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Minigalaxy the simple GOG client for Linux has a big 1.0 release

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Need help managing your GOG games on Linux since GOG Galaxy is not supported? Minigalaxy is an option that focuses entirely on GOG and it has a new release out. While there's also Lutris which had a big upgrade recently too, it's quite a lot more complicated compared with Minigalaxy.

The idea behind it is simple: to just get you up and running on Linux with your GOG games. It doesn't really need to be any more complicated and for that - it works really well.

The 1.0 release brings with it some absolutely essential features including the ability to see games needing an update and to be able to update them in the app, DLC can be installed and updated now too, the installed filter will now show games that are downloading and the rest is general improvements and bug fixes. The app itself has also now been translated into Simplified Chinese and Spanish along with other translations being updated.

Overall the application supports quite a few useful features like:

  • Update your games
  • Install and update DLC
  • Select in which language you'd prefer to download your games
  • Change where games are installed
  • Search your GOG Linux library
  • Show all games or just the ones you've installed
  • View the error message if a game fails to launch
  • Enable displaying the FPS in games
  • Use the system's Scummvm or Dosbox installation
  • Install Windows games using Wine

Want to try it out? Find it on GitHub.

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TheRiddick 30 Nov, 2020
I wonder if it detects proton versions and can install games with that.
KayKay91 30 Nov, 2020
Quoting: TheRiddickI wonder if it detects proton versions and can install games with that.
Pretty sure since 5.13 Proton, it now relies on Steam Linux Runtime container.
robertosf92 30 Nov, 2020
Does this integrate with lutris scripts for GOG games or it uses regular wine and you have to tweak it yourself?
Arehandoro 30 Nov, 2020
Julius 30 Nov, 2020
Would be nice to have this in the Arch/Manjaro repositories.
vipor29 30 Nov, 2020
for some reason installing windows games is grayed out
Nanobang 30 Nov, 2020
Personally, I'm installing Minigalaxy now. I don't have too many titles with GoG (mostly things GoG gave me for free because I already had the game on Steam) because of all the little inconveniences they've created, beginning with not having a Linux client, through the clunkiness of their website, and on to the additional steps needed to keep the games updated, etc., etc., ad nauseam.

Minigalaxy has gotten to the point I've been waiting for. I like having DRM free games (y'know, like I actually own them), but I think Minigalaxy will make it so that I like to play them too.


Quoting: JuliusWould be nice to have this in the Arch/Manjaro repositories.

According to the Minigalaxy release page on Github:
QuoteAs usual a deb file for installing this release on Debian 10+ and Ubuntu 18.10+ is listed below. Manjaro and Arch users can use the official AUR package.

Hope that helps :)

[EDIT:ADDENDUM: Alas, apparently I'll still have to use the GoG site to look at store pages for game info. I have a few titles about which I remember nothing. Lol.]

Last edited by Nanobang on 30 November 2020 at 4:48 pm UTC
Pendragon 30 Nov, 2020
Dang the .deb file doesn't ship for Mint 19.3 :-(

Anyone know if you can manually update PyGObject (and the python3-gi pacakage) to an acceptable level to install it?

There seems to be stand-alone pkgs, but I don't know if it royally breaks things if you were to install out of tree
no_information_here 30 Nov, 2020
This is great. Amazing what the community can do.

I am really wanting incremental updates for their Linux games, though. I don't want to re-download 2 to 7 GB every time a game changes. However, that is probably only possible with support from GOG.

Edit: Looks like I made the same complaint last time... oops.

Last edited by no_information_here on 30 November 2020 at 5:51 pm UTC
Phlebiac 1 Dec, 2020
Already in the Fedora repos, nice! Package says it is 1.0, but About box says 0.9.4 - is that the same for everybody?
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