Using PowerShell on chromeOS Flex

On an older laptop, I use chromeOS Flex. Easy to install, and for simple web browsing, it’s a perfect solution without any license requirement. But yeah… I also wanted to use PowerShell on that, this blog post will show you how to install and use PowerShell on chromeOS Flex.

Preparation

  • Open Settings
  • Expand Advanced and select Developers
  • Select Turn on
  • Select Next
  • Enter a User Name and choose a Disk Size (10Gb was the recommended size in my case)
  • Select Install, this will take a few minutes and the Linux Terminal will appear

Installing PowerShell

Now that you have Linux shell access, you can install PowerShell by following these steps:

Running PowerShell

Now that you installed PowerShell, you can run it from the Terminal using pwsh

harmveenstra@penguin:~$ pwsh 
PowerShell 7.2.7
Copyright (c) Microsoft Corporation.

https://aka.ms/powershell
Type 'help' to get help.

PS /home/harmveenstra>

Installing Visual Studio Code

Having PowerShell available is great, but even better is to have VSCode available too ๐Ÿ™‚ You can install that by following these steps:

  • After installation, you can start it from the menu by searching for Visual Studio Code or from your taskbar if it was pinned automatically

  • Follow the Get Started wizard and create a new .ps1 file, this will prompt the installation question for the PowerShell extension. Select Install to add it to Visual Studio Code:

  • Skip the Install PowerShell 7 question because we already did that ๐Ÿ™‚

And you can start writing code on your chromeOS Flex machine:

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