Playdeb - The Gaming Repository for Ubuntu

Tired of finding and downloading packages for games, and having to check for updates youself? Playdeb is a software repository for the games available on GetDeb, who package recent games and applications for Ubuntu. With Playdeb, games are easy to install and will be updated when new versions are available.


Playdeb includes an APT software repository, and a games list that can be used to install games simply by clicking an install link. The repository can be easily added by installing a DEB package. The install links in the games list require AptURL, which is standard in Ubuntu since 7.10, but Playdeb requires an updated version to be installed. A DEB package for this is also provided.

The Playdeb site has instructions for getting set up, follow the links to download and install the two packages.

Once you’ve finished, head to the games list. Pressing the Install link for a game will first reload the repository and then open a dialog asking if you want to install the game. Click Yes and the game will install.

The current Playdeb site is a prototype, and the list of games on the site is incomplete. I did have one issue: the first time I tried to install a game the package could not be found, clicking the install link again fixed it. Playdeb uses the updated AptURL to refresh the repositories before every installation. Playdeb is updated as regularly as GetDeb is, but is this needed? By default Ubuntu updates the repositories daily by itself.

Adding repositories may not be easy for new users. Early versions of AptURL included a feature for adding repositories that would have been very easy, but it was disabled for security. I think Playdeb’s solution of offering a DEB package that adds the repository is ideal.

Playdeb is similar toLinspire’s CRN, which also offers games. However, Playdeb’s design is far superior; it doesn’t conflict with Ubuntu’s own repositories, is easier to set up, and uses the existing package manager.

I’m hoping to see more sites like Playdeb, offering other applications.

Archived Comments

Saman Sadeghi

Thank you for the great resource! This will make life so much easier!!

Vadim P.

The refreshing is needed because a case is possible where a game is added to the list on the website, and users apt didn’t refresh yet - so the link won’t work. By refreshing each time, it will work.

Stefano F. (tacone)

Sure it’s needed. Ubuntu update the repositories daily with bugfixes, not new upstream versions.

This is a major (and known) issue with online games, where the game servers require the clients to be updated to the last major release.


@Stefano: exactly. The client/server mismatch is one of the main reasons this was started.

If anyone runs into such an issue, see if you can get the game makers to point out playdeb.


Does anybody know if adding the hardy repository will cause problems if i’m running intrepid?


Thanks for this useful information. I’m just about using my Ubuntu and looking for this kind of software..

Jay Ralph

hello! I would like to ask if what is playdeb?Do it has an interface in the computer?


The site just said that it is unavailable.

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