The Ultimate Guide to Installing LightsOff on Linux Systems

How To Install LightsOff On Linux

A lot of people like riddles, puzzles, and mind games. Whether they’re just brain teasers or games, they do enjoy it.

LightsOff is a riddle or puzzle game, where the goal is to turn off each of the tiles on the board. Each snap or click flips the condition, state or colour of the clicked tile. Clicking a tile also changes the state of its adjacent, non-diagonal tiles. LightsOff was developed in 2011, initially only supporting Windows and Mac. Later it was available for the GNOME desktop environment on Linux. The game is simple yet challenging which made it rise to popularity. The game starts easy at first with a small board. Then as the level progresses, the boards become big and the difficulty increases.

Some facts about LightsOff

  • It was inspired by Lights Out which is another puzzle game.
  • It has over 10 million downloads across different platforms like Windows, Mac, Linux, etc.
  • It is now available on mobile platforms as well like Android and IOS.

What You Need Before Installing LightsOff

Prior to installing LightsOff (Gnome LightsOff) on Linux, you really want to guarantee you meet the accompanying requirements:

  • Supported Linux Distribution: Ensure that you are running a Linux distribution that is supported by the Gnome desktop environment. 
  • Administrative Privileges: It is a must for you to possess root or administrative privileges on your Linux system for installing this software. Elevated permissions are generally required for system-wide installations via package managers
  • Package Manager: It must be verified that a package manager has been installed in your Linux distribution. Some of the most common package managers include – dnf (used in Fedora), apt (used in Debian-based systems like Ubuntu), and pacman (used in Arch Linux). The LightsOff game shall be downloaded and installed through the package manager.
  • Hardware requirements: LightsOff isn’t a very resource-demanding application but we still recommend checking them out.
  • Software requirements: Check out the official site to find out the dependencies, drivers, and supported Linux distros.

Step-by-Step: Installing LightsOff on Linux

LightsOff is a captivating puzzle game that challenges your mind to turn off all tiles on a board. Available on multiple platforms including Linux, it has garnered over 10 million downloads. This guide provides a comprehensive walkthrough for installing LightsOff on various Linux distributions, ensuring you meet all prerequisites like supported Linux distribution and administrative privileges. Whether you’re using Ubuntu, Debian, or Arch Linux, we’ve got you covered.

There is a high chance that by default Lightsoff is pre-installed in your system. If that’s then check out the following section. We’ve listed the methods to install Lightsoff on different Linux distros.

Installing Lightsoff on Ubuntu/Debian-based systems:-

You can install Lightsoff on Ubuntu by using package managers like Snap or Flatpak. 

Installing Lightsoff on Ubuntu/ Debian using snap

To install Lightsoff using Snap package manager you should have Snap installed and enabled first. To do so run the following command:-

sudo apt update
sudo apt install snapd

Then you can install Lightsoff using the following command:-

sudo snap install lightsoff

Installing Lightsoff on Ubuntu/Debian using Flatpak 

If you’ve flatpak package manager in your system, then you can use the following commands to install Lightsoff on Ubuntu/ Debian:-

flatpak install org.gnome.LightsOff

If flatpak is not installed you can install it by using the command:-

sudo apt install flatpak

Installing Lightsoff on Arch Linux

We’ve listed two methods to install Lightsoff on Arch Linux. They use Snap and yay package managers respectively.

Installing Lightsoff on Arch Linux using Snap package manager

We’ll be using the snap package manager to install Lightsoff on Arch Linux. Follow the steps below:-

  1. Open the terminal and write the command
sudo snap install lightsoff

If Snap is not installed in your system then you can install Snap by following the steps:-

  1. Open the terminal and write the following command
git clone
cd snapd
makepkg -si

This will install Snap on your machine. Then you’ve to configure it. For that use the following commands:-

sudo systemctl enable --now snapd.socket
sudo ln -s /var/lib/snapd/snap /snap

It is recommended to restart your system so that snap can be used in the terminal.

Using yay to install Lightsoff on Arch Linux

You can also use yay package manager to install Lightsoff on Arch Linux. Follow the steps below to do so:-

  1. Open the terminal and use the following command to install yay package manager:-
sudo pacman -S yay
yay -Syu
  1. Then install Lightsoff using the following command:-
yay -S lightsoff

Wrapping Up: Get Ready to Play LightsOff

LightsOff can be played by people of all ages. It is an easy, fun, and challenging puzzle game. It can be mastered by practising and playing for long hours. People who like brain teasers, mind games, and puzzles should check out this game.

There are some chances that it may be already installed on your Linux distro. But if it’s not then worry not. Above we’ve listed various methods to install Lightsoff on popular Linux distros. 

Before installing Lightsoff on your system check out the prerequisites section. You should have administrative privileges to be able to install Lightsoff. You can see all the prerequisites in the above section. At the end of the steps, you’d playing Lightsoff. So have fun playing.

Here’s a link of LightsOff on snap store