Hangouts screensharing on Chromium not working

If you try and enable the screen sharing feature during a call on Hangouts on Chromium on Debian, it happens absolutely nothing, no error is reported.

This is because the Chromium package in the debian repositories is built with the enable_hangout_services_extension=false flag (every other feature of Hangouts actually works).

You can download the source, edit the rules file and enable that flag. The produced Chromium package will have the screen sharing feature correctly working.

Check here to see the detailed build instructions or to download the ready binary.

Another option is using Firefox ESR.

Context: debian Sid - August 31, 2017 - chromium_60.0.3112.78-1

Play DRM content on Chromium

You need the widevine plugin, which ships with Chrome and Firefox by default but isn’t available for Chromium.

Install the package chromium-widevine. If the problem persist, manually copy the files and from a Chrome install (/opt/google/chrome/) to /usr/lib/chromium/.


sudo mkdir /usr/lib/chromium
sudo mv /usr/lib/chromium
sudo chmod 644 /usr/lib/chromium/