How to install Blastem on a Chromebook

In this guide, we'll walk you through the process of installing Blastem, a high-accuracy Sega Genesis emulator, on your Chromebook. This tutorial is designed to complement our video guide, providing detailed written instructions and commands to ensure a smooth installation process.

Compatibility Note

Before we begin, it's important to note that this tutorial is specifically for Chromebooks with Intel or AMD CPUs that support Linux Apps. Unfortunately, this method won't work on Chromebooks with ARM64 architecture CPUs. If you're unsure about your Chromebook's processor, you can check our lists of Intel-based Chromebooks and AMD-based Chromebooks.

Why Install Blastem?

Blastem is renowned for its accuracy in emulating the Sega Genesis console. It's an excellent choice for retro gaming enthusiasts who want to relive classic 16-bit games or experience them for the first time. By installing Blastem on your Chromebook, you're opening up a world of nostalgic gaming right on your portable device.


Before we start the installation process, ensure that you have:

  • A compatible Chromebook with Linux Apps support enabled
  • Sufficient storage space (at least 1GB free)
  • A stable internet connection
  • Legal ROM files of the games you wish to play

Installation Steps

Follow these steps carefully to install Blastem on your Chromebook:

  1. Open the Terminal in your Linux environment
  2. Update your package list:
    sudo apt update
  3. Install Flatpak, which we'll use to install Blastem:
    sudo apt install flatpak
  4. Add the Flathub repository:
    sudo flatpak remote-add --if-not-exists flathub
  5. Install Blastem using Flatpak:
    sudo flatpak install flathub com.retrodev.blastem
  6. Set the correct permissions for the bwrap utility:
    sudo chown root:root /usr/bin/bwrap && sudo chmod u+s /usr/bin/bwrap

After completing these steps, Blastem should be installed on your Chromebook and ready to use.

Using Blastem

To start using Blastem, you'll need to have ROM files for Sega Genesis games. It's crucial to ensure that these ROMs are legal copies that you own. Place these ROM files in your Linux Files directory, which you can access through your Chromebook's file manager.

Launch Blastem from your Linux apps menu, and you should be able to load and play your games. Remember that emulation can be resource-intensive, so performance may vary depending on your Chromebook's specifications.

Troubleshooting Tips

If you encounter any issues during the installation or while using Blastem, try these troubleshooting steps:

  • Ensure your Chromebook's Linux environment is up to date
  • Check that you have sufficient storage space
  • Verify that your ROM files are compatible and not corrupted
  • Restart your Chromebook and try the installation process again

Additional Resources

For more information about Blastem and its features, visit the official Blastem website. You can also find the Flatpak package details on Flathub.

If you need further assistance, don't hesitate to leave a comment on our YouTube video, and we'll be happy to help!


Installing Blastem on your Chromebook opens up a world of classic gaming possibilities. With its high accuracy and performance, you'll be able to enjoy your favorite Sega Genesis games with ease. Remember to always use legally obtained ROM files and have fun exploring the vast library of 16-bit classics!

For more Chromebook tips, tricks, and tutorials, be sure to check out our Chromebook comparison and Buyers Guide. Happy gaming!