If you want to do more with your Chromebook and the sandbox doesn’t allow you to, you should know that you can always install Ubuntu or Debian on it. It will require a bit of work and it will worsen your security a bit, but it’s not really that hard.

Ubuntu and Debian are the most popular Linux distributions out there and are pretty easy to install, especially considering Chrome OS is based on Linux itself. You will have to follow some steps in order to install a different Linux distro on your Chromebook. You first have to enable Developer Mode, if you haven’t already, then download Crouton and install the version of Ubuntu or Debian you prefer.

How to enable developer mode

Enabling developer mode on your Chromebook is simple and there’s a tutorial for it on our website. Head over here to read it.

You should know that by enabling it you will have to powerwash your device, so make sure to backup everything before if you don’t use Google Drive to store your data already.

Download Crouton

Crouton can be downloaded very easily and you’ll find information about that on your Github page. We also have a guide for that here.

Once you download it, you will be able to install either Debian or Ubuntu on your Chromebook very easily by following the rest of this guide.

How to install Ubuntu or Debian

In order to use Crouton you will have to enter a shell. Hit Ctrl + Alt + T simultaneously, then type shell and hit Enter. Now you are in a real shell and you can enter sh ~/Downloads/crouton to see the installation options.

Installing the latest version of Ubuntu LTS is really easy. It can be done with the following command: sudo sh ~/Downloads/crouton -e -t xfce.

If you prefer to install a different version of Ubuntu or Debian, you can enter sh ~/Downloads/crouton -r list to see all the available options.

After you install your preferred Linux distribution, you can launch it by entering the shell again (press Ctrl + ALT + T simultaneously) and typing enter-chroot startxfce4.

And this is it. You’re now running Ubuntu or Debian on your Chromebook and you can do pretty much whatever you want with it.