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How to Install Flatpak on Chromebook

Chromebook from Google is one of the revolutionary products today. One of its intriguing features is Linux support. You can install Linux apps on your Chromebook. But to install Linux apps you don’t have any proper Linux App Store installed on your Chromebook

However, you can install it yourself. Here is a complete guide on; how to install Flatpak on Chromebook. Flatpak is renowned for its massive app repository for Linux systems. Unlike Snap Store you don’t need to install any dependencies. Before you install Flatpak you need to enable the Linux development environment, and then follow the guide. So, let us dive in.

How to Install Flatpak on Chromebook

If you’re unsure of why you need Flatpak, it contains a unique collection of necessary packages and sandboxing tools. Therefore, if you have it installed, you can assess several helpful applications that are not included by default on your Chromebook. Now, let us learn how to install Flatpak:

Step 1: Open the Linux terminal. For that, click on the “App Launcher” icon. Now look for the Linux app folder and click on the “Terminal” icon to open it.

Accessing Terminal from the App Launcher

Step 2: Now you need to run the following terminal commands one by one:

Note:- If you get a question; “Do you want to continue?”. Here, press the Y key to continue the installation process.

sudo apt install flatpak
sudo flatpak remote-add --f-not-exists flathub https://flathub.org/repo/flathub.flatpakrepo
Terminal Command to Install Flatpak on Chromebook

Step 3: You could sometimes get a notification that says “Permission Denied.” In that situation, you must execute a “sudo su” command. You should now have access to the root directory. Next, enter the following instructions one after another:

sudo su
sudo apt install flatpak
sudo flatpak remote-add --if-not-exists flathub https://flathub.org/repo/flathub.flatpakrepo
Terminal Command to Fix Flatpak Installation

Following the above steps you can install the Flatpak package manager on your Chromebook. But if you want to install the GUI of the app you can follow the following method.

How to Install Flatpak GUI

Flatpak GUI

You can also install the GUI version of Flatpak on your Chromebook. You can simply use the graphical user interface of the app to find, install, and manage Linux apps on Chrome OS quickly. It will help you to install Linux apps without terminal commands.

For that, open the Linux terminal command and run the below-mentioned command:

sudo apt install gnome-software-plugin-flatpak

How to Install Linux App Using Flatpak

Now, let’s discuss how we can install a Linux app on Chromebook from the Flatpak repository. There are two ways, one is by using the GUI of the app, and another one is by using the Linux terminal. Let’s discuss them one by one:

1. Using the Flatpak GUI

To install a Linux app using the GUI, follow the steps mentioned below:

Step 1: Click on the “App Launcher” icon to open the app drawer.

Step 2: Here, locate the Linux apps folder. Then click on the “Software” icon to open the Flatpak graphical user interface. Now you should get a fully functioning GUI store for Linux apps.

Accessing Flatpak GUI from the App Drawer

Step 3: Now search for the Linux application you want to install. Once you found the application, click on the “Install” button to install it.

Installing Opera Browser from the Flatpak

2. Using the Terminal

Sometimes the GUI app does not work properly; you can use the Terminal to install Linux apps on your Chromebook. For that, follow the steps mentioned below:

Step 1: Open Flathub on your browser and discover the Linux apps you want to install. At the bottom, you will find the terminal command to install and run the app.

Flathub Website

Step 2: Open the Linux terminal and paste the terminal command you have copied. Then press the [Enter] key to run the command. For instance, if I want to install opera, run this command:

flatpak install flathub com.opera.Opera
Terminal Command to Install Opera on Chromebook


That’s it; this is how you can install Flatpak and use it on your Chromebook. If you want to use the Snap Store on your Chromebook instead of Flatpak, then check our guide on; how to install Snap Store on your Chromebook. You can also check out our Chromebook troubleshooting guide if you are new to Chromebook and Chrome OS.

I hope this Chromebook guide was helpful to you. If you liked the article, share it with your friends. If you have some suggestions or doubts, do not hesitate to leave them in the comments section. We are always there to assist you.

Ajoy Kumar
Ajoy Kumarhttps://thechromeguide.com
I love using Chromebook. So, I created TheChromeGuide.com to share my knowledge of ChromeOS, Chrome and Chromecast.
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