Packages generator for commercial DRM-free games

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#./play.it: Installer for DRM-free commercial games

The codebase is maintained at https://git.dotslashplay.it/scripts/

Bug reports are tracked at https://forge.dotslashplay.it/play.it/scripts/-/issues

Mirrors of the codebase can be found at:


./play.it is a free software building native packages from installers for Windows or Linux, mainly those sold by stores focusing on DRM-free games distribution. The goal is that a game installed via ./play.it is indistinguishable from a game installed via the official repositories of your favourite distribution.

The games are installed globally on multi-user systems, avoiding unnecessary duplication. The locations of save games, settings, mods, temporary files and backups are standardized with XDG Base Directory support.

Packaging the games simplifies future updates, uninstalls and handling of any necessary dependencies, including integrated obsolete dependencies if specific versions are needed.


#Distributions providing ./play.it

The following distributions provide installation instructions in their official documentation:

In most cases, these instructions should work in the same way for derivatives of these distributions.

#Installation from git

If your distribution does not already have a package for ./play.it, you can install it from this git repository:

git clone --branch main --depth 1 https://git.dotslashplay.it/scripts play.it.git
cd play.it.git
make install

#Game scripts

Starting with ./play.it 2.16 release, game scripts are no longer provided in this repository. You need to install a collection of game scripts in addition to the core library and wrapper to add support for some game installers. The following games collections are available:


Once ./play.it is installed, you can call it providing a supported game installer as the first argument to generate the packages. An example could be:

play.it ~/Downloads/setup_sid_meiers_alpha_centauri_2.0.2.23.exe

The building process can take from a couple seconds to several minutes, depending mostly on the game size, and ends with the command to run as root to install the generated packages. On Debian, this could be something like:

apt install \
    /home/user/Downloads/alpha-centauri_6.0b-gog2.0.2.23+20221005.2_i386.deb \
    /home/user/Downloads/alpha-centauri-movies_6.0b-gog2.0.2.23+20221005.2_all.deb \


There is some documentation on how to add support for new games, but the best bet is to find a similar game and copy its script. Youʼll likely need to visit our IRC channel to ask for more help. It can also be useful to upload your attempts to pastebin for commentary, or feel free to raise a WIP Merge Request.

#Contact informations

#IRC channel

Some ./play.it developers and users can be reached on IRC, channel is #play.it on network irc.oftc.net. The main language on this IRC channel is English, but most of us can speak French too.


A contact e-mail for feedback can usually be found in each ./play.it game script, as well as in the library. Open one of these files with any text editor to see the contact e-mail.


./play.it has an account on the Fediverse, you can follow it for news about the development or use it to contact us: @playit@fediverse.dotslashplay.it