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Is BlueStacks available for Linux?

We have some good news and we have some bad news above BlueStacks for Linux.
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If you love mobile games but want to play on a computer, BlueStacks is great. We know it works for PC and can work on Mac. But what about people that use Linux machines?

Look, we’re not going to beat around the bush. There is not a BlueStacks 5 app you can download for the Linux OS. However, you can use workarounds to get BlueStacks to run on Linux.

The most promising workarounds include installing BlueStacks on a virtual Windows machine.

BlueStacks 5

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The BlueStacks 5 app is available to download and run on Windows and macOS.

However, you can set up a BlueStacks Android emulator on your Linux system. Since BlueStacks is so popular, it’s quite surprising that there isn’t a dedicated Linux version.

Continued reading: BlueStacks 5 vs BlueStacks 10: Which should you download?

While a full Linux version may be available someday, you’ve got to do what you’ve got to do for now. The first thing you’ll want to do is set up a virtual machine on your Linux system.

You’ll also want to install VirtualBox dependencies so the BlueStacks Android emulator can run properly.

After you install the VirtualBox dependencies, it’s best to install Windows 10 or Windows 11. You’ll want the ISO version of Windows, by the way. 

Virtual machine specs

You may be well-versed in installing virtual machines. However, you might need to know the minimum hardware specs you need for BlueStacks 5.

First, you’ll want to allocate at least 4GB of RAM for BlueStacks on Linux. After that, it’s fairly smooth sailing if you’ve done this before.

That being said, you’re not done once you’ve got your Windows virtual machine up and running.

Next, you’ll need to download and install BlueStacks 5. Of course, you’ll want the Windows version that corresponds with your OS version. 


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Sadly, there is not a BlueStacks 5 version for Linux yet. But if you’re comfortable installing virtual Windows machines, you can use this as a workaround.

You’ll have your BlueStacks Android emulator up and running in no time. 

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