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How to Install Linux on Chromebook

On Chromebook, you can install an App from Chrome Web Store and Google Play Store, but with the latest release of Chrome OS, you can now install Linux applications. For that, you have to install a Linux development environment. It allows you to install Linux apps on Chromebook.

Installation of any third-party tools is not necessary. The Chrome OS already includes this function. All you have to do is turn it on. To do so, follow the guide till the end.

How to Install Linux on Chromebook

You can run Linux tools, editors, and IDEs on Chromebooks if you enable the Linux development environment on your device. Also, you can develop an application on your Chromebook. To install Linux on your Chromebook, follow these steps:

Step 1: On your Chromebook, open “Settings.” For that, click the “Quick Settings Panel” in the lower right corner of your screen. Then click on the gear icon to open the settings.

Accessing Settings on Chromebook

Step 2: The settings window will appear. Select the “Advanced” tab on the left of your screen. Then from the drop-down menu, click on the “Developers” option.

Chromebook Settings

Step 3: Here, you will find an option to “Turn On” the Linux development environment on your Chromebook. To turn the feature on, click the “Turn On” button.

Note:- You can remove the Linux development environment from your Chromebook. From the “Developers” settings page, if you don’t want to use it on your Chromebook. 

Option to Enable Linux

Step 4: You have to set up the Linux development environment on your Chromebook. For that, click on “Next” to continue.

Linux Installation Windows on Chromebook

Step 5: Set up windows will appear. Here, create your username for the Linux development environment and select the Disk size. Then click on the “Install” button.

Note:- Recommended disk size is 10 GB, but you can specify a custom Disk size. More the disk size, you can install more Linux applications on your Chromebook. But it will also decrease the disk size on Chrome OS.

Setup Window for Linux

Step 6: After that, the installation process of Linux will begin on your system. This process may take a few minutes. Wait for the process to complete.

Install Linux on Chromebook

Once the Linux installation is complete, you can run Linux applications and development tools on your Chromebook. To install Linux apps on your Chromebook, follow the linked guide.


That’s it; this is how you install Linux 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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