VIDEO – How to change the generic Linux icon in ChromeOS

If you have installed Linux on your Chromebook you may have noticed some apps use the generic penguin icon. This doesn’t look very nice and it can make it hard to differentiate one app from the other.

The good news is you can change the icon that each Linux app uses, and the method isn’t too time-consuming. Using this method allows you to use any image you would like for each of the Linux apps you have installed on your ChromeOS computer.

If you have gotten fed up with looking at the same penguin icon for all of your Linux apps. Then you’ll want to try this, which will help to brighten up your Chrome OS App launcher menu.

Before you watch the video

You can watch the video to see how this works, but if you want to follow the video whilst making the changes on your own Chromebook. You will need to first ensure you have Linux installed on your Chromebook.

If you’ve not yet installed Linux on your Chromebook and would like to know how to do this. Then watch my video on how to install Linux on ChromeOS.

I also use a Linux app store in the video to install further Linux apps, which are needed to follow the video. Again, it will be much easier to follow if you have an app store installed. This video will show you how to install a Linux App store on Chrome OS.

A quicker way to install a Linux App store

You can watch the video above, which will show you how to install a Linux app store. However, if you’ve already installed Linux you can simply install the app store from the Linux terminal.

  • Open the Linux terminal
  • Type the following sudo apt install plasma-discover and press return; follow any onscreen prompts
  • Then type sudo apt-get update and press return; follow any onscreen prompts
  • Then type sudo apt-get upgrade and press return; follow any onscreen prompts

The above will install the Linux App store that I use in the video, which you can watch below.

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