers by converting them to work to linux and then running them on my chromebook?

  16. i may have close my terminal and now it doesnt work when i select it to open up again. I have restarted my chromebook 2 time and it still happens. Pls help

  17. Great Tutorial. There is one thing I am actually still fighting with: Installing Epson Scan!
    There is a description at Epson how to do this. But I am really not able to install it.
    Maybe your time will allow to show here how ti install it.
    I think it would be a great help for other users, too

    Best regards!

  18. Hi are there any Chrome OS version requirement? I just ordered an old Chromebook Acer C720 and wonder if I can install Linux app on it. Thanks

  19. I watched this video to play Toontown Rewritten, but when I type it in, it says that it can't find it. Is there any other way I can get a file like Toontown open?
    Edit: Toontown is a tar.gz file.

  20. GPU acceleration is coming to ChromeOS 76! Coming out (hopefully) tomorrow, you can play games on your Chromebook!

  21. when i type sudo apt update all i get is
    E: Type 'contrib' is not known on line 4 in source list /etc/apt/sources.list
    E: The list of sources could not be read.
    what do i need to do to fix this

  22. Great! Easy and clearly. But I've got the problem with a adding a printer. I have connected via WiFi printer, there's no problems with Chrome OS. But how I can add a printer in Linux apps such as Libreoffice?

  23. which ChromeOS version are you using? Like cloud-ready does not offer Google App Store, but FydeOS do. So I wanna know which version are you using?

  24. I just bought the hp chromebook 15 for Black Friday and was freaking out because i had to install and IDE for my coding class in college and you sir, just saved me a return to the store. i love this laptop and get to keep it thanks to you! I greatly appreciate and respect what you do , please keep up the good work!

  25. Hi i am trying to install genymotion emulator on my chromebook. I searched online but it doesnt work. I have a lenovo c330 chromebook. Linux is alreqdy installed. If you can do a video how to install the genymotion i ll appreciate it a lot.

  26. Hello Eevnos,
    I am just getting into working with Linux with my chromeOS but am unable to install a program using the terminal. Could you please assist?
    I downloaded
    Copied files out of folder into my downloads
    sudo apt install Inky
    getting the error E: Unable to locate package Inky
    How do I install programs for linux that are not from a repository?

  27. hi how to install python 3 after turning on linux capability on chromebook setting? is it apt get- install python3? any other dependencies or library after that command?thank you.

  28. yes please do a tutorial to do cruton or a more complete install for sound and video apps. Question: I need to install Python. Did the installation from this clip – install Python??

  29. Awesome video thank you much for this content…can you please show EFI tuning software and download process and use please…I just got a Chromebook and can't figure out any tuner programs I can run yet… thanks that'd be awesome if you could…

  30. Can you do a video on how to install R software on chromebook of course using Linux. I need that for my statistics class but idk how to do it. Thank you!

  31. Eevnos hey man! So what if you just got a chromebook and have no apps or anything set up other than a couple simple apps/extensions yet. Please! What should I do in that scenario?? Cause I don’t see the Linux beta anywhere so after I click settings where might I go?

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