How to run Linux on a Chromebook

Updated: 12/05/2021 by Computer Hope
Linux on Chromebook

Chromebooks released in 2019 or later support the ability to run a Linux development environment, also known as Crostini. Once installed, you can use Linux command line tools, code editors, and IDEs on your Chromebook.

Install and enable Linux environment

To install and enable the Linux environment on your Chromebook, follow the steps below.

  1. Open Settings by clicking the gear ChromeOS gear settings icon icon.
  2. In Settings, click Advanced in the left column.
  3. Under Advanced, click Developers.
  4. In Developers, click the Turn on button for the Linux development environment.
  5. In the Set up Linux development environment, click Next.
  6. Specify a username and disk size to use.

After Linux is installed and enabled, you have a new app called "Terminal," which is the Linux command line.


When Terminal is open, we recommend pinning it to your shelf so it can be easily accessed at any time.