How To Install Linux on Chromebook?

Are you a Chromebook user? The Chromebook is a different kind of laptop than the standard used laptop. What about its operating system? It does not use Windows or Mac OS. It uses a special operating system called Chrome. These laptops are special because most of the work is connected to the internet and Most of the software, documents are stored in the cloud network. This is problematic when trying to send data to another computer because the file formats are different on both operating systems.

To overcome this problem, Both Linux and Chromebook operating systems can be used on the same computer, allowing you to use the same data transfer problem and other new features. Today we will write a step-by-step guide on how to easily install Linux on Chromebook.

Okay now let’s see how to do this. There are a few things you should know before doing this.

  • All your data will be deleted after doing this.
  • You need to download a software.

Step 1 – Enable developer Mode

As described above this is very likely to lose your important files. So be sure to save all the data in your Google Drive or Pen Drive.

  • Now you have to turn on developer mode in Chromebook. You must press the ESC, Refresh Buttons and the Power Button respectively.
  • After doing this Google Chrome shows a message that “The operating system is missing or damaged”.
  • Then press Ctrl and D to activate the Developer Mode.
  • You will see the message to disable OS verification. You must press enter and wait a few minutes.
  • When the enabling process, it will remove all the local information. After the complete, the process will come up with a red exclamation mark. Don’t do anything until it reboots.

Step 2 – Download and Install Crouton Software

  • First, you need to download Crouton software.
  • Then go to chrome and press Ctrl + Alt + T. (Then will open the terminal)
  • After that, type “shell and press Enter”.
  • Then type this command text “sudo sh -e ~/Downloads/crouton -r list” and press enter.
  • Installing Crouton takes a while. Once completed, it will ask for a new username and password when attempting to install a new Ubuntu. To enter user credentials as requested.
Install Linux on Chromebook

How to Switch Operating System Using Shortcut Key

To switch back and forth to Chrome OS and Linux, use the following keyboard shortcuts

  • if you have an ARM Chromebook  –  Ctrl+Alt+Shift+Back and Ctrl+Alt+Shift+Forward
  • If your Laptop is an Intel x86/AMD64 Chromebook – Ctrl+Alt+Back and Ctrl+Alt+Forward plus Ctrl+Alt+Refresh


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