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Chrome Remote Desktop on Steam Deck

If you're like me and dont want to go throught the bother of setting up a keyboard and mouse to control the Steam Deck, consider setting up Chrome Remote Desktop for remote access.

The CRD site implies that CRD is only available on Debian but there it also works on Arch with a little terminal wizardry.


Make sure that your deck is configured to install Arch packages. This [Reddit Thread] is a good place to start.


The following snippet, should pull the CRD package for Arch and Install.

``` mkdir ~/packages

cd packages

git clone

cd chrome-remote-desktop

sudo pacman -S –needed base-devel

makepkg ```

As the CRD binary relies on a Debian file system structure, you may also need to create a symbolic link between the installed location of Xorg on Arch and the Debian location that CRD is expecting.

sudo ln -s /usr/lib/Xorg /usr/lib/xorg/Xorg

Next go through the setup process

crd --setup

After following the on-screen instructions you should be good to go. Here's a few useful commands for debugging issues

crd --restart

Check the logs for the CRD service.

sudo journalctl -u [email protected] -r