Firefox can now be installed on Chromebooks and other devices running ChromeOS. This article will explain the system requirements needed in order to run Firefox on ChromeOS and how to set this up.
How to run Firefox on ChromeOS
To run Firefox on ChromeOS you first need to ensure that your system meets the following requirements:
- x86 based Chromebook running ChromeOS 80 or later
You can check this by going to
chrome://version in the Chrome browser address bar. Follow these instructions from Google if you need to upgrade your OS.
- Enable Linux support for ChromeOS
Click here to learn more about how to set up Linux (Beta) on your Chromebook.
Once you've enabled Linux, check the Terminal to see if you have the correct version:
If the version is not 10 (buster) or above, you'll need to run the update script:
sudo bash /opt/google/cros-containers/bin/upgrade_container
This script will take some time depending on how fast your Chromebook and internet speeds are. Once it's done, you'll need to restart your Linux container. You can either right click on the Terminal Icon and select "Shut down Linux (Beta)" or just restart your Chromebook.
- Enable Flatpak
Flatpak is a new packaging format for Linux, click here to learn how to add Flatpak support.
Once the setup is complete, you can install Firefox from a Terminal:
flatpak install firefox