A front-end for customising the functionality of your Razer perpherials under GNU/Linux.
GNOME Shell 3.xx (in some distributions) may also need to install an AppIndicator extension in order to see the tray applet.
See the daemon's device support table to check whether your device is supported by the daemon. Once it works with the daemon, it's likely to work in Polychromatic too.
However, not all newly supported devices will work straight away. These devices have known issues:
- Mice and mousemats
- Profile support will come in a future release.
With developments being made to the daemon, it will eventually be possible to:
- Manage macros for keyboards and keypads.
- Create and run "custom effects".
There are some limitations:
- Profile support is not possible for keypads as the daemon does not support matrixes.
If you haven't already, you will need to install the OpenRazer driver and daemon.
Ubuntu and Linux Mint users can install this via this PPA:
sudo add-apt-repository ppa:openrazer/stable sudo apt update sudo apt install openrazer-meta
Please see the project website for instructions for your distribution.
Polychromatic can be installed via this PPA:
sudo add-apt-repository ppa:polychromatic/stable sudo apt update sudo apt install polychromatic
The PPA is recommended as it keeps the application up-to-date.
These builds deliver the newest features and improvements quicker, but are not well tested and may be buggy at times.
sudo add-apt-repository ppa:polychromatic/daily sudo apt update sudo apt install polychromatic
If you later decide to revert back to the stable builds:
sudo apt remove polychromatic sudo rm /etc/apt/sources.list.d/polychromatic-ubuntu-daily.list* sudo add-apt-repository ppa:polychromatic/stable sudo apt update sudo apt install polychromatic
lah7/polychromatic-daily PPAs have been deprecated, while they'll still be updated during this transition, in future versions you'll be advised to switch.
Packages built for Ubuntu are also compatible with Debian. You can add the repository and signing key as follows:
echo "deb http://ppa.launchpad.net/polychromatic/stable/ubuntu xenial main" | sudo tee -a /etc/apt/sources.list.d/polychromatic.list sudo apt-key adv --recv-key --keyserver keyserver.ubuntu.com 96B9CD7C22E2C8C5 sudo apt update sudo apt install polychromatic
daily instead of
stable for development builds)
Standalone packages are available from the releases page, or by following a manual installation below.
Packages for Arch are maintained by z3ntu. You can install using an AUR wrapper, like as follows:
yaourt -S polychromatic pacaur -S polychromatic
There are two packages:
You can add a repository and obtain packages for these distributions via OpenSUSE's Build System. Thank you to z3ntu for setting this up.
sudo layman -a vifino-overlay emerge polychromatic
See further below for which dependencies you will require to install first.
git clone https://github.com/lah7/polychromatic.git cd polychromatic git checkout stable sudo ./install/install.sh
If you'd like to use the latest development version (but potentially unstable), skip this line:
git checkout stable.
You can update your installation by clicking "Check for Updates" in the preferences, or by running:
Polychromatic interfaces with the daemon from the OpenRazer project. These packages are required for all distributions:
These packages are required for running the application:
These packages are required just for compiling the application:
Something not working?
- Check that the driver and daemon are properly installed for your distribution.
- Check that your device has daemon support.
- For DBUS, daemon or driver bugs, see if an issue has been raised on the OpenRazer repository, otherwise please create a new issue there.
For visual or functional problems with Polychromatic, please raise an issue here instead.
The software is ready to speak multiple languages! Take a look at this wiki page if you'd like to contribute.
This software is developed in my spare time without any expection of money in return, but if you're feeling generous, then you are more than welcome to donate to the lead developer of Polychromatic and the people who bring you the driver and daemon. Thank you for your generosity.