I just downloaded a chrome app called 'Terminal' so that I can connect to a remote server via SSH. This works perfectly, but when I need to use a .pem file to connect to an AWS instance, I need to include the path to the Downloads folder where the file is stored. I've been using the ls and cd commands to sort of snoop around the machine to see what's on it and I can't seem to find where it is. It's also a bit funny that inside of the ~/home/lnlance09/applications folder nothing shows up despite the fact that I have several different apps installed.

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file:///home/chronos/user/Downloads/ will show contents in browser

found at http://lcorg.blogspot.com.es/2011/07/google-chromebooks-some-helpful-tips.html

  • +1 for sure. Let's me chomecast mp4 files this way. Thanks a lot!
    – Teddy
    Jul 20, 2018 at 22:41

First you must enable "Linux Sharing" on your Downloads directory. Just right click on the Downloads directory, you should see the option. Then your downloads should be available at :


I hope this helps.

  • This works for me when Linux was installed via the "Linux (Beta)" feature.
    – John
    Jan 8, 2020 at 16:26

unless you're in dev mode, they're nowhere.

we have to manually move them there, using Files.

download files to linux terminal in chromebook

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    Note that any files you move to the "Linux files" area in the files app will show up in the Linux terminal under /home/(your_username), and then you should be able to move them around as needed.
    – TzeraFNX
    Jan 6, 2020 at 22:28
  • also note chromebooks are a terrible idea thanks to google being a terrible company. it's like living in your parents house, and they're passive aggressive jackasses who are always smiling and keeping the apparent "good neighbor" looks. and they even did fool me for way too long (apple is even worse, of course. and microsoft don't even try to pretend being good). get a linux book or a linux-ish phone instead! 😘
    – cregox
    Feb 24, 2021 at 14:14

If you have multiple user accounts on the same chromebook, their download directories are in different locations. Each user account gets a long hex identifier, and their download directories are in /home/chronos/u-[id]/Downloads.

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