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Not all Distributions are always at the state of the current release. If you want to be sure to have the current version, please get the sources and compile it yourself.

Arch Linux

  • For the official pkg from [extra]: pacman -S wesnoth
  • dibblethewrecker also provides regular SVN snapshots. Please see [ http://dtw.jiwe.org/content.php?article.9 here] for details of how to access the repo. As development of wesnoth continues this repo is likely to follow the unstable branch.

Ark Linux

  • Ark Linux includes an official wesnoth package, currently at version 1.3.19 Simply use the package installation tool to install the wesnoth package, or run apt-get update; apt-get install wesnoth (or apt-get -t dockyard-devel install wesnoth if you wish to run the current development version of wesnoth with all other packages from the stable tree)
  • Users of other similar distributions can download the packages at the Ark Linux file server. They are likely to run on any rpm based distribution that uses a recent version of gcc (>= 4.0) and glibc (>= 2.4).



If you want to play with the SVN version directly you may have to compile it yourself. See Compiling Wesnoth.

To install the dependencies:

You can use a neat trick: Use the Build-Dependencies of the Debian package. This can be acomplished with adding a line like the following to your /etc/apt/sources.list:
deb-src http://ftp.debian.org/debian/ main
It is mostly just a copy of your usual entry for your mirror with a substitution of the initial deb for deb-src. Do NOT delete your deb line!

If you have your deb-src entry there, just do an aptitude update followed by an aptitude build-dep wesnoth. That will pull in all you need. As of 1.4 stable wesnoth, the dependencies also include all of the "Boost" libraries, you if your deb-src line is pointing to Debian stable/etch you need to also aptitude install libboost-iostreams-dev libboost-test-dev.

To compile it:
If you have already installed an older version of wesnoth, uninstall it by:

aptitude purge wesnoth

Note that this will not remove downloaded data or savegames which are stored in your home directory in the folder .wesnoth. From this point on you can simply follow the advices from the Compiling Wesnoth page, no need to duplicate that informations in here. :)



8.10's universe repository includes version 1.4.5

You can install via System->Administration->Synaptic, via Applications->Add/Remove or aptitude/apt-get.


8.04's universe repository includes version 1.4

See the Ubuntu Starter Guide's section on adding the universe repositories. Install via System->Administration->Synaptic, via Applications->Add/Remove or aptitude/apt-get.

Updated versions can be found in GetDeb.net


7.10's universe repository includes version 1.2.6.

See the Ubuntu Starter Guide's section on adding the universe repositories. Install via System->Administration->Synaptic, via Applications->Add/Remove or aptitude/apt-get.

Updated versions can be found in GetDeb.net


6.06's universe repository includes version 1.0.2.

This is the (really old) stable release of the 1.0.x series. As this is not the latest version, Dapper users will need to do one of the following to obtain the latest version:

  • Upgrade to a later version of Ubuntu, or
  • Use an unofficial repository, or
  • Build from the source per Debian above, or
  • Use the generic binary for GNU/Linux found on the Download page.

Of these options, the final one is most likely the easiest at this time, while building from source is the most reliable.


If you choose to build the source you should add the datadir flag to configure to ensure your installation puts the data in the same place as the official installation path:

cd /usr/src
tar -xvzf wesnoth-1.x.x.tar.gz
cd wesnoth-1.x.x
./configure --datadir=/usr/share/games ...
sudo make install

Internationalization support

To enable operation in your favorite language, look in the file /usr/share/i18n/SUPPORTED for a line with an ISO language code matching what you want. Append that line to /var/lib/locales/supported.d/local, then run dpkg-reconfigure locales as root. Your Wesnoth language selector should now work.


Battle for Wesnoth is included in Fedora. The current version of Battle for Wesnoth is available for ppc, i386, and x86_64 architectures. If you have problems with these packages, or other questions, please contact the Fedora maintainer Jon Ciesla.

To install simply run:

  • yum install wesnoth wesnoth-tools wesnoth-server


For the stable release just type:

  • emerge wesnoth

For the development release you will have to fetch an overlay, eg from this site: http://www.dorf.wh.uni-dortmund.de/priv/markus/wesnoth-dev.tbz extract it to your local overlay-directory and then type emerge wesnoth-dev The ebuild will be updated whenever the person creating the ebuild finds the time to do so.

Or if you're too impatient to wait and willing to take the risk of things blowing up, download and extract the overlay, make a copy of the highest available ebuild version, but change the version number to that of Wesnoth version you want (for instance, wesnoth-dev-1.3.2.ebuild might become wesnoth-dev-1.3.8.ebuild ), run ebuild [new ebuild file] digest and then try to emerge. It may or may not work, depending on exactly how extensive the changes in the Wesnoth source are--going from 1.3.2 to 1.3.8 this way worked for me. There's an ebuild for 1.5.8 on Gentoo Bugzilla: http://bugs.gentoo.org/show_bug.cgi?id=256513

For building from svn tree download the portage overlay from: http://www.dorf.wh.uni-dortmund.de/priv/markus/wesnoth-svn.tbz extract it to your local overlay-directory and then type emerge wesnoth-svn

wesnoth-dev are the official development releases while wesnoth-svn will build straight from SVN-source tree to keep you up to date with the lastest changes and all the errors ;-) updating wesnoth-svn will not work ! you have to reemerge it each time you want to update !


Currently Battle for Wesnoth v1.4 is available in offcial KateOS repo (testing for now) [1]


The most easy way to testdrive BfW is provided via klik. klik enables clients to create distribution-independent binaries which require no "installation" (the base system remains untouched); its created "AppDir" bundles run even from USB stick or CD RW. klik support is pre-enabled on Knoppix and Kanotix Live CDs. Other distros need to install a small klik client (less than 20 kByte download, less than 20 seconds effort). See the klik FAQ for details. A BfW-specific klik website has links to help with the package. Once the klik client is installed, look at this:

  • Wesnoth-1.0 ancient stable Version: to "klik" it, type klik://wesnoth into your Browser
  • Wesnoth-1.1.1 ancient Development-Version: to "klik" it, type klik://wesnoth-latest into your Browser

Mandrake (cooker)


  • Run Package Manager, click Games section, select Wesnoth and click install.
  • If you prefer to install Wesnoth from command line type pisi it wesnoth.


  • Packages of Battle for Wesnoth for Slackware-current can be downloaded from develia.org


These are builds of The Battle For Wesnoth for several SUSE Linux distributions, made for both i386 and x86_64 architecture. On SUSE Linux 10.1 and above, as well as on SLED, just use the zen-updater and add these directories to your available services (as ZYPP). On 10.0 and older, you can use YaST to add the installation sources.

If you have problems with these packages, or other questions, please contact Holger Hetterich.

Xandros Linux

  • This disto for wesnoth-1.1.1 works well with Xandros 3
  • Xandros 3 has the distro for wesnoth .9 available through Xandros Networks

Yoper Linux

All versions built for Yoper 2.2.0-6, although they should install on 2.1. Please let kernowyon know via the Yoper forums if you get any problems Latest 1.0.2 version

1.0.1 version

Earlier version

Binaries for all distributions


See Also