Install OpenRGB on Linux Mint 20 LTS

OpenRGB or better known as OPEN SOURCE RGB LIGHTING CONTROL is free and open-source software used to control RGB lighting control that does not require manufacturer software. The software allows for RGB amber lighting, game integrations, music visualization, and much more. OpenRGB also comes with a plugin interface that can extend the software’s functionality even further.

Update Linux Mint System

Update your Linux Mint operating system to make sure all existing packages are up to date:

sudo apt update && sudo apt upgrade -y

Import OpenRGB PPA

To successfully install OpenRGB, you will need to import the PPA “OpenRGB”. This PPA is continuously updated, so you will always have the latest updates.

In your terminal, use the following command to import the PPA.

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:thopiekar/openrgb -y

Next, run an apt update.

sudo apt update

Install OpenRGB

With the PPA now imported, you can begin installing using the following command.

sudo apt install openrgb

Example output:

Install OpenRGB on Linux Mint 20 LTS

Type Y, then press the ENTER KEY to proceed.

Once installed, verify the installation using the –version command.

openrgb --version

Example output:

Install OpenRGB on Linux Mint 20 LTS

Launch OpenRGB

To launch OpenRGB, you can do this in a few ways.

First, while you are in your terminal, you can use the following command:


Alternatively, run the openrgb & command in the background to free up the terminal:

openrgb &

However, this isn’t practical, and you would use the following path on your desktop to open with the path: Activities > Show Applications >


Install OpenRGB on Linux Mint 20 LTS

Once opened, you will arrive at your default landing screen showing what hardware devices are installed. The tutorial machine has a G502 Hero Gaming mouse, which is now present.


Install OpenRGB on Linux Mint 20 LTS

Further adjustments, installing plugins, and much more can be found in the settings menu to customize your PC hardware fully.


Install OpenRGB on Linux Mint 20 LTS

Remove (Uninstall) OpenRGB

Use the following command entirely for users who no longer wish to have OpenRGB.

sudo apt autoremove openrgb --purge

Also, remember the PPA repository as this is no longer needed.

The command looks familiar to adding the repository, and this time you added the syntax “-r” for the removal.

sudo add-apt-repository -r ppa:thopiekar/openrgb -y

Comments and Conclusion

In the tutorial, you have learned how to install OpenRGB by importing a PPA and installing the latest version available on Linux Mint 20 LTS.

One of the biggest draws for OpenRGB is no manufacturer software required as it can be bloated, invade privacy, and hoard resources. The downside is not all devices will work straight out of the box.


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