I'm trying to set up Chrome Remote Desktop on Elementary. I downloaded the chrome remote desktop .deb package from their website, installed it through Eddy, but I can't launch that app and complete the setup as it doesn't appear anywhere. What am I missing?

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For me, you need before install Google Chrome first

# Download
$ wget https://dl.google.com/linux/direct/google-chrome-stable_current_amd64.deb

# Install
$ sudo dpkg -i google-chrome-stable_current_amd64.deb

and after you need install Chrome Remote Desktop

# Download
$ wget https://dl.google.com/linux/direct/chrome-remote-desktop_current_amd64.deb

# Install
$ sudo dpkg -i chrome-remote-desktop_current_amd64.deb

# Install dependencies
$ sudo apt install -f

You can also install Google Chrome Desktop in Chrome Web Store


After activate the service chrome-remote-desktop.service

$ systemctl status chrome-remote-desktop

you will also need to configure the service


  • I did exactly that, and on remotedesktop.google.com/access I get "Set up another device for remote access" screen which probably means it thinks this computer is already connected. But I didn't finalize the process (didn't set password anywhere). Also seems like the Chrome Web Store app is obsolete, it only redirects to the website now.
    – galah92
    Dec 7, 2019 at 13:01

I had this same problem and I fixed it by just manually creating a ~/.chrome-remote-desktop-sessions config file with my default gnome session preferences in there (See step 3 of google's support page here: https://support.google.com/chromebook/answer/1649523?co=GENIE.Platform%3DDesktop&hl=en)

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