The Chromebook is a new, faster computer. It starts in seconds, and offers thousands of apps. It has built-in virus protection, and backs up your stuff in the cloud. With automatic updates, it keeps getting better.

Step 1. (download Chrome OS)

Google Chrome Operating System is an operating system designed by Google that is based on the Linux kernel and uses the Google Chrome web browser as its principal user interface. As a result, Chrome OS primarily supports web applications.

Chrome OS is only available pre-installed on hardware from Google manufacturing partners. An open source equivalent, Chromium OS, can be compiled from downloaded source code. Early on, Google provided design goals for Chrome OS, but has not otherwise released a technical description.

Last builds Google Chrome OS (Google Drive)
Last builds Google Chrome OS (External Link)

For instructions on installing Chromium OS builds downloaded from Google and an explanation of what to do with the downloaded file Chrome OS, go to Step 2.

  • Camd64OS builds for x64 processor
  • Cx86OS builds for x86 processor

All download builds Chrome OS are common to ensure maximum compatibility.

Step 2. (install Chrome OS)

Instructions for installing Google Chrome OS operating system with USB assistance for Windows PC, Apple Mac OS X and Linux.


  1. Use 7-zip to extract the IMG file from the downloaded file
  2. At the shell, run the following (where sdX is your USB stick and ChromeOS.img is the path to the IMG file you extracted):
    dd if=ChromeOS.img of=/dev/sdX bs=4M/
  3. Boot from USB stick


  1. Use 7-zip to extract the IMG file from the downloaded file
  2. Use Win32 Image Writer then select the IMG file and select the USB device from the menu
  3. Click on “Write”
  4. Boot from USB stick

All builds based on x86, amd64 and ARM generic board.

  • ATTENTION! If you want to install to your hard drive, follow the instructions here and here.
  • ATTENTION! Heed the warnings noted in the links!
  • ATTENTION! When prompted for a password for the ‘chronos’ user, use ‘password’ (without the quotes!).