Installation of Battle for Wesnoth strategy game from source on Ubuntu 14.04 Linux

In this config we are going to compile and install the Wesnoth 1.12 on Ubuntu 14.04 Linux. Battle for Wesnoth is a free single-player or multiplayer turn-based strategy game.

Let’s get started by installation of all prerequisites:

# apt-get install cmake libsdl-image1.2-dev libboost1.55-all-dev libsdl-mixer1.2-dev libsdl-ttf2.0-dev libpango1.0-dev libsdl-net1.2-dev wget

Once the prerequisites are installed download Wesnoth’s source code. For this we use wget:

$ wget -c

and extract the tarball:

$ tar xjf wesnoth-1.12.tar.bz2

At this stage we are ready for the actual compilation. Navigate to Wesnoth’s extracted directory and create a build directory called build to be used for the actual compilation:

$ cd wesnoth-1.12
$ mkdir build
$ cd build

From here execute cmake command followed by make install command executed as root user:

$ cmake -DCMAKE_INSTALL_PREFIX:PATH=/usr/local/ ../
# make install

Depending on your hardware configuration this may take a while. Wait for the compilation to finish and then start the game with:

$ wesnoth


Wesnoth game menu

Wesnoth game tutorial