I need CHM files for my research work because of their better search capabilities than PDF. I have not found any way to read CHM (Compiled HTML) files on a Chromebook. They are the faster way to read my files than PDF because of indexed search and local search in section.

Unsuccessful CHM viewers in Samsung Chromebook 2012-october 11" with 2GB

  • Chumium beta - it does not even open my CHM files but the view stays white all the time

I am also open other fileformats which has similar capabilities than CHM. However, PDF is not one of them.

How can you search and read CHM files in Chromebook?

  • I think this may be a question for Software Recommendations.SE as you probably need additional software.
    – Chenmunka
    Oct 8, 2015 at 12:31
  • @Chenmunka No. I think such a software does not exist. I am trying to understand the system first so I think then the possibilities. Oct 8, 2015 at 12:35
  • Would running a 'proper' linux instance be an option? I'm not super familar with the options but you might find a better chm viewer. What formats would work for you?
    – Journeyman Geek
    Oct 9, 2015 at 10:18
  • Yes! Definately. Linux server is also possible but would be great to run the linux instance in Google's server. Oct 9, 2015 at 10:22

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You could use an online viewer to view CHM files.

One such is the SumatraPDF webapp that can directly view CHM files. Viewing time is severely limited unless you register for a free Cameyo account, but is enough for verifying one example CHM file (it worked with mine).

Zamzar will, for a fee, convert your CHM files to PDF and store them online for viewing. The cheapest plan is $9 per month, allowing a maximum file size of 200 MB and online storage of 5 GB.

As you mention a Linux server, this gives more options :

  1. Using Wine, you can use the original reader from Windows under Linux : hh.exe
  2. KchmViewer is the standard KDE viewer for CHM files.
  3. xCHM is another Linux viewer for CHM files.
  4. Okular might be another.
  5. FBReader is an EBook reader that supports CHM.
  6. You might find more readers by apt-cache --names-only search chm.
  7. Firefox users can install the ChmFox add-on.

I have not used any of these products, so cannot advise which one is the best for you (hh.exe might be the best bet).

  • conversion wouldn't really work for the OP, considering what he's said.
    – Journeyman Geek
    Oct 9, 2015 at 10:17
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    @JourneymanGeek: I think that there are no perfect solutions for the Chromebook, but online viewers might be better than nothing.
    – harrymc
    Oct 9, 2015 at 10:22
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    @Masi: That depends on the server. But if you have a server, why can't you install a reader on it?
    – harrymc
    Oct 9, 2015 at 10:23
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    Added some suggestion above.
    – harrymc
    Oct 11, 2015 at 8:16
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    Yes, there is : hh.exe itself, running on Linux thanks to Wine (Windows programs on Linux). hh.exe is the program that Windows uses to display chm files, and according to the link above it is included in the Wine release.
    – harrymc
    Oct 12, 2015 at 14:30

There is a Chrome extension, currently in Beta, that will read CHM files.

It is called Chumium.

This will run in the Chrome browser in your Chromebook.


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