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HOWTO: Run Hero Designer on a Chromebook


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Here's a quick overview of how to run Hero Designer on a Chromebook.  My testing was done on an Asus C434 running Chrome OS 78.  I personally ran into a number of issues with Java on Debian Stretch that took my some time to track down so I figured I would share this with others.  The magic ingredient for smooth running Hero Designer on Stretch was to pass in -Dsun.java2d.opengl=true as a command line argument... after that all the slowness, artifacting, and UI flickering went away.



  • Minimal proficiency with Linux and the the command line
  • Linux (Beta) enabled under Settings
  • Debian Buster installed under Crostini (this is the default Linux distro installed, assume this is the case unless you know you installed another distro)


Get Hero Designer

Get yourself a copy of Hero Designer from the store and put the zip into your home directory.  Make a directory to put the unzipped Hero Designer files into:

mkdir ~/Hero\ Designer

Unzip your Hero Designer into the directory you just created:

unzip ~/HeroDesigner.zip -d ~/Hero\ Designer/

Install Java

Update your packages:

sudo apt update

Install Oracle Java:

sudo apt install openjdk-15-jdk

Verify your version of Java:

java -version

You should see something like the following:

java version "13.0.1" 2019-10-15
Java(TM) SE Runtime Environment (build 13.0.1+9)
Java HotSpot(TM) 64-Bit Server VM (build 13.0.1+9, mixed mode, sharing)

Create an Application Launcher

Start by creating a .desktop file for Hero Designer:

sudo touch /usr/share/applications/hero-designer.desktop

Make the launcher executable:

sudo chmod +x /usr/share/applications/hero-designer.desktop

Cut and paste the following text into the desktop launcher file you just created:

[Desktop Entry]
Name=Hero Designer
Comment=Create characters for the HERO System
GenericName=Hero Designer
Path=/home/YOUR_USERNAME/Hero\ Designer
Exec=sommelier -X --scale=0.8 java -Xms32m -Xmx64m -Dsun.java2d.opengl=true -jar HD6.jar
Icon=/home/YOUR_USERNAME/Hero\ Designer/hdlogo.png

Please note that you MUST replace the YOUR_USERNAME text with your actual username... very important!


That's it, after the desktop launcher has been created you should be able to launch it like you would any other app.


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I just copied a stand alone picture


Also, Here's a simpler variation:

# A simple script to run HD
# Need to work within the terminal

echo "Run Herodesigner"
cd /home/USERNAME/Apps/Hero/HD
java -jar HD6.jar 16

the 16 on the end tells java what font size to use


Then you can just make a link to the script



...Running Linux Mint

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