How to Install and Play Minecraft on a Chromebook

Minecraft, one of the most popular games, is available for most platforms including Windows, macOS, iOS, Android, Linux, etc. However, there is still no supported version available for Chrome OS. So, you can’t officially install and play Minecraft on a Chromebook. But using a workaround, you enjoy this world-famous game on your Chromebook.

This workaround uses the Linux environment on the Chromebook. So, you can sideload your Minecraft game just like other Android apps on Chromebook. And with the recent improvements to the Linux on Chromebook, you don’t even need to switch to Developer Mode. Besides that, the mouse-capture bug has also been resolved. There is still a mouse speed issue but you can change settings to fix it.

SEE ALSO: How to Set up and Host a Minecraft Server on Android Phone?

Install and Run Minecraft on your Chromebook using Linux

What we will do in this guide is, we will first enable Linux on Chromebook and then install the Debian version of Minecraft in Linux. After that, we will also explain the best settings to run Minecraft on your Chromebook smoothly. So, let’s start with the steps.

Step 1: Enable and Setup Linux on your Chromebook

As mentioned earlier, we need to set up Linux on Chromebook first. Just go to Settings > Linux (Beta) and click Turn on next to the Linux menu. You can check the full tutorial on how to enable and set up Linux on a Chromebook here.

Select Linux Beta From Left Pane And Click Turn On To Install Linux On Chromebook
Enable and Setup Linux on Chromebook

After setting up Linux, make sure to run sudo apt-get update and sudo apt-get upgarde commands in the Linux terminal to get the latest updates.

Step 2: Download and Install Minecraft on Linux on Chromebook

After you have successfully set up Linux, it’s time to install Minecraft on Linux. So, go to the official website of Minecraft and download the “Minecraft.deb” (for Debian/Ubuntu) from the alternate downloads page.

After that move the downloaded file to Linux files via the Files app. Here double-click the Minecraft.deb file and then click the INSTALL button to install Minecraft on your Chromebook.

Install Minecraft Deb File On Chromebook From Linux Files
Install Minecraft.deb file on Chromebook from Linux files

SEE ALSO: How to Run Android on Linux using Virtual Machine?

Step 3: Launch and Run Minecraft on Chromebook from Linux Apps

After installing Minecraft, go to App Drawer. Here, open the Linux folder and select Minecraft Launcher to launch the Minecraft game.

Open App Drawer And Select Minecraft Launcher
Launch Minecraft on Chromebook from Linux apps

After that, log in to your Mojang or Microsoft account to continue.

Launch Minecraft And Login To Your Account - install play minecraft on chromebook
Launch Minecraft and login to your account

Step 4: Play Minecraft Demo on Chromebook to Install Latest Update

After login, click on the Play Demo button at the bottom. Minecraft will download and install the latest update automatically.

Click Play Demo To Update Minecraft To Latest Version
Click the Play Demo button to update Minecraft to the latest version

After successful installation, the Minecraft app will open automatically. However, if it doesn’t open, you can open it from the App Drawer again.

Finally, you are ready to play Minecraft on your Chromebook. Just click Play Demo World and enjoy!!

Play Demo World In Minecraft Java Edition
Play Demo World in Minecraft

Frequently Asked Questions for Minecraft on Chromebook

Here are a few questions that you might have in your mind after you install and play Minecraft on your Chromebook.

Q1: Minecraft Installation Failed on Linux?

If your Minecraft installation fails with an error, you need to install the latest version of Java on Linux on Chromebook. Just type the following command in the Linux terminal.

sudo apt-get install default-jdk -y

After successful installation, run the Minecraft.deb file again and it will install correctly this time.

Q2: Mouse Sensitivity Too Low, How to Fix?

If you feel your mouse is sluggish in Minecraft, you can easily speed it up by changing settings in Minecraft. Go to Options > Mouse Settings and change the value of Sensitivity to HYPERSPEED!! Click on Done to save the settings.

Change Mouse Sensitivity For Smooth Gameplay
Change Mouse Sensitivity for smooth gameplay

Q3: How to Speed up Minecraft and Enable Mouse Lock on Chromebook?

If Minecraft is still running slow on your Chromebook, you can enable Hardware and GPU acceleration on Linux in your Chromebook to speed it up. To do so, enable the following Chrome flag.


To enable Mouse lock for Minecraft in Chromebook, enable the following Chrome flags.


Q4: What are the Best Minecraft Settings for Smooth Gameplay on Chromebook?

We recommend the following Video settings for the best and smooth gameplay of Minecraft on your Chromebook. Go to Options > Video settings and set these values.

Render Distance10 chunks
Smooth LightingOff
Max Framerate30 fps
Entity ShadowsOff

SEE ALSO: How to Install Windows 10 on Chromebook?

Play Minecraft on your Chromebook with Ease

Though Minecraft is not officially available for Chromebooks. However, with Linux, you can install it just like on any other platform. However, you may need to tweak Minecraft’s settings to run it smoothly on low-end Chromebooks. Just make sure to install the latest version of Java and update Linux before installing it.

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