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How to Open the Linux Terminal on Chromebook

Chromebooks have gained popularity over the years, thanks to their affordable prices, portability, and user-friendly interface. However, they do come with some limitations, especially when it comes to installing software that isn’t available on the Chrome OS. That’s where Linux comes in. Linux is an open-source operating system that you can install on your Chromebook to expand its capabilities.

To install Linux apps on your Chromebook, you have to use the Terminal. The Terminal on the Chromebook is a productivity-focused tool. It is the access point to the Linux Development Environment on your ChromeOS. But to use the Linux terminal on your Chromebook, you have to install Linux on your device. Here is a complete guide on; how to open the Linux Terminal on Chromebook. We will also discuss how to customize the Terminal appearance and behavior.

How to Open the Linux Terminal on Chromebook

First, you have to install the Linux development environment on your Chromebook. Once the Linux is successfully installed, you can follow the below-mentioned steps to open and use the Linux Terminal app:

Step 1: Click on the “App Launcher” icon. Now look for the Linux app folder and click the “Terminal” icon to open it.

Accessing Terminal on Chromebook

Step 2: It will open the Linux Terminal app. To open the terminal command, click on the “Penguin” option.

Highlighted Penguiun Option on the Linux Terminal

Step 3: After that, you are ready to run the Linux Terminal command on your Chromebook.

Linux Terminal Interface

Step 4: You can also pin the “Terminal” to the shelf of the Chromebook for quick access. Right-click the terminal icon and select the “Pin” option from the context menu. You can use the shortcut to access the terminal.

Pinning Terminal to the Shelf

How to Customize the Linux Terminal

Now, if you want to customize the appearance and behavior of the Linux Terminal, you can follow the following steps:

Step 1: Open the Terminal app. After that, click on “Terminal Settings” to access the customization option.

Customize Linux Terminal on Chromebook

Step 2: A new window will appear. To change the terminal theme, background color, text color and style, and other settings, select “Appearance” from the menu.

Accessing Appearance of the Linux Terminal

Note:- Play with the terminal settings option to customize the terminal to your liking on your Chromebook. Or else; you can also check our detailed guide on; how to customize the Linux Terminal.


That’s it; this is how you can open the Linux Terminal on your Chromebook. You can also check our guide on; how to use the Linux Terminal to install Linux apps on your Chromebook. Also, if you are interested in Chromebook topics, 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, 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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