You can play minecraft on Windows, Linux, macOS, and even on mobile devices like Android or iOS. Unfortunately, no version of Minecraft has ever been made for Chromebook.
Fortunately, you can install the version of Minecraft for Linux on your Chromebook by installing Linux and installing the Minecraft Debian / Ubuntu file there.
Until 2020, the only way to use Linux on your Chromebook was to turn on Developer Mode and use Crouton to install Ubuntu. However, you can now install Linux from inside your Chromebook settings page.
Once you do, you can easily install and play Minecraft on a Chromebook with ease.
- To install Linux on your Chromebook, open chromebook settings and select Linux (Beta) from the left menu. Select Activate in the Linux pane. Setting up Linux on your Chromebook will use 450MB of your local Chromebook storage. Use the Chromebook File Manager to make sure you have enough local storage available.
- On the pop-up Linux configuration window, select next to continue. Type a username for your Linux session and select Install. Downloading and setting up the virtual machine where Linux will be installed can take several minutes. When finished, you will see a Linux terminal window appear.
- Visit the minecraft download page and download the Minecraft file from Debian / Ubuntu .deb on your Chromebook. Save the file to the files folder Linux under My files in your Chromebook storage area.
- Double click the Minecraft.deb file and select the button Install to install Minecraft in your Chromebook’s Linux virtual machine.
- Once the installation is complete, open the application drawer, click on the folder Linux and select Minecraft launcher.
If you see an installation error, open Terminal application from the app drawer and type the following Linux commands to install the latest version of the Java Development Kit:
- sudo apt-get update
- sudo apt-get upgrade
- sudo apt-get install by default-jdk
- This will launch Minecraft for Chromebook. You will see the login window. Log into your Minecraft account to start playing Minecraft! Once you launch the game, the app will automatically download the latest version from your Linux container and install the update.
You can play the demo without purchasing Minecraft. But to read the full version you will need to select the Buy now link and buy Minecraft Java Edition.
Minecraft will run fine on your Chromebook after using the steps above to install it. However, you may find the game is a bit laggy or the mouse may not perform quite right. There are a few Chromebook settings you can change to improve performance and reduce the chance of experiencing bugs.
- Activate Chrome flags. The following flags will enhance your Minecraft gaming experience. If you don’t see any of the flags available below, then it’s not available on your version of Chromebook and you don’t have to worry about turning the flag on.
Enable all of the following flags by opening the Chrome browser, typing (or paring) in the URL, and selecting activated at from the dropdown list.
- chrome: // flags / # crostini-gpu-support
- chrome: // flags / # exo-pointer-lock
- chrome: // flags / # enable-pointer-lock-options
- Optimize Minecraft settings for chromebook. Press on Esc during the game and select Options in the menu. Select Video settings. Adjust the following parameters.
- Graphics: Fast
- Smooth lighting: Off
- Distance fromrendering: 10 pieces
- Max Framerate: 30 fps
- Clouds: OFF
- Particles: Minimal
- Shadowsentity: OFF
- If you have a low-end Chromecast device and find that Minecraft still runs quite slowly even after updating the settings above, you can install OptiFine for Minecraft. This app optimizes your framerate for low-end Chromebooks. he just download the latest version of Optifine,place it in your Linux files folder, and in the type of terminal window:
- java -jar OptiFine_1.14.4_HD_U_F5.jar
(Replace the file name with the one you downloaded. In our case above, our file name is OptiFine_1.14.4_HD_U_F5).
Select Install and OptiFine will install to your Chromebook Linux installation.
What this means is that even on a Chromebook you can play minecraft in full screen mode and it is going to work just fine.
Minecraft for Chromebook
On the Minecraft registration page, you will see a message that Minecraft does not work on Chromebook. That’s right, but when you use the above procedure, you’re not playing Minecraft on your Chromebook. You’re playing inside a Linux virtual machine on your Chromebook. As far as Minecraft servers are able to, you are playing Minecraft on a Linux machine.
This means that as long as you have one Chromebook devices supportedload, you can run Linux (Beta) and use Minecraft on your Chromebook without any issues at all.