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How to Install and Play League of Legends on Ubuntu

These instructions should work for other versions of Ubuntu, as well as Ubuntu-based distros such as Mint.

1. Install p7zip. It's needed for PlayOnLinux.

sudo apt-get install p7zip-full

2. Install the latest version of PlayOnLinux.

Caution: At the time of writing, the version of PlayOnLinux in the Ubuntu repos is out of date. If you have that version, don't worry. Follow these installation instructions and your PlayOnLinux will be upgraded.

In Ubuntu 12.10, installation or updating is this easy:

Setup key with:

sudo apt-key adv --keyserver --recv-keys E0F72778C4676186

To setup the repository and install playonlinx:

sudo wget -O /etc/apt/sources.list.d/playonlinux.list
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install playonlinux

If you are using some other distro, just visit the PlayOnLinux download website and follow the instructions for your distro.

2. Run PlayOnLinux, click Install, and enable Testing (by clicking the Include: Testing checkbox next to the search field).


Screenshot from 2013-02-25 12:19:56

Start typing "League of Legends" in the search field. League Of Legends should appear in the list. Select it and click Install in the bottom right.

There might be a few message boxes that let you know that the program you are about to install is in testing, just say Ok to everything.

3. Select the "Download the program" option


4. PlayOnLinux will download the LoL installer and run it. It'll take a while to download. Go through the install wizard and make sure to install LoL in the default location, and at the end, DO NOT have the "Launch League of Legends" checkbox ticked.


5. Run LoL! A couple tips:

  • The default server was EU West for me. Make sure to change the server to yours, or you won't be able to log on.
  • I recommend playing a custom game alone before playing a real game with others players. This will give you a chance to fiddle with the Video options and get them right.

I tested this with a ThinkPad X230 with an Intel HD Graphics 4000, and League of Legends worked well (about 30 fps) in full-screened mode and most graphics options turned to the lower end. Very playable. I also tested it with a ThinkPad X200 but found the fps too low to play well. Gl hf!

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  1. “The default server was EU West for me. Make sure to change the server to yours, or you won’t be able to log on.”

    How do you change the server?

  2. Still works in the last patch?

  3. I tried to install LoL through PlayOnLinux but I kept getting this error:

    [main] Fatal: PlayOnLinux 4.0.18 is required to install League of Legends

    How do I fix this?

  4. LoL doesnt show up on the playonlinux list.

  5. I installed, got going, and noticed a few major bugs.
    I cannot acces the shop in the main screeen.
    Once in a game, I can see litterally nothing other than the silhouettes of champions when I hover over them, and the map does the same thing. In game menu is just a big red box with options smattered about, and there is no sound from the game itself. Thoughts?

  6. Hey please, when downloading, it crash on 80% always and my PC going to shutdown. What can i do?
    Im installing with playonlinux and im using Pear OS (based Ubuntu, im trying on clear Ubuntu too, but same problem) thank you bro.

  7. Hey, I’ve been trying to install PlayOnLinux but I encountered a bug:
    sudo wget -O /etc/apt/sources.list.d/playonlinux.list
    sudo apt-get update

    this works fine, but when i try sudo apt-get install playonlinux, i got this error:
    The following packages contain unmet dependencies
    playonlinux : Depends on: python-wxgtk2.8 but it is not installable

    I’ve tried to install python-wxgtk but it seems it only works up to Ubuntu 11.10, and I have 12.10.
    Would someone know about this error?

  8. Sorry for my english:
    I did everything of this guide and then started lol.It showed me LOL logo and then nothing.I was waiting few minutes but it was stil on desktop and did nothing.What is problem?I have linux lubuntu and i updated distro.

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