How to use EA Origin on Linux

Electronic Arts distributes its video games through Origin, a DRM gaming platform similar to Steam. Sadly, it hasn’t ever had a Linux release, and it doesn’t appear that EA will ever put it on the platform. However, it is possible to install the Windows version on Linux with Lutris. Here’s how to do it.

Installing GPU drivers

To use Origin on your Linux PC, you will need to install GPU drivers. Sadly, games in origin require things like Vulkan. To get Vulkan working on your Linux PC, you will need to get GPU drivers set up.

This section of the guide will walk you by setting up Nvidia, Intel, and AMD GPU drivers on your Linux system. To start the installation, open up a terminal window by pressing Ctrl + Alt + T on the keyboard or search for “Terminal” in the app menu.

Nvidia

To get proprietary Nvidia drivers up and running on your Linux operating system, follow these instructions.

Ubuntu

On Ubuntu, you can get the latest Nvidia drivers set up by entering the commands below in succession.

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:graphics-drivers/ppa

sudo dpkg --add-architecture i386 

sudo apt install nvidia-driver-450

sudo apt install libvulkan1 libvulkan1:i386

Arch Linux

If you’re on Arch Linux, ensure you have the “multilib” software repository enabled in your Pacman configuration file. Then, use the commands below to get Nvidia drivers up and running.

sudo pacman -Syu
sudo pacman -S nvidia-dkms nvidia-utils lib32-nvidia-utils nvidia-settings vulkan-icd-loader lib32-vulkan-icd-loader

Fedora

To get Nvidia drivers on Fedora working, you’ll need to use a combination of terminal commands as well as the Gnome Software application. 

sudo dnf install fedora-workstation-repositories
sudo dnf config-manager --set-enabled rpmfusion-nonfree-nvidia-driver
sudo dnf install vulkan-loader vulkan-loader.i686

After all of the commands are entered into the terminal, open up Gnome Software and do the following operation to get Nvidia drivers working.

Add-ons > Hardware Drivers > NVIDIA Linux Graphics Driver > Install

AMD/Intel

If you’re using an AMD GPU or Intel graphics, follow the instructions below that corresponds with the OS you use.

Ubuntu

On Ubuntu, drivers can be set up on your computer with the following commands.

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:kisak/kisak-mesa

sudo dpkg --add-architecture i386

sudo apt update

sudo apt upgrade

sudo apt install libgl1-mesa-dri:i386

sudo apt install mesa-vulkan-drivers mesa-vulkan-drivers:i386

Arch Linux

If you’re on Arch Linux, ensure you have the “multilib” software repository enabled in your Pacman configuration file. Then, use the following commands to get everything working.

sudo pacman -Syu

AMD:

sudo pacman -S lib32-mesa vulkan-radeon lib32-vulkan-radeon vulkan-icd-loader lib32-vulkan-icd-loader

INTEL:

sudo pacman -S lib32-mesa vulkan-intel lib32-vulkan-intel vulkan-icd-loader lib32-vulkan-icd-loader

Fedora

You can get the Fedora drivers up and running with the following commands.

sudo dnf install vulkan-loader vulkan-loader.i686

Reboot when done.

Installing Lutris on Linux

Now that the GPU drivers are installed, we need to install the Lutris application on Linux. Lutris will automatically set up EA Origin as they have an installation script that takes care of everything.

Ubuntu

On Ubuntu, the Lutris app can be installed with the following commands.

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

Debian

If you’re on Debian Linux, you’ll be able to get Lutris working with these commands.

echo "deb http://download.opensuse.org/repositories/home:/strycore/Debian_10/ ./" | sudo tee /etc/apt/sources.list.d/lutris.list
wget -q https://download.opensuse.org/repositories/home:/strycore/Debian_10/Release.key -O- | sudo apt-key add -
apt update
apt install lutris

Arch Linux

Get Lutris working on Arch Linux with the following command.

sudo pacman -S lutris

Fedora

Fedora user? Install Lutris with the command below.

sudo dnf install lutris

OpenSUSE

To get Lutris up and running on OpenSUSE, enter the command below.

sudo zypper in lutris

Installing Origin

To install Origin, head over to the Origin Lutris page. Once on the page, click on the “Install” button. When you click on “Install,” your web browser will attempt to open up Lutris. Allow it to open up the app.

Once Lutris is open, an installation window will appear. In this installation window, find “Install” and click it to start the Origin installation process.

After selecting the “Install” button, you will be asked to choose an installation directory. Leave the default configuration. Then, click on “Install” at the bottom of the page.

When you’ve chosen your Origin install location, Lutris will tell you that it must download two files. Select “Continue” to allow these files to download to your computer.

After downloading the necessary files, Lutris will begin downloading and installing Origin. Sit back and allow the installation to finish. When the installation is complete, click “Launch” to open up Origin!

Please note that you may notice an installation error the first time you install Origin. If this happens, go to Lutris, right-click on Origin, select “Stop” to close the app, and re-open it. When Origin re-launches, the error should be gone!

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How to use the Epic Store on Linux

The Epic Games Store is quickly becoming a competitor to Steam by adding exclusive PC games to it. Sadly, unlike Steam, it does not have a native Linux release, and there are no plans for Epic to release on Linux in the future.

Not to worry! With a little elbow grease, you can get the Epic Store working on your Linux PC. Here’s how to do it.

Epic Store on Linux

Installing GPU drivers and Vulkan drivers on Linux

The Epic Games Store does work on Linux, thanks to some tweaks and configuration changes. However, it needs proprietary video drivers to function correctly, as well as Vulkan drivers. In this section of the guide, we’ll show you how to set up both.

To start the installation process, open up a terminal window. You can open up a terminal window by pressing Ctrl + Alt + T on the keyboard. Or, search for a terminal in the app menu by typing in “Terminal.”

Once the terminal window is open, follow the GPU driver installation instructions below that match the card you have.

Nvidia

To get Nvidia drivers and Vulkan drivers working, choose your distribution below and install it by following the instructions.

Ubuntu

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:graphics-drivers/ppa

sudo dpkg --add-architecture i386 

sudo apt install nvidia-driver-450

sudo apt install libvulkan1 libvulkan1:i386

Arch Linux

Ensure you have the “multilib” software repository enabled in your Pacman configuration file. Then, enter the commands below.

sudo pacman -Syu
sudo pacman -S nvidia-dkms nvidia-utils lib32-nvidia-utils nvidia-settings vulkan-icd-loader lib32-vulkan-icd-loader

Fedora

sudo dnf install fedora-workstation-repositories

sudo dnf config-manager --set-enabled rpmfusion-nonfree-nvidia-driver

After enabling the repos, reboot your Fedora PC. Then, launch a terminal and enter the command below.

sudo dnf install vulkan-loader vulkan-loader.i686

Reboot your PC a second time. Once logged back in, launch the Software app in Fedora. Then, do the following:

Add-ons > Hardware Drivers > NVIDIA Linux Graphics Driver > Install

AMD/Intel

If you use AMD or Intel, follow along below by entering the commands that correspond with the distribution you use.

Ubuntu

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:kisak/kisak-mesa

sudo dpkg --add-architecture i386

sudo apt update

sudo apt upgrade

sudo apt install libgl1-mesa-dri:i386

sudo apt install mesa-vulkan-drivers mesa-vulkan-drivers:i386

Reboot when done to apply the changes made.

Arch Linux

Ensure you have the “multilib” software repository enabled on your Arch Linux PC. Once you do, enter the commands below.

sudo pacman -Syu

AMD:

sudo pacman -S lib32-mesa vulkan-radeon lib32-vulkan-radeon vulkan-icd-loader lib32-vulkan-icd-loader

INTEL:

sudo pacman -S lib32-mesa vulkan-intel lib32-vulkan-intel vulkan-icd-loader lib32-vulkan-icd-loader

Fedora

sudo dnf install vulkan-loader vulkan-loader.i686

Reboot when done.

Installing Lutris on Linux

Now that the correct drivers are installed on your Linux PC, you must install Lutris. Lutris is an open-source gaming platform that allows for the quick installation of complex gaming configurations, such as the Epic Games Store. 

Lutris doesn’t come pre-installed on any Linux operating system by default, so we’ll need to go over how to install the software on your Linux PC before continuing. To start, launch a terminal window by pressing Ctrl + Alt + T on the keyboard. Then, follow the command-line instructions down below.

Ubuntu

On Ubuntu, you can install Lutris by entering the following commands below.

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

Debian

If you’re using Debian, you can get Lutris working by entering the commands below in a terminal window.

echo "deb http://download.opensuse.org/repositories/home:/strycore/Debian_10/ ./" | sudo tee /etc/apt/sources.list.d/lutris.list
wget -q https://download.opensuse.org/repositories/home:/strycore/Debian_10/Release.key -O- | sudo apt-key add -
apt update
apt install lutris

Arch Linux

On Arch Linux, install the Lutris app with the following command below.

sudo pacman -S lutris

Fedora

Those on Fedora Linux can get the Lutris app with the command below.

sudo dnf install lutris

OpenSUSE

Are you using OpenSUSE Linux? Please enter the following command to get it working.

sudo zypper in lutris

Installing the Epic Store on Linux with Lutris

Now that video drivers, Vulkan drivers, and Lutris are installed, we can set up the Epic Store. Follow the step-by-step guide to get Epic working on your system.

Step 1: In your favorite browser, head over to the “Epic Games Store” on the Lutris website. Once on the page, locate the “Install” button on the page, and click on it with the mouse.

When you click on the “Install” button on the Lutris, your browser will attempt to launch the Lutris app, and you may see a notification asking to open the app via the browser. Allow your browser to do so.

Step 2: After opening the link in Lutris, the Lutris installer will appear with an “Install Epic Games Store” window. In the “Install Epic Games Store” window, find the “Install” button, and select it with the mouse to begin installing.

Step 3: Once you’ve clicked on the “Install” button, you’ll go to the next page, where Lutris will ask where to set the Epic Games Store installation directory. Leave it as default, and select “Install” to continue.

Step 4: Lutris will now attempt to start the installation. Read the summary of the installation. Then, click “Continue.”

After clicking on “Continue,” Lutris will configure, install, and set up the Epic Games Store on your Linux PC. Sit back; this may take a while.

Step 5: Once the installation is complete, Lutris will show you an “Installation” completed window. Click “Close” to close the window.

In Lutris, select “Epic Games Store” and click “Play” to use the store!

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How to play Stardew Valley on Linux

Stardew Valley is a simulation RPG developed by Eric Barone. It was released on Microsoft Windows in 2016. Later, it made its way to Mac OS, Linux, PS4, Switch, Xbox One, iOS, Android, and even PlayStation Vita.

Stardew Valley on Linux

In the game, players take the role of a character who manages their grandfather’s farm. The player is tasked with farming, raising livestock, crafting items, mining for ore, and much more. In this guide, we’ll show you how to get Stardew Valley working on Linux.

Stardew Valley working on Linux

Stardew Valley is a native Linux game. It was ported to the platform shortly after the Windows release of the game. However, users can’t just download Stardew Valley anywhere and play it. The native release is via Steam, so you will need the Linux version of Steam to play.

Install Steam

Getting the Linux version of Steam isn’t very difficult. To start the installation process, open up a terminal window. To open up a terminal window, press Ctrl + Alt + T on the keyboard or search for “terminal” in your app menu.

Ubuntu

On Ubuntu, the Steam app is best installed by using the Apt install command below in a terminal window. 

sudo apt install steam

Debian

It is possible to install Steam on the Debian Linux operating system. However, the best way to go about getting it working isn’t via the Debian software repositories, but the downloadable DEB package on Steam’s website.

To start installing Steam on your Debian Linux PC, make use of the wget downloader app in the terminal and use it to grab the latest DEB package. 

wget https://steamcdn-a.akamaihd.net/client/installer/steam.deb

After downloading the Steam DEB package to your computer, execute the dpkg command below in a terminal window. This command will install the Steam app on Debian. 

sudo dpkg -i steam.deb

Once the Steam DEB package is set up on your Debian Linux PC, you will need to run the apt-get install -f command to correct any dependency issues that may have occurred during installation.

sudo apt-get install -f

Arch Linux

On Arch Linux, the latest release of Steam is distributed to users via the “multilib” software repository. To get it working on your system, enable “multilib” in your Pacman configuration file. Then, execute the pacman command below to get the app working on your system.

sudo pacman -S steam

Fedora/OpenSUSE

On Fedora Linux as well as OpenSUSE Linux, users can install Steam via software repositories. However, the installation methods for these operating systems aren’t very user-friendly. For this reason, we highly suggest using the Flatpak installation instructions for Steam instead. 

Flatpak

Steam is on the Flathub app store as a Flatpak app. So, if you need to get Steam working and Flatpak is the only way to do it, here’s how to get it working. To start, you must install the Flatpak runtime on your computer. The Flatpak runtime isn’t too tricky to get working. Follow our guide on the subject for help setting it up.

After getting the Flatpak runtime up and running for your system, you must add the Flathub app store to the system. The Flathub app store can be added to Flatpak by making use of the flatpak remote-add command below.

flatpak remote-add --if-not-exists flathub https://flathub.org/repo/flathub.flatpakrepo

With the Flathub app store set up on your system, use the flatpak install command below to get Steam working.

flatpak install flathub com.valvesoftware.Steam

Install Stardew Valley on Linux

Now that Steam is set up on your computer launch the app on your computer. You can launch Steam by searching for “Steam” in your Linux desktop environment’s app menu. 

With Steam open, log into your account using your Steam credentials. After logging in with your Steam credentials, follow the step-by-step instructions outlined below to get Stardew Valley working on your Linux PC. 

Step 1: Once Steam is logged in, the Steam app will attempt to check for updates and install any if there are updates available. Sit back and be patient. When it is done checking, Steam will launch fully.

When Steam is fully launched, find the “STORE” button at the top of the window and click on it with the mouse. If you cannot find “STORE,” it is directly to the left of the “LIBRARY” button. 

Step 2: When you click on the “STORE” button, you’ll be taken to the Steam Storefront. From here, locate the search box, and click on it with the mouse. After clicking on it, type out “Stardew Valley” and press the Enter key.

Step 3: Upon pressing Enter, Steam will display search results. Click on “Stardew Valley” to access the Stardew Valley Steam store page. Then, find the green “Add to cart” button, and click it to purchase and add the game to your account. 

Step 4: Click on the “LIBRARY” button with the mouse to access your library. Once in your game library, search for “Stardew Valley.” Then, click on the blue “INSTALL” button to download and install the game.

Once the game is installed, click on the green “PLAY” button to enjoy Stardew Valley!

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How to play Farming Simulator 19 on Linux

Farming Simulator 19 is a farming simulator video game developed by Giants Software and was published by Focus Home Interactive. In the game, players can realistically farm, breed livestock, plant and harvest crops, and sell assets created on the farm. 

Farming Simulator 19 has been released on dozens of platforms. However, it’s never made it to Linux. However, it is possible to play this game on Linux by using Steam’s Steam Play feature. Here’s how to set it up.

Farming Simulator 19 on Linux

Farming Simulator 19 will only work on Linux with the Linux version of Steam. For this reason, we must go over how to install the app on your system before attempting to show you how to get the game working.

Install Steam

To start the installation of Steam on Linux, open up a terminal window on the desktop. After that, follow the installation instructions below that corresponds with the OS you use.

Ubuntu

On Ubuntu, users will be able to get the Steam app working quite quickly by using the Apt command below.

sudo apt install steam

Debian

If you’re on Debian Linux, the Steam app is available for installation. However, do not attempt to install it through the official Debian software repository. Instead, download the DEB package directly from Valve via the Steam website.

To start the download process for Steam on your Linux PC, use the following wget downloader command. This command will grab the DEB package directly from the internet and place it in your home directory (~).

wget https://steamcdn-a.akamaihd.net/client/installer/steam.deb

When the downloading process is complete, the installation of Steam on Debian can begin. Using the dpkg command below, install the Steam DEB package onto your computer. 

sudo dpkg -i steam.deb

Once the installation of the Steam DEB package is complete, the next step is to correct any dependency issues that may have occurred during the installation process. To fix this issue, execute the apt-get install -f command below in a terminal window.

sudo apt-get install -f

Arch Linux

The Steam app is available on Arch Linux through the “multilib” software repository. If you’d like to install Steam on your Arch Linux system, start by enabling the “multilib” software repository if you haven’t already. After enabling that repository, execute the following pacman command to get Steam working.

sudo pacman -S steam

Fedora/OpenSUSE

If you’re a Fedora Linux or OpenSUSE Linux, you will be able to install Steam via an RPM package. However, the RPM package installation method for these operating systems is not excellent. It is tedious and confusing, especially for new users. For this reason, we highly suggest going the Flatpak route instead. 

Flatpak

You can get Steam as a Flatpak on most Linux operating systems. To start the installation, you must have the Flatpak runtime working on your Linux system. To set up the Flatpak runtime on your Linux PC, open up a terminal window and install the “flatpak” package. Or, follow our in-depth guide on the subject to get everything working.

After setting up the Flatpak runtime on your computer, the next step is to enable the Flathub app store. Flathub is where the Steam app is, so this step is essential. Using the command below, get Flathub working.

flatpak remote-add --if-not-exists flathub https://flathub.org/repo/flathub.flatpakrepo

With Flathub up and running, install the Steam app using the flatpak install command below.

flatpak install flathub com.valvesoftware.Steam

Install Farming Simulator 19 on Linux

Now the Steam application is installed on your Linux PC, open up the app by searching for it in your app menu. Then, once it is open, log into your Steam account by entering your username and password credentials. Then, follow the step-by-step instructions below to get Farming Simulator 19 up and running.

Step 1: In Steam, find the “Steam” menu and click on it. Then, select the “Settings” button to access the Steam settings area. Once in the Steam settings area, find “Steam Play” and check both “Enable Steam Play for supported titles” and “Enable Steam Play for all other titles.”

Click “OK” to save the settings.

Step 2: Find the “STORE” button and click on it with the mouse. Once on the Steam store, click on the search box, type in “Farming Simulator 19,” and press the Enter key.

Look through the search results for “Farming Simulator 19” and click on it to go to the game’s Steam store page.

Step 3: On the Farming Simulator store page, find the green “Add to cart” button and click on it with the mouse to purchase and add the game to your account.

Step 4: Select “LIBRARY” to go to your Steam library. Once there, search for “Farming Simulator 19” and click on it. Then, find the blue “INSTALL” button and select it to download the game to your Linux PC.

Step 5: When the download is complete, click on the green “PLAY” button to start up Farming Simulator 19 on your Linux PC!.”

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How to play Eternal Return: Black Survival on Linux

Eternal Return: Black Survival is a MOBA/battle royal/survival game hybrid for PC developed and published by Nimble Neuron. The player chooses a character from the unique character roster and faces off with 17 other players in the game. 

Eternal Return: Black Survival never made its way to Linux as a native program. Instead, if you want to enjoy this game on Linux, you will need to use the Steam Play feature built into the Linux client. Here’s how to set the game up.

Eternal Return: Black Survival on Linux

Eternal Return: Black Survival only works on Linux via Proton and Steam Play, features in the Linux version of Steam that make it possible for Windows games to run. For this reason, we must go over how to install the Linux version of Steam.

Install Steam

To start installing Steam on your Linux PC, open up a terminal window and follow along with the instructions below.

Ubuntu

On Ubuntu, the Steam application is installable on the official Ubuntu app sources. To install it on your system, make use of the Apt command below. 

sudo apt install steam

Debian

Steam is available for Debian. To get Steam on your system, it’s best to download the DEB package from the Steam official website. This is because the official DEB release on Debian must be manually enabled via the “non-free” software repo, and that isn’t very user-friendly.

To start the download for the Steam DEB package, open up a terminal window and use the following wget downloader tool. This app will grab the DEB package and place it in your home (~) directory.

wget https://steamcdn-a.akamaihd.net/client/installer/steam.deb

Once the DEB package is done downloading to your Debian Linux PC, the installation can begin. Using the dpkg command below, install the Steam DEB package onto your computer.

sudo dpkg -i steam.deb

After installing the Steam DEB package onto your Debian Linux PC, the setup for Steam isn’t complete. It is not done because you will need to fix any dependency issues that occurred during the installation.

To fix all dependency issues in Debian, execute the following apt-get install -f command in a terminal. 

sudo apt-get install -f

Arch Linux

On Arch Linux, the Steam client is available to all users through the “multilib” software repository. To install Steam on your Arch system, ensure the “multilib” software repository is enabled in your Pacman configuration file. Then, execute the pacman command below to get Steam working.

sudo pacman -S steam

Fedora/OpenSUSE

If you’re using Fedora or OpenSUSE, you will be able to install Steam via a native RPM package. However, the RPM version of Steam’s installation method on both Fedora and OpenSUSE is tedious and not very user-friendly. For this reason, we highly recommend following the Flatpak installation instructions instead.

Flatpak

If you want to use the Flatpak version of Steam, you will first need to install the Flatpak runtime on Linux. To do that, install the “flatpak” package on your computer. If you are having trouble setting up the Flatpak runtime on your Linux PC, please follow our in-depth guide on the subject

After setting up the Flatpak runtime on your Linux PC, you will need to add the Flathub app store. This app store has the Flatpak release of Steam, so it is required. To add the Flathub app store, execute the following flatpak remote-add command below.

flatpak remote-add --if-not-exists flathub https://flathub.org/repo/flathub.flatpakrepo

Once the Flathub app store is set up, install Steam using the flatpak install command. 

flatpak install flathub com.valvesoftware.Steam

Install Eternal Return: Black Survival on Linux

With Steam installed, launch it by searching for “Steam” in the app menu. After that, log into your account by entering your password credentials and username. Once Steam is logged in, follow the step-by-step instructions below to get Eternal Return: Black Survival working.

Step 1: Inside Steam, find the “Steam” menu button and click on it. After selecting this button, click on the “Settings” option to go to the Steam settings area.

Inside the Steam settings area, find “Steam Play” and check the two boxes “Enable Steam Play for supported titles” and “Enable Steam Play for all other titles”. Then, click “OK” to close the window.

Step 2: Find the “STORE” button and click on it with the mouse. Then, find the search box and click on it. Type out “Eternal Return: Black Survival” and press the Enter key to search.

Look through the results for “Eternal Return: Black Survival” and click on it with the mouse to access the game’s Steam page.

Step 3: Find the green “Add to cart” button, and click on it with the mouse to purchase the game and add it to your account. Then, find the “LIBRARY” button and click on it to access your Steam library.

Step 4: Search through your Steam library for “Eternal Return: Black Survival”. Once found, click on the blue “INSTALL” button and select it to download the game to your computer.

Step 5: Now that the game is installed, click on the green “PLAY” button to start it up!

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