Playing Valorant on Linux: A Comprehensive Guide

Playing Valorant on Linux: A Comprehensive Guide
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If you're a Linux user and a gaming enthusiast, you've definitely faced challenges with compatibility. Top-tier games often favour Windows as a preferred platform, and this can leave Linux users feeling somewhat sidelined. However, fear no more — your gaming horizons are about to expand. This article will guide you on how to play Valorant, the popular first-person shooter game from Riot Games, on Linux.

The Linux-Valorant Conundrum

To understand this guide, it's important to acknowledge that, yes, Linux has traditionally been a tricky platform for gaming. A lack of official support and the particulars of Linux's software framework have consistently proved difficult for game developers to navigate. However, things are changing, and the situation has improved noticeably in recent years. Thanks to some innovative solutions, it's now viable to play an increasing variety of games, including Valorant, on Linux.

Workaround: Using Wine and Lutris

While Riot Games has not officially released Valorant for Linux, this doesn't mean it's impossible to play. Enter Wine and Lutris.


Wine is a compatibility layer that allows users to run Windows applications on Unix-like operating systems such as Linux. This powerful tool essentially translates Windows API calls into POSIX calls on-the-fly, making it possible to integrate Windows applications into your Linux environment seamlessly.


Pairing Wine with Lutris, an open-source gaming platform, is the magic combo for Linux gamers. Lutris integrates all your games into one library, regardless of platform. It works with native Linux games, Windows games via Wine, and even emulators.

Setting Up Valorant on Linux

The following steps will guide you through installing Valorant on Linux. While the process may seem complicated initially, it's relatively straightforward once you get the hang of it.

  1. Install Wine:

    • Open Terminal and input the following command: sudo apt install wine
    • Once installed, verify it's working: wine --version
  2. Install Lutris:

    • Add Lutris to your software repository by typing: sudo add-apt-repository ppa:lutris-team/lutris
    • Update your package list: sudo apt-get update
    • Install Lutris: sudo apt-get install lutris
  3. Running Valorant on Lutris:

    • Open Lutris and search for Valorant in the search bar.
    • Click on the Valorant icon, press 'Install,' and follow the on-screen instructions.

Please note that playing Valorant on Linux still has some limitations, particularly concerning the game's anti-cheat system. However, the community continues to work on solutions, so keep an eye out for updates.


There you have it; now you can play Valorant on Linux! Despite not being officially supported, intrepid Linux users, armed with tools like Wine and Lutris, can enjoy Valorant just like their Windows counterparts.

The commitment of the Linux gaming community, plus the development of tools like Wine and Lutris, have opened up more opportunities for Linux users to enjoy a wide variety of games. While challenges remain, it's an exciting time to be a Linux gamer. Keep exploring, keep experimenting, and above all, have fun gaming!



Martin is the creator of Linux Nest. With almost 25 years of Linux expertise, he simplifies tech jargon and shares the best of open-source. Outside of code and Linux, Martin loves to play the guitar.