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Canonical (Ubuntu and Ubuntu MATE) developer Martin Wimpress has announced a fresh PPA for Linux gamers.

For users on Ubuntu-based distributions, PPAs are often needed for you to get the latest and greatest software since if you're not using Snaps or Flatpaks (and sometimes they don't work due to the containers), a lot of software is stuck in place until a newer version of Ubuntu.

What's the fuss here then? Well, Ubuntu and Ubuntu-based distribution users can now grab the excellent MangoHud gaming overlay, the vkBasalt Vulkan post processing layer and the GOverlay application for managing them both in a tidy UI all nicely up to date from this PPA. The build of MangoHud included also has NVML (NVIDIA Management Library) enabled, meaning out of the box it should allow showing GPU metrics from NVIDIA GPUs.

Pictured - Black Ice with MangoHud and some of the newer options you can try.

This was all enabled thanks to Debian Linux maintainer Stephan Lachnit, who has been sorting out the packages for Debian itself (which Ubuntu is based upon) and offered some tips to Wimpress on the packaging. Wimpress mentioned that the PPA will be kept up to date too.

Nice to see grabbing some really useful open source software made even easier for Ubuntu fans.

Find the PPA here.

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Corben 14 Dec, 2020
This is great!
Wasn't able to get MangoHud running with Proton 5.13 yet, at least not with 64bit binaries, but it started to work with 32bit binaries again. Let's see if this pre-packaged version changes this. Awesome!
scaine 14 Dec, 2020
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Oh thank god. Well, thank Wimpy, I suppose, but you know what I mean. Been wanting to try this for a while now, but never could be bothered building it myself. Great news!

Now if someone could do gamescope too, that would be just dandy.
Phlebiac 15 Dec, 2020
FWIW, gamescope, goverlay, mangohud, and vkBasalt are all in the standard Fedora updates repo.
Corben 18 Dec, 2020
Current state on Ubuntu 20.04 (the ppa is only 20.04+) after my experience is:
If you use the MangoHud github repo, it works for 32bit games ootb.
If you use the PPA, it works for 64bit games ootb.
But not for the other bitness.

You can make it work for both, if you duplicate the json file, rename the 'name' entry, and use absolute paths instead of the $LIB var.

Here are the steps that made it work for me:

  • clone (e.g. to ~/git), compile but not install MangoHud from github
  • add PPA from above and install mangohud. It doesn't contain the 32bit version of MangoHud though.
  • duplicate MangoHud.json: sudo cp /usr/share/vulkan/implicit_layer.d/MangoHud{,32}.json
  • replace $LIB for 64bit: sudo sed -i 's#\\$LIB#lib/x86_64-linux-gnu#' /usr/share/vulkan/implicit_layer.d/MangoHud.json
  • rename layer for 32bit: sudo sed -i 's/VK_LAYER_MANGOHUD_overlay/VK_LAYER_MANGOHUD_overlay_32/' /usr/share/vulkan/implicit_layer.d/MangoHud32.json
  • replace $LIB for 32bit: sudo sed -i 's#\\$LIB#lib/i386-linux-gnu#' /usr/share/vulkan/implicit_layer.d/MangoHud32.json
  • create 32bit lib folder: sudo mkdir -p /usr/lib/i386-linux-gnu/mangohud
  • copy 32bit libs from mangohud: sudo cp ~/git/MangoHud/build/release/usr/lib/mangohud/lib32/libMangoHud* /usr/lib/i386-linux-gnu/mangohud/.

This doesn't survive any updates via the PPA, and if using this with two .json files for the MangoHud Vulkan layer, you need to make sure $LIB is replaced, otherwise it seems to create a conflict that prevents games from starting.
Of course you could go with the github repo only, or create a script that does the steps above automatically etc.

But this is how I got it running right now for both 32bit and 64bit games.

edit: forgot to mention, Proton 5.13-4 and Steam Linux Runtime - Soldier beta

Last edited by Corben on 19 December 2020 at 3:03 am UTC
Corben 18 Jan
As doing the steps above manually became a bit repetitive, I created a script automating the steps:

As the PPA doesn't provide 32 bit libs, I'm using the git version only. So far it works with all games I tested (on Ubuntu).
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