Monday, 9 February 2015

How To Install Minecraft On The HP Chromebook

Posted by Gary Newell  |  at  23:57 21 comments


I have been reworking one of the more popular articles on the site which shows how to install Ubuntu and Minecraft on the HP Chromebook.

The aim was to streamline the guide to make the steps easier to follow, cutting out the details of the command line switches and to just provide the necessary commands to get Ubuntu and Minecraft up and running.

The new guide is in three parts:

Installing Minecraft

The steps required to run Minecraft in Ubuntu are much easier than before and there is not much that is special about installing Minecraft within Ubuntu on the Chromebook.

Make sure you are running Ubuntu and open a terminal by pressing the following key combination:


In the command window enter the following commands:

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:minecraft-installer-peeps/minecraft-installer
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install minecraft-installer
The process is fairly quick and takes about a minute at the most.

You should at this point be able to run Minecraft from the Dash within Ubuntu but I noticed that Minecraft didn't appear as an option straight away. I had to restart Ubuntu to get Minecraft to appear.

(Click here for a guide to the Unity Dash)

Unity Dash With Minecraft
Unity Dash

Minecraft On HP Chromebook
Minecraft On HP Chromebook


As you can see installing Minecraft is much easier than it used to be.

If you have any questions feel free to use the comments section below.


Some people are reporting issues with the line:

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:minecraft-installer-peeps/minecraft-installer

If you are receiving an error with add-apt-repository run the following command first

sudo apt-get install software-properties-common python-software-properties

The solution to this issue was taken from

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Gary Newell started the Everyday Linux User blog in 2010 and has written reviews on dozens of different Linux based operating systems. He has also written a number of tutorials.

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  1. This was really helpful! Thanks.

  2. Do u need to put ur Chromebook into Developer Mode?

  3. will it reset your chromebook

    1. Yes it will reset your chromebook

  4. "add-apt-repository" doesn't work

  5. "add-apt-repository" doesn't work

    1. Ah those cheeky Ubuntu developers. What have they done this time. Try this

  6. When I put the "sudo add-apt-repository" thing it says that it cannot access PPA because of internet connection, but I've gone to other WiFi spots and it still doesn't work.

  7. When I type in the "sudo apt-get install minecraft-installer" it says that it is unable to locate package minecraft-installer.

  8. When I type in "sudo apt-get install minecraft-installer" it says "reading package lists... Done" and then a few lines down when I type in the last bit of code, it says "E: Unable to locate package minecraft-installer"

    Please help

  9. unable to find package... Also my chromebook (hp) doesn't support the openjdk7

  10. do you have to buy minecraft for this?

  11. Why does it say E: Unable to locate package minecraft-installer

  12. can i dis on a lenovo chromebook???

  13. not recognizing sudo command.

  14. Also seeing, as reported by others:

    sudo apt-get install minecraft-installer
    Reading package lists... Done
    Building dependency tree
    Reading state information... Done
    E: Unable to locate package minecraft-installer

    Any ideas why?

  15. minecraft 11.1 is saying that i'll need java 8 in the future and i don't know how to fix that. It would help alot if you helped us out with that.


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