How do I use RealVNC Viewer on a Chromebook?

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While RealVNC Connect does not currently have a dedicated ChromeOS app, there are options available to run one of RealVNC's other RealVNC Viewer apps.

RealVNC Viewer for Linux

If your Chromebook supports running Linux applications you may be able to use RealVNC Viewer for Linux. For the full list of Chromebooks that support running Linux applications please click here.

Enable Linux applications

Before you can use Linux applications on your Chromebook you first need to enable Linux in your Chromebook's Settings. To do this, open the Chrome OS Settings app and look for Linux (Beta) in the left navigation menu. For a more detailed guide on how to do this, we suggest using the guide here.

Once Linux apps are enabled you will need to install a GUI, such as GNOME, as shown below.

Firstly, ensure the package lists are up to date by running:

sudo apt-get update

Once the command finishes, install GNOME by running:

sudo apt-get install gnome-software gnome-packagekit -y

After GNOME has been successfully installed, restart your Chromebook.

Install RealVNC Viewer

To install RealVNC Viewer on your Chromebook, start by downloading the RealVNC Viewer deb package from this link.

You will need to download the package to a directory that the Linux applications can access. To share a directory with Linux apps you will need to use the My Files app and navigate to your chosen directory, then right-click the chosen directory and click Share With Linux.

You can now access this directory using the following command within Linux:

cd /mnt/chromeos/MyFiles/

Next, run the following command to install RealVNC Viewer.

sudo apt install ./VNC-Viewer-Latest-Linux-x64.deb   

Once RealVNC Viewer has been installed, you can open it via the applications menu or by running

vncviewer

For our full guide on setting up RealVNC Viewer please click here.

Using a 32-bit Chromebook?

Unfortunately RealVNC Viewer for Linux only supports 64-bit platforms.

RealVNC Viewer for Android

If your Chromebook supports running Android apps (supported devices are listed here), you may be able to use RealVNC Viewer for Android.

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