Crouton (computing)

Crouton (Chromium OS Universal Chroot Environment) is a set of scripts which allows Ubuntu, Debian, and Kali Linux systems to run parallel to a Chrome OS system.[1] Crouton works by using a chroot instead of dual-booting to allow a user to run desktop environments at the same time: Chrome OS and another environment of the user's choice.[2]

In Google I/O 2019, Google announced all Chromebooks shipped that year onward will be Linux compatible out of the box.[3]


Crouton requires you to switch your Chrome OS device to Developer Mode. This requires a full Powerwash of the device. Once you get it up and running, you use special commands in the Crosh terminal. Despite having many Linux distributions to choose from, none are officially supported by their developers. While Crostini has become an officially supported way to run Linux applications, Many people still prefer Crouton due to the fact it allows you to install a desktop environment.


  1. ^ Bhartiya, Swapnil (November 17, 2014). "How to Easily Install Ubuntu on Chromebook with Crouton". Archived from the original on March 16, 2016. Retrieved December 5, 2015.
  2. ^ Hoffman, Chris (May 3, 2013). "How to Install Ubuntu Linux on Your Chromebook with Crouton". How-To Geek. Retrieved December 5, 2015.
  3. ^ All Chromebooks will also be Linux laptops going forward, ZDNet

External linksEdit