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How to Install and Play Roblox Game on Ubuntu

Roblox is a multiplayer game that was released in 2006. Created by the Roblox Corporation, Roblox allows its users to develop their own games through the platform with the help of its programming language “Lua”. These games can be shared with the whole online community. It’s fun and free to play.

Although the game has in-app purchases, most of them are cosmetic items and don’t interfere with the gameplay. This means you can enjoy the full Roblox experience without having to worry about any pay-to-win advantages.

Although it was released back in 2006, it started gaining users continuously from 2015 onwards as it shot to fame. With people forced to stay inside their homes, they have turned their attention to games such as Roblox to keep them entertained.

Roblox is available for most platforms but not for Linux. There is no need to be disappointed however, as there are ways you can get around this limitation.

You may experience some jitters as the only way you can make Roblox work on Linux is through Windows compatible software layers such as “Wine” and “Grapejuice”. This article will guide you through the steps you need to follow for playing Roblox on Ubuntu.

Downloading Roblox on Your System

Downloading Roblox is simple and easy. You need to get the Windows-supported version for Roblox, so download it from Microsoft Store. You also need to make sure that you already have a Microsoft account, and you are logged in. If not, then you need to make one and then download Roblox.

After successfully creating a Microsoft account, follow these steps to download Roblox for Windows.
Open Mozilla Firefox on your system. In the search bar, type “Roblox for windows download”. You should see these results on your screen, select the top one.

After getting into the Microsoft Store, they will ask for you to log in with your account. Proceed to log in. Once that’s done, scroll down till you see the “Get” option. Click on it so the installation can be initialized.

After the installation is completed, you can see the installed package in your download folder. We will now proceed to downloading and installing Wine on our system.

Install and Play Roblox Using Wine

Wine is a software that was developed to run different application software and games on Ubuntu, which were available on Windows only. It is a software compatibility layer that allows the applications to run on Ubuntu without any errors. As stated before, Roblox is not available exclusively for Linux. So, the best bet is to use Wine.

If you already have Wine available on your system, you can skip over to the next steps. In case you do not have Wine, focus on the following.

Wine can be installed through its website, and the “Terminal”. We will be going through both, so you can choose the way you prefer to download and install it.

Installing Wine Using WineHQ

Firstly, open Mozilla Firefox on your system. Next, type “Wine” or “WineHQ” in the search bar. You should see results similar to the ones in the image below.

Click on the Download option. This will take you to the download page.

On the next page, choose the package for Ubuntu. Download the package and proceed to run it to successfully install Wine.

Installing Wine Using the Terminal

Let’s have a look at how we can install Wine using Terminal.

Open the terminal on Ubuntu by pressing Ctrl + Alt + T. Next, add the key for Wine using this command.

$ wget -o – https://dl.winehq.org/wine-builds/winehq.key

Followed by

$ sudo apt-key add winehq.key

Now, add the repository by typing the following command:

$ sudo apt-repository https://dl.winehq.org/wine-builds/ubuntu

When the repository is successfully added, you should see the following message:

Now, we will add 32-bit architecture using the following command:

$ sudo dpkg --add-architecture i386

Lastly, install Wine by typing the following:

$ sudo apt install --install-recommends winehq-stable

By following these steps, you should not have any problem downloading and installing Wine for running Roblox on your Ubuntu system.

Playing Roblox Using Wine

Now, as we already have the Roblox package downloaded, and we have installed Wine on our system, we will try to run Roblox on Wine. To do this, follow these steps.

  1. Go to the file manager on your Ubuntu desktop.
  2. Go to the download folder.
  3. Locate the Roblox package you downloaded.
  4. Right-click on the package to open a menu.
  5. From the menu, select the option of “Open With”.
  6. Another menu will pop up, select the “Wine Windows Program Loader” option.
  7. The installation wizard of Roblox will initiate itself.
  8. After installing Roblox, we can see the icon on our desktop. We need to make the application executable, right-click on the icon, and select the “allow launch” option.
  9. Now, you can launch the game on your Ubuntu system. Upon launching, it will ask you to make an account. After making an account, you can enjoy the world of Roblox.

Conclusion

Roblox is a game that people belonging to any age bracket can enjoy playing. The number of players has grown exponentially recently. It offers users an opportunity to create a game with their imagination and creativity. This feature is not available in most of the games available right now. This article attempted to guide you to successfully installing and launching Roblox on Ubuntu. As mentioned before, Roblox is not available on Linux, so you need to carefully make the necessary arrangements to play it. We hope that this guide helped you and hope that you are now having fun on Roblox.

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