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- Download the Windows setup file.
- Double-click it and follow the instructions.
- Afterwards simply start Widelands by clicking on one of the generated icons (desktop, start menu, ...).
Mac OS X
- Download the disk image.
- Open the Disk Image
- Copy the executable to your local disk.
- Double click it to run.
It is likely, that there are pre-compiled packages for your distribution. Widelands is packaged in all major Linux distributions.
For Ubuntu, especially for older versions which will not get a backport of the latest build, we offer a PPA. Follow the install instructions on the PPA's site to add it to your system.
In case your distribution does not provide pre-compiled packages you have to compile Widelands yourself. Go to the BuildingWidelands page for further instructions.
Unofficial development Builds
There are some people providing pre-compiled (ready to run like our official releases) packages, made from our current development state. Below are the links to those builds. Installation should work similar as described in "Official builds"
Windows 64 bit only
After downloading one of the development builds your browser might warn you that the file can possibly harm your computer. This is a false alarm! There is just too little information about these files, because they change so rapidly, that the browser cannot say for sure whether they are malicious or not.
Windows 32 bit and 64 bit
Other windows builds are available through appveyor. Click on one of the green marked release which fit your Platform (x64 for 64 bit operating system, x86 for 32 bit operating system). In next screen click on the button 'Artifacts' and than on the given file. The Download should start automatically.
Mac OS X
SirVer builds fairly often 64bit binaries for Mac OS X. You can find them here:
Please report any problems with those via PM to SirVer.
PKGBUILD: There is a widelands-bzr pkgbuild in the Arch User Repository: click here
Ubuntu (recent releases) and derivatives (like Linux Mint >= 17)
The dev team maintains a PPA for Ubuntu on Launchpad with daily builds of the latest development version. PPA stands for personal package archive - it is essentially something you add to your apt sources.list and which will get queried when you search in the Ubuntu Software Center (or via other alternatives such as apt-get install). It will guarantee that you are using the latest version of Widelands on your system.
Our PPA with daily builds is here: https://launchpad.net/~widelands-dev/+archive/widelands-daily. Installing from it is as simple as opening a terminal and typing:
sudo add-apt-repository ppa:widelands-dev/widelands-daily sudo apt-get update sudo apt-get install widelands
PS. There are only release builds and release builds with debug info on Launchpad. To use the debug window (F6) you will need to build Widelands in debug mode, see BuildingWidelands for a HowTo on building.
The source code of build 18 can be downloaded here.
If you plan to join development or are just interested in the latest inventions you should go for this. You need to have Bazaar (bzr) installed, to check-out the trunk. Type in the console:
bzr branch lp:widelands
After downloading the source, head over to BuildingWidelands for a HowTo on building.
If you have problems getting the sources, failing with a message like "Unable to negotiate with <ip>: no matching key exchange method found. Their offer: diffie-hellman-group1-sha1": This is probably because you are using a new version of OpenSSH (>= 7.0), which has it disabled as default because of security reasons. You can add the following lines into your /etc/ssh/ssh_config or ~/.ssh/config file (on Linux at least, don't know about Windows or MacOS):
Host bazaar.launchpad.net KexAlgorithms +diffie-hellman-group1-sha1
This enables the old encryption method for the very specific host where Launchpad hosts its sources, while not allowing it for other hosts, thus not compromising your overall security too much. Hopefully, those guys at Launchpad are fixing the encryption soon.