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Welcome to the Linux Gaming wiki!

We seek to make an open, standard type of wiki that gathers all information, tutorials and tweaks to help with gaming on Linux.

We were previously located at the Linux Gaming subreddit wiki.

Feel free to contribute! We need it for this wiki to gain traction.

Overview

Getting started

Running games

  • Lutris - The most important launcher. Big library of scripts to help you install many games. Runs basically everything.
  • Heroic - Launcher to run games from Epic and GOG.
  • Steam - The best way to install games from Steam.
  • Bottles - Run games and other programs that don't have a good install script.

Tweaking

Performance

  • Improving performance - What to do if you get less FPS, more input lag, or more stuttering than on Windows.
  • FSR - AMD FidelityFX Super Resolution. A technique to get significantly more performance in GPU limited games.
  • Gamemode - Tool to improve performance.
  • Compositor - Makes your desktop look nice, but may cost a lot of performance in games.
  • CoreCtrl - Tool to control CPU and GPU. Especially interesting if you have an AMD GPU.
  • Hardware video acceleration in Web browsers - Information on enabling hardware video acceleration in web browsers.
  • Monitoring & Stresstesting - How to test that your tweaked system is still stable

Modding

Hardware

Other

  • Terminal - The scary black thing with text. How to use it without messing up your computer.
  • Common tweaks - How to disable mouse acceleration (and more - to be done).
  • Misc - Various stuff that doesn't (yet) deserve an own article but might be useful.
  • Windows Compatibility - How to run Windows programs
  • Desktop Environment - The interface of your system. You can change it!
  • Window Manager - The thing that you use to move windows around on your screen
  • Graphical tools - Programs that no one tells you about, but that you might like if you don't want to use the terminal

Getting Tech Support

Generally, the first port of call for problems that you may encounter is the dedicated support (forums, IRC, knowledgebases etc) provided by the Linux distribution that you're using. You can also ask for help in the Weekly Tech Support Thread that's pinned to the top of /r/linux_gaming. The relevant distro subreddit may also be useful - the popular ones can be found on the /r/linux sidebar. If the problem is a game-specific one, then searching out support from the game's website, subreddit, or Steam community hub may be of help. Otherwise, you may find the following links of use:

External Links

Lists of sites that may be of interest or help to people interested in Linux gaming. All the of the information held within these sites is the responsibility of their respective owners.

Crowdfunding

Linux Game databases

Linux Game Stores

Steam Specific

Linux Gaming Sites

Historical Linux Gaming Sites

Miscellaneous Sites

  • DOSBox - application to enable running old DOS games
  • ScummVM - another application which allows running various old games, but unlike DOSBox it natively reimplements their engines.
  • Lutris - an open gaming platform for Linux. Manages all your native, WINE, and emulated games in one place.
  • PlayOnLinux - application to make installation and running of games through Wine easier
  • Flathub - the default repository of Flatpak, a distribution agnostic package manager
  • OS Game Clones - open source remakes of classics
  • Arch Wiki - a high quality, well maintained source for information on Arch Linux, as well as applications available for it. Most information also applies to other distributions.
  • Perfect-Ubuntu-Guide - in depth tutorial on how to configure Ubuntu. Also contains a gaming section, that might also be relevant for other distributions.
  • Inde Game Reviewer - Linux

Outdated pages in this wiki (please update them)

The following pages are heavily outdated. You should probably look somewhere else to get information. If you have the knowledge, please feel free to update them.

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