Linux - Ubuntu 18.04

Parsec officially supports Ubuntu 18.04 LTS.

Parsec on Ubuntu 18.04 can either be used via the browser (the browser will talk to the installed terminal app parsecd) or you can run parsecd via terminal.

If the Parsec icon in your applications tray does not do anything, please use parsecd via Terminal.


  1. sudo apt update 
  2. sudo dpkg -i ./parsec-linux.deb
  3. parsecd app_daemon=1
  4. Open in Firefox or Google Chrome and sign in.

Please note, this assumes the parsec-linux.deb installer package is in your home folder.

To install Parsec through GUI, you can double click the Parsec-Linux.deb package, and it will install.  


Parsec will run with hardware accelerated decoding on Intel HD Graphics by default.

AMD and Nvidia cards need to have a VAAPI-VDPAU wrapper setup, which most systems have by default. You may need to set your your libva to use it with export LIBVA_DRIVER_NAME=vdpau. You can use vainfo to verify that your system has hardware decoding enabled.

Alternatively, you can switch to the Intel hardware accelerated decoding if you switch Intel to your primary device. For all hardware, please use the newest drivers. For instance, you will need Nvidia driver 375.39 or greater.