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How to Install Snap Store on Chromebook

On your Chromebook, to install any application, we use Google Play Store. But if you want to install a Linux application, you can install Snap Store. Snap Store is renowned for its massive app repository for Linux systems.

To install Snap Store on your Chromebook, you have to turn on the Linux development environment. For that, you can check our guide on; how to install Linux on Chromebook. After that, you can follow the guide.

How to Install Snap Store on Chromebook

Now to install the Snap App Store in Linux on your Chrome, you can follow the steps mentioned below.

Do you know? You can also install the Flatpak package manager on your Chromebook to install the Linux application. For that, you can follow the linked article.

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 on Chromebook

Step 2: You must first install the necessary dependencies for Snap Store before you can install it. Snaps, among other things, mount packages use FUSE and squashfs. When attempting to download and install a Linux application from the Snap App Store, you will see an error if you install the snap store without installing these dependencies. Run the following terminal command to install the dependencies:

sudo apt install libsquashfuse0 squashfuse fuse

Step 3: After that, run the following terminal commands one after another:

sudo apt update
sudo apt install snapd
Terminal Command to Install Snap Store

Step 4: If you encounter an error, while installing the Snap store, you can fix that. For that, you must first run “sudo su,” and after that, run the terminal commands below in this same chronology as we mentioned:

sudo su
sudo apt update
sudo apt install snapd
Terminal Command to Fix Snap Store Installation

Note:- This will only add Snap store repository support on your Chromebook. If you want to use the GUI of the app, you can follow the next steps.

How to Install Snap Store GUI

GUI Interface on Snap Store

You can also install the GUI version of the Snap Store on your Chromebook. You can simply use the graphical user interface of the app to browse and install the app. 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-get install gnome-software-plugin-snap

How to Install Linux App Using Snap Store

Now, let’s discuss how we can install a Linux app on Chromebook from the Snap store 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 Snap Store 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 store icon to open the Snap store GUI.

Accessing GUI Interface on Snap Store

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.

Install App Using the Snap Store GUI

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 the Snap Store on your browser and find the Linux apps you want to install. After that, click on the “Install” button at the top-right corner, and you will get the command to install the app. Copy it and run the command in the Terminal.

Snapcraft Website to Download App

Step 2: Open the Linux terminal. And run the command you have copied. For instance, if I want to install VLC Media Player, run this command:

sudo snap run vlc
Terminal Command to Install VLC


That’s it; this is how you can install Snap Store and use it on your Chromebook. You can 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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