27 Handy Chrome OS Commands to Run in Crosh

Last Updated: September 29, 2016

Google’s Chrome OS might seem like a simple desktop OS aimed at people looking to get going quickly on Chrome and its ecosystem of apps but there’s more than what meets the eye. Like Windows and Linux, Chrome OS too features a command line interface dubbed Chrome Shell or Crosh. It lets you run various tests, debug problems, monitor different system settings and more on your Chromebook.

The good news is, you don’t need to turn on developer mode to try it out. So, if you have been wanting to tinker with your Chromebook, here are 27 cool Chrome OS commands to run in Crosh:

Before you start executing commands, you’ll have to start up Crosh. To do it, simply press Ctrl+Alt+T and Crosh should open up in Chrome like any other tab.

Chrome OS Crosh start


1. help : display general commands to execute.

Chrome OS Crosh help command

2. help_advanced : list debugging and advanced commands.

3. help <command> : check what a command does.

Chrome OS Crosh help with command

4. uptime : displays details about how long the system has been running and the number of users logged in other than you.

Chrome OS Crosh uptime command

5. set_time : lets you set time manually.

Chrome OS Crosh set time command

6. connectivity: check connection status and more details (works on some devices).

7. inputcontrol : adjust touchpad and mouse controls manually (works on some devices).

8. exit: exit Crosh.


1. top : Chrome OS’ task manager (shows all processes).

Chrome OS Crosh top task manager command

2. battery_test <seconds> : check battery info and how much battery is used up in seconds.

Chrome OS Crosh battery test command

3. memory_test : runs tests on available free memory.

Chrome OS Crosh memory test command

4. rollback : move back to the last Chrome OS update (will powerwash your device).

5. bt_console : debug Bluetooth console on your Chromebook.

Chrome OS Crosh bt console command


1. ping www.beebom.com : works like in other operating systems for network troubleshooting.

Chrome OS Crosh ping command

2. network_diag : runs network diagnostics tests and saves them as text file.

Chrome OS Crosh network diag command

3. tracepath www.beebom.com : trace the network path/source.

Chrome OS Crosh tracepath command

4. p2p_update : enable or disable peer-to-peer update sharing.

Chrome OS Crosh p2p command

5. modem help : configure a connected modem.

Chrome OS Crosh modem help command

6. set_apn : set APN for cellular data usage (Chromebooks with cellular connectivity).

7. set_cellular_ppp : set PPP username and password for cellular connection (Chromebooks with cellular connectivity).


1. shell : more commands aimed at developers (Developer mode only).

2. rlz : enable or disable RLZ.

Chrome OS Crosh rlz command

3. route : display routing tables.

Chrome OS Crosh route command

4. syslog <message> : store a message to syslog.

5. update_over_cellular : enable or disable updates when using cellular data  (Chromebooks with cellular connectivity).

6. upload_crashes : upload crash reports to the Chrome crash servers.

7. tpm_status: lists information about Trusted Platform Module status.

Chrome OS Crosh tpm status command

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Ready to try out some Chrome OS commands in Crosh?

While you might find a lot of other Chrome OS commands, it’s important to note here that with the new Chrome OS updates, Google has removed a few commands and added a few new ones. So, we have only listed commands that work with the latest Chrome OS build. Also, we will keep updating this list, so you can come back later for more new commands. Till then, try out these commands on your Chromebook and let us know what you feel. Sound off in the comments section below.


Rupesh is an avid mobile geek and a movie lover. He loves to keep a tab on new gadgets and loves watching movies. Now a high time tech blogger here, along with a daytime engineering student. You might soon find him blogging about movies too!