How to install Blender on a Chromebook

Today we are looking at how to install Blender on a Chromebook.

If you have any questions, please contact us via a YouTube comment and we would be happy to assist you!

Please use the video as a visual guide, and the commands and links below to install it on your Chromebook.

This tutorial will only work on Chromebooks with an Intel or AMD CPU (with Linux Apps Support) and not those with an ARM64 architecture CPU.

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Install Blender
1) 00:05 (time stamp in the video)
We start the process by enabling two Chrome Flags in our Chromebook.  It is to increase the performance of the application, and you can always revert it back.  To do this you open the two links below in Google Chrome.

The first Chrome Flag will enable GPU acceleration for Linux Applications.  The second enables Hyper Threading for your CPU (for the whole Chrome OS).


2) 00:46 Now we will enable the Linux Container on our Chromebook.  You can always remove it again in the future as well if needed.

To enable it, we go to the settings of our Chromebook, inside of it, we click on the "Advance" option in the left panel, and then the "Developers" section. Then enable Linux from there as seen in the video.

3) 01:20
Now we continue to the next phase in the tutorial and that is to run several commands in our Linux terminal, which will install Blender.

Some general facts about the terminal.  To paste a command into the Linux terminal, press "Ctrl Shift v" together.  After you paste a command into the Linux terminal, please press "enter" to run it.  At some commands you will see a question to press Y or n to continue.  If you see it press "enter" to continue.

3.1)  This command will update the repositories of our Linux container.

sudo apt update

3.2) 02:05 This command will install an application called flatpak, which we will use to install Blender with.  The Y and n question will appear in this command, please press "enter" then.

sudo apt install flatpak

3.3) 02:23 This command will add the flathub repository to our Linux container, which we require to install Blender.

sudo flatpak remote-add --if-not-exists flathub

3.4) 02:35 This command will install Blender.

a Person needs to press "enter" twice to start the installation process.

sudo flatpak install flathub org.blender.Blender

3.5) 03:01 This command will set the permissions for one package so that Blender will work as expected.

sudo chown root:root /usr/bin/bwrap && sudo chmod u+s /usr/bin/bwrap

4) 03:23
Now we will launch Blender

Please take note that all files which you want to use in Blender must be in your Linux Files in your file manager.  Exported files will also be in that folder.

Update Blender
5)  03:45
After you installed Blender, and you notice that Blender received an update, you can run this commmand to upgrade your version of Blender to the latest version.

sudo flatpak update

Remove Blender
6) 04:31
To remove Blender in the future, if you want to, you can run these two commands.  It will just remove Blender, not the rest of oyur Linux Applications.

6.1) This command will remove Blender

sudo flatpak uninstall org.blender.Blender

6.2) 04:50 This command will remove all other applications which just Blender requires.

sudo flatpak uninstall --unused

To remove the whole Linux container, look here