Polychromatic Provides A Nice UI To Razer Keyboards/Mice On Linux
Written by Michael Larabel in Hardware on 23 August 2016 at 09:32 PM EDT. 29 Comments
Razer keyboards, mice, and other peripherals are very popular with gamers. However, the company has never provided an official control UI / driver for managing their devices under Linux while various open-source projects have filled the void.

Over the years have been RazerTool, razer-nextgen-config-tool, libratbag, and various other open-source projects for controlling Razer hardware on Linux.

Polychromatic is a newer project learned about today as pointed out by Kubuntu contributor Aaron Honeycutt.

Among the supported hardware are the BlackWidow keyboards, BlackWidow Mamba, Blade Stealth laptop, and Abyssus. These are supported via the Chroma Linux Drivers that are out-of-tree.

The Polychromatic project in turn provides a front-end for managing the Razer devices on Linux. Polychromatic supports configuring the device's various effects and settings, setting up keymodes, providing application provides, tray applet, and more. Those wishing to find out more about Polychromatic can visit the GitHub site for this unofficial Razer Linux project.
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