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How To Install the Epic Games Launcher On Linux


The Epic Games Launcher is a popular platform for purchasing and playing games, similar to Steam, Origin, and Uplay. While Epic Games provides native versions of their launcher for Windows and macOS, they do not provide an official one for Linux. Fortunately, Linux users have the power of the community and some tools at their disposal to run the Epic Games Launcher. This guide will show you how to install and use it on your Linux machine using Wine and Lutris.

Step-by-step Guide

Install Wine

Wine is a compatibility layer capable of running Windows applications on Linux.

On Ubuntu/Debian:

sudo dpkg --add-architecture i386
sudo apt update
sudo apt install wine64 wine32 wine-stable

On Fedora:

sudo dnf install wine

On Arch Linux/Manjaro:

sudo pacman -S wine

Install Lutris

Lutris is an open-source gaming platform that makes it easier to install and manage games on Linux. It provides automated installation scripts, including one for the Epic Games Launcher.

On Ubuntu/Debian:

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:lutris-team/lutris
sudo apt update
sudo apt install lutris

On Fedora:

sudo dnf install lutris

On Arch Linux/Manjaro:

sudo pacman -S lutris

Install Epic Games Launcher through Lutris

Potential Issues and Troubleshooting

Launcher not starting: Sometimes, after an update or for various reasons, the Epic Games Launcher might fail to start. If this happens, you can try right-clicking on the Epic Games Launcher within Lutris and selecting "Wine Configuration" or "Wine Tricks" to adjust settings or install additional dependencies.

Graphics drivers: For the best gaming experience, make sure you have the latest graphics drivers installed for your GPU. This is especially crucial for users with NVIDIA graphics cards.

Game compatibility: While many games from the Epic Store will work on Linux through Wine, not all of them will. It's always a good idea to check for Linux-specific compatibility or issues on forums or websites like ProtonDB, which, while primarily focused on Steam's Proton, can also provide insights for games from the Epic Store.

Conclusion

Though the Epic Games Launcher doesn't have a native Linux version, it is still accessible to Linux users thanks to tools like Wine and Lutris. While it may require a bit more setup than on Windows, once up and running, many of your favorite games from the Epic Store can be enjoyed on your Linux machine.

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Posted: 2023-09-29
By: dwirch
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