How to use Chrome OS on Raspberry Pi

Want to look at Chrome OS not being spent on a new computer?

Want to know whether a cloud operating system to improve the performance of the Raspberry Pi?

No longer need just to want – you can install Chrome OS on PC for $ 50 and find out how well it works.

Why install Chrome OS on Raspberry Pi?

For Raspberry Pi there are many operating systems. Some people prefer the default Raspber, and someone the wealth of choices on the Linux kernel.

Unlike listed options, Chrome OS offers something else entirely: Cloud computing. The relatively low performance of the Raspberry Pi make it ideal for Chrome OS as the operating system designed to run the most part of the software as web applications using server for processing.

If your Raspberry Pi is connected to Internet via Ethernet or wireless connection, you will immediately notice a great difference in the speed of the computer. This setting will allow you to configure the Raspberry Pi as a productive and inexpensive desktop computer. Another reason to install Chrome OS on your Raspberry Pi can be easy to use. Google has spent years improving and polishing your operating system. These efforts can be seen in the official release, and in the Chromium OS open source.

Open source Chrome OS

Although Google releases Chrome OS, but the operating system is based on the open source project, Chromium OS, which was released for various devices. The project FydeOS it can be installed on the Pi.

I note that the Raspberry Pi was released a few versions of Chromium OS. Now all of them are not supported and there is every chance that FydeOS will be completely abandoned in the future. You may prefer to download and assemble the source code yourself. It is available at

However, in this guide we will use pre-configured code available in FydeOS.

To install and run Chrome OS on Raspberry Pi you will need:

  • Raspberry Pi or 3B 3+ (not suitable for Zero and Pi the Raspberry Pi is 4, since for them there is no working system image)
  • MicroSD card at least 8 GB
  • 7-zip with
  • A free utility to work with disk images
  • Image FydeOS Chromium OS github
  • Desktop

As well as the mouse, keyboard, HDMI cable and a spare display. Now you are completely ready to work with Chrome OS

Prepare your SD card to work with Chrome OS

The downloaded file system image is compressed in XZ format so you will need to unzip it using a suitable tool. The best solution for Windows is 7-zip, while Linux systems for this purpose have built-in solutions.

The next step, we need to burn the image to your SD card. The easiest way is to use Etcher which I advised in the last paragraph. It will also format your SD card. Download it, install and run. And then, just click “Select image” to select image Chromium OS.

Follow the instructions in the picture above, make sure the Etcher sees your card. If not, try remove the card and re-insert into the card reader, wait until the Etcher will see it.

Click Flash to write the data. A few minutes later, the Chrome OS will be installed on your micro SD card and ready to install.

Installing Chrome OS on Raspberry Pi

After safe removal from the computer the card is completely ready to install on the Raspberry Pi.

The first installation can take some time. After installation, the system will offer you to perform some steps to further customize. If you use Chromacom (range of laptops running the operating system Chrome OS. – approx. interpreter) or on Android devices, they are familiar to you. Basically, you will need to enter your account data to Google (or create it). You will notice that Chrome OS for Raspberry Pi is not quite like his version of Rambuka. For example, a launcher icon is a circle, not a grid of 3×3. However, these differences are more cosmetic, and have no relationship to the functional.

And what should be the first step? Of course the installation of Wallpaper on your desktop. Right-click the mouse on the desktop and choose “Set wallpaper”

C stunning backdrop you’re ready for anything!

Run it software Chrome OS on Raspberry Pi?

Some applications come preinstalled with the operating system. For example, when I logged in under my Google account, I already stood apps Photos, Google Keep, and more.

It should not be a big surprise, because Chrome OS is based on Linux kernel and primarily supports the web application. “Web application” is not platform dependent, they are browser-dependent, so almost all applications for Chrome OS will run on Raspberry Pi at least has not yet been found and none of the running application. But if you are looking for something else besides the usual features of Chrome OS, try our list of essential apps for Grombala.

It would be Chromebook for only 50 dollars?

Chromebook computers, whose price range varies from 150 to 1500 dollars. Install Chromium OS on Raspberry Pi using FydeOS gives you the opportunity to construct your personal chromebook.

But you have to spend 50 dollars on a new Raspberry Pi. Although the Raspberry Pi Chrome OS will run not as fast as top-end chromebooks, it, nevertheless, will not concede the more budget device of this series. After you install all your favorite apps, you’ll be ready to work. And if you need help, try our list of tips for working with chrome axle.

Budget productivity Pi with Chrome OS

Over the last decade, the range of computers Chromebook operating system Chrome become a huge problem for Microsoft and Apple. But can they really replace standard desktop computers and laptops?

It’s hard to say for sure. But you’ll definitely find the Chrome OS is something interesting for you. Just follow the step-by-step over the above instruction and install the parent system Chromium OS on your Raspberry Pi FydeOs.


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