How to install Tiny Life Demo on a Chromebook

Today, we're exploring how to install the Tiny Life Demo on a Chromebook. This guide will walk you through the process step-by-step, providing detailed instructions and explanations to ensure a smooth installation experience.


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 compatibility, you can check our list of all currently supported Chromebooks with Linux Apps (Crostini) support.

Video Tutorial

For a visual guide, you can follow along with our video tutorial above. The video provides a step-by-step demonstration of the installation process, complementing the written instructions in this post.

Installation Steps

Follow these steps to install the Tiny Life Demo on your Chromebook:

  1. First, download the Tiny Life Demo Linux package from the official Tiny Life website.
  2. Once downloaded, open your terminal in the Linux environment of your Chromebook.
  3. Navigate to the directory where you downloaded the package.
  4. Run the following command to unzip the package:
unzip -d tinylife

This command extracts the contents of the zip file into a new directory called 'tinylife'.

  1. After extraction, use the following command to run the Tiny Life Demo:
./tinylife/Tiny\ Life fixedvblank_mode=0

The 'fixedvblank_mode=0' parameter is used to ensure compatibility with the Chromebook's display system.

Additional Information

Tiny Life is a life simulation game inspired by The Sims, but with its own unique twist. The demo version allows you to explore the basic gameplay mechanics and get a feel for the game's style and atmosphere.

Installing games like Tiny Life on your Chromebook showcases the versatility of these devices. With Linux app support, Chromebooks are no longer limited to web applications and can run a variety of software, including games and productivity tools.

Troubleshooting Tips

  • If you encounter any issues with graphics, try updating your Chromebook's Linux container to the latest version.
  • Ensure your Chromebook has sufficient storage space before installation.
  • If the game runs slowly, close other applications to free up system resources.

For more detailed information about the installation process, you can refer to our Google Doc used in the tutorial.


Installing the Tiny Life Demo on your Chromebook opens up new gaming possibilities and demonstrates the growing capabilities of these versatile devices. We hope this guide has been helpful in your installation process.

If you have any questions or encounter any issues, please don't hesitate to reach out via a YouTube comment on our tutorial video. We're here to help!

For more Chromebook-related content and guides, check out our Chromebook comparison and Buyers Guide.