How to install IMVU Classic on a Chromebook in 2024

In this guide, we'll walk you through the process of installing IMVU Classic on your Chromebook. IMVU is a popular 3D avatar-based social network and chat client, and while it's primarily designed for Windows, we can get it running on Chromebooks with a bit of setup. This tutorial provides step-by-step instructions to complement our video guide, ensuring you have all the information you need for a successful installation.

Compatibility Check

Before we begin, it's important to note that this tutorial is specifically for Chromebooks with Intel or AMD processors that support Linux Apps. Unfortunately, if your Chromebook has an ARM64 architecture CPU, this method won't work. You can check your Chromebook's processor type in the device specifications.

Alternative Option

If your Chromebook doesn't meet the requirements for this installation method, or if you prefer a simpler solution, you can try the Play Store version of IMVU. You can find it here:

IMVU Mobile on Google Play Store

Installation Process

Now, let's dive into the installation process. We'll be using Wine, a compatibility layer that allows Windows applications to run on Linux systems. Here are the commands you'll need to run in your Linux terminal:

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 winbind
6) winecfg
7) wget
8) wine InstallIMVU_547.0.exe
9) cd .wine/drive_c/users/$USER//Desktop && wine IMVU.lnk

Let's break down what these commands do:

  1. Adds 32-bit architecture support, which is necessary for many Windows applications.
  2. Downloads and adds the WineHQ repository key.
  3. Adds the WineHQ repository to your system.
  4. Updates the package list.
  5. Installs Wine and its dependencies.
  6. Launches the Wine configuration tool. This creates the initial Wine environment.
  7. Downloads the IMVU installer.
  8. Runs the IMVU installer using Wine.
  9. Navigates to the Desktop folder in the Wine environment and launches IMVU.

For a more detailed explanation of these steps, you can refer to our Google Doc used in the tutorial:

Detailed Tutorial Google Doc

Troubleshooting Tips

If you encounter any issues during the installation process, 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 installation fails, try restarting your Chromebook and attempting the installation again.
  • Some users might need to adjust their Wine configuration. You can do this by running winecfg and experimenting with different Windows versions.

Video Tutorial

Additional Resources

For more information about IMVU and Wine, you can visit their official websites:


Installing IMVU Classic on a Chromebook might seem challenging at first, but with these steps, you should be able to get it up and running. Remember, this process leverages the Linux capabilities of your Chromebook, opening up a world of possibilities beyond just IMVU. If you have any questions or run into any issues, don't hesitate to ask for help in the comments section of our YouTube video. Happy chatting in IMVU!

For more information about Chromebooks and their capabilities, check out these resources: