How to use Geforce Now on Linux

GeForce Now is a streaming service, but it doesn’t work like Netflix, or even Google Stadia. To run games through GeForce Now, you need to download a launcher and search for games by name to add to your library. Once you have selected a game you own, you can launch it and GeForce Now will connect you to a remote computer. You will then be asked to login to Steam. Once you are logged in, GeForce Now will give you permission to install and play the game you chose to launch.

GeForce Now is unique in the cloud gaming space because it allows you to play games that you already own. You can connect your Steam, Epic Games Store, or Ubisoft Connect account to GeForce Now and get access to thousands of games over the cloud. This includes many free-to-play games, but unlike competing services, GeForce Now’s games library doesn’t come with a premium membership.

GeForce Now can be accessed through dedicated apps on Windows and macOS, Android and Android TV devices, smart TVs from LG and Samsung, and NVIDIA Shield TV set-top boxes. It’s also possible to access GeForce Now from web browsers such as Chrome, Safari, or Microsoft Edge.

In this article, we will show you how to use GeForce Now on Linux, as well as an unofficial GeForce Now app for Linux. The guide is applicable to any Linux distribution that can run a modern web browser.

GeForce Now on Linux using browsers

The bad news is GeForce Now have an official application dedicated to Linux like what’s available for Windows or macOS. The only way to use the service is througha supported web browser. Currently, the recommended web browser to use GeForce Now on Linux is Google Chrome. You may use other browsers such as Chromium, Microsoft Edge or Opera.

You can install Chromium on your Linux system using the official Ubuntu, Debian, Fedora, and OpenSUSE repositories, or by using the Arch Linux AUR. We already have a dedicated guide on How to install Chromium browser in Debian.

In case of Google Chrome, it cannot be freely distributed because of proprietary code inside, you have to download the installer from https://www.google.com/chrome/ to have it installed

Spoof user agent on Chrome

Nvidia has not yet officially support GeForce Now on Linux. Although GeForce Now is available on Chromebooks, we know that it’s capable of running inside Chrome. By spoofing your browser user agent with an official Google tool, you can use GeForce Now right in Chrome on your PC, Mac, or Linux machine – no additional software required.

User-agent switchers and spoofers have been around for a while. The extensions can be used for a variety of purposes, and they do what their name implies: allow users to quickly switch between user-agents to mimic other browsers.

These tools come in especially handy when you want to see how your website looks on different browsers. That’s just one of many reasons you might want to use a user-agent switcher, but another purpose of them is to “spoof” your browser to make the website you’re visiting think you’re using a different web browser. You need to download Google’s official User-Agent Switcher for Chrome from the web store, which allows you to make Nvidia’s website believe you’re browsing it from a Chromebook.

To install this extension, head over to the User-Agent Switcher and Manager extension page. Then, select the Add to Chrome button to install the spoofer.

Once installed, look for the add-on in Chrome’s extension menu, click its icon to bring up the user-agent menu. In the menu, select Chromium OS as the platform and choose any Chrome 91 option. Once you’re done, click Apply (All windows) to make the changes applied to all sites.

Spoof user agent to access GeForce Now

GeForce Now app for Linux

If you feel that you’re not the type of guy who likes to to all of the steps above, there is a GeForce Now application for Linux that you can install and play right away.

geforcenow-electron is an unofficial GeForce Now desktop client written in Electron by Horațiu Mlendea, which wraps over the official GeForce NOW Web application from Nvidia.

If you’re using Ubuntu, you can quickly install GeForceNow-Electron by running the following command :

sudo snap install geforcenow-electron

Users who are using Linux distributions other than Ubuntu or an older version of Ubuntu can also install snapd before they can get applications from Snap Store. For more information on how to set up snapd, please consult https://snapcraft.io/docs/installing-snapd.

If you’re using Manjaro or Arch Linux, you can install GeForceNow-Electron from AUR. Alternatively, GeForceNow-Electron is available on Flathub for anyone prefer Flatpak installation.

An alternative for GeForceNow-Electron is geforce-now-desktop, which you may be interested in case geforcenow-electron doesn’t work.

We hope that the information above helped you successfully install GeForce Now on your Ubuntu system. We’ve also covered other software installation for Linux, such as How to install Chromium browser in Debian, How to install CMake, Airflow and ADB/fastboot on Ubuntu, in case you’re interested. If you have any suggestion, please feel free to leave a comment below.

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