Ever since steam allowed to add non steam games to it that it become my gaming hub having all my games there ready to be launched.

There’s many ways to add blizzard games to steam, but I’ve made bnetlauncher to be the simplest method while retaining the benefits of automatic login.

Howto Use

  1. Extract the included exe to any location you want (ex: steam folder)
  2. Add the exe to steam as a non-steam game shortcut
  3. On the shortcut properties open Set Launch Options… and add one of the following codes:
    code game
    wow World of Warcraft
    d3 Diablo 3
    hs Heartstone
    ow Overwatch
    sc2 Starcraft 2
    hots Heroes of the Storm
    scr Starcraft Remastered
    dst2 Destiny 2

The result should look something like this:

Additionally, can also use Change Icon to use the icon of the game you’re adding. If you’re still unsure how it should work you can watch a video bellow of bnetlauncher in action:

Optional: In case of problems logging can be enabled by creating a enablelog.txt file inside "%localappdata%\\bnetlauncher\", you can open the location by pasting the path into explorer or the run dialog in windows (WinKey+R).

Known Issues

    • Users of MSI Afterburner, Fraps and other overlay software might experience crashes do to incompatibility
      with their own overlay and steam’s, to solve the issue disable the 3rd party application overlay.
    • The game, bnetlauncher and steam must all have the same running permissions to work properly, this means if
      one of them is running has Administrator/Elevated Permissions, then all of them must also be run has
      Administrator/Elevated Permissions.
    • It’s not possible to launch PTR versions of games, bnetlauncher uses client URI handler to
      start the games, which does not support the PTR versions. I haven’t found a solution for this.
    • If bnetlauncher is used to start multiple games at the same time the last ones to launch will not be automaticly
      signed in.
    • Starting multiple copies of Startcraft Remastered may cause bnetlauncher to show an error since the game only allows
      one instance to be run at the same time.
    • Users of the 1.5 beta series will need to delete the “%localappdata%\\ Launcher for Steam”
      directory by hand.
    • There’s no built in routine to clean up the log files if they pile up (logging is disabled by default)
    • On close client will leave a “ghost” tray icon after being closed by bnetlauncher, moving the mouse
      over it will make it disappear.

github repo (Source Code)
Older versions

107 thoughts on “bnetlauncher”

  1. So as not to be one of those guys that fixes it and abandons it to leave everyone else in suspense, figured I’d post. I fixed it, in a way that strikes me as odd.. perhaps I missed something somewhere. But, I followed your original screenshots for setting it up; Placing the launcher.exe in the Steam directory and letting that be its place. Worked fine for awhile. Just to try to take a stab at this, I moved the launcher.exe to’s directory instead and adjusted my shortcuts. Has worked fine since with no issues. There permissions on both directories are identical, so I am at a loss to explain why this is.

  2. Been using the beta version (v17b2) for a few weeks now, works like a charm for Overwatch and HearthStone! If someone made an app like this (*hint hint*) that worked with Uplay, Origin and GOG Galaxy as well, I’d be happy to pay for it in honey, backrubs, money, beer – or any other currency that the developer might prefer.

    Anyway, thanks for all the time and energy you invested in this project. I’ll share your web page forever now <3

  3. You’re not the first to ask for Origin and I’ll say it’s very unlikely I’ll ever do anything with it, I don’t own any recent titles on Origin and the ones I do, battlelogium and Origin Requirement Remover already do everything a launcher could do only much better.

    As for uplay I actually already have a personal solution in the form of a powershell script that use for The division and The Crew, maybe I’ll polish it up for “public consumption”.

  4. That’s cool man. I’ll definitely check out the Origin related links, even though I actually don’t have that many games there. I do have quite a few GOG games, though, and it would be nice to use the Steam overlay and still get the tracking and achievements on GOG. But I guess there’s a point where you need to accept that some things won’t always be as streamlined as one would’ve wished. Not in this corporate run, DRM-filled world…

    However. I’m very, very interested in getting Uplay stuff to work with the Steam overlay. I’d say Uplay is probably the only place (except Battlenet) where I actually have “real” games I care about, outside of Steam. And with Wildlands, For Honor and a new WD coming up, a polished script solution (or really any solution) would surely be worth its weight in honey!

  5. Does the job thanks a lot! Had a problem with it crashing on launch but read the comments and reinstalled battlenet. Thanks!

  6. And the problem was…. MSI Afterburner/Rivatuner hooking up on overwatch before steam overlay could.

  7. Is there any way to toggle a region? For example, I want to launch the Overwatch PTR through this, but it keeps defaulting to the Americas region.

  8. I’ve followed the included instructions, but it fails to launch the requested program. Checking the logs, it doesn’t display an error.

    [2016-11-08 20:54:29.3360]: Launcher for Steam version 1.8.6156.2282 started
    [2016-11-08 20:54:29.3390]: OS: Microsoft Windows NT 6.2.9200.0, Runtime: 4.0.30319.42000
    [2016-11-08 20:54:29.3420]: Checking for other bnetlauncher processes
    [2016-11-08 20:54:29.3460]: No other bnetlauncher detected
    [2016-11-08 20:54:29.3510]: Got parameter: ow
    [2016-11-08 20:54:29.3550]: Got valid alias for game ‘Overwatch’
    [2016-11-08 20:54:30.0483]: client is fully running with pid = 6200
    [2016-11-08 20:54:30.0513]: Issuing game launch command ‘battlenet://Pro’ at ’08:54:30.0513′

  9. Try this, Click Winkey+R to open the run dialogue and then paste battlenet://Pro on it and OK, does it launch Overwatch? If not you may need to reinstall the client. Alternatively you may try to fix it my using this reg file but reinstalling will likely be there safer route.

  10. Is there any way to toggle a region? For example, I want to launch the Overwatch PTR through this, but it keeps defaulting to the Americas region.

    This is something I would like to make happen but so far been unsuccessful, I even thought I had figured it out recently but it turned out to be a dead end. So for now there’s just no way to do it, sorry.

  11. The code shouldn’t be hard to follow, almost all the functionality is in Program.cs. Just start in the Main function and follow the code down, if you just read the comments it should give you a general idea. Unless you want to know something more specific.

  12. Heartsthone not working now, battlenet://WTCG is changed after last hearthstone patch.

  13. Do you know what’s the new shortcut if any?

    PS: I just downloaded and tested heartstone and the shortcut seems to still function as expected.

  14. —————————
    Failed to obtain game parameters.
    Game should start but steam overlay won’t be attached to it.

    Any solution? ;(

  15. Now I don’t get error but the overlay doesn’t work :/, thx for the attention 😀

  16. I’ve used it previously without any issues but after a reinstall of Windows I have issues with the bnetlauncher. Sometimes it works fine but most of the time the launcher starts but doesn’t start the game and after a moment I get the error:

    “Couldn’t find a game started through Client.
    Please check if you’re using a valid parameter.
    Aborting process and exiting.”

    I can still launch manually and will see the overlay…sort of (Shift-Tab brings it up, I see the FPS counter but new messages are not visible in the lower right corner as it should).

  17. Are you using any overlay software like MSI afterburner? Are you starting as admin? Those are two things that could cause problems, other then that i’d need to see a log (see instructions.txt for how to enable it).

  18. No overlay software is used and I’ve never had to start as admin. I’ve e-mailed you a log file, hope it helps.

  19. Hey man, program’s just throwing an error window “bnetlauncher has stopped working” trying to run diablo 3. I’m assuming it’s something to do with the change from client to blizzard app. I thought it might’ve just been a name change, but seems like it’s something else.

    Any chance of an update?

  20. There hasn’t been any change that required an update at the time of the client name change. First thing I’d ask you to try is getting the latest version, if there’s still an issue comment again and I’ll try to help you.

  21. Great work! I can now stream Overwatch to my Steam Link!

    I’d actually started work on a tool to wrap non-Steam games and automatically apply any workarounds needed to get the overlay working. This is also a C# project.

    However, I was missing the trick of grabbing the command-line args which passed to Overwatch.exe, then killing and restarting it under the ‘wrapper’ application. Very, very good idea!

    My initial work on my version works something like this: (btw, I named it SteamBogie.exe – it’ll make most English-speakers chuckle, but it’s also a British English term for the wheel/axle/suspension assembly on railway carriages. Keeps with the Steam/Valve thing ;))

    So, perhaps, for games:

    SteamBogie.exe –launcher battlenet –command battlenet://Pro –client Overwatch.exe

    Then, for Origin, perhaps something like:

    SteamBogie.exe –launcher origin –game C:\Games\OriginGames\Titanfall\Titanfall.exe

    … and it’ll do whatever’s needed to get Origin games compliant. This seems to involve:

    * Quitting Origin if running
    * Launching the game EXE with the Origin EXE path added as an argument (that can be looked up in the registry)
    * Monitoring the process list to watch for the game EXE’s presence
    * Quitting and perhaps restoring Origin’s running/not-running state after the game EXE disappears.

    Certainly something to work on!

  22. Origin and uplay games can be started directly from the game exe, they will launch the client if needed and start running. The launch chain is a bit crazy tough, the game closes and launches the client which chain spawns a load of other processes which eventually launches the game for real (seriously check it with process explorer). So all you need to do then is monitor the game and close the launcher processes after it closes.

    It’s something I’ve thought about but been putting off due to not having any really clever way of doing it. For uplay I’ve already done something the “dumb way” with and I suppose the same core idea would work with origin too.

    Best of luck developing your universal launcher.

  23. Thanks for the info, daf. If I do end up releasing anything, I’ll be sure to credit you (and GitHub it, of course).

    Why am I not surprised that Origin is a bit weird?

    I did a little googling on uPlay. It seems to also use a URI handler (uplay://launch/) so that might be a good angle to attack!

  24. Thanks, can you maybe upload the compiled version on GitHub to just in case. And maybe if you have the time it would be nice if you could make an launcher for Uplay Games too! 😀

  25. Hello, this software works like a charm, now that SC:R is out i would like to make a request to add it to the bnetlauncher as well.

  26. Not sure if it is possible or if it even applies, do you have the launcher URL for StarCraft:Remastered? Or a update to your launcher to include this? I’ve been trying to get steam overlay (or steam to launch it at all for that matter).

  27. OK i’m blind or the parametres for the newer games were added recently, either way thanks 🙂

  28. There is support for StarCraft: remastered added in the latest versions. The code is SCR.

  29. Thanks for making bnetlauncher! I’m trying to get it to launch Destiny 2 through Steam as a non-Steam shortcut, but I’m stuck.

    I don’t know how, my client doesn’t seem to have any kind of URI association. I’ve reinstalled the client twice. Start+R and battlenet://dst2 gives me a “There is no program associated to perform the requested action” error.

    Any suggestions? Should I try the reg file you posted in the comments above? Thanks a lot for the help!

  30. This is pretty awesome, I just found it when trying to solve an issue Streaming Destiny 2 I recalled having with Overwatch.

    Works perfectly with other Blizzard Games I have but seems to be an issue around a delay in Destiny 2 (could just be a beta issue) whereby the launcher is closed before Destiny 2 has loaded on to the screen so causes the streaming to stop. If i then wait 10sec for the game to appear on the host monitor a second streaming session will connect to it and run fine, but does mean when the game is then closed a second instance opens (there seems to be some single instance limiting/queuing going on in the game itself that means if two instances of destiny2.exe are running, the second sits idle in a preloading state until the first closes). Obviously this isn’t a massive deal, just have to remember to VNC onto the host and close down the second instance of the program after I’m done with it, but thought it would be worth the feedback if you wern’t aware of it.

    Would there be any way to introduce a config option to add a delay to closing the launcher to prevent the initial streaming session from shutting down if this isn’t something widespread?

  31. @Number 6, The reg file has since been removed since reinstalling the client would usually fix broken battlenet:// association. If it’s not working there might be something else causing the issue, regardless if you want to try and manually fix it you can use this regfile to manually add battlenet:// association, just be sure to edit the path to the client executable taking care to use double \.

  32. @Ganewate, Okay, if I’m understanding this properly there’s two issues here.

    First seems to be bnetlauncher exiting too quickly and causing the steam home streaming to think Destiny 2 was closed, I’ve added a worked around in version 1.15 that should fix that, if it didn’t let me know and I’ll try to come up with another solution.

    The second issue is multiple instances of Destiny 2 launching? I’ve not encountered this yet, could you provide more detail?

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