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Chromebooks with Chrome OS run a Linux kernel. The only missing pieces to use them as full-featured Linux distro were gcc and make with their dependencies. Well, these pieces aren't missing anymore. Say hello to Chromebrew!


You will need a Chromebook with developer mode enabled. To do so, select your device on the ChromiumOS Wiki and follow the instructions listed there.

Please be aware of the fact that developer mode is insecure if not properly configured. Setting a password as instructed in the VT-2 login screen is recommended. It is also recommended to enable signed boot:

sudo chromeos-setdevpasswd
sudo crossystem dev_boot_signed_only=1

Supported Systems

Architecture Supported?
x86_64 Yes
i686 Yes*
armv7l Yes
aarch64 Yes

* We can only provide limited support for i686 since Google has discontinued support. Although we can no longer support GUI apps, we will try to continue to support CLI programs.


The beta, dev, and Canary channels are not supported and should not be used with Chromebrew. Failure to take notice of this will cause major issues with your Chromebrew installation. See issue #2890 and the FAQ for more details.

Open the terminal with Ctrl+Alt+T and type shell.

If this command returns ERROR: unknown command: shell, please have a second look at the prerequisites and make sure your Chromebook is in developer mode.

Then download and run the installation script below:

curl -Ls | bash

On a rooted Google OnHub, the command needs to be run with the "chronos" user. In order to make su work, a password is needed for the chronos user.

# passwd chronos
Changing password for chronos.
Enter new UNIX password:
Retype new UNIX password:
# su - chronos
$ curl -Ls | bash


Please check out the wiki to find out more information about Chromebrew including helpful tips, resource links and frequently asked questions. Also please check existing issues before submitting a new one.


crew <command> [-k|--keep] <package1> [<package2> ...]

Where available commands are:

Command Description
build build package(s) from source and store the archive and checksum in the current working directory
const display constant(s)
deps display dependencies of package(s)
download download package(s) to CREW_BREW_DIR (/usr/local/tmp/crew by default), but don't install
files display installed files of package(s)
help get information about command usage
install install package(s) along with dependencies after prompting for confirmation
list available, installed, compatible or incompatible packages
postinstall display postinstall messages of package(s)
reinstall remove and install package(s)
remove remove package(s)
search look for package(s)
sysinfo show system infomation in Markdown style
update update crew itself
upgrade update all or specific package(s)
whatprovides regex search for package(s) that contains file(s)

Available packages are listed in the packages directory.

Chromebrew will wipe its BREW_DIR (/usr/local/tmp/crew by default) after installation unless you pass -k or --keep when running crew install.

crew install --keep <package1> [<package2> ...]

Recently Upgraded Packages

Name Description Date Upgraded Version
gdb The GNU Debugger 2021-09-25 11.1
llvm The LLVM Project is a collection of modular and reusable compiler and toolchain technologies. 2021-09-24 12.0.1
binutils The GNU Binutils are a collection of binary tools. 2021-09-24 2.37-1
inetutils The Inetutils package contains programs for basic networking. 2021-09-24 2.2
elfutils elfutils is a collection of utilities and libraries to read, create and modify ELF binary files 2021-09-24 0.185
neon neon is an HTTP and WebDAV client library, with a C interface. 2021-09-24 0.32.1
pango Pango is a library for laying out and rendering of text, with an emphasis on internationalization. 2021-09-24 1.49.1
libadwaita Library of GNOME-specific UI patterns, replacing libhandy for GTK4 2021-09-24 1.0.0-alpha.2
gtksourceview_5 Source code editing widget 2021-09-24 5.2.0
gspell A flexible API to implement the spell checking in a GTK+ application 2021-09-24 1.9.1-2

Latest Packages

Name Description Date Added
gnu_time Utility for monitoring a programs use of system resources 2021-09-24
gnome_text_editor GNOME Text Editor (2021) 2021-09-24
vuze Vuze (formerly Azureus) is an extremely powerful and configurable BitTorrent client. 2021-09-21
smallbasic SmallBASIC is a fast and easy to learn BASIC language interpreter 2021-09-19
logisim An educational tool for designing and simulating digital logic circuits 2021-09-16
cros_adapta Gtk+ compatible themes for styling UI elements from Crostini to match Chrome OS defaults. 2021-09-10
chafa Image-to-text converter supporting a wide range of symbols and palettes, transparency, animations, etc. 2021-09-04
qtlocation Qt Location and Positioning 2021-08-30
qtmultimedia Qt Multimedia 2021-08-30
qtscript Qt Script Tools 2021-08-30


Copyright 2013-2022 Michal Siwek and all the awesome contributors.

This project including all of its source files is released under the terms of GNU General Public License (version 3 or later).

This project embeds docopt.rb at lib/docopt.rb. We retain its MIT license.

GNU General Public License MIT License

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