Gamer Utilities

10 Free and Open Source Game Utilities

Computer games grow larger, more sophisticated and increasingly complex. Traditional blockbusters continue to dominate the commercial gaming market. However, for many people who have time and budget constraints, smaller open source computer games still offer an attractive alternative.

If you’re a fan of PC gaming, there are a range of tools that help to improve the gaming experience. We feature an eclectic bunch of tools.

Let’s explore the 10 utilities. For each utility we have compiled its own portal page, a full description with an in-depth analysis of its features, a screen shot of the program in action (where relevant), together with links to relevant resources.

Games Utilities
AntiMicroXGUI to map gamepad keys to keyboard, mouse, scripts and macros
AthenaeumGame launcher and manager designed as a libre replacement for Steam.
GameModeOptimize Linux system performance on demand
GB StudioDrag and drop retro game creator
GreenWithEnvyUtility providing information, control fans and overclock NVIDIA cards
LinuxGSMDeployment and management of Linux dedicated game servers
optimus-managerGPU switching on Optimus laptops
OversteerSteering wheel manager for Linux
PiperGTK application to configure gaming devices
ReplaySorceryInstant-replay solution

Note: The utilities are listed in alphabetical order.

Eligibility criteria

TickFree to download. The project must be available to download without charge but the authors may accept donations.

TickPublished under an open source license. Popular open source licenses for games utilities include MIT License, GNU General Public License, and BSD License.

TickNot in an early stage of development. The utility must be fairly advanced along its roadmap.


Read our complete collection of recommended free and open source software. The collection covers all categories of software.

The software collection forms part of our series of informative articles for Linux enthusiasts. There's tons of in-depth reviews, open source alternatives to proprietary software from large corporations like Google, Microsoft, Apple, Adobe, IBM, Cisco, Oracle and Autodesk. There are also fun things to try, hardware, free programming books and tutorials, and much more.
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