How to Install Google Chrome OS in VMware Workstation

If you have a question How to Install Google Chrome OS in VMware Workstation? Then this article explains how to. Today I got a chance to install Google Chrome OS  in VMware virtual machine . Here are the steps to install chrome OS in VMware workstation.  I wanted to see what’s new and impressive in Google Chrome OS, obviously nothing big on google Chrome OS. Yes, booting is very fast, because it’s like your Internet browser.

All applications are web based, but we can’t decide anything by this version of Google Chrome now. This version of Google Chrome is not officially from Google. Google has released the full codes of whole project, this Chrome OS version is made from compiling the codes.

Just give a try on new and free Google Chrome OS now.

Google Chrome OS VMware

OK Lets start the Google Chrome OS installation on VMware workstation. Currently Installation method is not supported for direct installation on physical computer, only VMware image as vmdk file available for new Google Chrome OS, or boot from USB.

Install Google  Chrome OS in VMware workstation is completely for testing purpose.

Installation Requirements for Install Google Chrome OS in VMware Workstation.

a)      VMware Workstation

b) Google Chrome VMware Image download it here.


1)      After downloading the Chrome OS VMware image in zip file format, extract it and save vmdk file.

2)      Create a Virtual machine with following configuration,

Guest Operating System – Linux

Version – Ubuntu

Hard Disk Size – Any Size (because we will not use this)

Memory – Minimum 512MB

3)      Make sure to remove the tick front of ‘Power on this….’ Option, so we can do some modification before start the Chrome virtual machine.

Google Chrome OS VMware

4)      After click finish, go to edit virtual machine settings. Select and remove the hard disk created during the virtual machine creation.

Google Chrome OS VMware

5)      Add the chrome vmdk file you downloaded as one system hard disk. To do this,

Click Add button, select Hard disk and select ‘use an existing virtual disk’ as shown below.

Google Chrome OS VMware

6)      Browse the extracted chrome VMware image vmdk file, and press OK. My final settings for Google Chrome OS in VMware look like below.

Install Chrome OS Vmware

7)      That’s it, start the virtual machine. Make sure your host computer is connected to internet and guest computer also can access internet, because you have to use your Google account to login Google Chrome OS.

The computer I’m using now is connected to internet via wireless network, and guest network is set NAT, so my Chrome OS can access internet.

8)      Excited to see? Me too. Yes it booted very fast.

Install Chrome OS Vmware

9)      After I typed google account username and password it allowed me to login. It added ‘’ after the name in user name. if you face difficulty to connect internet from guest Chrome OS to check google account, you can use builtin user name and password for this VMware image.

User name – enming

Password – enming

virtualization software

The above screen is like desktop in other operating systems. Still UI version is under development.

View the Google Chrome OS Demo video

Download Working Google Chrome OS and Install in VMware

Some more interesting information on Google Chrome OS

Will it run on my computer?

In a word: No. Google Chrome OS will only be available to consumers on specially made Chrome OS devices.

“As a consumer, you can’t go download Chrome OS,” said Google’s Pichai “You will have to go and buy a Chrome OS device.”

However, those devices will be made with both ARM and X86 architecture, and from several manufacturers.

“Google Chrome OS will run on both x86 as well as ARM chips and we are working with multiple OEMs to bring a number of netbooks to market next year,” says Google.

When will we able to use Chrome OS?

Google has ‘open sourced’ the code so it is available to developers later this year and predicts that we will be buying the first Chrome OS powered netbooks by the second half of next year.

“Google Chrome OS will be available for consumers in the second half of 2010,” said Sundar Pichai, VP Product Management and Linus Upson, Engineering Director on the Google blog.

“Because we’re already talking to partners about the project, and working with the open source community, we wanted to share our vision now so everyone understands what we are trying to achieve.”

Read More on Google Chrome OS before install on VMware

Dinesh is the founder of Sysprobs and written more than 400 articles. Enthusiast in Microsoft and cloud technologies with more than 15 years of IT experience.

9 thoughts on “How to Install Google Chrome OS in VMware Workstation”

  1. i installed Chrome OS on two of my netbooks. the Chrome OS works great and its loading time is very fast too.

  2. Hi,

    I believe I’ve download and installed google chrome OS (it is just VMDK) on our ESX farm, I’m not able to find the IP of that VM once configured, and let me know if i miss something?

    Downloaded from


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  4. i’m using VMware® Workstation v 7.1.3 build-324285 and made all steps as u wrote it but after i pressed run the machine, it’s just display a black screen
    plz tell me the hardware compatibility “workstation 4 or 5 or 6 or 6,5-7” because after step 5 the program asked me to convert the virtual hard disk to this compatibility

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