Play League of Legends on any Linux Distro

by | Oct 7, 2022 | Linux Gaming, Tutorials | 0 comments

As a big fan of gaming on Linux, I feel the responsibility for spreading the word about how to do this stuff on Linux. So today we’ll talk about installing League of Legends on Linux. No matter what distro you have installed on your computer, I’ll try to make this tutorial as universal as possible. For the whole installation process, we’ll use Lutris. It’s a game collection manager which makes installation much easier.

How to install League of Legends on any Linux

First, you’ll need to install Lutris, read our article to find out how to do this. Then you have to visit the League of Legends page on the Lutris website.

League of Legends on linux
League of Legends on Linux – Lutris website

As you can see, under the picture, there are two installers available. I recommend choosing the more up-to-date one which has a bigger probability it will work. Click on the Install button on the right side of the installer’s row and the system should open the Lutris.

Lutris
Beginning of installation of League of Legends on Linux

Click on install and the installation process will begin.

Installation path
Installation path selection

Now you have to set the installation path for the game. In my case, I’ll go with the default settings, because it suits me. You can also check tick boxes for a desktop shortcut if you want to make a shortcut on the desktop for better accessibility. Click on the Install button and installation will start.

Some libraries like GloriousEggroll Proton will be downloaded, so wait a while until it’s downloaded.

Source selection
Installation source

After the download is complete, choose the source of your installation files. Fortunately for us, the installer offers the option to download it from Riot servers. Don’t change anything and continue the installation process.

Language selection
Choose preferred language

Choose the language you prefer and continue. You’ll be asked to install Wine Mono (it’s .Net re-implementation), just confirm you want to install it.

Lutris installing League of Legends
Installing League of Legends

Things to do after Lutris finishes it’s job

Wait until Lutris take care of pre-installation preparation.

LoL installer
Installation of League of Legends on Linux

If everything goes as it has to, you should see the main installation screen. Click on install. The installer will download the necessary files.

League of legends login screen
Login screen

Now let’s wait until the download will finish and close the window. Do not log in yet – this would crash the whole installation process. So, just close the window, wait until Lutris finishes it’s work, and run League of Legends again using Lutris.

Can I play League of Legends on Linux?

Yes, you definitely can! As you can see in the picture below, I was able to log in.

League of Legens welcome screen
Client main screen

The game client will download game data and after that, we can start the game! As evidence everything works fine, I’ve recorded a video for you:

League of Legends on Linux – video

As you can see the times when gaming on Linux was not possible are gone. These days there are a lot of options from Lutris, over the Wine to Proton made by Steam. Linux gaming is getting to another level. What do you think is it future? Are you playing games on Linux? Share thoughts in the comments!

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