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Run Chromium OS in VirtualBox

Today, I’m gonna show you how to make Virtual Machine with Chromium OS in VirtualBox.

Because Google doesn’t provide any official binaries for Chrome OS, we will install Chromium – also can be called as Chrome’s development version.

  1. Navigate to http://chromeos.hexxeh.net/ and download the latest build for VirtualBox.
    Chromium OS in VirtualBox
  2. Download and install VirtualBox
  3. Create new virtual machine
    Name: ChromeOS (example)
    Type: Linux
    Version: Other Linux
  4. Set memory size (1024 – 2048 recomended)
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    Chromium OS in VirtualBox

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    Chromium OS in VirtualBox

  5. Select “Use an existing virtual hard drive file” and choose image (.vdi) of ChromeOS-Vanilla from download folder ( unzip first).

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    Chromium OS in VirtualBox

  6. Time for some custom Settings. Right click to your created virtual machine and select “Settings”.
    1. Change some network settings: network -> Advanced -> “Intel PRO/1000 MT Desktop (82540EM)
    2. Display -> Video Memory -> set 128MB

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    Chromium OS in VirtualBox

  7. Start your virtual machine, and when you will have login screen, click on “Machine” and than “Disable Mouse Integration”. Without this step you cannot move with cursor. Then set you language, keyboard and internet connection.
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    Chromium OS in VirtualBox

  8. Continue in installation process


    Chromium OS in VirtualBox

  9. Done! As you can see, we have installed ChromeOS Vanilla on our virtual machine.


    Chromium OS in VirtualBox

Some limitations of unofficial way:

  • Unofficial Chromium OS builds and do not represent the full Chrome OS experience
  • Offered without any support whatsoever, you use them at your own risk
  • Do NOT automatically update, you’ll need to download a new build regularly if you wish to update
  • Do NOT include Flash, Java or the Google Voice/Video plugin for licensing reasons

But VirtualMachine solution is little bit slow and laggy, so stay tuned for tutorial where I’ll show you how to make bootable USB disk.

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