Installing Anki on a Chromebook

Welcome to our guide on installing Anki on your Chromebook! Anki is a powerful, open-source flashcard program that uses spaced repetition to help you learn and remember information more effectively. Whether you're a student, professional, or lifelong learner, Anki can be an invaluable tool in your educational arsenal.


In this tutorial, we'll walk you through the process of installing Anki on your Chromebook using Flatpak. Flatpak is a universal package management system that allows for easy installation and management of applications across different Linux distributions, including Chrome OS.

Before we begin, it's important to note that this tutorial is specifically designed for Chromebooks with Intel or AMD processors that support Linux Apps. Unfortunately, if your Chromebook has an ARM64 architecture CPU, this method won't work for you.

Video Tutorial

We recommend following along with our video tutorial for a step-by-step visual guide. The commands used in the video are listed below for your convenience.

Installation Steps

Here are the commands you'll need to run in your Chromebook's Linux terminal to install Anki:

1) sudo apt update
2) sudo apt install flatpak
3) sudo flatpak remote-add --if-not-exists flathub
4) sudo flatpak install flathub net.ankiweb.Anki
5) sudo flatpak install flathub com.github.tchx84.Flatseal
6) sudo chown root:root /usr/bin/bwrap && sudo chmod u+s /usr/bin/bwrap

Let's break down what each of these commands does:

  1. Updates your package list to ensure you're getting the latest versions of software.
  2. Installs Flatpak, the package management system we'll use to install Anki.
  3. Adds the Flathub repository, which hosts many Flatpak applications, including Anki.
  4. Installs Anki from the Flathub repository.
  5. Installs Flatseal, a useful tool for managing Flatpak permissions.
  6. Sets the correct permissions for the bwrap (bubblewrap) command, which Flatpak uses for sandboxing applications.

Additional Resources

For your convenience, we've prepared a Google Doc with additional information used in this tutorial.

About Flatpak and Anki

Flatpak is a next-generation technology for building and distributing desktop applications on Linux. It provides a sandbox environment where applications can run isolated from the rest of the system. You can learn more about the Flatpak versions of Anki and Flatseal here:

For more information about Anki and its features, visit the official Anki website.

Troubleshooting Tips

If you encounter any issues during the installation process, here are a few things to try:

  • Make sure your Chromebook's Linux environment is up to date by running sudo apt update && sudo apt upgrade before starting the installation process.
  • If you receive permission errors, double-check that you're using sudo where necessary.
  • If Anki doesn't launch after installation, try restarting your Chromebook's Linux container or rebooting your device.


Congratulations! You should now have Anki installed on your Chromebook. This powerful tool can significantly enhance your learning experience, whether you're studying a new language, preparing for exams, or just trying to remember important information.

If you have any questions or run into any issues during the installation process, please don't hesitate to reach out to us via a YouTube comment. We're here to help!

For more great tutorials and guides, check out our list of all currently supported Chromebooks with Linux Apps support and our Chromebook comparison and Buyers Guide.

Happy learning with Anki on your Chromebook!