How to install an unofficial Microsoft Office 365 client on a Chromebook

In this guide, we'll walk you through the process of installing an unofficial Microsoft Office 365 client on your Chromebook. This solution provides a convenient way to access Office 365 applications directly from your Chromebook, enhancing your productivity and workflow.


Chromebooks are known for their simplicity and cloud-based approach, but sometimes you need access to specific applications like Microsoft Office. While Chromebooks don't natively support Office applications, there are workarounds available. This unofficial client allows you to use Office 365 services directly on your Chromebook, bridging the gap between Chrome OS and Microsoft's productivity suite.


Before we begin, it's important to note that this tutorial is specifically for Chromebooks with certain hardware configurations:

  • Chromebooks with Intel processors
  • Chromebooks with AMD processors
  • The Chromebook must have Linux Apps Support (Crostini)

Unfortunately, this method is not compatible with Chromebooks that have an ARM64 architecture CPU.

Video Tutorial

For a visual guide, please refer to the video tutorial above. It provides a step-by-step walkthrough of the installation process, complementing the written instructions in this post.

Installation Steps

Follow these steps to install the unofficial Microsoft Office 365 client on your Chromebook:

  1. First, ensure that Linux apps are enabled on your Chromebook. If you haven't done this yet, go to your Chromebook's Settings, click on "Advanced," then "Developers," and turn on Linux apps.
  2. Once Linux apps are enabled, download the unofficial Microsoft Office 365 client from the following link:
  3. After downloading, open the Linux terminal on your Chromebook.
  4. Navigate to the Downloads folder where the file was saved.
  5. Use the appropriate command to install the .deb file (the exact command will depend on the filename of the version you downloaded).

Usage and Benefits

Once installed, you'll have access to a desktop application that provides a seamless interface to Microsoft Office 365 services. This allows you to work with Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and other Office applications directly from your Chromebook, without the need for browser-based alternatives or dual-booting.

Some key benefits of using this unofficial client include:

  • Offline access to your Office documents
  • A more native application feel compared to web versions
  • Potentially better performance for resource-intensive documents
  • Easy integration with your Chromebook's file system


If you encounter any issues during the installation or usage of the unofficial client, consider the following tips:

  • Ensure your Chromebook's operating system is up to date
  • Check that you have sufficient storage space for the application
  • If the application fails to launch, try restarting your Chromebook
  • For persistent issues, you may need to uninstall and reinstall the application


Installing this unofficial Microsoft Office 365 client on your Chromebook can significantly enhance your productivity, providing a bridge between Chrome OS and Microsoft's powerful office suite. While it's not an official solution, many users find it to be a practical workaround for accessing Office applications on their Chromebooks.

If you have any questions or need further assistance, please don't hesitate to reach out via a comment on our YouTube video. We're here to help!

Additional Resources

To make the most of your Chromebook experience, consider exploring these additional resources: