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Widelands Build 21 Released

The Widelands Development Team is proud to announce the immediate availability of Widelands Build 21.

Direct download links:
Windows 64 bit 32 bit
MacOS 10.9+ 10.7+
Source code .tar.gz .zip

Since the release of Build 20, we implemented several hundreds of new features and bugfixes, for example:

  • A much stronger AI

  • New “Peaceful Mode” and several new starting conditions

  • More detailed user controls for game speed, map scrolling, and many properties of building windows; new hotkeys; re-added quick navigation with ‘,’ and ‘.’; partly redesigned and modernized user interface

  • Allow the player to choose the soldiers to send in the attack box

  • New planning-ahead ship scheduling algorithm

  • Ferries carry wares over waterways

  • Improved display of work areas

  • Changing settings for buildings in the constructionsite

  • Spritesheets and mipmaps provide high-quality graphics when zooming in

  • Numerous fixes and improvements to the tutorials and scenarios

  • New editor tool to resize the map

  • Lots and lots of balancing tweaks to all tribes

  • Extensive behind-the-scenes source code cleanup and refactoring

  • Support for Big Endian architectures

Widelands is translated completely into Catalan, Danish, Dutch, Finnish, French, Scottish Gaelic, German, Low German, and Spanish; and the translations for 9 other languages are more than ⅔ complete.

Widelands is distributed for Windows (64-bit and 32-bit) and Mac OS X >= 10.7 (Intel, 64-bit) and in source code. We no longer ship binary Linux packages because of the poor compatibility between Linux distributions. Instead, we try to make compiling for Linux users as easy as possible. Also, most distributions will pick up Build 21 into their repositories very quickly, and we provide a PPA for Ubuntu users. Both binary and source packages are available from and our Download page.

If you like what you see, have a look around this site. You may also want to check the forums and our IRC channel, #widelands on Freenode, to arrange multiplayer games with other players.

We especially welcome every helping hand: help us find bugs, translate the game, add new scenarios or features! If you want to get even more involved in the further development of Widelands, you can meet us on the forum at or subscribe to on Releases are also announced to (

9 comments Posted by Nordfriese on 2020-07-18, 09:25

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I'm really excited to try this out. The ability to choose attacking soldiers will make a huge difference. Many thanks to the Widelands team for all the improvements!


Thanks for developing! Build21 is really excellent, I already know most of it well because of the recent development versions


Congratulations for this fine release! Good to see Widelands is still going strong. Thanks to all those involved!

Is there a Flatpak release coming up? Or is it difficult to provide that?


The stable branch on Flatpak will be updated with the new version soonish.


Build21 should be the latest Flatpak stable version now. There is also a standalone package available on the downloads page.


That was quicker than 'soonish'... Perhaps you could adjust this news item? I saw someone one Reddit being disappointed with the lack of GNU/Linux binaries.


Many Thanks for this new Version!


What a magnificent release! Thanks to all the contributors & players of Widelands!


A big thank you to everybody who kept the project going in my absence, and to Nordfriese for managing this release.

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