Installing from sources on Linux

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For all of you that want to give the newest developer snapshot with all bugs inclusive ;) a try.

Resolve build dependencies

You need the following packages and their development counterparts. We recommend to install them via your package manager.

For FIFE: git, scons, gcc or g++, SDL2, SDL2_ttf, SDL2_image, boost, libvorbis, libvorbisfile, libogg, OpenAL, zlib, libopengl, libglu, swig2, cmake, tinyxml

For UH: git, python2, python-yaml/pyyaml

For debian like distros and there is also aptURL available.

root@computer:~# apt-get install -y build-essential scons libalsa-ocaml-dev libsdl2-dev libboost-dev libsdl2-ttf-dev libsdl2-image-dev libvorbis-dev libalut-dev python2.7 python-dev libboost-regex-dev libboost-filesystem-dev libboost-test-dev swig zlib1g-dev libopenal-dev git python-yaml libxcursor1 libxcursor-dev cmake cmake-data libtinyxml-dev
For gentoo:
root@computer:~# emerge --ask --verbose --noreplace libvorbis libogg media-libs/openal boost libsdl2 sdl2-image sdl2-ttf scons git pyyaml dev-lang/swig dev-libs/tinyxml
For Fedora:
root@computer:~# yum install git scons python python-devel gcc gcc-c++ SDL2 SDL2-static SDL2-devel SDL2_ttf SDL2_ttf-devel SDL2_image SDL2_image-devel boost boost-devel libvorbis libvorbis-devel libogg libogg-devel openal-soft openal-soft-devel zlib zlib-devel mesa-libGL mesa-libGL-devel mesa-libGLU mesa-libGLU-devel swig libXcursor libXcursor-devel alsa-lib alsa-lib-devel python-alsa PyYAML allegro5 cmake tinyxml-devel
For Arch Linux:
root@computer:~# pacman -S sdl2 boost sdl2_ttf sdl2_image libvorbis libogg openal swig python2 zlib libgl libpng tinyxml


BEFORE attempting to compile and run Unknown Horizons, REMOVE any FIFE and Unknown Horizons packages installed using your package manager (usually named unknown-horizons and python-fife or fife).


Run all of the following commands. No worries, we also explain what they do ;-)


Check out FIFECHAN source

user@computer:~$ git clone
user@computer:~$ cd fifechan

Compile FIFECHAN with cmake

user@computer:~$ cmake .
user@computer:~$ make
root@computer:~$ make install && cd ..

Check out FIFE source

git clone --depth 1 git:// && cd fifengine

Compile FIFE with scons

user@computer:~/fifengine$ scons && cd ..

Check out UH code, run setup and start game

git clone --depth 1 git:// && cd unknown-horizons && ./ build_i18n && ./

Complete FIFE build instructions for scons can be found here
You can also clone other repositories of Unknown Horizons (e.g. source files for graphics or music). Take a look at
Note:  ./ build_i18n has to be executed every time a .po file was updated. 

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