How to install QGIS Desktop on a Chromebook

In this guide, we'll walk you through the process of installing QGIS Desktop on your Chromebook. QGIS is a powerful open-source Geographic Information System (GIS) that allows users to create, edit, visualize, analyze, and publish geospatial information. Whether you're a student, researcher, or professional in fields like urban planning, environmental science, or cartography, QGIS can be an invaluable tool.


Before we begin, ensure that your Chromebook supports Linux apps (Crostini). Most modern Chromebooks do, but if you're unsure, you can check our list of Chromebooks with Linux Apps support.

Video Tutorial

We've prepared a video tutorial to guide you through the installation process. Feel free to follow along with the video, using the commands provided below.

Step-by-Step Installation Guide

Here are the commands you'll need to run in your Linux terminal to install QGIS Desktop:

  1. sudo apt update - This updates your package lists.
  2. sudo apt install flatpak - This installs Flatpak, a utility for software deployment and package management.
  3. sudo flatpak remote-add --if-not-exists flathub - This adds the Flathub repository to your system.
  4. sudo flatpak install flathub org.qgis.qgis - This installs QGIS from Flathub.
  5. sudo chown root:root /usr/bin/bwrap && sudo chmod u+s /usr/bin/bwrap - This sets the correct permissions for the bubblewrap utility, which is used by Flatpak.

Remember to run these commands in order. Each step is crucial for the successful installation of QGIS.

Additional Resources

To enhance your understanding and usage of QGIS, we've compiled some additional resources:

Troubleshooting Tips

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

  • Ensure 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, make sure you're using sudo where necessary.
  • If Flatpak commands fail, try restarting your Linux container and running the commands again.

Remember, if you run into any difficulties that you can't resolve, feel free to reach out to us via a YouTube comment on the tutorial video. We're here to help!


Congratulations! You should now have QGIS Desktop installed on your Chromebook. This powerful GIS tool opens up a world of possibilities for spatial data analysis and mapping right on your Chromebook. Whether you're mapping local biodiversity, analyzing urban growth patterns, or creating custom maps for your next outdoor adventure, QGIS has got you covered.

Happy mapping, and don't forget to check out our Chromebook comparison and Buyers Guide if you're in the market for a new device!