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Chrome OS offers beta support for Linux apps on some Chromebook models starting with version 69. The Linux environment on Chrome OS is called Crostini and is basically a virtual machine that runs Debian with a few custom packages. It can be used to run and develop Inkscape.

Supported hardware

Inkscape can only be compiled on Chromebooks that support Linux apps. There is a list available on the Crostini subreddit's wiki. Pixelbook, Pixel Slate and several other premium Chromebook models are known to work and include both x86-64 and ARM64 models. 32-bit ARM and Intel Chromebooks are not supported.


This walkthrough assumes you have some familiarity with Linux commands.

  • Modify the APT configuration to include source packages. Open the file /etc/apt/sources.list and duplicate both lines there, then change the first word from deb to deb-src. Example file after modification:
deb https://deb.debian.org/debian stretch main
deb-src https://deb.debian.org/debian stretch main
deb https://deb.debian.org/debian-security stretch/updates main
deb-src https://deb.debian.org/debian-security stretch/updates main
  • Install Git: sudo apt install git
  • Install build dependencies for Inkscape: ...
  • Create a new default SSH key: ssh-keygen (you can just hit Enter for every question)
  • Add the public key to your GitLab account. One way is to use the command cat ~/.ssh/id_rsa.pub, select the text (it is automatically copied to the clipboard) and paste it into the text box on the website.
  • Check out the source in a directory of your choice. This will take some time: git clone git@gitlab.com:inkscape/inkscape.git
  • Run the GTest download script: ./download-gtest.sh
  • mkdir build && cd build && cmake ..
  • make -j4