Linux Apps on Chrome OS: An Easy-to-Follow Guide

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Linux apps can expand your Chromebook’s capabilities and open up all sorts of interesting options — but first, you have to know where to begin.

If you think you’d stand to benefit from using a Linux app on your Chrome OS device — or if you just want to explore and see what’s out there — the first step is to see if your Chromebook supports Linux apps in the first place.

Linux app support rolled out to Chrome OS’s main stable channel with Chrome OS 69 in September, but certain hardware and software requirements are attached — which means not all devices are eligible. The simplest way to see if your device has Linux app support is to open up the Chrome OS settings (by typing chrome://settings into the address bar of a browser window) and then type Linux into the search box at the top.

If you see a section appear with the label “Linux (Beta),” you’re good to go. If not, your device isn’t supported, and you’ll have to upgrade to a newer or more powerful model in order to use Linux software.

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