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Discord Overlay for Linux 'Discover Overlay' gets a new release

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While Discord continues to not support Linux with their official overlay, there is at least Discover, which helpfully gives you some options to show chatters on your screen. Useful for those of you with a single-screen who want to see who is chatting, plus good for videos / livestreams for viewers to see it too.

Discover Overlay v0.4.0 has these improvements and fixes:

  • Added rudimentary support for Gamescope and therefore hopefully the Steamdeck.
  • Added Horizontal & icon only voice layout
  • Added additional launch flags (settings "-c" and debug "--debug")
  • Added settings for enabling/disabling the tray icon (Thanks TastyPi)
  • Added a Gentoo section (Thanks NicolaSmanlotto)
  • Added option to highlight background when user is speaking (Thanks janwojcicki)
  • Fixed crash when user changes avatar
  • Fixed issues with not using a compositor
  • Fixed custom emojis crashing Discover (Thanks Joshix-1)
  • Fixed vertical text centering on the voice overlay (Thanks tyzoid)
  • Fixed app icon and status icon to use the same icon name
  • Fix for displaying RTL correctly implemented
  • Warn if server count is too high and only load some guilds
  • + more bug fixes

Check it out on GitHub.

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midget_3111 17 Jan
Quoting: stan
Quoting: midget_3111Whilst we do have options for Gentoo, Fedora & Arch AUR, these are community maintained so may take a while to update. We recommend installing via pip. If you keep encountering issues, please open a bug report on the Github project :)
I found why the gentoo package isn’t working: it’s missing the psutil dependency.
However after installing psutil and successfully running discover-overlay, now any fullscreen game or video is just black… If I kill discover-overlay the problem goes away.

I closed my github account after microsoft bought github, so I can’t make a bug report there.

Are you using Wayland or X11? What desktop environment?
If you go into settings, ticking force X shape should help.
midget_3111 17 Jan
Quoting: TheRiddick
Quoting: pete910
Quoting: TheRiddickNow if someone could make a plugin for discord to fix the streaming and no audio issue.

Have to ask, What issues are you having? Discord's audio has never been a problem with OBS ect for me personally. Or do you mean within windows ?

Nitro does not capture game audio. OBS is a separate app outside of discord which does not hook up into discord for its screen sharing function (which doesn't capture audio under Linux).

Sadly it isn't just the no audio on Linux issue either, it doesn't use NVENC when capturing, so if you're using an Nvidia GPU and try to screenshare it causes everything to stutter. Not a pleasant experience!
pete910 17 Jan
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Quoting: TheRiddick
Quoting: pete910Ah, the discord streaming thingy, Must admit when I've tried it it's always been a bit meh . Not a Nitro member though so low res only.

I don't have nitro either but sometimes use the standard thing to show someone something.

The only issue I have is that it's such a crap res/bit rate, don't really recall if the audio worked for me or not in the past. Having said that, I've not used more than a handful of times. Even my windows mates don't do it that often due to issues.

I just stick to OBS via twitch or YT, Shame as the discord streaming can be handy on occasion.


Quoting: midget_3111it doesn't use NVENC when capturing, so if you're using an Nvidia GPU and try to screenshare it causes everything to stutter.

Get an AMD card for that OSS goodness
midget_3111 17 Jan
Quoting: pete910
Quoting: TheRiddick
Quoting: pete910Ah, the discord streaming thingy, Must admit when I've tried it it's always been a bit meh . Not a Nitro member though so low res only.

I don't have nitro either but sometimes use the standard thing to show someone something.

The only issue I have is that it's such a crap res/bit rate, don't really recall if the audio worked for me or not in the past. Having said that, I've not used more than a handful of times. Even my windows mates don't do it that often due to issues.

I just stick to OBS via twitch or YT, Shame as the discord streaming can be handy on occasion.


Quoting: midget_3111it doesn't use NVENC when capturing, so if you're using an Nvidia GPU and try to screenshare it causes everything to stutter.

Get an AMD card for that OSS goodness
I wish I could afford one 😭
stan 17 Jan
Quoting: midget_3111Are you using Wayland or X11? What desktop environment?
If you go into settings, ticking force X shape should help.
X11, LXQt with OpenBox and the Picom compositor (maybe it’s Picom interfering because of the shadows it adds to windows?).
midget_3111 18 Jan
Quoting: stan
Quoting: midget_3111Are you using Wayland or X11? What desktop environment?
If you go into settings, ticking force X shape should help.
X11, LXQt with OpenBox and the Picom compositor (maybe it’s Picom interfering because of the shadows it adds to windows?).

Ahhh yes. Picom has caused issues previously with the way it handles shadows. I think you can add an exemption. See here for more info :) https://github.com/ibhagwan/picom/issues/36#issuecomment-945764078
pete910 18 Jan
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Quoting: midget_3111
Quoting: pete910
Quoting: TheRiddick
Quoting: pete910Ah, the discord streaming thingy, Must admit when I've tried it it's always been a bit meh . Not a Nitro member though so low res only.

I don't have nitro either but sometimes use the standard thing to show someone something.

The only issue I have is that it's such a crap res/bit rate, don't really recall if the audio worked for me or not in the past. Having said that, I've not used more than a handful of times. Even my windows mates don't do it that often due to issues.

I just stick to OBS via twitch or YT, Shame as the discord streaming can be handy on occasion.


Quoting: midget_3111it doesn't use NVENC when capturing, so if you're using an Nvidia GPU and try to screenshare it causes everything to stutter.

Get an AMD card for that OSS goodness
I wish I could afford one 😭

Was Lucky, Got mine from AMD last Feb foor £600. Which i think even thats over priced

The prices that the AIB's/E-Tailers are charging are just ridiculous, Should all be investigated for profiteering and fined double what their earnings was for the year!
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