Nov 202009

I was pretty excited when I saw the VMWare image for ChromeOS up for download. I immediately downloaded it to try it out. The zip file I got from gdgt has a vmdk file but no vmx file. I created one from scratch to try ChromeOS out (I’ve made a new zip with the vmdk and the vmx. The link is at the end of this post.). It’s not too bad. The OS boots up really quick. The login screen is pretty spartan (look at the screenshots I have). You login with your Google/Gmail username and password. When you login, it opens up the Chrome browser. I wasn’t able to get anything else running other than the browser. Also, when I first logged in, Chrome complained that the security certificate for Gmail had been revoked. But I was able to login when I typed in the address for Gmail in again. The default tabs seem to be GMail and Google Calendar. I’m assuming that because it’s such an early build, you’re not able to try out the other stuff. Maybe there’s a way; I didn’t play around with it too much. There is a Date and Time settings menu that’s available from the browser, where you can set a few other options, like your proxy, SSL options, home page, and a few other advanced settings.


I was having a conversation with Sheehan over twitter and I made a comment that “Chrome OS is doing the kiosk thing all over again”. I guess that’s true to an extent. ChromeOS will be running on approved hardware with an SSD. You’re probably not going to be able to install anything on the machine and everything seems to be a webapp. What this means is that all your data is online. To be honest, I don’t find very much use for that, but then again, I’m not part of the target market. I think this might be useful for people who are on-the-go and who need access to their data from anywhere in the world (well, anywhere in the world with an internet connection). I use my machine for a variety of things; mainly development. Since I also like to tinker with it from time to time, I’m always installing stuff on it. Google will need a very strong marketing campaign so that consumers understand exactly what they’re getting. They won’t be able to install applications (maybe webapps?) and they won’t be able to save arbitrary files to the machine. I wonder what this means for the online experience. What if they’re trying to download some sort of file? Where would they save it? Would Google provide online storage for the users? It’s a major paradigm shift. Like I mentioned before, your machine turns into a kiosk or a thin-client. Maybe some people won’t mind using one, but I view my machine as something much more and so I don’t think I will be satisfied.

ChromeOS .vmx file for the .vmdk

.encoding = "UTF-8"
displayName = "Chrome OS"
guestOS = "other"
memsize = "512"

ethernet0.present= "true"
ethernet0.startConnected = "true"
ethernet0.virtualDev = "e1000"
ethernet0.connectionType = "nat"
ethernet0.addressType = "generated"
ethernet0.generatedAddress = "00:0c:29:cd:8d:e6"
ethernet0.generatedAddressOffset = "0"

usb.present = "true"

sound.present = "false"
sound.autodetect = "true"
sound.virtualDev = "es1371"
sound.fileName = "-1"
sound.startConnected = "true"

ide0:0.present = "true"
ide0:0.deviceType = "disk"
ide0:0.mode = "persistent"
ide0:0.redo = ""
ide0:0.writeThrough = "false"
ide0:0.startConnected = "false"

virtualHW.version = "3"
config.version = "8"

floppy0.present = "false"

I’m no longer seeding the torrent. I suggest downloading the vmdk from gdgt (sign-up required, but just make a fake profile – no verification is performed) and using this vmx file with it.

  13 Responses to “Trying out ChromeOS from a VMWare image”

  1. many thanks i can now run chrome OS in VMware player.. just a point to note here by default network is NAT and this doesn’t work in chrome OS. I changed it to bridge disconnect and then connect… then it works …. looks promising..

  2. @Marshal
    You’re welcome! Maybe your network configuration was different? It seemed to work on mine with NAT.

  3. […] to run the image file since there’s no VMX file included in the compressed file from gdgt. vivin from Rough Book created a VMX file which can be downloaded from his […]

  4. Thanks man. I was frustrated to find out that I can’t run it in VMPlayer after downloading from gdgt (even though they mention you can). Had the same proplem as Marshal, above , and after applying his tips I got it up and running. Thanks again.

  5. @Max
    You’re welcome, Max! It’s interesting that both you and Marshal had the same problem with the network. I was trying it out on an already NATed network which might be why it worked for me.

  6. After renaming the file to vmx I am not able to run chrome os.
    Could not open virtual machine: E:\chrome-os-\chrome-os-

    Can you please help me

  7. It worked for me. Thanks

  8. Thank You, It is working, I was able to run in VMPlayer by choosing network connection NAT

  9. Having same problem as Marshal, I cannot figure out how to change from NAT to bridge. I have VMware Player 2.5.3 build-185404. Any help is appreciated, thanks.

  10. @jfultz14976
    Just edit the .vmx file and change ethernet0.connectionType to bridge.

  11. […] files are easily written in a text editor and I found an example which I modified to run as part of my development environment, which follows […]

  12. Worked with such ease. Thanks for the vmx file.

  13. Thank you. Working now. :)

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