How to install Karlson on a Chromebook

In this guide, we'll walk you through the process of installing Karlson by Dani on your Chromebook. Karlson is an exciting first-person shooter game known for its fast-paced gameplay and unique mechanics. By following these steps, you'll be able to enjoy this game on your Chromebook, expanding your gaming options beyond the usual Chrome OS offerings.


Before we begin, it's important to note that this tutorial is specifically designed for Chromebooks with an Intel or AMD CPU that support Linux Apps. Unfortunately, this method won't work on Chromebooks with an ARM64 architecture CPU. If you're unsure about your Chromebook's specifications, you can check our comprehensive list of Chromebooks with Linux Apps (Crostini) support.

Video Tutorial

For a visual guide, we've included a video tutorial above. We recommend following along with both the video and the written instructions for the best results.

Step-by-Step Installation Guide

Here are the commands you'll need to use in your Chromebook's Linux terminal. We'll explain each step in detail:

  1. unzip
  2. chmod 755 Karlson_linux.x86_64
  3. ./Karlson_linux.x86_64 fixedvblank_mode=0
  4. sudo apt update
  5. sudo apt install kmenuedit
  6. kmenuedit

Explanation of Commands

1. The first command unzips the Karlson Linux package you've downloaded.

2. The second command changes the permissions of the Karlson executable file, making it runnable.

3. The third command runs Karlson with a specific graphics setting that can help with performance on Chromebooks.

4. The fourth command updates your Linux system's package list.

5. The fifth command installs KMenuEdit, a tool that allows you to edit the application menu in Linux.

6. The final command opens KMenuEdit, where you can add Karlson to your app menu for easy access.

Downloading Karlson

To get started, you'll need to download Karlson. You can find the game on its official site:

Make sure to download the Linux version of the game.

Additional Resources

For more detailed information and visual aids, we've prepared a Google Doc that you can reference throughout the installation process:

Google Doc used in the tutorial

Troubleshooting Tips

If you encounter any issues during the installation process, here are a few things to try:

  • Ensure your Chromebook's Linux environment is up to date by running sudo apt update and sudo apt upgrade before starting the installation.
  • If the game doesn't launch, try running it without the fixedvblank_mode=0 parameter.
  • Check that your Chromebook meets the minimum system requirements for running Karlson.


By following these steps, you should now have Karlson installed and running on your Chromebook. This process demonstrates the flexibility of modern Chromebooks, allowing you to enjoy a wider range of software beyond just web applications. If you're interested in exploring more games and applications you can run on your Chromebook, be sure to check out our other tutorials and guides.

If you have any questions or run into any issues during the installation process, please don't hesitate to reach out via a YouTube comment on our tutorial video. We're here to help ensure you have the best possible experience with your Chromebook!

Additional Resources

To make the most of your Chromebook, consider checking out these additional resources: