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Install Pinegrow on Ubuntu Linux

Watch our video and learn how to install Pinegrow on Ubuntu Desktop 16.04 LTS.

Pinegrow is validated on Ubuntu Desktop 16.04 LTS but not yet on Ubuntu Desktop 18.04 LTS Bionic Beaver.


Since Pinegrow 4.2, In case Pinegrow doesn’t start on Linux, this is probably because the libnss system library needs to be updated with:

sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install libnss3

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To install the application, the recommended process is the following:

  • Unzip the ZIP file to your prefered location on your hard drive
  • Double click on the Pinegrow icon (or Run Pinegrow from the terminal).


From the community: here is an Unofficial and Not Supported method of installing Pinegrow 3.0 on Ubuntu Linux 16.04.2

Known issues

Drag & drop doesn’t work when running Ubuntu Desktop 16.04 LTS through VMWARE

This not “an issue” that we can fix with code but a technical constraint from one of the component we use to build Pinegrow.

Currently, the only workaround is to use the application on the host system instead of a Virtual machine.


Permission issues

Embedded Chromium (which is a component included in Pinegrow) is writing to /tmp which – according to our knowledge – should usually be open to all users, not just root.


For some templates Pinegrow crashes when opening the file

The crash doesn’t happen if Javascript is turned off while editing the page, so we suspect that the crash is connected by Firebase JS code.

For now, the solution is to uncheck Enable Javascript in Support -> Settings.