You can easily set up a web server on the Linux environment of your Chromebook, Crostini. Here’s how to do it in three simple steps.
The Chromebook Linux (Crostini) environment is a great development tool, and it’s especially good for web development. It’s easy to set up a web server to test your web page directly from your Chromebook before deploying it to a production server. Here’s how.
Step 1: Install a web server on your Chromebook
sudo apt install apache2
If you wanted to install another server, such as Ngnix, you would also use APT:
sudo apt install nginx
APT will then install and start the server you just downloaded.
If you want to make sure it works, there are several ways. You can use top or htop and find the name of the server daemon. You can also use the ps command and grep the output to check if the daemon is running:
ps aux | grep server
To replace server with the name of the server in the aforementioned command.
You can start and stop your server with the systemctl command. For example, to start Apache, type:
sudo systemctl start apache2.service
Step 2: Find the Linux container IP address
Once you’ve confirmed that your server is running, you’ll want to know what IP address the container is connected to. You can do this by running:
This will list all interfaces in the Linux container. Look for the section that reads “eth0.” The IP address is listed next to “inet.” This is a private address visible only to your Chromebook.
Step 3: Connect to your server
The next step is to connect to your server and make sure it is running. It’s very easy. Just put the IP address you got earlier in the Chrome browser and you should see the test page.
You can then start developing your website, placing the files in the default directory that the server will look for, usually in /var/www.
You can now develop and test websites on your Chromebook
You can see how easy it is to install a server for web development on your Chromebook. Note that all of these steps only work on Crostini, which is your Chromebook’s Linux environment. Read on for more information on setting up Linux on your Chromebook.
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