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System Requirements

Widelands will work with most any operating system, including Windows, Linux, and MacOS. All modern, vendor-supported versions of these operating systems are supported, but Widelands will run on many outdated versions as well. It does not use any fancy frameworks.

At least 800 MB of RAM are recommended for fluent gameplay; less than 300 MB will likely not work.

Widelands requires a graphics card that can handle OpenGL version 2.1 or higher. If your system can not meet this requirement, the last Widelands version you can run is build-18 (released 2014).

Official Builds

Downloads for Widelands 1.2 (Released 2024-03-30):

Operating System Download MD5 Hash
Windows 64-bit Installer d0a0521ea43925d173a745573004d9c5
Windows 32-bit Installer 341ddca72a20c5d9f449501b5e6e405b
MacOS X 12.0 and newer, Intel 64-bit Disk Image c1045c2914a508c68ab32f5aa9c7ec18
MacOS X 14.0 and newer, ARM (Apple Silicon), 64-bit Disk Image 756e6f03ae152d8216a6fd1d153d2211
Linux AppImage (64-bit) App Image 92c81f4556fcefefdee6a63e2b10d132
Linux Flatpak (64-bit) Flatpakref
Checksums and GPG signatures for all downloads Archive
Source code (.tar.gz) Code ba8ba523de3a8241a189cef229ceb31b
Source code (.zip) Code de390a2b18d5067bc7b8be6fddb69978

For further Linux packages, see the instructions below or search your distribution's package repository.

Older versions of Widelands are available from GitHub (Build 21 and newer), Launchpad (Build 15 and newer), or Sourceforge (older builds).


  1. Download the Windows setup file above
  2. Uninstall any older versions of Widelands
  3. Double-click it and follow the instructions
  4. Afterwards simply start Widelands by clicking on one of the generated icons (desktop, start menu, ...)


  1. Download the disk image above
  2. Open the Disk Image
  3. Copy the executable to your local disk
  4. Double click it to run

In case you use MacPorts you can use:

sudo port install widelands

In case you use Homebrew you can use:

brew --cask install widelands


brew install widelands && brew link widelands

The first command will install an App-Bundle into your /Application folder, while the latter one will install Widelands into /usr/local/Cellar/widelands/ and link the executable to /usr/local/bin.

Arm / Apple Silicon Builds

You should not use a browser to download the Arm build from above. Instead use the command line, e.g.:

curl --location --output Widelands-1.2-MacOS14-arm64.dmg

Using a browser will set a quarantine flag. This can be removed using:

xattr -d


It is likely, that there are pre-compiled packages for your distribution. Widelands is packaged in all major Linux distributions. In case your distribution does not provide pre-compiled packages for Ubuntu and openSUSE we have special repositories in place (see next section). Another option is to compile Widelands yourself. Go to the BuildingWidelands page for further instructions.

All Distributions

The AppImage is a standalone application which can be saved to anywhere on the computer and started by simply double-clicking it.

There is also a flatpak with the latest build available, which should run on all distributions with flatpak support. Head over to their setup site choose your distribution and follow the instructions to get flatpak running on your system. Some distributions do support flatpak out of the box (e.g. Linux Mint & Fedora).


For Ubuntu, especially for older versions which will not get a backport of the latest build, we offer a Personal Package Archive. Follow the install instructions on the PPA's site to add it to your system.

  • Install the Personal Package Archive for the current build
sudo add-apt-repository ppa:widelands-dev/widelands
sudo apt-get update

Note that if you added the PPA for the daily builds in the past, you need to remove it with

sudo add-apt-repository --remove ppa:widelands-dev/widelands-daily

If your system doesn't have the add-apt-repository command installed, you can do so by calling

sudo apt-get install software-properties-common
  • Install Widelands
sudo apt-get install widelands
sudo apt-get remove widelands
sudo apt-get remove widelands-data
sudo apt-get autoremove


On openSUSE Widelands is part of the released distributions. The installation is straightforward:

sudo zypper in widelands

The current development version resides in the games repository. To install it just add it to your repositories, update your package list and get Widelands:

sudo zypper ar\$releasever/games.repo
sudo zypper ref
sudo zypper in widelands

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"

Automated Daily Builds

Operating System Download Hash
Windows 64-bit Release (MinGW) installer md5
Windows 32-bit Release (MinGW) installer md5
Windows 64-bit Debug (MinGW) installer md5
Windows 32-bit Debug (MinGW) installer md5
Windows 64-bit Release (MSVC) installer md5
Windows 32-bit Release (MSVC) installer md5
Windows 64-bit Debug (MSVC) installer md5
Windows 32-bit Debug (MSVC) installer md5
MacOS 14 64-bit ARM Release installer md5
MacOS 14 64-bit ARM Debug installer md5
MacOS 12 x86-64 Release installer md5
MacOS 12 x86-64 Debug installer md5
Linux AppImage Release installer md5
Linux AppImage Debug installer md5
Source code (.tar.gz) code
Source code (.zip) code

Windows 32 bit and 64 bit

This way of distribution has been deprecated. Use the links from the table above instead.

Windows builds are available through appveyor. On the right of the list click on one of the entries called 'master-NUMBER'. Entries called in another way are not commited into the main trunk and may does not work properly. So be sure to use only the entries called 'master-NUMBER'! On the next page choose one of the releases 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 then on the given file. The Download should start automatically.



In case you use MacPorts you can use the following commands to install Widelands:

To get the latest release version, do this:

sudo port -v install widelands

To get the last devel version that has been tested, do this:

sudo port -v install widelands-devel

and to build the untested tip of the bzr commit tree, do this:

sudo port uninstall widelands-devel
sudo port -v install widelands-devel +HEAD

Note that on that last +HEAD version, the listed date of the port when you check with port info or port -v installed will not necessarily be accurate. You have to uninstall or deactivate the widelands-devel version before you install the new +HEAD version to make sure you have the latest tip of the tree, as MacPorts cannot know what the tip of the bzr tree is for a +HEAD version.

He have a discussion topic on the forum for MacPorts.


All Distributions

We provide flatpaks of the current development branch. These can be installed alongside your existing Widelands release builds. Follow the setup instructions for your distribution to get flatpak support.

Next you need to add the flatpak-beta channel. Open a terminal and enter:

flatpak remote-add flathub-beta

Now you can either install the Widelands-Beta (that's how it is called on flathub) via your distributions software-center or the command line:

flatpak install flathub-beta org.widelands.Widelands

Updating uses a different syntax:

flatpak update org.widelands.Widelands//beta

//beta is the branch name. The official release is //stable.


PKGBUILD: There is a widelands-git 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: 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

If your system doesn't have the add-apt-repository command installed, you can do so by calling

apt-get install software-properties-common

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.

Source Code


See download links on top of the page.

Development version

If you plan to join development or are just interested in the latest inventions you should go for this. You need to have Git installed, to check-out the master branch. Type in the console:

git clone

After downloading the source, head over to BuildingWidelands for a HowTo on building.

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