How to install VCV Rack 2 on a Chromebook in 2023

In this guide, we'll walk you through the process of installing VCV Rack 2 on your Chromebook. VCV Rack is a popular open-source virtual modular synthesizer that allows musicians and audio enthusiasts to explore complex sound design and music creation. By following these steps, you'll be able to unleash your creativity with this powerful tool right on your Chromebook.


Before we begin, it's important to note that this tutorial is specifically for Chromebooks with an Intel or AMD CPU that support Linux Apps (Crostini). Unfortunately, this method won't work on Chromebooks with an ARM64 architecture CPU.

Video Tutorial

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

Installation Steps

Follow these steps to install VCV Rack 2 on your Chromebook:

  1. First, update your package list:
    sudo apt update
  2. Install the necessary dependencies:
    sudo apt install kmenuedit zenity libjack0
  3. Download the VCV Rack 2 package:
  4. Unzip the downloaded package:
  5. Navigate to the Rack2Free directory and run VCV Rack:
    cd Rack2Free && ./Rack
  6. Move the Rack2Free files to your home directory:
    mv Rack2Free/* /home/$USER/
  7. Clean up the downloaded files:
    rm -r Rack2Free
  8. Open the menu editor to create a shortcut:

After following these steps, VCV Rack 2 should be successfully installed on your Chromebook. You can now launch it from the application menu or by running the ./Rack command in your home directory.

Additional Resources

For more detailed information and step-by-step instructions, you can refer to our Google Doc used in the tutorial.

To learn more about VCV Rack and explore its features, visit the official VCV Rack website.

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Installing VCV Rack 2 on your Chromebook opens up a world of possibilities for sound design and music production. With this powerful virtual modular synthesizer at your fingertips, you can explore complex audio landscapes and create unique compositions right from your Chromebook. Happy music-making!