War Thunder for Linux

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Download Linux version of War Thunder

You can download the Linux version from here.

Take note that only 64-bit systems are supported. The Steam Linux version will be launched at a later date. The Full UI launcher is also yet to come, although it is not required - you can change game settings within the game.


By following the download link you will receive the updater.tar.gz file, which contains two files - updater and updater.blk (configuration) extract them to a folder where you wish to install War Thunder. For example ~/Games/WarThunder

Run the updater from that folder (for example, run terminal, then type "cd ~/Games/WarThunder", then type "./updater") it will download and run the game.

Starting the game

From now on, you can just run ./updater from that folder, and you will see a native running War Thunder on Linux 64 bit.

Tip: if you already have the game running on your Linux using Wine, you can use the same folder to extract your updater there. It will save you some time.

List of possible game options (for direct client launch)

  • safe - Will run the game with "minimum" settings.
  • mode:windowed - Will run the game in a window.
  • mode:fullscreen - Will run the game in fullscreen.
  • resolution:WidthxHeight - Will run the game with specific valid resolutions where WidthxHeight is needed resolution, i.e. 1920x1080 or 1280x720
  • forcestart - Unknown, probably bypass some game checks (Found via a crash dump, being used by the updater)

Common Questions

Can I continue to use Wine version?

Yes. You can continue using the Wine version of the game even if you installed a native client within the same folder.

What can I do if a version is not working?

You need the most recent proprietary drivers for your videocard. If something's gone wrong, and the game is not launching at all because of invalid settings, you can always try to run it using the minimum possible settings. To do so, just go to the War Thunder folder (i.e. ~/Games/WarThunder) and run:./aces -safe -mode:windowed -resolution:1280x720

Additional information

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