Lutris

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Lutris icon.

Lutris is a Linux gaming app that primarily provides installers for games not available on Steam. It can also act as a single app for your whole game library.


You can also install game launchers like the Origin Client, Battle.net, and the Epic Games Store. Lutris also lets you import game launchers from various sources, such as GOG, Humble Bundle, and Steam.

Installing Lutris[edit | edit source]

You can typically install Lutris through your distribution's app store (e.g. GNOME Software, Discover, Pop Shop).

For example, on Pop!_OS, go to the Pop Shop and search "Lutris".

Pop Shop - Lutris.png

Then, click install.

See Lutris's download page for more ways to install it.

Finding a game on Lutris[edit | edit source]

This page needs work, for the following reason(s): The UI changed. In the new version, it is necessary to click the + button on the top left, then click "Search for install script on the Lutris website".

The most important feature of Lutris is that you can install games and launchers not found on Steam using install scripts. If you want to use an install script, select Lutris in Sources and click "Community Installers".

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Then, in the top bar, click "Search games" and put in the name of the game you want to install.

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Here, we'll click on the game with the photo, and click "install". There may be multiple install scripts options, so pick what seems most standard. If your first choice doesn't work, you could try the other ones.

You don't have to use the Lutris client to find install scripts - you can look up install scripts on Lutris's website.

Installation[edit | edit source]

Typically, when installing a game, Lutris will ask if you want to download certain files.

Installing Overwatch on Lutris.

Review the files to make sure everything looks okay, and then just press continue. Don't worry about the individual download buttons.

Install games that you own on GOG, Humble Bundle, and Steam[edit | edit source]

Login to these stores by navigating to their tab in Sources, and logging in to them by clicking the Connect icon.


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After logging in, Lutris should display the games you own from that store.

You can also enable the Epic Games Store as a source, but using the Heroic Games launcher or just installing the Epic Games Store itself through Lutris are probably easier options.

Configuration Options[edit | edit source]

You might want to improve the performance of your games with stuff like:

You can also improve visuals with:

Or you might want to try:

  • Wine-GE, instead of using Lutris's WINE

Installing Windows games without an install script[edit | edit source]

This is NOT what you would usually do when installing a game! Only do the following if there is no install script!

  • Click the plus on the top left
  • Select a name and select Wine as runner.
  • Select Game options, and select the executable
    • Select the new folder as Wine prefix
    • Select the prefix architecture (if you're not sure select 64-bit)
      • Create a new folder where you want to install your game (for example ~/Games/MyNewGame)
  • Select Runner options
    • Select the Wine version (try different ones, including the ones from tkg and GE)
  • Click Save
  • Start your game
    • Click through the installer
  • Right click the game in Lutris, click Configure
    • Select Game options and modify the executable to be the actual game executable. (This could be ~/Games/MyNewGame/drive_c/Program Files(x86)/CoolGame/bin/CoolGame.exe)
  • Start your game.
    • It will probably work, but if it's not, see the troubleshooting section.

Troubleshooting[edit | edit source]

This video guide explains how to install a game with a Lutris install script in more depth.

If you encounter an issue installing your game, look up the game's name on the Linux Gaming subreddit to see if anyone's had the same issue and solved it. You should also check whether the game currently runs on Linux.

General approach:[edit | edit source]

(if the above does not work)

  • Close Lutris, open a terminal, type lutris and press enter. Lutris will now open, but you will see more information in the terminal.
  • Try running the game with different presets like other Wine version, with/without DXVK, with/without Esync, Fsync, Windowed (virtual desktop), etc.
  • Right click your game, go to Runner options, and set Output debugging info to Enabled.
  • Start your game and pay close attention to the output in the terminal
    • Try to understand the problem
    • For example, you can use Winetricks to install missing dependencies

Winetricks[edit | edit source]

Winetricks is an easy way to do various stuff with Wine, including but not limited to installing libraries and other dependencies for your games.

FAQ[edit | edit source]

What are runners?[edit | edit source]

Runners are "methods" to run your programs.

Linux is for native Linux games. Steam is for Steam games - though, using Steam itself to run those games is easier. Wine is what you want to use for every other Windows game. Other runners are available, these are mainly emulators for various consoles, or DOS (DosBox)

Where are save games?[edit | edit source]

~/Games/MyGame/drive_c/<the_path_that_it_would_be_on_windows>

See also[edit | edit source]

Lutris website