Every month Google Chrome LogoI create a fresh build of Chrome OS which can be run from USB drives on almost any machine. Contrary to the very first release from November recent releases support various wireless network controllers. You can download it either from one of my servers or via the BitTorrent network. Once a new version is released, all previous versions are removed, so please don’t link them directly but link to this page.

Chrome OS image file

Repository version: April 28th, 2010
Chrome browser version: 5.0.392.0 (45805)
Build environment: Ubuntu 9.10 64-bit
Local user account: chronos:chromeos-blog.com
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Download USB drive version (118 MB): ChromeOS-Blog-Server (obsolete, permanently disabled) (right-click, save as…, please hit Flattr button), BitTorrentย (obsolete, permanantly disabled) (Tutorial)
Download VMWare version (114 MB): ChromeOS-Blog-Server (obsolete, permanently disabled) (right-click, save as…, please hit Flattr button), BitTorrent (obsolete, permanantly disabled)ย (Tutorial)

For use on USB drive

  1. Download the USB drive image from one of the locations above.
  2. Extract it (using e.g. free 7-Zip).
  3. Copy the image to your USB drive (find a tutorial on how to do that in Windows or Linux here). A capacity of at least 4 GB is required.
  4. Boot from USB drive.
  5. Login with your Google Account or create a new one. Note that an Internet connection is required in order to login.
  6. Enjoy! You can find a list of all keyboard shortcuts here.

For use in VirtualBox

UPDATE 2010-29-04: The current release doesn’t work in VirtualBox. Use VMWare Player instead.

You can also use this image in VirtualBox (free download) after you converted it to a .vdi file. To do that in Windows:

  1. Go through steps 1 and 2 from the section above.
  2. Hit Windows key + R.
  3. Type cmd and click OK.
  4. Change to your Virtual Box install directory (first, enter DriveLetter:, then cd VirtualBoxPath).
  5. Type VBoxManage convertfromraw ImgFile.img VdiFile.vdi โ€“โ€“format VDI (note the two dashes before format) where ImgFile.img is the absolute path to your .img file and VdiFile.vdi is the absolut path to the .vdi file that is created.
  6. Create a new virtual machine in VirtualBox with the .vdi file as hard drive. See how it works here.
  7. Enjoy! You can find a list of all keyboard shortcuts here.

For use in VMWare Player

As the newest releases don’t work in VirtualBox, I decided to provide a VMWare image as well. First, download the free VMWare Player.

  1. Download the VMWare version of the latest Chrome OS release (link in table above).
  2. Extract it (using e.g. free 7-Zip).
  3. Open chromeos-blog.com.vmx in VMWare Player.
  4. Click Play virtual machine.
  5. Enjoy! You can find a list of all keyboard shortcuts here.

Please don’t link the files directly, because I will rename them when updating. But please DO link to this page and leave comments if it worked for you and which kind of computer you used (no registration required)… ๐Ÿ™‚

50 Replies to “Download: Chrome OS image file”

  1. Thx and ty.

    But three questions.

    a) I cant login on remote machin, only with local account and then connecting to the wifi (this may be bcs my home network internet is shared trought windows ICS). Some1 know how to “import” my home chromium cookies and password to chromeOS?.

    b) Is there any chance that you could publish the OS with spanish keyboard layout?.

    c) How to change default password? its a bit long for my likings ๐Ÿ˜›

  2. i already solved question a and b ๐Ÿ˜›

    Just mounted the USB in a ubuntu live cd and copied the chromium (altho u need some dealing with permissions at command line).

    and for the keyboard just followed the typical linux tutorial

    but on c) i have no clue @_@, the passwrd command gives an error :/

    thx anyways, working fine.

  3. Hi, I followed everything down to the last. However when I launch the OS from virtualbox, all I get is a black screen. I am using win7 x64, virtualbox 3.12, 3GB Ram, 250GB, etc (hp tx2525nr tablet/notebook). ๐Ÿ™‚

    1. Hm, that should not happen. The torrent file includes the HTTP URL of my server. So there should always be at least one seeder. Nevertheless, I will have my private machine running 24/7 from now. Thanks.

  4. Rob Clark posted this solution in the article about the new release:

    The issue w/ running from virtualbox seems to be the lacking of a suitable vboxvideo_drv.so and possible vboxmouse_drv.so.. unfortunately since chromeos hides all console output, it isnโ€™t so straightforward to figure that out ๐Ÿ˜‰

    If you have a working linux virtual machine, you can add the chromeos vdi as a secondary disk, and then mount /dev/sdb1 and /dev/sdb3 (assuming your chromeos vdi is /dev/sdb) and poke around.. in particular /var/log/ from the first partition is useful to figure out what was going on.

    The way I managed to repair the chromeos vdi:

    1) mount /dev/sdb3 (3rd partition in chromeos vdi) from working linux vm
    # sudo mount /dev/sdb3 /mnt
    2) mount vbox guest additions iso
    3) extract files from vbox guest additions installer
    # cd /tmp
    # /media/cdrom0/VBoxLinuxAdditions-x86.run โ€“noexec โ€“keep
    # cd install
    # tar xjf VBoxGuestAdditions.tar.bz2
    # sudo cp lib/VBoxGuestAdditions/vboxvideo_drv_16.so /mnt/usr/lib/xorg/modules/drivers/vboxvideo_drv.so
    # sudo cp lib/VBoxGuestAdditions/vboxmouse_drv_16.so /mnt/usr/lib/xorg/modules/input/vboxmouse_drv.so
    # sync; sudo umount /mnt

    now shutdown your linux vm, and startup your chromeos vm

  5. I tried running it from a usb drive, I downloaded the image many times and from many sources, I also used Vista and Ubuntu to burn the image but all I get is a black screen at boot after I choose the drive, every time before I burn the image I look at the drive with Gparted and I get three partitions every time, one of them is an unknown format. then I delete all the partitions and format it to FAT32

  6. Everything OK with Chomium OS as guest on Mac OS X host but guest additions doesn’t work. Nothing happens going to Devices/Install Guest Additions- no error messages – nada.

    Anyone have any success with Guest Additions? Would appreciate responses also sent to bruce@erlichman.com. Thanks!


  7. pls pls pls HELP!!!
    i really want to use this….
    i have win 7 installed….i wrote the usb image correctly on the usb drive…..
    but whenever i boot up win 7 comes up….
    (i have selected usb boot from bios)


  8. Works with HP mini 2133 1GB RAM, using 4GB USB and wired network connection.

    Unfortunately WiFi is not working and performance is very poor. Extremely sluggish and long delays, I wonder if it is because of USB performance issue, as read/write light keeps blinking all the time during delays.

    Is this the NT – nice try – version of ChromeOS? ๐Ÿ™‚

  9. Note:
    Type VBoxManage convertfromraw โ€“โ€“format VDI ImgFile.img VdiFile.vdi
    instead of
    Type VBoxManage convertfromraw ImgFile.img VdiFile.vdi โ€“โ€“format VDI

  10. Tried your last release on my msi wind u-100. All going well till configuring wifi internet connection, it doesn’t work for me at all. Maybe this cause of wifi-chip in my netbook?

  11. I am getting stuck at entering username and password,
    and can not go any further.
    My gmail address will not work.
    How can I setup username and password?

  12. Try the spring version with vmware fusion.

    First attemp is fine, setting ethernet as network, automatically reboot, set the ethernet again as network, then login prompt.
    After login, browsing is fine, and I do not know to log off, so force reboot from the vmware.
    The problem begin with, it show a box with “Other User”. Can’t login, can’t type. Clicking the network, time, give drop down menu with nothing can be change.

    And what is the user and password to login on terminal, CRTL-ALT-F2?
    Try chronos/chronos, mark/chronos, chromeos-blog/chromeos-blog.com, facepunch/facepunch all failed.

    1. The login should be chronos:chromeos-blog.com

      I had the “other user” problem once and couldn’t help but use a backup copy of the image I made before I started the VM.

  13. Yes the only work around is re-use the original image.
    Anyway thanks for the info of user&pass this will help to trace the problem

  14. “VBoxManage is not valid Win32 programm” I know about PATH Folders – it’s not work for me. Could anybody convert and share image for VirtualBox?

  15. i try to boot it with my aspire 5720g
    i select usb than it tried to boot but it go back to normal boot
    can u help me about this ๐Ÿ˜€

  16. Hello! My name kiemtheng, I’m a student is Cambodia n I really interesting in using Google Chrome OS but I dont know weather this new OS is simply as Windows or what else OS? specially with the application that we need to use for our work everyday! Hope you will be reply me answer soon! Thanks

  17. One big chrome browser. I like chrome browser dont get me wrong. Ran dry image on meego os ACER ZG5 160 Hard drive. sd ports dont work. sound works, wifi works, youtube works, webcam works. bugs here and there. posting a video on my youtube page “jonathanaguire” of 3 min walk through.

  18. cannot make a login with a wifi connection….
    try with a ethernet … ok
    after try to start wifi connection without succes…..
    Real problem

  19. It is not working at all. I tried all three ways but nothing is working. First I tried the USB solution. I liked the way of it. But when i boot from this usb drive I get a Black Screen an one Single line appears. I can write letters bus nothing ist working at all. The Machine isn’t able to run.

    I need help or send me an googlechromenotebook ๐Ÿ˜‰ Plz help me with the usb version. What is wrong…

  20. Why don’t you use Google Code to store your files for download? That way you don’t have to pay for bandwidth and users can actually download your files.

    At the moment I’m trying to download and I get 3.8kb/s so the full download will take about 7 hours!!!!


  21. Hi there, I have seen that occasionally this page displays a 403 server error. I thought you would be keen to know. All the best

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