How to install Second Life on a Chromebook in 2024

In this guide, we'll walk you through the process of installing Second Life on your Chromebook. Second Life is a popular virtual world platform that allows users to create, connect, and chat with others from around the globe in a 3D environment. While Chromebooks are not typically designed for running such applications, with the power of Linux apps, we can make it work!


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. Unfortunately, this method won't work on Chromebooks with an ARM64 architecture CPU.

Video Tutorial

For a visual guide, please 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

Here are the commands you'll need to run in your Chromebook's Linux terminal to install Second Life. We'll explain each step after the command list:

1) sudo dpkg --add-architecture i386
2) echo "deb bullseye main" | sudo tee /etc/apt/sources.list.d/bullseye_chrome_os_made_simple.list
3) sudo apt update
4) sudo apt install libidn11:i386 libstdc++6:i386 gstreamer1.0-pulseaudio:i386 libnss3:i386 libnspr4:i386 libxtst6:i386 libgconf-2-4:i386 libxss1:i386 libnss3 libglu1* wine kmenuedit
5) winecfg
6) tar xf Phoenix-Firestorm-Releasex64-7-1-9-74745.tar.xz
7) ./Phoenix-Firestorm-Releasex64-7-1-9-74745/firestorm
8) kmenuedit
9) sudo rm /etc/apt/sources.list.d/bullseye_chrome_os_made_simple.list

Explanation of Commands

1. This command adds support for 32-bit architecture, which is necessary for some of the dependencies.

2. We're adding a Debian repository to our sources list. This gives us access to additional packages we need.

3. This updates the package lists for upgrades and new package installations.

4. Here we're installing all the necessary dependencies, including Wine, which allows us to run Windows applications on Linux.

5. This command launches the Wine configuration tool. You may need to adjust some settings here for optimal performance.

6. This extracts the Firestorm viewer (a popular Second Life client) from the downloaded archive.

7. This command launches the Firestorm viewer.

8. KMenuEdit is launched, allowing you to add Second Life to your app menu for easier access in the future.

9. Finally, we remove the temporary Debian repository we added earlier to keep our system clean.

Additional Resources

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

Downloading Second Life

You can download the Firestorm viewer for Second Life from the official website:

About Wine

Wine is a compatibility layer that allows Windows applications to run on Linux systems. You can learn more about it here:

Chromebook Compatibility

To check if your Chromebook supports Linux Apps (Crostini), please refer to our list of All Currently Supported Chromebooks with Linux Apps support.


Installing Second Life on a Chromebook might seem challenging at first, but with these steps, you'll be exploring virtual worlds in no time. Remember, the performance may vary depending on your Chromebook's specifications. If you encounter any issues, don't hesitate to refer back to this guide or check the official Second Life and Firestorm documentation.

For those interested in getting the most out of their Chromebook, have a look at our Chromebook comparison and Buyers Guide. It can help you choose the best device for running applications like Second Life.

Enjoy your journey into the world of Second Life on your Chromebook!