How do I create a CloudReady USB installer on Linux?




  • james r

    Thanks, that did it think. CloudyReady installing now.

  • Courtney

    If anyone didn't know you can use mkusb on linux to create a cloudready os usb as well. Here's a link on how to install. So maybe you can add this to the article?

    Edit: if you use mkusb you have to rename the file from .bin to .img and you can use mkusb to create a cloudready USB. 

    So basically cloudready.bin to cloudready.img (you just have to rename no need to use a converter or anything just write .img where the .bin is then you boot up mkusb and use it to make a cloudready USB)

  • William Butchart

    Hi there trying this method as accidentially installed ubuntu onto my laptop (long story!), How long should it take to produce the installer? so far about 20 mins and it didnt say anything when i entered the instruction just began loading (light flashing),

  • Forrest Smith

    William - depending on the USB stick and the computer's write speed, I would say this could take up to 40 minutes, but is usually closer to 30.

    If it doesn't work we can try some other options.

  • André Silva

    Hello there, after doing what you said, in my it appear dev/sdc (???)

  • Forrest Smith


    Does your computer have 2 hard drives? Or do you have more than one USB stick (or SD card) in your computer?

  • dragon788

    There is an official ChromeOS recovery script for Linux. What probably needs to happen is a Neverware fork of it to download the latest image from their servers instead of from Google's. It's in the Linux section on this page.

  • Phil Reilly

    I used Gnome Disks to copy the image to a usb. Graphical & very easy.

  • Ralph deGennaro

    If one installs the pv package (sudo apt-get install pv), the "status=progress" argument can be put on the end to monitor the status/progress of the dd command. At least with *Ubuntu 16.04.

  • Nazmus Sakib

    I followed the steps. It seems that creating USB stick completed without any error. But when I try to install Cloudready this message show and nothing after. I waited 10-20 minute then force shutdown. Any suggestion?

  • Phil Reilly

    What machine? Usually an indication of incompatible hardware.

  • Nazmus Sakib

    I'm using HP EliteBook840p

  • Phil Reilly

    This occurs when booting usb? Did you disable safe boot in bios?

    & look here...

  • Gideon

    What I've done is very unusual, haha. I've taken a Parrot Chromebook, replaced the BIOS with SeaBIOS, and installed Ubuntu on the hard drive. I'm trying to install ChromeOS onto my SD card so I can boot either OS depending on my situation. When I run the command in the third step, it lists a lot of different stuff and I don't understand it, haha. How would you like me to show you?

  • Forrest Smith

    HI Gideon,

    We won't be able to confirm for you which device is your SD card and which is something else, but near the top of each "device" section you should see an indication of the total size/capacity of the device. You can scroll through each device (/dev/sda , /dev/sdb, /dev/sdc .... etc)  and note the size and use that to identify your SD card.

    If you have further trouble, open a new topic and provide a copy/paste of all the output - i'll take a look there if you need.

  • Felipe Vargas

    This method does not work for me.

    What I did in Linux Mint was to download the CloudReady binary, after extracting the zip file, I ran the Gnome Disk application and I checked the USB and then Options -> Restore Disk from Image and chose the CloudReady Bin file, the process itself took 16 minutes, passed successfully and got CloudReady on My laptop (-:

  • alexandre


    First of all thank you for this post which is very good.
    I have a laptop lenovo thinkpad edge with ubuntu and i would like to install neverware instead.
    I tried your command-line process but I can not do it "dev / sdb" unrecognized.
    Then I tried with mkusb to make a usb boot by renaming .bin in .img and when I restart on the key an error message.
    How can I do? :)

  • Forrest Smith

    Hi alexandre - 


    Can you send a screenshot of the cmds leading up to the error you see about /dev/sdb being unrecognized?

  • alexandre

    hi forrest.
    I restarted the manipulation on the terminal.
    before I formatted my USB key, then I created a fat partition with mkusb to change Disk in Ubuntu. and the miracle command works and I was able to install cloudready very easily.
    the problem seemed to come from the USB key. I share My experience if sometimes it serves.
    Thank you for proposing your help quickly

  • On Air

    I second an earlier feedback. Install the Disks tool in Linux from the software repository.

    Plug in a USB stick about 6GB or more, doesnt have to be formatted but you will lose all the data on it.

    In the Disks tool highlight the USB stick and then pick the Restore Data to disk option from the menu on the top right.

    For the source, browse to and select the Cloud Ready downloaded and extracted .BIN file and click on OK (you probably need to approve again with admin password). 

    Once done your USB stick is ready for booting, and installing, simple as that.



  • Bademus

    Unzipping to disk is not needed.
    use unzip -p cloudready-free-XXXX.bin | sudo dd of=/dev/sdX bs=4M

  • Paul O

    None of the methods posted here worked for me.


    What did work is using 7zip rather than unzip, as follows.


    sudo -s
    apt install p7zip-full
    7z x -so cloudready-free-XXXX.bin | sudo dd of=/dev/sdX bs=4M

    Where you must replace the X values -- easy using "ls" to get the version downloaded, "gnome-disks" or "gparted" to verify the USB device path.  Links to the correct SHA values are just below the download buttons on .

    Somehow, the other ZIP implementations on Debian were mangling the decompression and corrupting the resulting OS image.  Symptoms were failure to boot, black screen with fast-blinking caps lock key, etc.

    Using 7z gave a USB image that worked right away, although don't add a user on boot from USB, rather go to the menu on the bottom right and install the OS to the hardrive, then boot that, before logging in to a google account.

    Perhaps if Neverware distributed checksum values for the decompressed OS images, it would reduce this kind of error.

  • Forrest Smith

    Hi Paul,

    Thanks for the helpful tip. It seems like the unzip utility doesn't handle zip64 (larger zipped files) properly, which is also a bug in Chrome OS at this time and used to be a problem in Mac OS.


    Glad you found 7zip though.

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