Software entity

Lutris is an open source gaming platform for GNU/Linux for gathering & manage all games from any source, in a single interface. LutrisOS is for TVs.

Note: this tag does not mean the game is not native. Native Linux games, are one of many options that "Lutris provides.

This tag is for games with currently installable entries in the central Lutris database (the website/Lutris service). It is not for automatically imported games (such as with Steam, GOG, apt, or other such services/sources) or for games that have been or can be manually entered into the client (which is all games really). It is also not for games with partial (not installable) Lutris entries (some consist only of banners, icons, yml shortcuts, and such). And it is not for untested Lutris entries (which can be found on the website but are not yet official).

Lutris is like a digital distribution client. LutrisOS is a GNU/Linux distribution designed around the client and optimized for a living room TV experience. But rather than being limited to a single service, Lutris includes all of them. Regardless if the user aquires the game from Lutris (Free/Open Source and freely redistributable only), digital distribution, official repositories, unofficial repositories, media in a box, compiled from source code, transfered via Retrode, or elsewhere, they can all reside in one client. Lutris is not limited to native games. If it runs on Linux in any form, it can be added to Lutris. Native, emulation, wrapper, engine remake, and most any other option (as of 2015, virtualizing is not yet a feature). Of course, the Steam client, for instance, lets users "add non-Steam games". But these added game entries do not utilize all the features of the Steam client. And a non-Steam acquisition entry does not upgrade itself if the game is or becomes available on Steam. Add games to the Lutris client to use all features, when someone (anyone, Lutris is not dependant on a single profit seeking entity) adds that game to the Lutris service, the updated features are available for to every client with a registered user that synchronizes. Oh yeah, Lutris does not _require_ registration or synchronizing with Any service, including Lutris. Lutris can replace clients entirely. Download, install, run Steam games without running the Steam client, without having the Steam client installed, or even without installation of the Steam runtime. This can be used to cheat the Steam minimum requirements for games that require far less than the Steam overhead. Lutris includes the options to use different libraries, versions, and componets than the installed ones. Useful for running very old or very new games that otherwise could not match with whatever stable version of any given Linux distro the user uses daily.

Lutris can also be operated via the command-line. Great for systems with no GUI environment installed.

The Lutris client, LutrisOS, and runners are available under the GNU Affero GPL 3. (GPLv3 with full compliance for network use)

Included options (but not limited to)
  • Linux (Native games)
  • Steam
  • Desura
  • GOG
  • Free Game Planet/GameJolt*
  • Web browser
  • Wine (Windows)**
  • Wine + Steam (Steam for Windows)
  • Play on Linux
  • DosBOX (DOS)
  • Mame (Arcade)
  • Mess (Multiple)
  • ScummVM (Various Adventure Games)
  • ResidualVM (Various Adventure Games)
  • Exult* (Various Ultima VII varients)
  • openmw*
  • Mednafen (Multiple)
  • FS-UAE (Amiga)
  • Vice (Multiple Commodore)
  • Stella (Atari 2600)
  • Atari800
  • Hatari (Atari 16-bit)
  • Virtual Jaguar
  • Snes9x
  • Mupen64 Plus (N64)
  • Osmose (Master System)
  • GenS (Multiple Sega)
  • Wine + NullDC (Dreamcast)
  • OpenMSX
  • Frotz (Various text-adventures)
  • Jzintv (Intellivision)
  • O2em (Odyssey²)
  • Wii
  • Dolphin (Gamecube, Wii)
  • Reicast (Dreamcast)
  • PCSX2* (PS2)
  • Playstation 2*
  • Playstation Portable*
  • Game Cube*
  • Nintendo DS*
  • Full Atari 8-bit*
  • TOSEC*
  • Humble Bundle/Store*
* In Development
**full wine management plus winecfg, winetricks, and game controller configuration for each game including multiple wine versions.

The first Lutris video game was released in 1978.

Nintendo, Capcom and Sega published most of these games.

Parent group

License GNU Affero General Public License

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Linux 325
Windows 178
Arcade 50
Amiga 32
Mega Drive 25
NES 21
N64 17
GBA 16
GB 14
C64 9
Atari ST 7
PS 7
Nintendo DS 6
Master System 6
Wii 6
ZX Spectrum 6
Apple II E 6
PS2 6
PC Engine 5
Atari 2600 4
GameCube 4
Amiga AGA 4
Amstrad CPC 3
Mac OS Classic 3
Neo-Geo 3
Intellivision 2
Atari 400/800 2

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