How to install DeSmuME on a Chromebook

In this guide, we'll walk you through the process of installing DeSmuME on your Chromebook. DeSmuME is a popular Nintendo DS emulator that allows you to play Nintendo DS games on various platforms, including Linux-based systems like Chromebooks with Linux app support.

What is DeSmuME?

DeSmuME is an open-source Nintendo DS emulator that has been in development since 2006. It offers a wide range of features, including save states, cheat codes, and various display options. By installing DeSmuME on your Chromebook, you can enjoy your favorite Nintendo DS games with enhanced graphics and performance.


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

Step-by-Step Installation Guide

Follow these steps to install DeSmuME on your Chromebook:

1. Enable Linux Apps on Your Chromebook

If you haven't already enabled Linux apps on your Chromebook, you'll need to do so first. Go to your Chromebook's Settings, click on "Advanced," then "Developers," and finally, turn on the "Linux development environment" option.

2. Open the Terminal

Once Linux is set up, open the Terminal app from your Chromebook's app launcher.

3. Update Package Lists

Before installing DeSmuME, it's a good practice to update your package lists. Run the following command:

sudo apt update

4. Install DeSmuME

Now, let's install DeSmuME using the following command:

sudo apt install desmume

This command will download and install DeSmuME along with any necessary dependencies.

Using DeSmuME

After installation, you can launch DeSmuME from your Chromebook's app launcher. Remember that you'll need to have legal ROM files to play games. These should be placed in your Linux Files directory, which you can access through your Chromebook's file manager.

Additional Resources

For more detailed information about using DeSmuME, you can refer to the official DeSmuME website. We've also prepared a Google Doc with additional tips and tricks for using DeSmuME on a Chromebook.

Video Tutorial

For a visual guide on installing DeSmuME, check out our video tutorial:


Installing DeSmuME on your Chromebook opens up a world of Nintendo DS gaming. Remember to always use legally obtained ROM files, and enjoy your favorite DS games with enhanced features and performance!

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