Chrome OS install

System requirements

To install and run Flutter, your development environment must meet these minimum requirements:

  • Operating Systems: Linux (64-bit)
  • Disk Space: 600 MB (does not include disk space for IDE/tools).
  • Tools: Flutter depends on these command-line tools being available in your environment.
    • bash
    • curl
    • git 2.x
    • mkdir
    • rm
    • unzip
    • which
    • xz-utils
  • Shared libraries: Flutter test command depends on this library being available in your environment.
    • - provided by mesa packages e.g. libglu1-mesa on Ubuntu/Debian

For the best experience right now, you should put your Chrome OS Device into developer mode (this is necessary to push apps on the Chrome OS Device). For more information, see how to enable developer mode on you Chromebook.

Get the Flutter SDK

  1. Download the following installation bundle to get the latest stable release of the Flutter SDK:


    For other release channels, and older builds, see the SDK archive page.

  2. Extract the file in the desired location, for example:

    $ cd ~/development
    $ tar xf ~/Downloads/flutter_linux_vX.X.X-stable.tar.xz
  3. Add the flutter tool to your path:

    $ export PATH="$PATH:`pwd`/flutter/bin"

    This command sets your PATH variable for the current terminal window only. To permanently add Flutter to your path, see Update your path.

  4. Optionally, pre-download development binaries:

    The flutter tool downloads platform-specific development binaries as needed. For scenarios where pre-downloading these artifacts is preferable (e.g., hermetic build environments, intermittent network availability), iOS and Android binaries can be downloaded ahead of time by running:

    $ flutter precache

    For additional download options, see flutter help precache.

You are now ready to run Flutter commands!

Run flutter doctor

Run the following command to see if there are any dependencies you need to install to complete the setup (for verbose output, add the -v flag):

$ flutter doctor

This command checks your environment and displays a report to the terminal window. The Dart SDK is bundled with Flutter; it is not necessary to install Dart separately. Check the output carefully for other software you may need to install or further tasks to perform (shown in bold text).

For example:

[-] Android toolchain - develop for Android devices
    • Android SDK at /Users/obiwan/Library/Android/sdk
    ✗ Android SDK is missing command line tools; download from
    • Try re-installing or updating your Android SDK,
      visit for detailed instructions.

The following sections describe how to perform these tasks and finish the setup process.

Once you have installed any missing dependencies, run the flutter doctor command again to verify that you’ve set everything up correctly.

Update your path

You can update your PATH variable for the current session only at the command line, as shown in Get the Flutter SDK. You’ll probably want to update this variable permanently, so you can run flutter commands in any terminal session.

The steps for modifying this variable permanently for all terminal sessions are machine-specific. Typically you add a line to a file that is executed whenever you open a new window. For example:

  1. Determine the directory where you placed the Flutter SDK. You will need this in Step 3.
  2. Open (or create) $HOME/.bash_profile. The file path and filename might be different on your machine.
  3. Add the following line and change [PATH_TO_FLUTTER_GIT_DIRECTORY] to be the path where you cloned Flutter’s git repo:

    $ export PATH="$PATH:[PATH_TO_FLUTTER_GIT_DIRECTORY]/flutter/bin"
  4. Run source $HOME/.bash_profile to refresh the current window.
  5. Verify that the flutter/bin directory is now in your PATH by running:

    $ echo $PATH

For more details, see this StackExchange question.

Android setup (without Android Studio)

Install Java

$ sudo apt update
$ sudo apt install default-jre
$ sudo apt install default-jdk

Install the Android SDK’s

Download the Android SDK tools and select the “Command Line Tools only” option.

Drag and drop the downloaded zip into your Linux Files folder through the Chrome OS Files app. This moves it to the home directory, notated as $TOOLS_PATH going forward (~/).

Unzip the tools and then add it to your path.

$ unzip ~/sdk-tools-linux*
$ export PATH="$PATH:$TOOLS_PATH/tools/bin"

Navigate to where you’d like to keep the SDK packages ($PLATFORM_PATH in these snippets) and download the SDK packages using the sdkmanager tool (version numbers here are the latest at time of publishing):

$ sdkmanager "build-tools;28.0.3" "emulator" "tools" "platform-tools" 
"platforms;android-28" "extras;google;google_play_services" 
"extras;google;webdriver" "system-images;android-28;google_apis_playstore;x86_64"

Add the Android platform tools to your path (you should find this where you ran the sdkmanager command: $PLATFORM_PATH):

$ export PATH="$PATH:$PLATFORM_PATH/platform-tools

Set the ANDROID_HOME variable to where you unzipped sdk-tools before (aka your $TOOLS_PATH):


Now, run flutter doctor to accept the android-licenses:

$ flutter doctor --android-licenses

Next step

Next step: Configure Editor

Flutter & Chrome OS Tips & Tricks

Wondering how to run your app? On Chrome OS, you can either connect your phone (currently on Dev channel only) or push directly to the Android container on device. To do that you must enable Developer mode on your machine, and then connect to the local container with ADB:

$ adb connect

Want to build your first app optimized for Chrome OS? Clone the flutter-samples repo and build our specific Chrome OS Best Practices example:

$ git clone
$ cd samples/chrome-os-best-practices
$ flutter run

Wondering how to access your favorite F-Key shortcuts on the Chrome OS keyboard?

  • Press the search key along with 1 through = to access F1–F12.

For the current versions of Chrome OS, only certain ports from Crostini are exposed to the rest of the environments. Here’s an example of how to launch Flutter DevTools for an Android app with ports that will work:

$ flutter packages pub global run devtools -p 8000
$ cd path/to/your/app
$ flutter run --observatory-port=8080

Then, navigate to http://localhost:8000/?port=8080 in your Chrome browser.

Flutter Chrome OS Lint Analysis

The Flutter team is adding Chrome OS specific Lint Analysis checks that are available to make sure that the app that you’re building is going to work well on Chrome OS. It looks for things like required hardware in your Android Manifest that aren’t available on Chrome OS devices, permissions that will imply requests for unsupported hardware, as well as other properties or code that would bring a lesser experience on these devices.

To activate these, you will create a new/update your analysis_options.yaml file to include these options:

To activate these, you will create a new analysis_options.yaml file to include these options. (If you have an existing analysis_options.yaml file, you can update it)

include: package:flutter/analysis_options_user.yaml

To run these from the command line:

$ flutter analyze

Sample output for these may look like:

Analyzing ...                                                      
warning • This hardware feature is not supported on Chrome OS • 
android/app/src/main/AndroidManifest.xml:4:33 • unsupported_chrome_os_hardware

This functionality is still under development, but check back here for instructions on how you can make this functionality work with you Chrome OS targeted Flutter app soon.