How to install Friday Night MAKER on a Chromebook

In this guide, we'll walk you through the process of installing Friday Night MAKER on your Chromebook. Friday Night MAKER is a popular rhythm game creation tool, allowing users to design their own custom levels and experiences. By following these steps, you'll be able to unleash your creativity and join the vibrant community of Friday Night MAKER enthusiasts.

Compatibility Note

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

Video Tutorial

For a visual guide, we've included a video tutorial above. Feel free to follow along with the video as you go through the written instructions below.

Step-by-Step Installation Guide

Here are the commands you'll need to run in your Chromebook's Linux terminal to install Friday Night MAKER. We'll explain each step in detail below.

1) sudo dpkg --add-architecture i386
2) wget -nc && sudo apt-key add winehq.key
3) echo "deb bookworm main" | sudo tee /etc/apt/sources.list.d/wine_chrome_os_made_simple.list
4) sudo apt update
5) sudo apt install --install-recommends winehq-stable
6) winecfg
7) unzip
8) wine NightMaker.exe --disable-framerate-limit

Explanation of Commands

1. This command adds 32-bit architecture support, which is necessary for many Windows applications to run under Wine.

2-3. These commands add the Wine repository to your system, allowing you to install the latest version of Wine.

4-5. These update your package lists and install Wine.

6. This runs the Wine configuration tool, which you may need to set up before running Windows applications.

7. This unzips the Friday Night MAKER application.

8. This runs Friday Night MAKER using Wine, with a flag to disable frame rate limiting for smoother performance.

Additional Resources

For more detailed information and step-by-step instructions, we've prepared a Google Doc that you can refer to during the installation process.

Download and Official Links

You can download Friday Night MAKER from its official page:

To learn more about Wine, the compatibility layer used to run Windows applications on Linux, visit:

Troubleshooting Tips

If you encounter any issues during the installation or while running Friday Night MAKER, 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 Wine doesn't seem to be working correctly, try running winecfg again and adjusting the Windows version setting.
  • For performance issues, experiment with different graphics settings in the Wine configuration tool.


By following this guide, you should now have Friday Night MAKER up and running on your Chromebook. This opens up a world of creative possibilities, allowing you to design and play your own rhythm game levels. Remember, the Friday Night MAKER community is vast and supportive, so don't hesitate to share your creations and seek inspiration from others.

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 and would be happy to assist you in getting Friday Night MAKER running smoothly on your Chromebook.

Happy creating!

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