How to Install OpenRGB on Ubuntu 22.04 LTS

OpenRGB 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, etc. OpenRGB also comes with a plugin interface that can extend the software’s functionality even further.

In the following tutorial, you will learn how to install OpenRGB on Ubuntu 22.04 LTS Jammy Jellyfish by importing a third-party LaunchPAD PPA with the command line terminal and maintaining and removing the package if required in the future.

Update Ubuntu

First, update your system to make sure all existing packages are up to date to avoid any conflicts during the installation of OpenRGB.

sudo apt update && sudo apt upgrade -y

Import OpenRGB PPA

First, you need to import the PPA “OpenRGB,” which is maintained by Thomas Karl Pietrowski. 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 -y

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

openrgb --version

Example output:

Install OpenRGB on Ubuntu 22.04 LTS

How to Launch OpenRGB

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

First, you can use the following command to open it immediately while you are in your terminal.

openrgb

Alternatively, run the openrgb & command in the background to free up the terminal for continued use.

openrgb &

However, this isn’t practical, and you would use the following path on your desktop.

Activities > Show Applications > OpenRGB

Example:

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.

Example:

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

Example:

How to Update/Upgrade OpenRGB

Given that the tutorial has installed OpenRGB using the command line terminal, it is always recommended to check for updates every so often for desktop users with the following command.

sudo apt update && sudo apt upgrade

Most users would have auto-update notifications and possibly auto-update/upgrades with GUI. I would always recommend running this command on the odd occasion to ensure updates are being fetched and installed.

How to 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 included the –remove flag onto the command.

sudo add-apt-repository --remove 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 Ubuntu 22.04 LTS Jammy Jellyfish.

One of the biggest draws for OpenRGB is no manufacturer software is 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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