How to install Processing on Chromebook - step by step guide

You will need Linux-development environment
Settings > Adwanced > Developers > Linux-development environment > Turn on

  1. Download Processing 4.2 for Linux
  2. Copy Processing-4.2-linux-x64.tgz file to Linux files
  3. Open Terminal-program and give commands.

tar xvfz processing-4.2-linux-x64.tgz


  1. If you want to launch the Processing program from a shortcut, first install a program that can be used to create shortcuts. Such a program is menulibre. Enter the following commands in the Terminal program:

sudo apt-get update & sudo apt-get dist-upgrade
sudo apt install menulibre

Find the section of Programming and use the plus button to add a new icon.
Enter a name for the icon, e.g.: Processing and description, e.g.: Programming.

Under Command, find the Processing program, which is in the form:

Under Working Directory is the name of the folder where the programs are saved, it is:

Finally, the save icon.

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I didn’t know there is a “linux” developer mode in chromebook. Your tutorial is very useful for me, since some fellow teachers have chrombooks and need to install software designed for windows, osx or linux, not chromebook.

Nice to hear. Yes, you can install most common programs in Linux environment, just give commands in Terminal, excample

sudo apt-get install gimp
sudo apt-get install inkscape
sudo apt-get install libreoffice

and so on…

But Processing program was tricky one for me, so that’s why it was hard to realize right way.