Wednesday, January 30, 2013

How To Run ChromeOS on Ubuntu

Curious about ChromeOS but don't want to drop $200+ on a Chromebook or go through the trouble of making a live CD/USB? You can easily run it as a desktop environment in Ubuntu by installing dz0ny's ChromiumOS project lightdm-login-chromeos. Alternately you can install ChromeOS in VirtualBox, but I had a few annoyances arise so I recommend installing it this way.

If you don't already know, ChromeOS is an open source operating system by Google based on Linux. It is designed for simplicity and for people who do most of their computing through a web browser. This may by limiting for some, but I admire the simplicity that I would recommend it to the parents.

Install lightdm-login-chromeos by opening up terminal and enter the following commands (if it doesn't work, go to the project page for the latest version):


sudo dpkg -i lightdm-login-chromiumos_1.0_amd64.deb

Now, log out of Ubuntu and choose ChromeOS at the log in screen. You will be taken through a set up process and will have to log in with your Google credentials. There are some minor limitations that you can find on the project page, but it certainly gives you an idea of the look and feel of ChromeOS.

Have fun!

For more information on the project, or to learn how to install it in a virtual machine, check out the github project page


  1. There's a misspelling in your second terminal command---it says "chromiumos_1.0_amd64.db" instead of "amd64.deb".

  2. chrome os dosent show up in my login screen but i can run it from the terminal tho

  3. i installed and see login screen's chromeos but when i input my password, it comeback login screen, dont take throught to desktop,

    1. I have the same problem. Have you found a solution?