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League on Linux


League of Legends on Linux

LoLoL for short

Important update

With Vanguard coming to League in the near future, League on Linux is no more.

These are my notes on how I got League of Legends running on my Linux system. It runs almost flawlessly, the only issues I have are with the client, but even on Windows the client is garbage. The game itself runs even better on Linux than it does Windows.

System Info

OS: Kubuntu 22.04 LTS x86_64  
CPU: AMD Ryzen 5 5600X (12) @ 3.700GHz  


I learned how to do this from the community over at r/leagueoflinux🔗 so for any questions or issues, check over there. These are posts that were especially helpful to me.

1. Install Lutris

a. Install Lutris Client

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

b. Complete Prerequisites for League

Enable 32-bit architecture

sudo dpkg --add-architecture i386

Install the latest Nvidia and Vulkan drivers from the proprietary drivers PPA

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:graphics-drivers/ppa && sudo apt update && sudo apt install -y nvidia-driver-510 libvulkan1 libvulkan1:i386

Install Wine Dependencies

sudo apt update && sudo apt install -y wine64 wine32 libasound2-plugins:i386 libsdl2-2.0-0:i386 libdbus-1-3:i386 libsqlite3-0:i386

c. Download League of Legends🔗

Install standard version.

Follow the instructions that Lutris presents. There are two downloads: the client and the game. IMPORTANT: Do NOT enter login details or click play. Simply close the laucher when downloads are complete.

2. Optimizations and Workarounds

a. Delete and Disable DXVK cache

This prevents the game from getting stuck on a black screen when loading

  1. Remove all files with cxvk-cache in their name from ~/Games/league-of-legends
  2. In Lutris, right click League of Legends -> Configure -> System Options -> Environment Variables, remove DXVK_STATE_CACHE_PATH and add DXVK_STATE_CACHE=0

b. Add d3d Overrides

This improves client performance

  1. In Lutris, League of Legends -> Wine configuration -> Libraries, add d3d10 (native) and d3d11 (native)

c. Disable abi.vsyscall

sudo sysctl -w abi.vsyscall=0

This command needs to be run every time you boot your machine, or you will get an error when loading the game. There is a way to make this happen automatically, but I rarely fully shutdown my PC so it’s not necessary for me.

d. Black screen when loading into game

Sometimes when something goes wrong, the game will open a black screen and refuse to load. I’m not sure the cause of this but the only fix I’ve found is to restart your system.