Using the terminal in ChromeOS

May 3, 2021  ‐ 1 min read

I got myself a Chromebook lately and since it is based on Linux I couldn't help looking for a terminal, just for fun.

And for sure, there is one. With the keycode CTRL+ALT+T a Terminal app launches.

ChromeOS Terminal

However, when typing the help command as suggested the result is somewhat disappointing.

ChromeOS Terminal Help

Is this all? And yes, when trying to launch vim the disappointment increases.

ChromeOS Terminal No Vim

But after Googling around somewhat I found a Beta feature called "Linux development environment". Fingers crossed.

ChromeOS Linux setup

After the installation a terminal launched that looks more promising.

ChromeOS Linux Terminal

And indeed, this is more like it :).

ChromeOS Linux Vim