As the Torrent clients for ChromeOS are often not that good. It can be problematic sharing files from on a Google Chromebook. So in this video we take a look at how you can use Linux Development Environment (LDE) to installing qBittorrent.
Notes: As LDE is really just a Virtual Machine of Linux within ChromeOS. By default Linux and ChromeOS will be isolated from each other. So in order to share files between the two operating systems, you will need to setup a shared folder on your Chromebook.
If you are using a school or work Chromebook, accessing Linux Development Environment may have been disabled by your IT department. So please contact your system administrator or tech support before trying to use LDE.
Quick reference notes:
- Open the Linux Development Environment menu
- From within the menu select Penguin to open a Linux Terminal windows
- First we are going to check for update by typing:
sudo apt update
- As we did not have any updates, there was no need to perform an update. However, if you need to update the applications and services in your instance of Linux you will need to type:
sudo apt-get dist-upgrade
- When we are once again presented with the command prompt we can install qBittorrnet
Note: In order to make installing Linux applications into Linux easier, we use a Software Management Utility called Flatpak. In order for you to use the following commands you first need to install Flatpak into your instance of Linux. – ChromeOS | Linux Development Environment | Install Flatpak onto a Chromebook
- At the command prompt type:
sudo flatpak install flathub org.qbittorrent.qBittorrent
- When prompted “Do you want to install it” type Y
- When prompted to “Proceed with these Changes to the system installation?“, type Y
- qBittorrent will now install onto your Chromebook
- When you once again see a command prompt you can exit out of the terminal window by typing:
- We can now try and run the qBittorent application.
- In the ChromeOS app Launcher you will a folder called Linux apps which will contain any Linux applications you have installed onto your Chromebook. You should find the icon for qBittorrent here.
Note: As most cheap Chromebooks use eMMC drives rather that SSD’s, you might find that it takes a while for the Thunderbird application to load. So this slow load speed is more a limitation of your model of Chromebook, rather than Thunderbird as an application.
When we originally released this video qBittorrent would install and run without issue on our Chromebook. However, recently we noticed that while we can install qBittorrent onto a Chromebook using Flatpak. The application would not run. So to get around this problem we have been installing qBittorrrent independently of Flatpak.
- First uninstall qBittorrent by using the following command:
sudo flatpak uninstall flathub org.qbittorrent.qBittorrent
- Now install qBittorrent using the following command:
sudo apt install qBittorrent
Note: While the version of qBittorrent you install will now run in Linux Development Environment. As the application was not installed by Flatpak. You will not be able to use Flatpak to keep qBittorrent up to date.
- Google support article – Setup Linux on your Chromebook
- Wikipedia – Virtual Machine
- Mozilla website – qBittorrent
While qBittorrent is an open source torrent client and free to use. To ensure its continued development you might want to look to make a donation at – https://www.qbittorrent.org/donate