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Installing ChromeOS on VirtualBox using the NeverWare build

Installing ChromeOS on VirtualBox

  1. Download the NeverWare's ChromeOS build from http://www.neverware.com/freedownload

  2. Extract the *.bin.zip

  3. Convert it to VDI. vboxmanage convertdd chromiumos_image.bin chromiumos_image.vdi

  4. mv chromiumis_image.vdi C:\t\v\chromeos\

  5. Create a VM with settings:

  • Guest OS type: Linux/Other Linux
  • 2048 RAM
  • Use existing chromiumos_image.vdi as hard disk
  • Enable EFI (special OSes)
  • Enable PAE/NX
  • change pointing device to PS/2 Mouse
  1. Start the VM
@jesusjsc
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jesusjsc commented Apr 17, 2018

same issue with cloudready-free-63.3.41-64-bit.bin @karlacio

@maxlefou
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maxlefou commented Apr 25, 2018

I don't have this issue, but instead, it does the following:

  • The cloudready splashscreen displays and the OS loads.
  • The VM suddenly reboots itself.
  • The cloudready splashscreen displays and the OS loads.
  • Suddenly, complete freeze of the VM. No more activity on network and on virtual hd.
  • When I do a "hard restart" on the VM, it goes back to step 1.

Using cloudready-free-64.3.2-32-bit.bin on a Arch Linux host with VirtualBox 5.2.10 r121806

@nagybal
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nagybal commented May 4, 2018

I get the same issue as maxlefou does. Seems to be it is stuck on the cloudready splash screen.

@freyk22
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freyk22 commented May 9, 2018

Does the same thing, what it did at maxlefou.
But it my vm doesnt freeze at the splashscreen, after the first reset.
Whait a while during the splashcreen and then use keyboard keycombo "ctrl + alt + F4", and you will get the developer console.

@irlcatgirl
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irlcatgirl commented May 24, 2018

@freyk22 I'm able to get to the developer console - what comes next?

@benbull
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benbull commented Aug 29, 2018

Why not just use the prebuilt appliance here;

https://neverware.zendesk.com/hc/en-us/articles/214564457--UPDATED-Un-Official-CloudReady-Virtual-Machine-Images-

Then just import it to VirtualBox or VMWare?

@pepa65
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pepa65 commented Sep 18, 2018

The import failed...

@usaps
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usaps commented Oct 8, 2018

Does anyone know how to run a VirtualBox o VMWare from this builds:

https://chromium.arnoldthebat.co.uk/?dir=special

Thanks

@bleonard252
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bleonard252 commented Oct 13, 2018

I am attempting to use the "arnoldthebat" build, but am encountering the same problems.

@O1O1O1O
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O1O1O1O commented Oct 25, 2018

Ditto on "arnoldthebat" build

@rayfoss
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rayfoss commented Dec 26, 2018

with cloudready-free-70.4.39-64-bit I can reach the developer console... but otherwise I just get the cloud ready boot screen
https://neverware.zendesk.com/hc/en-us/community/posts/360001326327-Cloudready-gets-stuck-on-Virtualbox

screen shot 2018-12-26 at 11 53 04 am

@h2smedia
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h2smedia commented Jan 9, 2019

According to the CloudReady Blog Post https://neverware.zendesk.com/hc/en-us/articles/360001615368-Download-CloudReady-Image-for-VMware
Tested in VMware ESXi 6.5, Workstation 14.1.1 and Fusion 10.1.2
CloudReady will not work with Virtualbox as a host-application due to graphics incompatibilities
Updates, rootFS verification, and command line access are all the same on this image as on other versions of the Home Edition.

@RaspberryRoblox
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RaspberryRoblox commented Feb 22, 2019

Does the command only work on Ubuntu? I am using Windows.

@thiagocmartinsc
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thiagocmartinsc commented Apr 26, 2019

Hi,

I downloaded it and it doesn't boot.

ubuntu@litebox-1:~/Downloads$ file cloudready-free-72.4.61-64-bit.bin 
cloudready-free-72.4.61-64-bit.bin: DOS/MBR boot sector; partition 1 : ID=0xee, start-CHS (0x0,0,2), end-CHS (0x87,228,45), startsector 1, 2183183 sectors; partition 2 : ID=0xef, active, start-CHS (0x87,228,46), end-CHS (0x90,14,14), startsector 2183184, 131072 sectors

kvm -m 2048 -cdrom cloudready-free-72.4.61-64-bit.bin -boot d

On KVM, it just fails to boot. Looks like that there is nothing on its MBR, no boot loader.

While the following just works:

kvm -m 2048 -cdrom ubuntu-18.04.2-desktop-amd64.iso -boot d

But I want to try ChromeOS in my Elo TV

@ashutoshpw
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ashutoshpw commented May 12, 2019

Can someone share the converted .vdi image?
We can host it on Google drive and then anyone can download and Install.

Most of the people don't have vboxmanage command available (In Windows)

@doublelattemint
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doublelattemint commented May 29, 2019

ABOUT the 3.Convert it to VDI

step1.
#in Windows "cmd"
one:
cd to C:\Program Files\Oracle\VirtualBox then:
ex: C:> cd Program Files\Oracle\VirtualBox
two:
VBoxManage.exe list hdds
ex: C:\Program Files\Oracle\VirtualBox> VBoxManage.exe list hdds

Step2.
#Convert it to VDI
one:
#iIf your file is in Downloads
C:\Users\ciao_sunTW\Downloads\cloudready-free-74.4.58-64-bit.bin

#Convert it to VDI command: vboxmanage convertdd (Space) "Load path (.bin)" (Space)"storage path(.vdi)"
two:
ex: C:\Program Files\Oracle\VirtualBox>vboxmanage convertdd C:\Users\ciao_sunTW\Downloads\cloudready-free-74.4.58-64-bit.bin
C:\Users\ciao_sunTW\Downloads\cloudready-free-74.4.58-64-bit.vdi

step 3 :
#you can see
Creating dynamic image with size 6773946880 bytes (6461MB)...

step 4:
the "cloudready-free-74.4.58-64-bit.vdi " in the Downloads

@doublelattemint
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doublelattemint commented May 29, 2019

Installing ChromeOS on VMware Workstation 15 Player(free) can work .

VMware Workstation 15 Player:
https://www.vmware.com/products/workstation-player/workstation-player-evaluation.html

@Arslan30
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Arslan30 commented Jun 29, 2019

Can someone share the converted .vdi image?
We can host it on Google drive and then anyone can download and Install.

Most of the people don't have vboxmanage command available (In Windows)

you can find it here "C:\Program Files\Oracle\VirtualBox\VBoxManage"....Use an elevated CMD and run this command and covert command combined

@Lucaslah
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Lucaslah commented Oct 9, 2019

Can someone share the converted .vdi image?
We can host it on Google drive and then anyone can download and Install.

Most of the people don't have vboxmanage command available (In Windows)

Hi,
I have the converted .vdi image link here: https://drive.google.com/file/d/1AJPAFrULMGawmLabBhz627N45p9cO0QD/view?usp=sharing
Thanks

@Lucaslah
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Lucaslah commented Oct 9, 2019

@Lucaslah Says: Hi, I have the converted .vdi image link here: https://drive.google.com/file/d/1AJPAFrULMGawmLabBhz627N45p9cO0QD/view?usp=sharing Thanks

Anyone can downlaod this file to use or host elce where.
Thanks

@RobT2012
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RobT2012 commented Oct 19, 2019

CloudReady will not work with Virtualbox as a host-application due to graphics incompatibilities

I read that part and tried it with vmware-player, same issue as with vbox, it hangs with nothing but a blank screen. When the cloudready vm fires up, vmware complains that there's no 3D graphics, so that's likely the reason for the blank screen. I'm on fully updated Debian Buster with Radeon GPU.

@LiVanych
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LiVanych commented Nov 23, 2019

Hi, there! I got old but working version from this link https://davrt8itj6cgg.cloudfront.net/cloudready-free-63.3.41-64-bit/cloudready-free-63.3.41-64-bit.zip

$ unzip cloudready-free-63.3.41-64-bit.zip
$ qemu-img convert -raw cloudready-free-63.3.41-64-bit.bin -O vdi cloudready-free-63.3.41-64-bit.vdi

I have VirtualBox 6.0.14 on Ubuntu 16.04
Enjoy!

@unfor19
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unfor19 commented Nov 26, 2019

Hi, there! I got old but working version from this link https://davrt8itj6cgg.cloudfront.net/cloudready-free-63.3.41-64-bit/cloudready-free-63.3.41-64-bit.zip

$ unzip cloudready-free-63.3.41-64-bit.zip
$ qemu-img convert -raw cloudready-free-63.3.41-64-bit.bin -O vdi cloudready-free-63.3.41-64-bit.vdi

I have VirtualBox 6.0.14 on Ubuntu 16.04
Enjoy!

Tried it on Ubuntu 19.10 .. Didn't work for me :\

@tomsaleeba
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tomsaleeba commented Nov 28, 2019

Using virtualbox 6.0.14 on Manjaro and the original method in this gist, I had the same boot to a black screen issue. Presumably because of the graphics issue that Neverware warn about.

I changed the virtualbox VM graphics controller from the default VMSVGA to VBoxVGA and then I managed to get the splash screen to show briefly but then it goes black again. The shortcut to get to the dev console works but after a few seconds the VM seems to go back to the black screen. Not sure if that's a bootloop or that's how the chromium dev console works (if you're not fast enough to select an option).

There's also a warning about the VBoxVGA graphics adapter being deprecated so it's not a long term solution even if it did work better.

@Deliaz
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Deliaz commented Jan 13, 2020

From the https://cloudreadykb.neverware.com/s/article/Download-CloudReady-Image-For-VMware

CloudReady will not work with Virtualbox as a host-application due to graphics incompatibilities

@enthalpie91
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enthalpie91 commented Jan 14, 2020

Hi the only problem at this date is :: we can't( get a image from neverware !! even for a home free edition we need a PROFESSIONAL email no more gmail, free , wanadoo or verizon !! so how can i try chromeos ( i am obliged !! to try because i need to help my grandson , the us school obliged then to have a chrome book .. freedom

@Deliaz
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Deliaz commented Jan 14, 2020

I have downloaded it yesterday and installed it on VMWare Fusino without asking me for any email.
Here is the link:
https://cloudready-free-downloads.neverware.com/vmware/CloudReady-Home-v76-x64.ova

but it claims to be

Tested in VMware ESXi 6.5, Workstation 14.1.1 and Fusion 10.1.
Does not work on VMware Workstation 15 in our testing, but does work in Workstation Pro
CloudReady will not work with Virtualbox as a host-application due to graphics incompatibilities

@enthalpie91
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enthalpie91 commented Jan 14, 2020

Hi the only problem at this date is :: we can't( get a image from neverware !! even for a home free edition we need a PROFESSIONAL email no more gmail, free , wanadoo or verizon !! so how can i try chromeos ( i am obliged !! to try because i need to help my grandson , the us school obliged then to have a chrome book .. freedom

I have found version 78.4.3 bin file and convert it to VDI
when i start th VM ( virtualbox under opensuse i get a black screen after a short message "virtualbox)
I have try to change order on boot ==> ko
I have try to set /unset parameter like PAE/NX PS2 for mouse .. but KO

@bart2016
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bart2016 commented May 3, 2020

From the https://cloudreadykb.neverware.com/s/article/Download-CloudReady-Image-For-VMware

CloudReady will not work with Virtualbox as a host-application due to graphics incompatibilities

thanks, spent 2 hours, but no luck with virtual box.

vmware player 15 + OVA from this URL works directly, after boot I could do the upgrade to latest.

@dilshadak
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dilshadak commented Apr 7, 2022

I can see only shell. No ui. I tried all the solution mentioned here. I am using VBox in windows 10.

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