How to install ImageJ on a Chromebook

Today, we'll explore how to install ImageJ on a Chromebook. ImageJ is a powerful, open-source image processing program developed by the National Institutes of Health. It's widely used in scientific and medical research for image analysis and manipulation. This guide will walk you through the installation process step-by-step, ensuring you can harness the capabilities of ImageJ on your Chromebook.


Before we begin, it's important to note that this tutorial is specifically designed 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.

If you're unsure about your Chromebook's compatibility, you can check our list of all currently supported Chromebooks with Linux Apps support.

Installation Process

Follow these steps carefully to install ImageJ on your Chromebook:

  1. First, we need to add the Debian Sid repository to our sources list. This allows us to install the required Java packages. Run the following command:
echo "deb sid main" | sudo tee /etc/apt/sources.list.d/sid_chrome_os_made_simple.list
  1. Update the package list:
sudo apt update
  1. Install Java and KMenuEdit:
sudo apt install java-common openjdk-8* kmenuedit

This step installs Java, which is required to run ImageJ, and KMenuEdit, which we'll use later to create a desktop shortcut.

  1. Remove the Sid repository we added earlier:
sudo rm /etc/apt/sources.list.d/sid_chrome_os_made_simple.list
  1. Update the package list again:
sudo apt update
  1. Download the ImageJ package:
  1. Unzip the downloaded package:
  1. Run ImageJ:

At this point, ImageJ should launch on your Chromebook. You've successfully installed the application!

Creating a Desktop Shortcut

To make it easier to launch ImageJ in the future, you can create a desktop shortcut:

  1. Open KMenuEdit:

Use this tool to create a new menu entry for ImageJ, pointing to the ImageJ executable you just installed.

Additional Resources

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

To learn more about ImageJ and its capabilities, visit the official ImageJ website.


You've now successfully installed ImageJ on your Chromebook! This powerful tool opens up a world of possibilities for image analysis and processing right on your Chromebook. Whether you're a researcher, student, or enthusiast, ImageJ can greatly enhance your image manipulation capabilities.

If you encounter any issues during the installation process or have questions about using ImageJ, please don't hesitate to reach out through the comments section of our YouTube video. We're here to help!

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