ChromeOS | Linux Development Environment | Create a shared folder for Linux and ChromeOS

While Linux Development Environment (LDE) gives the appearance that Linux applications are running natively in ChromeOS. As we are really using a Virtual Machine of Linux, Linux and ChromeOS will by default be isolated from each other. So in this video we take a look at how you create a shared folder so that we can transfer files and data between the two operating systems. 

While LDE was specifically designed by Google to allow you to develop software using a Chromebook. There is nothing stopping you from using LDE to install and run Linux applications in ChromeOS. Not only does this extend the functionality of a Chromebook to make it more like a full featured laptop.

Notes: If you are using a school or work Chromebook you might not be able to use Linux. So please contact your system administrator or tech support before trying.

Quick reference notes:

  • From the ChromeOS desktop select Files
  • Using the sidebar, select the location where you want to create a folder share.
  • Create a folder and call it something like “Shared Folder
  • Right click on the folder you created, and from the quick menu choose Share with Linux

Note: Any files placed in your “Shared Folder” will now be visible both in Linux and ChromeOS. However, in Linux you will have to navigate to the correct location in order to see your “Shared Folder” 

  • Within Linux you will be able to find the “Shared Folder” in the following location:
Computer|mnt|chromeos|MyFiles|Shared Folder

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