Installation on Linux
VCMI requires data from original Heroes 3: Shadow of Death or Complete editions. Data from native Linux version made by LOKI will not work.
VCMI stable builds available in "multiverse" repository.
VCMI daily builds can be installed from PPA:
- For testing only: https://launchpad.net/~vcmi/+archive/ppa
To use it type in Terminal:
sudo apt-add-repository ppa:vcmi/vcmi sudo apt-get update sudo apt-get install vcmi
VCMI is available in "contrib" repository. Download and install package for your distribution. Install can be done using any GUI managers or using command line:
sudo dpkg -i downloaded_package.deb sudo apt-get -f install
Note: First command most probably will result in errors - this is normal behavior, all of them should be fixed by second one.
|Debian Wheezy (VCMI 0.96)||32 bit||64 bit|
Fedora packages are no longer supported officially. The last release is VCMI 0.95 for Fedora 20. The .SPEC file for generating the .RPM package resides in the VCMI repository on Github. If you are interested in providing RPM builds, please let us know.
Download and install package for your distribution. There are two ways to install package along with all dependencies:
Option A) Double-click the package. A package management window should appear with instructions to guide you through the process.
Option B) Open a terminal window, and type
sudo rpm -i package_location_and_name(e.g. vcmi-0.9.5-1.fc20.x86_64.rpm)
|Fedora 20 (VCMI 0.95)||32 bit||64 bit|
For other distributions, VCMI can be installed from 3rd-party repositories listed below.
- Gentoo https://github.com/qdii/qdiilay/tree/master/games-strategy/vcmi
- Archlinux vcmi vcmi-git
Compiling from source
- Packaged source for latest version
- Alternative download links on github
- Readme (available as README.linux in source package)
Be careful about proper installation of VCMI. The game requires some files from its source distribution to be placed in data path, so you must use make install to install the game properly. Otherwise, the game won't be able to find resource files. If you don't want to pollute your filesystem with game files, use the following way of installing the game:
# cmake -DCMAKE_INSTALL_PREFIX=absolute_path_to_binaries ../vcmi # make && make install # cd absolute_path_to_binaries # ./bin/vcmiclient
Installing Heroes III data files
To install VCMI you will need:
- Heroes III: Shadow of Death or Complete edition
- Unnoficial WoG addon: http://download.vcmi.eu/WoG/wog.zip
- VCMI data files: http://download.vcmi.eu/core.zip
To install Heroes 3 data using automated script you need any of:
- One or two CD's or CD images
- gog.com installer
- Directory with installed game
Run the script using options appropriate to your input files:
vcmibuilder --cd1 /path/to/iso/or/cd --cd2 /path/to/second/cd vcmibuilder --gog /path/to/gog.com/installer vcmibuilder --data /path/to/h3/data
You should use only one of these commands.
Fedora music support
To have Music support on Fedora it is required to perform a additional step. Fedora doesn't provide Mp3 playback support natively due to patents applied on the Mp3 technique. The SDL_mixer package from the official Fedora repo is compiled without Mp3 support.
To make music work it must be converted into ogg format. This can be done either manually or using vcmibuilder:
This command can be run separately after install or as additional switch during initial vcmibuilder launch
- Install Heroes III
- Launch vcmiclient to determine data directory (output may differ)
$vcmiclient -v Starting... VCMI 0.91 data directory: /usr/share/vcmi library directory: /usr/lib/vcmi binary directory: /usr/games
- Copy your data to data directory. This should result in directory structure similar to this:
/usr/share/vcmi/config/ /usr/share/vcmi/Data/ /usr/share/vcmi/Maps/ /usr/share/vcmi/Mods/WoG/ /usr/share/vcmi/Mods/vcmi/ /usr/share/vcmi/Mp3/
To start the game type in console:
Or, to start game directly avoiding Launcher:
VCMI should be also available via desktop environment menu or launcher (Games/Strategy/VCMI)