Libre/Free game launcher/GUI for running bash scripts.

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chad launcher

Libre/Free game launcher/GUI for running bash scripts.

This project was previously about developing a pirate game store. But due to issues with maintaining the database and relying on online services, we decided to move our focus on creating an offline GUI where you build your library of games manually, as well as still developing some features that we still want such as automated backups of game saves.

We are making this as an alternative to Lutris that doesn't do more than it needs to. We believe that patching games needs to be done in bash instead of an ambiguous collection of settings trough a GUI. So the GUI should only serve as a frontend and not as a debugger or compatiblity tool.

Developed by the GNU/Linux P2P Pirates matrix community and johncena141 release group from 1337x.

Important: looking for new developers/maintainers.

Installation or portable use

Portable use

Download the compiled binary from releases. Required dependency is webkit2gtk.

Install from AUR

Two AUR packages are available:

Install on Gentoo with eselect-repository

Make sure eselect-repository is installed

yes | emerge --update app-eselect/eselect-repository

After that is completed you should be good to go and add the chad-repo repository to your system

eselect repository add chad-repo git
emaint sync -r chad-repo

And finally install chad-launcher

emerge -av chad-launcher

Install from MPR (Debian)

Enable MPR on your system:

wget -qO - '' | \
gpg --dearmor | \
sudo tee /usr/share/keyrings/makedeb-archive-keyring.gpg &> /dev/null
echo 'deb [signed-by=/usr/share/keyrings/makedeb-archive-keyring.gpg arch=all] makedeb main' | \
sudo tee /etc/apt/sources.list.d/makedeb.list
sudo apt update && sudo apt install makedeb
git clone ""
git clone ""

cd makedeb-makepkg/
makedeb -si

cd ../makedeb/
makedeb -si

Install tap (MPR helper)

git clone && cd tap && makedeb -si

Install chad launcher

tap install chad-launcher-bin

Install from Fedora Projects

  • Work in progress.

Build from source

We recommend using pnpm to build this project (AUR), but any other package manager like npm or yarn should work too.

pnpm install
pnpm build
pnpm tauri build

This will create a chad-launcher executable and a debian package.


See Developer Guide in the wiki.

Running development server

pnpm dev
pnpm tauri dev


Read the wiki.


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