How to install Lego Digital Designer on a Chromebook

In this guide, we'll walk you through the process of installing Lego Digital Designer on your Chromebook. This powerful software allows you to create and design your own Lego models digitally, opening up a world of creative possibilities.


Before we begin, it's important to note that this tutorial is specifically for Chromebooks with an Intel or AMD CPU that support Linux Apps. Unfortunately, this method won't work on Chromebooks with an ARM64 architecture CPU.

Video Tutorial

We've prepared a detailed video tutorial to guide you through each step of the installation process. We recommend following along with the video as you proceed through the written instructions below.

Step-by-Step Installation Guide

Here are the commands you'll need to run in your terminal to install Lego Digital Designer. We'll explain each step in detail:

  1. sudo dpkg --add-architecture i386
    This command enables 32-bit architecture support, which is necessary for running Wine.
  2. wget -nc
    This downloads the WineHQ GPG key, which is used to verify the authenticity of the Wine packages.
  3. sudo apt-key add winehq.key
    This adds the downloaded key to your system's trusted keys.
  4. echo "deb bookworm main" | sudo tee /etc/apt/sources.list.d/wine_chrome_os_made_simple.list
    This command adds the Wine repository to your system's list of software sources.
  5. sudo apt update
    This updates your system's package lists to include the newly added Wine repository.
  6. sudo apt install --install-recommends winehq-stable
    This installs the stable version of Wine along with recommended packages.
  7. winecfg
    This runs the Wine configuration tool, which sets up the initial Wine environment.
  8. wget
    This downloads the Lego Digital Designer installer.
  9. wine setupldd-pc-4_3_12.exe
    This runs the Lego Digital Designer installer using Wine.
  10. wine start .wine/drive_c/Program\ Files\ \(x86\)/LEGO\ Company/LEGO\ Digital\ Designer/LDD.exe
    This command launches Lego Digital Designer.

Additional Information

Lego Digital Designer is a powerful tool that allows you to unleash your creativity in the digital realm. With it, you can design complex Lego models, experiment with different brick combinations, and even generate building instructions for your creations.

The use of Wine in this installation process is crucial. Wine (which stands for "Wine Is Not an Emulator") is a compatibility layer that allows Windows applications to run on Unix-like operating systems. By using Wine, we're able to run Lego Digital Designer, which is typically a Windows-only application, on our Linux-based Chromebook environment.

Troubleshooting Tips

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

  • Ensure your Chromebook's operating system is up to date.
  • If a command fails, try running it again. Sometimes temporary network issues can cause downloads to fail.
  • If Wine installation fails, make sure you've correctly added the Wine repository and GPG key.
  • If Lego Digital Designer doesn't launch, try running the Wine configuration tool (winecfg) again and ensure everything is set up correctly.

Remember, if you encounter any problems 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!

Useful Resources

Here are some additional resources you might find helpful:


Installing Lego Digital Designer on your Chromebook opens up a world of creative possibilities. Whether you're a Lego enthusiast, a designer, or just someone who enjoys building and creating, this tool can be an invaluable asset. We hope this guide has been helpful in getting you set up. Happy building!

For more guides like this and to stay updated on the latest Chromebook news and tutorials, don't forget to check out our list of all currently supported Chromebooks with Linux Apps support and our comprehensive Chromebook comparison and Buyers Guide.