How do I install CloudReady from the command line?

Overview:

You'd like to install CloudReady, but are looking to do so from the command line rather than the usual install method. 

Affected Versions:

All Versions

 

Affected Editions:

-Free  

 

Description:

  1. Create your USB installer stick per the standard installation instructions
  2. Boot from your installation USB.
  3. When you see the network selection screen, press and hold Ctrl, Alt, and F2. This brings you to the command line. 
  4. Log in to the command line with the username: chronos and the password: chrome
  5. Enter the command "sudo fdisk -l" (if asked for the password, it will be same as step 3)
  6. Take note of which partition you'd like to install on. In most cases, you'll want to select the largest one, which will likely be labeled "sd[X]" where [X] is usually "a" or "b".
  7. Enter the command "cd /usr/sbin"
  8. Next, enter the command "sudo chromeos-install --dst /dev/sd[X]" where [X] is usually "a" or "b". If you're looking to dualboot instead, add "--dualboot" to the end of the command after sd[X]
  9. Note: If the above command fails, enter the command :"sudo chromeos-install --skip_src_removable --dst /dev/sd[X]" where [X] is usually "a" or "b". f you're looking to dualboot instead, add "--dualboot" to the end of the command after sd[X]
  10. If asked for the password, it will be same as step 3.
  11. You will be asked to confirm the source and destination. To confirm you'd like to install CloudReady, press Y, then press enter.
  12. The installation process will begin. Errors/warnings are normal during this time and require no intervention to circumvent.  This should take between 10 and 15 minutes.
  13. When complete, you will see a message that says, "Please shutdown, remove the USB device, cross your fingers, and reboot."
  14. Press and hold Ctrl, Alt, and F1 to return to the Welcome screen. 
  15. Click the Clock Tray in the bottom right of the screen.
  16. Click the Power Button to the left of the Lock icon to shut down.
  17. Remove your USB stick, and start up your newly-installed CloudReady machine!
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