How to install Ren'Py 7.6.3 on a Chromebook

Installing Ren'Py 7.6.3 on Your Chromebook

In this guide, we'll walk you through the process of installing Ren'Py 7.6.3 on your Chromebook. Ren'Py is a popular visual novel engine that allows you to create interactive stories with ease. By following these steps, you'll be able to start developing your own visual novels right on your Chromebook!

Important Note on Compatibility

Before we begin, please note that this tutorial is specifically designed for Chromebooks with Intel or AMD processors that support Linux Apps. If your Chromebook has an ARM64 architecture CPU, this method won't work for you. To check if your Chromebook is compatible, you can refer to our list of Chromebooks with Linux Apps (Crostini) support.

Video Tutorial

For a visual guide, you can follow along with our video tutorial above. The written instructions below complement the video, providing you with a comprehensive guide to installing Ren'Py on your Chromebook.

Step-by-Step Installation Guide

Follow these steps to install Ren'Py 7.6.3 on your Chromebook:

  1. First, ensure that Linux apps are enabled on your Chromebook. If you haven't done this yet, go to your Chromebook's Settings, navigate to the Linux development environment section, and turn it on.
  2. Once Linux is set up, open the Linux terminal. You'll use this to run the necessary commands for installation.
  3. Update your package list by running:
    sudo apt update
  4. Install KMenuEdit and Nemo file manager:
    sudo apt install kmenuedit nemo
  5. Download the Ren'Py SDK:
  6. Extract the downloaded file:
    tar -xf renpy-7.6.3-sdk.tar.bz2
  7. To create a menu entry for Ren'Py, run:
    This will open the KDE Menu Editor, where you can add Ren'Py to your application menu for easy access.

Additional Information

Ren'Py is a powerful tool for creating visual novels and interactive storytelling games. It uses a simple scripting language that allows you to bring your stories to life with images, music, and branching narratives. Whether you're a beginner or an experienced developer, Ren'Py offers a range of features to help you create engaging visual novels.

Some key features of Ren'Py include:

  • A simple yet powerful scripting language
  • Support for animations and transitions
  • Built-in support for saving and loading games
  • The ability to distribute your creations to Windows, Mac, Linux, Android, and iOS

If you encounter any issues during the installation process, make sure your Chromebook's Linux environment is up to date. You can also check the official Ren'Py documentation for troubleshooting tips specific to your version.

Useful Resources

To help you get started with Ren'Py development, here are some useful resources:


By following this guide, you should now have Ren'Py 7.6.3 installed on your Chromebook. You're now ready to start creating your own visual novels! Remember to explore the Ren'Py documentation and tutorials to make the most of this powerful engine. Happy developing!

If you have any questions about the installation process or using Ren'Py on your Chromebook, please feel free to ask in the comments section of our YouTube video. We're here to help you on your visual novel creation journey!

For more tutorials and guides on using Linux applications on your Chromebook, be sure to check out our other articles and videos. Happy coding!