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Ken Bingham edited this page Feb 20, 2016 · 104 revisions
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There's tips for using crouton floating all around the interwebs. This wiki is for collecting them in one space. Anything core to the usage of crouton will probably be moved into the README, but device-, environment-, and application- specific usage tips can find a home here.


Feel free to add your tips and tricks to the wiki. Do test any commands and scripts you post before submitting them, and try to clean up your instructions. Don't be surprised or offended when the crouton author(s) and other upstanding community members tweak your tips to make the style consistent, or to work in more general situations. All tips should be placed in sub-pages, linked in the appropriate category. It's better to make a separate page for your trick than to have a long page of disparate and unorganized tips, but if you have a bunch of one-liner hints that fit into a coherent group, go ahead and combine them into one page.

Usage Tips & Tricks

  • Backups: How to safely back up and restore your chroots.
  • Security: A bit about crouton security and why you should enable encryption.
  • Keyboard: How to install Chromebook keyboard layout, add custom key bindings, etc.
  • Languages: How to change your language
  • udev: manage inserted devices
  • Power Management: Keep the system and/or screen from sleeping:
  • Autostart Chroot: Start a crouton chroot automagically when ChromeOS starts.
  • Audio: Some notes about audio in crouton, and how it (literally) plays with Chromium OS.
  • Sharing-files-and-folders: Edit /etc/crouton/shares to share things with ChromeOS.
  •, a helpful wrapper that automates some of these tips


Chromebook Pixel

Acer C710 (all models)

Acer C720/C720P


For a list of all or most Chromebook models, features and comparisons, see:





Desktop Environments



crouton in a Chromium OS window (xiwi)


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