How to install 3Dash on a Chromebook in 2024

In this guide, we'll walk you through the process of installing 3Dash on your Chromebook. 3Dash is an exciting, fast-paced platformer game that challenges players with quick reflexes and precise movements. While it's primarily designed for Windows, we can use Wine to run it on Linux-enabled Chromebooks.


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

Video Tutorial

For a visual guide, we've included a video tutorial above. We recommend following along with both the video and the written instructions below for the best results.

Step-by-Step Instructions

1. Enable Linux Apps

If you haven't already enabled Linux Apps on your Chromebook, you'll need to do so first:

  1. Go to your Chromebook's Settings
  2. Click on the "About Chrome OS" section on the left panel
  3. Under the "Developer" section, choose "Turn on" for Linux development environment
  4. Follow the on-screen prompts to set up Linux

2. Download 3Dash

Visit the official 3Dash website to download the game:

After downloading, move the ZIP file to your Linux files folder for easy access.

3. Install Wine

We'll use Wine to run 3Dash on Linux. Wine is a compatibility layer that allows you to run Windows applications on Unix-like operating systems. Here are the commands you'll need to run in the terminal:

sudo dpkg --add-architecture i386
sudo apt update
sudo apt install wine winbind

These commands enable 32-bit architecture support, update your system repositories, install Wine and its dependencies, and set up the initial Wine configuration.

4. Extract and Run 3Dash

Now that Wine is installed, we can extract and run 3Dash:

unzip 3Dash\ Windows\
cd 3Dash\ Windows\ v1.2.1 && wine 3Dash.exe --disable-framerate-limit

The last command changes to the game directory and launches 3Dash using Wine. The `--disable-framerate-limit` flag is added to potentially improve performance.

Troubleshooting Tips

If you encounter any issues while installing or running 3Dash, try these troubleshooting steps:

  • Ensure your Chromebook's Linux environment is up to date by running `sudo apt update && sudo apt upgrade`
  • If the game runs slowly, try closing other applications to free up system resources
  • In case of graphics issues, you might need to update your graphics drivers or adjust Wine settings using the `winecfg` command


Congratulations! You should now have 3Dash running on your Chromebook. This process demonstrates the versatility of Chromebooks with Linux support, allowing you to run a wide range of applications not typically available on Chrome OS. Remember, you'll need to use the terminal command to launch the game each time you want to play.

For more information about Wine and its capabilities, visit the official Wine website.

If you're interested in exploring more Chromebook capabilities, check out our Chromebook comparison and Buyers Guide.

For a comprehensive list of Chromebooks that support Linux Apps, see our guide on All Currently Supported Chromebooks with Linux Apps (Crostini) support.

We hope you enjoy playing 3Dash on your Chromebook. Happy gaming!