Bevy Version:0.12(outdated!)

As this page is outdated, please refer to Bevy's official migration guides while reading, to cover the differences: 0.12 to 0.13.

I apologize for the inconvenience. I will update the page as soon as I find the time.

Linux Desktop

If you have any additional Linux-specific knowledge, please help improve this page!

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Desktop Linux is one of the best-supported platforms by Bevy.

There are some development dependencies you may need to setup, depending on your distribution. See instructions in official Bevy repo.

See here if you also want to build Windows EXEs from Linux.

GPU Drivers

Bevy apps need support for the Vulkan graphics API to run best. There is a fallback on OpenGL ES 3 for systems where Vulkan is unsupported, but it might not work and will have limited features and performance.

You (and your users) must ensure that you have compatible hardware and drivers installed. On most modern distributions and computers, this should be no problem.

If Bevy apps refuse to run and print an error to the console about not being able to find a compatible GPU, the problem is most likely with the Vulkan components of your graphics driver not being installed correctly. You may need to install some extra packages or reinstall your graphics drivers. Check with your Linux distribution for what to do.

To confirm that Vulkan is working, you can try to run this command (found in a package called vulkan-tools on most distributions):


X11 and Wayland

As of the year 2023, the Linux desktop ecosystem is fragmented between the legacy X11 stack and the modern Wayland stack. Many distributions are switching to Wayland-based desktop environments by default.

Bevy supports both, but only X11 support is enabled by default. If you are running a Wayland-based desktop, this means your Bevy app will run in the XWayland compatibility layer.

To enable native Wayland support for Bevy, enable the wayland cargo feature:

bevy = { version = "0.12", features = ["wayland"] }

Now your app will be built with support for both X11 and Wayland.

If you want to remove X11 support for whatever reason, you will have to disable the default features and re-enable everything you need, without the x11 feature. See here to learn how to configure Bevy features.

If both are enabled, you can override which display protocol to use at runtime, using an environment variable:


(to run using X11/XWayland on a Wayland desktop)


export WINIT_UNIX_BACKEND=wayland

(to require the use of Wayland)