Helpful tools for Linux gaming

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Last update: 2020-02-18

Below is collection of tools and applications for Linux users with a focus on gaming. This page is continually updated so set a bookmark and check back regularly.

Game Launchers

  • Steam - online game store and client
  • Lutris - open source game launcher with good Wine integration to play many popular Windows-only games
  • BlueMaxima's Flashpoint - open source launcher for thousands older web-based/Flash games

Tools

  • Piper and libratbag - daemon and GUI to configure settings of many gaming mice
  • Oversteer - a desktop application to configure Logitech racing wheels
  • xow - user space driver for Xbox One wireless dongle
  • gamemode - from Feral Interactive, allows performance optimizations to be temporarily applied when launching games

Streaming and Recording

  • Steam Link - stream games from a Steam host PC to a variety of other devices
  • Open Broadcaster Software - screencapture and video streaming application. Nvidia users recommended to get from Snap or Flatpak if your distribution supports them for NVENC
  • MangoHUD - a Vulkan-only performance overlay and benchmarking utility

Is anything missing? Leave a comment below or send an email to contact@linuxgame.net

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