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There are currently no official drivers for any Razer peripherals in Linux. However, Michael Buesch has created a tool called razercfg to configure Razer mice under Linux. There also exist scripts to enable macro keys of Razer keyboards.

Razer Peripherals

Compatibility

razercfg lists the following mice models as stable:

  • Razer DeathAdder Classic
  • Razer DeathAdder 3500 DPI
  • Razer DeathAdder Black Edition
  • Razer DeathAdder 2013
  • Razer DeathAdder Chroma
  • Razer Krait
  • Razer Naga Classic
  • Razer Naga 2012
  • Razer Naga 2014
  • Razer Naga Hex
  • Razer Taipan

And the following as stable but missing minor features:

  • Razer Lachesis
  • Razer Copperhead
  • Razer Boomslang CE

Installation

Download and install razercfgAUR or razercfg-gitAUR for bleeding edge git releases from the AUR.

You also need to edit your /etc/X11/xorg.conf file to disable the current mouse settings by commenting them out as in the following example, where also some defaults are set as suggested by the author:

/etc/X11/xorg.conf
 Section "InputDevice"
    Identifier  "Mouse"
    Driver  "mouse"
    Option  "Device" "/dev/input/mice"
 EndSection

It is important to only have Mouse and not Mouse# listed in xorg.conf.

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Reason: Why reboot? (Discuss in Talk:Razer#)

Restart the computer, then enter:

# udevadm control --reload-rules

Then start the razerd daemon and possibly enable it.

Using the Razer Configuration Tool

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Reason: Button configuration reported to not work (Discuss in Talk:Razer#Button configuration in razercfg or qrazercfg)

There are two commands you can use, one for the command line tool razercfg or the Qt-based GUI tool qrazercfg.

From the tool you can use the 5 profiles, change the DPI, change mouse frequency, enable and disable the scroll and logo lights and configure the buttons.

If the colors reset on reboot edit the config file directly and test with another reboot:

/etc/razer.conf
# Configure LEDs
led=1:GlowingLogo:on
led=1:Scrollwheel:on
mode=1:Scrollwheel:static
color=1:Scrollwheel:0000FF
mode=1:GlowingLogo:static
color=1:GlowingLogo:FFFFFF

"static" can probably be changed to spectrum or breathing, and mode/color lines can be removed if led is set to "off".

Razer Blade

Razer Blade is Razer's line of gaming laptops. There is currently a 14" model, and a 17" model. Due to the proprietary SBUI trackpad on the 17" model, it will be extremely difficult to get it to work without extensive USB protocol reversing.

2016 version (Razer Blade Stealth)

The normal installation process works in general with the exceptions enumerated below.

Killer Wireless Network Adapter

The wireless adapter won't work without proprietary firmware. You will require a USB ethernet adapter to do the installation or an ISO with the proprietary driver installed. The wireless adapter presents itself as

01:00.0 Network controller: Qualcomm Atheros QCA6174 802.11ac Wireless Network Adapter (rev 32)

It is a Killer Wireless-AC 1535 which requires proprietary firmware for the board. The latest 4.4.1 kernel only requires the board.bin to be overwritten.

# wget -O /lib/firmware/ath10k/QCA6174/hw3.0/board.bin http://www.killernetworking.com/support/board.bin

Touchpad

Install the xf86-input-libinput package. See Libinput for more information on this driver.

Alternatively, if you prefer using the Touchpad Synaptics driver, install the xf86-input-synaptics package.

Graphics Drivers

The graphics card works OK with the standard intel drivers which you can install with the xf86-video-intel package. See Intel graphics for more information on installation and configuration.

Issues with screen flickering seem to be resolved by changing AccelMethod to sna as described in the SNA issues section.

# cat >/etc/X11/xorg.conf.d/20-intel.conf 
Section "Device"
  Identifier  "Intel Graphics"
  Driver      "intel"
  Option      "AccelMethod"  "uxa"
  #Option      "AccelMethod"  "sna"
EndSection

Tweaking

If you are using GNOME, the gnome-tweak-tool can be used to adjust the window and font scaling. A font scale of 1.25 puts the font sizes closer to how they are displayed by default in Windows 10.

If you are using an external monitor that is not HiDPI, you can use xrandr to alter the scaling of the external monitor using the instructions for Multiple Displays. You may have better results though running GNOME on Wayland. When installed, clicking the gear icon in GDM will allow you to select Gnome On Wayland and will default to that in the future.

Unresolved Issues

  • the webcam does not seem to work with a basic installation. External webcams work fine. It seems to fail when the resolution is anything but 640x480. guvcview works because it defaults to the resolution. cheese and Google Hangouts do not because they default to the max resolution.
  • Suspending does not seem to work with a basic installation. You can suspend but once the system resumes it suffers from random suspends or the screen going blank for no apparent reason.

2014 version

Problems

Source

  • touchpad (multitouch, although this may be a kernel bug that has since been fixed)
  • keys to increase/decrease screen illumination not working
  • keys to increase/decrease keyboard illumination not working

Possible trackpad solution

Source

git clone https://github.com/aduggan/hid-rmi.git -b rb14 # and then install it
depmod -a

Then install the synaptics[broken link: replaced by xf86-input-synaptics] package.

Feature still not working: pinch to zoom, 3rd mouse button.

2013 version

What works

Source

  • Wireless
  • Switchable graphics
  • Bluetooth
  • Keyboard light (HW controlled)
  • UEFI boot
  • Trackpad (only on Linux 4.0+ without libinput-based X.Org input driver (xf86-input-libinput) thanks to Andrew Duggan's work).

Problems

Source

  • SwitchBlade UI doesn't work due to lack of drivers.
  • Trackpad scrolling does not work.

Possible trackpad solution

Source

git clone https://github.com/aduggan/hid-rmi.git -b rb14 # and then install it
depmod -a

Then install the synaptics[broken link: replaced by xf86-input-synaptics] packages.

Feature still not working: pinch to zoom, 3rd mouse button


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Reason: The SBUI works as a trackpad, but no linux drivers currently exist. Does it even work for basic trackpad functionality? (Discuss in Talk:Razer#)

Razer keyboards

There are currently two Python scripts available to enable macro keys under Linux:

  • blackwidowcontrolAUR
    • works with regular BlackWidow and BlackWidow 2013. Might work with BlackWidow Ultimate / 2013
    • uses Python 3
    • does not bundle any scripts to create macros (use hot key configuration tool from your desktop environment)
    • allows to control the status of the LED
  • razer-blackwidow-macro-scriptsAUR
    • works with BlackWidow Ultimate 2013
    • uses Python 2
    • also bundles scripts to create and execute macros

Troubleshooting

Mouse randomly stops working

Note: This is tested on ASUS N550JV using mouse Razer Orochi 2013. Laptop probably has faulty charging port and therefore it sometimes directly affects connected mouse USB port and causes similar issues.

If your razer mouse stops working after some time, however, led flashes or lights up, but reboot and re-plugging does not help, try the following commands.

Unload ehci_pci and ehci_hcd modules:

# rmmod ehci_pci
# rmmod ehci_hcd

Disconnect the mouse, wait a few seconds and run the following commands to load modules back:

# modprobe ehci_hcd
# modprobe ehci_pci

Connect the mouse and it should be working.