Play League of Legends on Fedora

Play League of Legends on Fedora 22 via PlayOnLinux. It requires a few extra installation steps, but then everything works like a charm. This guide describes installation and troubleshooting of common problems.

Following steps were tested on a blank Fedora 22 virtual machine. It's working as well on my ThinkPad T440s with integrated Intel graphics. Verified with:

Kernel: 4.1.10-200.fc22.x86_64
League of Legends: 5.20
PlayOnLinux: playonlinux-4.2.9-fedora0.noarch
Wine: 1.7.52-LeagueOfLegends4 and 1.7.52-LeagueOfLegends5
Game laucher screenshot

Disclaimer: Bear in mind that League of Legends is marked as unstable in PlayOnLinux and it may break anytime. If this tutorial is not working for you, please let me know.

Step by step

Install PlayOnLinux from its repository.

dnf install http://rpm.playonlinux.com/playonlinux-yum-4-1.noarch.rpm
dnf install playonlinux

Install 32bit packages (not all of them are needed, but I was too lazy to test which ones are).

dnf install glibc.i686 arts.i686 audiofile.i686 bzip2-libs.i686 \
cairo.i686 cyrus-sasl-lib.i686 dbus-libs.i686 esound-libs.i686 fltk.i686 \
freeglut.i686 gtk2.i686 imlib.i686 lcms-libs.i686 lesstif.i686 \
libacl.i686 libao.i686 libattr.i686 libcap.i686 libdrm.i686 libexif.i686 \
libgnomecanvas.i686 libICE.i686 libieee1284.i686 libsigc++20.i686 \
libSM.i686 libtool-ltdl.i686 libusb.i686 libwmf.i686 libwmf-lite.i686 \
libX11.i686 libXau.i686 libXaw.i686 libXcomposite.i686 libXdamage.i686 \
libXdmcp.i686 libXext.i686 libXfixes.i686 libxkbfile.i686 libxml2.i686 \
libXmu.i686 libXp.i686 libXpm.i686 libXScrnSaver.i686 libxslt.i686 \
libXt.i686 libXtst.i686 libXv.i686 libXxf86vm.i686 \
lzo.i686 mesa-libGL.i686 mesa-libGLU.i686 nas-libs.i686 cdk.i686 \
openldap.i686 pam.i686 popt.i686 pulseaudio-libs.i686 \
sane-backends-libs.i686 SDL.i686 svgalib.i686 unixODBC.i686 zlib.i686 \
compat-expat1.i686 compat-libstdc++-33.i686 openal-soft.i686 \
redhat-lsb.i686 alsa-plugins-pulseaudio.i686 alsa-plugins-oss.i686 \
alsa-lib.i686 nspluginwrapper.i686 libXv.i686 libXScrnSaver.i686 qt.i686 \
qt-x11.i686 pulseaudio-libs.i686 pulseaudio-libs-glib2.i686 \
alsa-plugins-pulseaudio.i686

libtxc_dxtn lib solves loading screen crash problem. Install it from RPM Fusion repository.

dnf install http://download1.rpmfusion.org/free/fedora/releases/22/Everything/x86_64/os/rpmfusion-free-release-22-1.noarch.rpm
dnf install libtxc_dxtn.i686

Now launch PlayOnLinux, add a new game (File → Install), search for League of Legends, click Install, do what they tell you in installation wizard (and do not forget to uncheck "Run League of Legends" when it finishes).

Start League of Legends launcher either from PlayOnLinux or installed system icon. Let it download all needed files (don't forget to set your language and location).

Done. Now you have League of Legends installed on your Fedora, ready to start. But for sure, first test it inside custom game mode. Enjoy!

In-game screenshot

Troubleshooting

There are a few difficulties which could occur. All of them are patcher or client related and will not influence your in-game experience.

Installation stuck

It may seem like the installation stuck, but it's probably just copying loads of data, it can take an hour or two. If you need to see some action, read patcher log files:

cd ~/.PlayOnLinux/wineprefix/LeagueOfLegends/drive_c/Riot\ Games/League\ of\ Legends/Logs/Patcher\ Logs
tail -f *_LoLPatcher.log

Launcher did not started

Just try it again.

Patcher error

Patcher sometimes explode during an update (usually on 33%). Just restart the client and it will be OK. This is not Linux specific BTW.

Right click

Right click is not working properly in launcher. For right-clicking you have to hold right button, click left button and release right button.

Process is still running in background

Sometimes, after League of Legends client is closed, its process is still running in the background. The easiest way to kill it is to open PlayOnLinux, click on Configure, select League of Legends, Wine tab and click on Kill processes button.

Anything else

Check one of these: WineHQ, Google with you specific problem or leave a comment below.