How to install Calmly Writer on Chromebooks
Chrome OS allows you to enable a Linux environment which makes it possible to install native applications, such as Calmly Writer for Linux. Here is a step-by-step description of how to do it.
Enable Linux on your Chromebook
First, in your system settings, you must turn on Linux (beta).
After following the on-screen instructions to configure the Linux environment (just accept the default values), a new terminal window will open.
Before installing Calmly Writer it is necessary to run a couple of commands in the terminal, to make sure we have all the necessary packages updated.
sudo apt-get update sudo apt-get install -y gnome-keyring
The output will be similar to this:
Download and install Calmly Writer
From the following download buttons:
- For Chromebooks running an Intel or AMD chip, pick Debian Intel/AMD
- If your Chromebook is running on an ARM64 chip, pick Debian ARM64 instead
If you're unsure what kind of CPU your Chromebook is using, run the command dpkg --print-architecture in the Linux terminal.
After downloading the package, simply double click on it to install it. After the installation is complete, you will find Calmly Writer inside the "Linux apps" folder.
If you experience display problems when you start using Calmly Writer, such as garbled text when typing or deleting characters:
- Open Chrome browser
- Type chrome://flags in the Google Chrome address bar and press Enter
- Enable Crostini GPU Support
The system must be restarted for the changes to take effect.
Share folders between your Chromebook and the Linux container
Linux applications that are installed on Chrome OS run in a container. That means that these applications do not have direct access to the folders and files on your Chromebook.
To grant Calmly Writer access to any folder on your Chromebook just open the Files application, and right-click on the folder you want to share and select "Share with Linux". For example, it might be a good idea to share the Google Drive folder with Linux.
To access the shared folders from Calmly Writer you must open the "mnt/chromeos" folder. Remember that from the Calmly Writer settings you can define the default save folder.
Special thanks to "Learning with VS Code on Chromebooks", on which this document is based.