Download the Google Chrome OS Virtual Machine

google-chrome-ball Last week, Techcrunch reported rumors of the release of the Google Chrome OS. They stated that the info came from a reliable source, and indeed that source was reliable. Google had an event at their headquarters, and indeed provided new details and a demo of the Chrome OS. The Chromium Blog has some great videos that provide some additional information about Chrome OS as well.

The Chromium OS source code is available for download (Chromium OS is the open-source version of Google Chrome OS), and you can compile and build it. It took some time, but I did manage to do this on my 64-bit Ubuntu 9.04 (Jaunty Jackalope) machine. I also managed to put together a VirtualBox virtual appliance that is all ready to go. I built a torrent for it, so feel free to download it here:

Download the Chromium OS VirtualBox Appliance Torrent

Please continue to seed, as I’m sure there will be many people out there wanting to try it out.

To use it, just start up VirtualBox, click File and then Import. Navigate to the chromiumos.ovf file and select it. The virtual appliance will be imported into VirtualBox and you should be good to go.

I also included a txt file that more or less has the commands I used to build it. You may be able to run it as a script, although I haven’t confirmed that it will work. I guess you could say I more or less took “script-like notes” as I was building Chromium OS.

If you hit Ctrl+Alt+T when you first log in, you’ll get a shell prompt. You can run “sudo su” (no quotes) to log in as root, and I’ve set the password to “password” (no quotes). If you use this machine for anything serious (although I doubt you would), be sure to change the password.

You should be running VirtualBox 3.0.12, and when you import the virtual appliance everything should be configured properly. If you get an error that says “network not connected and offline login fail” when you try to log in, be sure that the virtual network adapter is set to Intel Pro/1000 MT Desktop (82540EM).

If the network adapter is already properly configured but you are still seeing the error, try logging in with the user “chronos” with the password “password” (no quotes). This should log you in and bring up the chrome browser window. If you don’t see a Google Accounts login screen, try hitting the refresh button. That should bring up the Google Accounts login screen.

It is absolutely astounding how fast it boots. It really is nearly instant-on and takes a mere few seconds to bring up the login screen.


Once you log in with your Gmail account, it launches and you’ll see the Chromium interface open up to your Gmail. There is also a Google Calendar tab and a New Tab tab. The little chrome sphere appears in the upper left corner, but when you click on it you don’t get a menu as you see in some of the Chrome OS videos. Instead, you get a account login page.


As you can see, it looks very much like the Chrome OS screenshots that had surfaced last month. Of course, being that this is running on a virtual machine without any decent video drivers on the operating system, the resolution is quite low (800×600). Your dear old granddad may be the only one that actually finds it visually appealing at this resolution.

Right now the most impressive thing is how fast this operating system loads. Of course, it should load fast because there really is hardly anything there. In any case, it is rather neat to see an early release in action. The fact that it actually works on a virtual machine is quite promising. Eventually as drivers for more hardware are incorporated into it, it should be possible to run it your own real hardware.

I also found a VMWare virtual disk image on a Google Wave about the Chrome OS. You can download it here:

Download the Chromium OS VMWare Virtual Disk Image

As of now, the link to the VMWare disk image is valid and the download works.

Update: I just went into the Chrome OS Wave I found with the link to the VMWare disk image, and apparently the poor guy that posted that file to Amazon Web Services ran up a $380 bill so he took the file down. Here’s the torrent of the same file posted up on Pirate Bay:

Download the Chromium OS VMWare Virtual Disk Image Torrent

However, I haven’t tried using it, so I can’t confirm that it will run on VMWare without issue. Enjoy your Google Chrome OS virtual machines!

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  • Apsar

    Thanks for the information that you have provided. I also got some information about the Installation of Crome with Virtual Box from
    I will install the Chrome sooner.

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  • Charles Lloyd

    Thanks for putting this together. Have you tried to install the Guest Additions? I can't see how to access the CD-ROM or a terminal window within ChromeOS. I realize that is the whole idea to Chrome, but how is one supposed to add the Guest Addtions?

  • I haven't tried installing the guest additions, but it may work. You can
    open a terminal window with Ctrl+Alt+T. Then just su and use password as
    the password. Then navigate to the cdrom (/media/cdrom ?) and install the
    guest additions.

  • Charles Lloyd

    Hmmm… the cdrom drive doesn't appear to be mounted. I also tried taking a peek at /etc/fstab (as if I knew what I was doing) and it says: #UNCONFIGURED FSTAB FOR BASE SYSTEM. Thwarted, again.

  • WoW, its actually worked!

    Let me know if you find a way to make it work online, that would be shweet. I tried all the combinations for the network stuff.

  • Jim "Spector" Jones

    Loaded it onto a USB Thumbdrive and imported it using the current version of Portable VirtualBox I already had on the Thumbdrive. Worked right away and I happily IM'd on Facebook for over an hour.

    Have run it portably on various computers I have access to.

    Thanks for giving us a way to preview ChromeOS

  • You bet. There are some more recent builds here if you want to check them
    out too:

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  • TS

    Amazing. Granted this is pre-alpha release of something, but I've never had such high expectations and felt so let down. I've come to expect perfection from Google, and this OS… in the current state…. is nothing. After a minute, I was thinking I'd be happy if it let me mount a network drive, of course not even. I am beginning to think this could be Google's first real disaster.

  • Well, Google has had “disasters” before. One good example is Lively (, which bombed just a little over a year
    ago. I doubt if Google will fall on their face w/ Chrome OS as badly as
    they did with Lively.

    Chrome OS is specifically targeted to netbooks, not desktops. I think when
    it finally does go live, it will have plenty of offline support. They've
    already taken many steps to help them get there, and will continue to do so.

  • waj84

    I can hardly sign in.
    It doesn't work. It says “Failed to Execute Login Command.

  • Hey there!
    I released a brand new build of Chromium OS. It's only 118 MB for the USB version and 114 MB for the VMWare version. It's downloadable via HTTP and BitTorrent. Try it here:
    Best wishes,

  • Sithu

    Hey Every One Now I got it. I could log in to this. Just try with your vm setting with Debian 5 and then change your network setting to bridged. that's.. i'm running on vista sp2 and vmware 7. gud luck.

  • Interactivedeveloper

    i wanted to use Chrome OS on my netbook. not in a virtual machine. how can i?

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  • i can't wait to try this out….

  • i can't wait to try this out… downloading now 😀

  • David

    What's astounding is not how they manage to get it to boot so fast, what's astounding is how they manage to get other operating systems like Windows to boot so slow. I've been in computers since the days of the 286 and my computer today is over 20,000 times faster than the 286 I started on. Granted the OS is doing a lot more but honestly, there is no good reason any OS should take more than a few seconds to boot.

  • Agreed… It seems more and more “bloat” is introduced into operating

    systems, just because the machines they run on are capable of handling it.

    I like Google's minimalist approach, and the design of an operating system

    should be no different. I wish Android would leverage the work Google has

    done with Chrome OS so that Android would boot as fast.

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