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How to Quickly Set Up Flatpak in Chrome OS

Install Flatpak on Chrome OS
Written by Martins D. Okoi

Flatpak is a technology for building and distributing applications on Linux desktops. Its mission is to make applications easily accessible to users, easily upgradable and distributable by developers, and more stable.

Seeing as Flatpak is becoming more popular these days, everybody wants to be able to run Flatpak apps why shouldn’t they be able to? While many Linux distros now ship with support for Flatpak, Chrome OS users can’t enjoy such by default.

Today, I’ll show you how to set up Flatpak in your Chrome OS system in 5 simple steps after which you can enjoy Flatpak in its totality.

1. Enable Linux Support

Turn on Linux support on Chrome OS by navigating to chrome://settings, scrolling down to Linux (Beta) and clicking the switch.

Enable Linux Beta on Chrome OS

Enable Linux Beta on Chrome OS

Install Linux Beta on Chrome OS

Install Linux Beta on Chrome OS

Give your machine some time to download and install Linux and mind you, its completion time depends on the quality of your Internet connection.

2. Launch Your Terminal

Because Linux is now installed in your system you can pull up the terminal as if it was always there. Press the Launcher key and enter “Terminal“.

3. Install Flatpak on Chrome OS

$ sudo apt install flatpak

4. Add Flathub Repository on Chrome OS

Flathub is the recommended store for discovering Flatpak apps so enable it by entering the following command in your terminal:

$ flatpak remote-add --if-not-exists flathub

5. Restart & Install Apps on Chrome OS

Restarting ChromeOS implements the system changes you’ve enabled and automatically welcomes you into the community.

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Now that you’ve set up your machine, head over to FlatHub and begin installing your favorite Flatpak Linux apps on Chrome OS.

Install Linux Apps on Chrome OS

Install Linux Apps on Chrome OS

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About the author

Martins D. Okoi

Martins Divine Okoi is a graduate of Computer Science with a passion for Linux and the Open Source community. He works as a Graphic Designer, Web Developer, and programmer.