GameMode is a combination of various libraries and daemons that allows all the users to improve the gaming performance on the Linux system. Developed by games publisher Feral Interactive, it improves gaming performance by requesting a group of options that will be applied temporarily to the Linux system.
GameMode packages are available for most packaging formats including Ubuntu, Debian, Solus, the AUR, Gentoo, Fedora, OpenSUSE, Mageia and more.
In this tutorial, we are going to guide you through the installation of GameMode on Ubuntu.
Installing GameMode on Ubuntu
Step 1. Install the required dependencies.
sudo apt install meson libsystemd-dev pkg-config ninja-build git libdbus-1-dev dbus-user-session
Step 2. To download the source code first, we need to ensure that the git package is installed using the following command.
In case the git package is not installed, use the next command to install the git package.
sudo apt install git
Step 3. Use the following command to download the GameMode source code.
git clone https://github.com/FeralInteractive/gamemode.git
Step 4. After the download completes successfully, list the content of the home directory, you will find the “gamemode” directory.
Step 5. Move to the newly created GameMode directory.
Step 6. Now we need to build the tool using the following command.
During the installation, you will be asked to choose the installation location.
Also, you will be asked to enter the sudo password.
After the installation completes successfully, you will get a screen like the below one.
Step 7. To ensure that the installation is successful, use the below command to check the installed GameMode version.
Run GameMode on Non-Steam Games
Before allowing the GameMode to run games, we can install a SuperTuxKart game for testing.
Step 1. Add the official package archive repository (PPA) to your system.
sudo add-apt-repository ppa:stk/dev
Step 2. Update your Ubuntu system repository using the following command.
sudo apt update
Step 3. Now install the SuperTuxKart game using the next command.
sudo apt install supertuxkart
When the installation finishes successfully, you will get something like the below screenshot.
Step 4. To run the SuperTuxKart using the GameMode, use the following command.
The SuperTuxKart should launch.
Overall, if you need to run the games using the GameMode, use the following command.
That’s it for now.