Lutris is an open source gaming platform for GNU/Linux. It makes gaming on Linux easier by taking care of managing, installing and providing optimal settings for games.
Lutris does not sell games, you have to provide your own copy of the games unless they are Open Source or Freeware. The games can be installed anywhere you want on your system, the tool does not impose anything.
Lutris relies on various programs referenced as 'runners' to provide a vast library of games. These runners (with the exception of Steam and Web browsers) are provided by Lutris, you don't need to install them with your package manager.
We currently support the following runners:
- Linux (Native games)
- Wine + Steam
- Adventure Game Studio
- Virtual Jaguar
Lutris automates installation of games using configuration files written
in JSON or YAML, these scripts list various files needed to install a game
and run a list of actions on them (such as extract, move, execute, …).
The syntax of installers is described in
available on lutris.net when writing installers).
A web UI is planned to ease the creation of these scripts.
You can optionally create an account on lutris.net and connect to this account on the client. This will allow you to sync your game library from the website to the client (not the other way around). If you wish, you can sync your Steam library with your Lutris library on the website.
The client does not store your lutris.net credentials on your computer.
Instead, when you authenticate, the website will send a token which will
be used to sync your library. This token is stored in
The client, runner and games configuration files are stored in
~/.config/lutris. There is no need to manually edit these files as
everything should be done from the client.
lutris.conf: stores preferences for the client's UI
system.yml: stores configuration that will be used for every game
runners/*.yml: stores configuration used for any game from a particular
games/*.yml: stores configuration used for a specific game
The game configuration can override previously defined runner and system configuration and runner configuration can override system configuration.
Runners and game database
The data necessary to manage your library and run the game is stored in
pga.db: stores your game library, the installation status, the location
on the filesystem plus some additional metadata. This file is a SQLite
runners/*: runners downloaded from lutris.net (emulators and such)
banners/*.jpg: images for the games.
Command line options
The following command line arguments are available:
--version show program's version number and exit -h, --help show this help message and exit -v, --verbose Verbose output -d, --debug Show debug messages -i INSTALLER_FILE, --install=INSTALLER_FILE Install a game from a yml file -l, --list-games List all games in database -o, --installed Only list installed games -j, --json Display the list of games in JSON format --list-steam-games List available Steam games --list-steam-folders List all known Steam library folders --reinstall Reinstall game
Additionally, you can pass a
lutris: protocol link followed by a game
identifier on the command line such as:
This will install the game if not already installed or launch the game
otherwise (unless the
--reinstall flag is passed).
Lutris is far from complete and some of the most intertesting features are yet to be implemented!
Here's what to expect from the future versions of lutris:
- Integration with GOG and Humble Bundle
- Integration with the TOSEC database
- Management of Personnal Game Archives (let you store your games files on private storage, allowing you to reinstall them on all your devices)
- Game saves sync
- Community features (friends list, chat, multiplayer game scheduling)
- Controller configuration GUI (with xboxdrv support)
Come with us!
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