GOG GALAXY is a fully optional client to install, play and update your games. It also offers online multiplayer, achievements, chat, game-time tracking and more - but it’s up to you which features you want to use.
Prefer convenience? Install any GOG.com game with a single click, and it will forever stay up to date. As soon as the game is installed, it’s ready to play.
Want to backup your purchases? We get it. For all games, you can download a DRM-free backup installer that you can save to an external disk, drive or cloud.
It’s up to you when and how to play your games. GOG Galaxy will always work without an internet connection, and so will your games.
Sometimes game updates break things. Thanks to the built-in Rollback feature, you can restore your game to prior states with just a single click.
Don’t like being forced to update? In GOG Galaxy you can turn off auto-updating for any game and receive notifications when new updates are available.
GOG Galaxy-powered multiplayer games offer matchmaking and online play. In new and classic games alike, meet other players and make friends... or enemies.
Complete challenges laid out by the developers, experience more of the game, win bragging rights or just do it for the sake of your inner completionist.
For nearly every GOG game you can now track your play time. Additionally, select GOG Galaxy-powered games will offer extra stats or in-game leaderboards.
Crossplay-enabled games offer online play between GOG and Steam. Because where you buy your games shouldn't prevent you from playing with friends.
See notifications for new messages, requests or achievements, check on your progress and chat with friends... All that without leaving the game.
Add people you like to your friends list. With a single click you will see if they’re online, what are they playing, start a new chat or invite them to a game.
Our new chat is not limited to the Client. No matter if your friends are on GOG Galaxy or on the GOG website, you can chat with them in real time.
Enjoy playing games with great company? Galaxy-powered multiplayer games will allow you to invite friends from the game, or to join their games from the Client.
Don’t like achievements or chat? Just as the Client is optional, so are its features. Turn off the ones you don’t care about, leaving only what’s important to you.
We deeply respect our users, so we’ve also built GOG Galaxy to respect your privacy. We don’t track your personal data... we don’t even look for it.
Keep the Client running and you’ll be first to know whenever your wishlisted game is discounted, or when a new friend, game or chat invite is received.
We believe that the client application should be as lightweight as possible, and with every version we will do our best to decrease its CPU and memory footprint.
Beyond all these features, the Client will never be mandatory. That’s great motivation for us - we want to make it so good, you’ll actually want to use it.
GOG Galaxy is as much about bringing the GOG.com experience up to modern par, as it is about offering completely new features and standards.
GOG Galaxy will make it possible for us to support new games that require online features, but it’s equally important to offer an even better experience to our existing users, and to support our community in seamlessly transitioning between our website, into games, and inbetween. We're introducing quality of life features and the means to stay connected whether you're in your browser, in the client, or in-game.
Most importantly, we want to redefine what it means to use a gaming client. Most GOG Galaxy functionality is optional and toggleable, but we also want to introduce a few features that you haven't seen before. Like rolling back patches.
Yes. You will be able to download and update every single game via GOG Galaxy - we call these the core features. Right now, a few games do not yet support the client - a list is available on our support pages. Our aim is to include support for every single game as soon as possible.
Core features (like installing, updating, game time tracking) will be available in every single title. In-game and social features might not be, so we'll make sure that all supported features are listed clearly on a game's page.
We will release all of our games simultaneously through GOG Galaxy and the website. Updates, however, can be more efficient in GOG Galaxy - it's largely the reason we made it. By automating the update process in the Client, we'll be able to get patches distributed quickly while we continue to manually package and test our standalone patchers. In short, we'll get the updates out as fast as possible through both channels - but we won't delay one on account of the other.
There are several channels that you can use:
Bug reports: Our http://mantis.gog.com will stay active, where we can directly interact with you to squash any issues.
Feature requests: We have a new wishlist section dedicated to requesting, and voting on, new features in GOG Galaxy.
General feedback: We encourage you to discuss GOG Galaxy on our forums, and we'll be monitoring the threads to gather feedback and new ideas.
GOG Galaxy supports all of the current website functionality, that includes buying games through the client and participating in the forums. The GOG Galaxy client should work as a full replacement for the website if you want it to.
We respect your privacy, so does GOG Galaxy.
The client won't upload any more of your information than is necessary to function. For example, we will never scan more of your hard drive than you tell us to, and when we track your game-time, we will never upload the names of your system processes, let alone anything else. We save your playtime only. If you let us.
We won't disable the GOG downloader on launch day, but we will no longer actively support it. The downloader may be affected as we continue updating our infrastructure, but we don't plan to disable it intentionally.
A Linux version of our client is planned eventually, but we don't have an expected release date right now. Stay tuned for future announcements!
If you like to tinker, feel free to start building your own features or even entire clients compatible with GOG Galaxy, assuming you can figure things out right now. We won't actively work against attempts to improve the GOG Galaxy experience, although we can't promise not to break anything as we continue to develop our own tools and infrastructure.
You can add your installed games to the Client. Games installed with our newer installers (available on the website for a few months now) will be detected automatically, older installations will require you to add the game manually.
Cross-play doesn't require any setup or configuration. Steam users won't need to create GOG.com accounts or install GOG Galaxy, while GOG.com users won't need to create Steam accounts. Just log in, launch your game, and start playing online!
GOG Galaxy is fully optional because you don’t need it to play games on GOG.com. If you want to, you can simply download your game via your browser, install it manually, and launch it offline, just like we've always done it on GOG.com. If you decide to use GOG Galaxy for some aspects of the convenience, you can still switch to offline mode at whim and play your games. Optional also means that all features in GOG Galaxy can be turned off. Not a fan of achievements or auto-updates? No problem, they're extras.