Chrome Web Store Minecraft Pocket Edition

A couple of months dorsum, the Android version of Mojang’south wildly popular Minecraft blocked from being used on Chromebooks. At that time, it wasn’t clear as to why the sandbox video game was no longer compatible with Chrome Bone. Yet, the reason became very clear with Microsoft’s recent announcement of Minecraft: Education Edition. This version, available only to eligible EDU users, tin can be installed on Chromebooks via the Google Play Store just y’all’re school has to accept a license and you must have an Office 365 Education account to play the full version.

Smart play past Microsoft but what near the countless people that own the $six.99 Play Store version and just desire to install it on a Chromebook. At that place’southward ever the side loading option merely thanks to Crostini, there is at present another manner and information technology works like a champ. For Chromebooks that support Crostini, a.thousand.a. Linux apps, users can install Linux apps known equally flatpaks. These applications are all-in-one packages that contain all the necessary $.25 an pieces to run directly from the flatpak itself. For more on that, check out this Command Line commodity on how to become up and running with flatpaks on Chrome OS. I’ve used flatpaks to install Minecraft from the Flathub storefront and it runs perfectly only it is the PC “Java” version not the Bedrock build designed for mobile. Lucky for us, someone else decided that there should be a way to run the Android version on Linux and thus, this flatpak was born.

Minecraft Boulder Launcher

Before we go whatsoever farther, yes, you need to own the Android Play Store version of Minecraft. Once you install the flatpak, you lot’ll be prompted to connect your Google account that is attached to the Play Store and it volition cheque to make sure y’all have the license. Don’t endeavor to cheat the system. If you’re serious about having Minecraft on your Chromebook, fork over the $7 like a practiced gamer. If you lot have purchased Minecraft, yous can now motility on to the next steps. First, y’all’ll need to make certain you Chromebook is setup and prepare to run Linux apps. Bank check out this commodity on getting started with Linux before you move on to the adjacent steps.

The Minecraft Bedrock Launcher is a 3rd-party flatpak that acts as a middle-man for Linux and the apk for Minecraft. Similar to Vino, this bundle creates a compatibility layer for Minecraft to run properly with petty to no loss of game quality. From the project Discord:

The project runs the native libraries from the Android version direct on your reckoner. This is achieved by fixing the incompatibilities betwixt the libc used on Android and the one used on desktop Linux or OS X (Android – Bionic; Linux – glibc). This is a simple compatibility layer which doesn’t impact operation in whatever pregnant way; it’southward similar to Wine, but much more than lightweight and simple. Aditionally, all Android-specific code has been rewritten to run on Linux (AppPlatform, Shop, Xbox Alive, etc.).


If you’re all set upward with Linux, we can now install the flatpak repo and the Minecraft Bedrock Launcher. To get started with flatpaks, open up your Linux terminal and paste the post-obit command. Hitting “y” and enter if prompted to consummate the installation.

              sudo apt install flatpak

Adjacent, we volition install the Flathub repository. This tells Linux where to expect when you try to install a flatpak from the storefront. Add the repo by pasting the following command into the Linux terminal. You won’t become any output or installation dialogue. When information technology is finished, the concluding will return to the command prompt.

              sudo flatpak remote-add --if-non-exists flathub

Last but non least, it’s time to install the Minecraft Boulder Launcher. To exercise this, paste the installation command into the Linux last and hit enter. Again, select “y” and enter if prompted to finish the process. Once it is done, you should take the Minecraft Bedrock Launcher in your Chrome OS app drawer. The icon will be the default Linux Penguin.

              sudo flatpak install flathub io.mrarm.mcpelauncher

At present you’re all set. Click on the launcher and when prompted, sign in with your Google account. Equally long as you have a valid license, y’all should be skillful to go. You will so sign into your Microsoft Live account and you lot’re on your way. I’ve tinkered around for a few minutes and the game seems to run as smoothly as any other platform I’ve tried it on. The merely tweaks I had to make was to pass up my mouse sensitivity a tad. Keep in mind, this is an unofficial method for getting Minecraft Boulder on your Chromebook. The project may not be effectually forever only if you own the Android app, yous should be good to go while this “hack” is available.

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Big shout out to Grand.P. for earthworks up this crawly discover.