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We’re probably 95% of the way to a Linux port, now that we’ve all the work necessary to port ROBLOX to OSX – which, as you probably know, is based on the UNIX kernel. I think the problem that we would likely run into on Linux is poor video driver support. I’ve heard horror stories from other developers. However, as Linux becomes more popular, I expect this hurdle to disappear. ― John Shedletsky, Responding to User Feedback v6

We could spend six months porting ROBLOX to Linux, or we could deliver other highly requested features. If we’re going to be porting ROBLOX to another platform, Android is definitely next in line. Consoles are a close second–maybe that would involve a Linux port, particularly if the Steam OS takes off. We’ll see. ― John Shedletsky, Feedback Loop: BLOXcast Edition

Roblox works under Ubuntu, Fedora, FreeBSD, and many other GNU/Linux Distributions using Wine. This has been tested multiple times, with recent success. As of Dec 16, 2014 ; Roblox is considered a "Garbage" application in the Wine App Database

Current status: Working with patched Wine.

As of November 26th, 2014:

The game runs perfectly, but the studio is currently experiencing some difficulty while loading games from the build page (black screen).

Visit the Roblox AppDB page for more information.

Features

Screenshot from 2014-10-09 22-25-59

Roblox Player working under wine-compholio 1.7.28 on Elementary OS Freya. The game "Work at a Pizza Place, a Free Game by Dued1", by user "Dued1" is being played.

Working Features

  • Roblox Studio
  • Roblox Player
  • Lua scripting
  • Graphics in DirectX, NoGraphics, and OpenGL modes
  • In-game screenshots
  • Joining/playing games directly through Firefox
  • Joinging 'rooms' in a game
  • Party invites
  • Nearly everything

Bugs

  • Shift or Caps Lock do not work when using the chat window.
  • Entering text onto a HUD or GUI can bug out and cause random character entry (such as random commas while typing words - i.e. "h,ell,o,," instead of "hello" (this can be fixed by either toggling numlock or rejoining the game.)
  • Sometimes after joining, you may get a lag spike and can only move in one direction.
  • Roblox Studio cannot load games from your build page.
  • Sound may be unbearably skippy and glitchy on some few games.
  • When moving your camera while the player is moving, your mouse will be stuck moving the camera (this can be fixed by right clicking a few times quickly)

Prequisites

  • A UNIX-like operating system, such as Ubuntu, Fedora, Debian, FreeBSD, or anything that can run Wine.
  • wine 1.7.30 or later
  • Winetricks (Comes with wine1.7 in most situations)
  • Roblox Linux Wrapper version 20141007 or later. (optional, highly recommended)

Step 1: Installing WINE

To install Wine, see http://www.winehq.org/download/. Follow the instructions for your operating system.

To install wine-compholio, see https://github.com/wine-compholio/wine-staging/wiki/Installation . Follow the instructions for your operating system.

wine 1.7.30 or higher is required.

Step 2: Install Roblox (automatically, via shell script *recommended method*)

There is an automatic Roblox installer/helper for Linux called Roblox Linux Wrapper - "rlw.sh". This wrapper provides a simplified interface for using and managing Roblox under Wine. In addition to installing the required .dll files, it will automatically set up Roblox on first launch, and subsequently provide the options to log in/out, play Roblox, configure Roblox, or install the wrapper as a program on your computer.

Instructions on running the script:

  1. Download the script from GitHub here.(right click the link -> "Save As")
  2. Open a terminal and type "chmod +x ", space, then drag the script into terminal or copy the location and paste the path. Make sure to have a space between the +x and the path. Example- $ chmod +x '/home/user/Desktop/rlw.sh'
  3. Open the script by double clicking it, or right click and "Execute". If this does not work, open it in a terminal by dragging it into a terminal and hitting enter.
  4. If the script fails to run and install Roblox:
    1. Copy the text from https://raw.githubusercontent.com/alfonsojon/roblox-linux-wrapper/master/rlw.sh
    2. Paste the script manually into the rlw.sh file and replace the contents (or make a new one and chmod it)
    3. Run the script.

Step 2: Install Roblox (manually)

  1. Download Roblox by clicking this link: http://www.roblox.com/install/setup.ashx. Open with WINE (right click "RobloxSetup.exe" and select "Open with" and select "Wine").
  2. Install dependencies with Winetricks
    1. Open a terminal and enter the following command:
      1. wget http://winetricks.googlecode.com/svn/trunk/src/winetricks -O /tmp/winetricks && chmod +x /tmp/winetricks && /tmp/winetricks vcrun2012 winhttp wininet
        1. NOTE - these dependencies can also be installed manually through the winetricks gui -add .dlls
    2. To log in/out, open Roblox Studio and sign in/out. The game will use your character from that point onward.
    3. Open a terminal and paste the following command:  wine `find ~/.wine/ -iname RobloxPlayerBeta.exe` --id $(zenity --entry --entry-text "Place URL" --width 450 --height 120 | cut -d "=" -f 2)
    4. Copy the game URL from the browser displaying the Roblox game you want to play. (The page with the green Play button)
    5. Paste the game URL into the window that appears from the command in step 3 (for example: http://www.roblox.com/More-Furniture-Work-at-a-Pizza-Place-place?id=192800) and click OK. The game will take a few moments to start for the first time.
  3. To alleviate having to type in the terminal every time you want to launch a game:
    1. Open a plain text editor (gedit, nano, leafpad, mousepad, etc.), New document.
    2. Copy and Paste the following code:
    3. wine ~/.wine/drive_c/users/$(whoami)/Local\ Settings/Application\ Data/RobloxVersions/version-*/RobloxPlayerBeta.exe --id $(zenity --entry --entry-text "Place URL" --title 'Roblox Linux Wrapper' --width 450 --height 120 | cut -d "=" -f 2)
    4. Save as "RobloxLauncher.sh" on the desktop. (you may need to open properties and change permissions, allow to execute)
  4. Now, instead of opening terminal, all you have to do is double click the file, and when a window asking "Do you want to run "RobloxLauncher.sh", or display its contents?", click run to open the window and paste the game URL.

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