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Awesome GNU/Linux gaming Awesome

A curated list of awesome GNU/Linux tips & tricks, games, tools, and resources. Inspired by awesome-vulkan and other awesome-related projects.

Overview

This is a hobby project to improve the quality of gaming in Linux because it is possible to improve performance by tweaking your Linux machine. Most Linux distributions have a lot of issues when it comes to gaming performance, as they do not utilise the modern and superior counterparts.

Table of contents

Distributions

Beginner

Pop!_OS Generic badge

Based on Ubuntu. Attempt from System76 to "de-Canonical-ise" Ubuntu, as well as some minor tweaks for gaming.

  • Full ootb support for Nvidia and AMD GPUs.
  • Better power management built-in.
  • All common gaming related applications are in Pop Shop, making it trivial to install everything needed to start gaming.
  • 64 bit Vulkan drivers are pre-installed, but Steam installation is modified to include them too just in case.
  • No snaps pre-installed and Pop!_Shop gives an option between .deb and flatpak for many applications.

Fedora Generic badge

Community maintained distribution to provide the upstream kernel in correlation with stable packages. Comes with performance tools pre-installed such as gamemode.

  • Built on bleeding edge/stable model, provides a very stable experience while staying fairly up-to-date on software.
  • In other words, when installing drivers and libraries, you get more recent versions compared to some other distros.
  • When installing Steam, GameMode will be installed as well, to improve performance.

Linux Mint Generic badge

The purpose of Linux Mint is to produce a modern, elegant and comfortable operating system which is both powerful and easy to use.

  • It works out of the box, with full multimedia support and is extremely easy to use.
  • It's community-driven. Users are encouraged to send feedback to the project so that their ideas can be used to improve Linux Mint.
  • Based on Debian and Ubuntu, it provides about 30,000 packages to install via apt.

Ubuntu Generic badge

Ubuntu is the modern, open source operating system built on Linux for the enterprise server, desktop, cloud, and IoT.

Solus Generic badge

A distribution made from scratch, Solus is a rolling distribution that is snappy, stable and easy to use.

  • Updates every Friday.
  • All common gaming applications are in the software center.
  • Nvidia drivers can be installed with a few clicks.
  • Completely independent from Arch and Debian.

Moderate

Arch Linux Generic badge

Lightweight and independent distribution to provide as much performance with as less time spent.

  • Higher maintainance than Beginner distros, but comes with less pre-installed.
  • This provides a cleaner base, letting the user focus on installing only what they need.
  • This can aid lower-end systems.

openSUSE Tumbleweed Generic badge

  • Rolling distro with openQA.
  • Less likely to break than Arch due to testing.
  • Great Nvidia support.

Advanced

Gentoo Generic badge

Minimal and secure source based distribution to maximise performance.

  • High potential for increased stability and reduced latency of the system thanks to building everything from source and in turn adapting to user's hardware and needs per program basis.
  • Users with lower-end hardware may experience higher FPS in games as a result of said optimisations of the system, however this is not guaranteed and will depend highly on the hardware used.

Utilities

GameMode Generic badge

A systemd daemon/lib to optimise Linux system performance on demand. — WARNING: this utility will not work in the distributions listed in the following website: Wikipedia: Linux distributions without systemd.Video

CoreCtrl Generic badge

Overclocking software with the aesthetics based on AMD's Radeon Software Adrenalin from 2018.

QMK Generic badge

Keyboard firmware to customize key switches. Based on the tmk_keyboard firmware. — Video - WARNING: Flashing firmware is not a risk-free process and can result in a brick if anything goes wrong. Recovery ranges from time consuming to impossible and may even require buying extra tools.

Chiaki Generic badge

Cross-platform client for PlayStation 4 Remote Play. — Video

ZeroTierOne Generic badge

Programmable Ethernet switch that allows all networked devices, VMs, containers, and applications to communicate as if they all reside in the same physical data center or cloud region, similar to LogMeIn Hamachi.

Frogging-Family / community-patches

A list of patches maintained by the community.

Luxtorpeda Generic badge

Steam Play compatibility tool to run games using native Linux engines.

libratbag Generic badge

DBus daemon to configure input devices for gaming mice. — WARNING: this utility will not work in the distributions listed in the following website: Wikipedia: Linux distributions without systemd.

logiops Generic badge

Unofficial drivers for Logitech mice and keyboard.

Steamtinkerlaunch Generic badge

SteamTinkerLaunch (short STL) is a Linux wrapper tool for use with the Steam client which allows you to easily customize start tools and options for games quickly.

Overlays

MangoHud Generic badge

A Vulkan and OpenGL overlay for monitoring FPS, temperatures, CPU/GPU load and more. — Video

vkBasalt Generic badge

A Vulkan post processing layer to enhance the visual graphics of games while barely impacting performance. — Video

GOverlay Generic badge

A Graphical UI to manage Linux overlays, such as MangoHud and vkBasalt. — Video

Discover Generic badge

Discord Overlay for Linux.

Websites

AppDB

Website maintained by WINE HQ to track reports and ratings of video games.

  • ProtonDB

    Website maintained by a community to track reports and ratings of video games written by other users for Steam and Proton.
    • ProtonDB-Tags

      A small Python script to pull ratings from ProtonDB and import them into your Steam library as tags.

GamingOnLinux

The home of Linux and SteamOS gaming. Covering Linux Gaming News, Linux Games, SteamOS, Indie Game Reviews and more.

Boiling Steam

Covering the Linux Gaming Scene since 2014. Featuring Game Reviews, Hardware Reviews, Industry News, Trends Analysis and more.

Open Source Game Clones

A list of open source game alternatives to their proprietary counterparts.

The Linux Gamers' Game List

A list of games that work natively in Linux.

Arch Wiki / Gaming

A list of information about running games and related system configuration tips.

VR Software Status

Repository containing the status of Steam games working in Virtual Reality.

LibreGameWiki

A wiki of free games and related topics started by Han Dao.

Processors

AMD

RyzenAdj Generic badge

CLI tool to adjust core clock and voltage of Ryzen processors.

Intel

intel-power-control Generic badge

A GUI tool to adjust the core clock and voltage of Intel iGPUs.

Graphics cards

Graphics drivers overview Generic badge

An overview of the graphical Linux drivers.

Shaders overview Generic badge

An overview of the shaders used in games in Linux.

AMD

Note: this is only for the AMDGPU drivers. We might add AMDGPU-PRO or AMDVLK specific categories later.

ACO compiler Generic badge Generic badge

Open source shader compiler by Valve Corporation to compete with the LLVM compiler, AMDVLK drivers drivers and Windows 10.

Overclocking Generic badge

Guide to overclock an AMD GPU using the AMDGPU drivers.

AMDGPU Clocks Generic badge

CLI tool to adjust the core clock, memory and voltage of AMD graphics cards.

vibrantLinux-AMD Generic badge

Fork of vibrantLinux; utility that automates NVIDIA's Digitial Vibrance Control and AMD's Saturation for games. — Only for AMD GPUs.

radeon-profile Generic badge

Powerful app for tuning AMD GPUs. Monitor and adjust fans, temperatures, usage, power, and core/memory clocks. Configure overclocking profiles and set custom fan curves. Watch for events (e.g. temp threshold reached, game launched) and change parameters automatically. Additional screenshots here.

radeontop Generic badge

Nice monitoring tool for your GPU utilization (works with both FOSS driver and Catalyst one).

Xorg

Note: Xorg has had a lot of problems with the xf86-video-amdgpu drivers, one of them being screen tearing. It is advisable to create a custom xorg.conf file in order to remove some issues.

TearFree Generic badge

Enable tearing prevention using the hardware page flipping mechanism.

FreeSync Generic badge

An open source Variable refresh rate technology developed by AMD to eliminate screen tearing and reduce stuttering.

Others Generic badge

If you want to explore into the Xorg configuration options, you can look into:

Nvidia

Drivers Generic badge

Note: It is not advised to install the driver through the package provided from the NVIDIA website. It is better to install it through the distribution's package manager.

GreenWithEnvy (GWE) Generic badge

GWE is a GTK system utility designed to provide information, control the fans and overclock your NVIDIA video card and graphics processor. — Only for Nvidia GPUs.

vibrantLinux Generic badge

Inspired by vibranceGUI to port in Linux; utility that automates NVIDIA's Digitial Vibrance Control and AMD's Saturation for games. — Only for Nvidia GPUs.

Platforms

Steam Generic badge

Video game digital distribution developed by Valve Corporation to provide games from third-party publishers. It also offers Proton (a fork of WINE) to facilitate gaming on Linux.

Lutris Generic badge

Client with install scripts provided by the community to utilise applications and games without the hassle of manually setting them up.

GameHub Generic badge

Unified library for all your games. It supports all games from GOG, Steam, HumbleBundle and Humble Trove.

GOG Generic badge

Video game digital distribution developed by CD Projekt to provide third-party DRM-free games.

itch.io Generic badge

Website for users to host, sell and download indie video games.

GameJolt Generic badge

Hosting service for free and commercial video games (in browser and a downloadable client) with social functions.

BeamDog Generic badge

Online-based game software program which allows players to keep their games up to date with the latest fixes and enhancements.

Legendary Generic badge

CLI client to launch games from the Epic Games Store.

Kernels

XanMod Generic badge

A general-purpose Linux kernel aimed for performance and to provide more features.

Liquorix Generic badge

A Linux kernel designed to give the optimal performance for desktop, multimedia, and gaming workloads. Only available in Debian/Ubuntu!

Tk-Glitch / PKGBUILDS / linux-tkg

A custom Linux kernel with various patchsets to improve gaming performance. — Now available for non-Arch distributions!

gloriouseggroll / kernel Generic badge

Latest upstream Linux kernel in addition of the TKG patchsets. — Only available in Fedora!

sirlucjan / kernel-patches

Repository with various kernel patchsets.

Arch wiki / Kernel

Arch wiki page describing various Linux kernels.

WINE

WINE Generic badge

A compatibility layer capable of running Windows applications on several POSIX-compliant operating systems such as Linux, macOS, & BSD.

Winetricks Generic badge Helper script to download and install various redistributable runtime libraries needed to run some programs in Wine.

Wine-tkg and Proton-tkg Generic badge Wine and Proton build scripts from Tk-Glitch with easy customization and a plethora of regression hotfixes, patches, game optimizations, and other goodness. This is the build system used for all Lutris wine builds.

WINE implementations

vkd3d-proton Generic badge

A Vulkan-based translation layer for Direct3D 12 which allows running 3D applications on Linux using Wine. Valve's fork, included with Proton and recommended over upstream vkd3d.

DXVK Generic badge

A Vulkan-based translation layer for Direct3D 9/10/11 which allows running 3D applications on Linux using Wine.

  • D9VK Generic badge

    A Vulkan-based translation layer for Direct3D 9 which allows running 3D applications on Linux using Wine. It has now been merged with DXVK.

wine-wayland Generic badge

A Vulkan-based translation layer for DirectX 9 & DirectX 11 to play in pure Wayland without the need of X11 or XWayland. — Only available in Arch-based distributions!

Proton Generic badge

A WINE implementation from Valve Corporation to play Windows games directly from Steam Linux.

Emulators

RetroArch Generic badge

RetroArch is a frontend for emulators, game engines and media players.

taminaru / awesome-emulators-simulators Awesome

A curated list of software emulators and simulators of PCs, home computers, mainframes, consoles, robots and much more...

mesa_glthread=true for OpenGL Generic badge

Mesa drivers flag to enable multi-threading on the Mesa drivers.

Development

ROCm Generic badge

GPU-accelerated computing drivers for AMD GPUs.

μProf Generic badge

Performance analysis tool for AMD for applications running on Windows and Linux operating systems.

Ogre Generic badge

Cross-platform and cross-language open source engine written in C++.

Godot Generic badge

2D and 3D cross-platform game engine written in C, C++.

Blender Generic badge

3D computer graphics software toolset used for creating animated films, visual effects, art, 3D printed models, motion graphics, interactive 3D applications, and computer games.

vinjn / awesome-vulkan Awesome

A curated list of awesome Vulkan libraries, debuggers and resources.

eug / awesome-opengl Awesome

A curated list of awesome OpenGL libraries, debuggers and resources.

YouTube channels

FlightlessMango

Benchmark comparisons between different operating systems, different hardware and different software, as well as graphics comparisons.

Chris Titus Tech

Focused on technical aspects of GNU/Linux, as well as gaming.

Egee

Reviews, benchmark comparisons of different GNU/Linux distributions and installation guides of games.

Intelligent Gaming

Linux gaming tutorials and gameplay.

Bero Tech

Linux tutorials, benchmarks gaming performance on Linux and does gaming benchmarks between Windows vs Linux.

Q&As

See Q&AS.md.

Future plans

Everything we plan to add in the future in this page will be in TODO.md.

Contributing

See CONTRIBUTING.md.

Special thanks

Special thanks go to:

  • The lutris project
  • the contributors that have contributed in this project;
  • everyone that has suggested something to add, remove or fix;
  • the developers and writers that have created and contributed to the awesome projects that we have mentioned;
  • to everyone that has shared this project to others.

This project would never have happened and continued without you :)