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How to play Albion Online in Linux

Albion Online is a fantasy MMORPG for Linux, Mac OS, Linux, iOS, and Android. It follows a medieval setting, and users can create a custom character to adventure in the world. In this guide, we’ll show you how to play it on Linux.

Method 1 – Steam

Perhaps the quickest way to get Albion Online working on Linux is with Valve’s Steam client. The reason? The game is up on the Steam Store, and native to the Linux platform, so users do not need to jump through hoops (like downloading a game installer) to play.

To get Albion Online working in Steam on Linux, you must first install the Steam client. To do this, open up a terminal window by pressing Ctrl + Alt + T or Ctrl + Shift + T on the keyboard. Then, follow the command-line installation instructions outlined below.

Ubuntu

Steam is in the Ubuntu software repositories. To install the app, use the Apt command below.

sudo apt install steam
Debian

Debian Linux does have Steam available, however, to get it through the software repository, you must enable non-free. As a result, it is much easier to download the DEB package directly from Valve and install it that way.

To download the Steam DEB, use the following wget command below.

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

With the DEB package is finished downloading, install Steam with the commands below.

sudo dpkg -i steam.deb

sudo apt-get install -f
Arch Linux

Steam is in the Arch repositories, which means installing it is just one Pacman command away.

sudo pacman -S steam
Fedora

In Fedora, you’ll be able to install Steam with the command below, so long as RPM Fusion Non-free is enabled.

sudo dnf install steam
OpenSUSE

It is possible to get Steam working in OpenSUSE, though it is dodgy, depending on what release you are using. For best results, consider following the Flatpak instructions instead.

Flatpak

Ensure that the Flatpak runtime is set up on your PC. Then, use the following commands to get Steam working.

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

flatpak install flathub com.valvesoftware.Steam

Getting Albion set up

After the Steam client is done installing on your Linux PC, log into your account (or make a new one here). Then, once logged in, locate “Store,” and click on it with the mouse.

Inside the Steam Store, find the search box and click on it with the mouse. Write “Albion Online” in the search box, and press Enter to search. Look through the search results to find Albion.

Once you’ve found Albion Online in the search results, click on it with the mouse to go to its store page. Then, click on the “Play Game” to install it to the system.

When Albion Online is installed, click on “Library” to start the Albion Online Launcher. It will instantly begin to download all the files required to play the game.

As soon as Albion Online is done downloading files, click “Play” in the launcher to enjoy the game on your Linux PC!

Method 2 – Flatpak

Steam is a great way to enjoy Albion Online, as it allows you to play it along with other video games in your Steam Library. However, Steam is not the only way to get Albion Online working. It is also possible to install it via a Flatpak. Here’s how to get the Flatpak version working.

To get the Albion Online Flatpak installed, your Linux PC must be running the latest Flatpak runtime. Follow this guide here to get the latest Flatpak working. After the Flatpak runtime is ready and working, use the commands below to install Albion Online.

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

flatpak install flathub com.albiononline.AlbionOnline

With the Albion Online Flatpak installed, open up the app menu on your Linux desktop, look for “Albion Online,” and click on it to start up the Albion Online game launcher.

When the Albion Online launcher starts up, it will begin downloading everything required to play the game on Linux. Be patient. When the download is complete, click the “Play” button to enjoy the game!

Method 3 – Generic Linux installer

If you’re not happy with Steam or the Albion Online Flatpak, there’s a third way of installing the game on Linux: a standalone generic Linux installer. Here’s how to set it up.

To start, download the latest Albion Online Linux launcher. Then, when the download is complete, open up a terminal window by pressing Ctrl + Alt + T or Ctrl + Shift + T and use the CD command to enter the “Downloads” directory.

cd ~/Downloads

Update the permissions of the game launcher with the chmod command.

chmod +x  albion-online-setup

Start the installer with:

./albion-online-setup

Follow the on-screen prompts to install the launcher to the system. Then, start up the Albion Online game launcher by searching for it in your Linux app menu.

With the game launcher running, it will start downloading the game to your Linux PC. Sit back and be patient. When the download is complete, click “Play” to enjoy Albion Online!

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