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.
From Ubuntu repository
VCMI stable builds available in "multiverse" repository. Learn how to enable it in Ubuntu wiki.
Once enabled, you can install VCMI using following commands:
sudo apt update sudo apt install vcmi
Latest stable build from PPA
More up-to-date releases can be found in our PPA here: https://launchpad.net/~vcmi/+archive/ubuntu/ppa
To install VCMI from PPA use:
sudo apt-add-repository ppa:vcmi/ppa sudo apt update sudo apt install vcmi
Unstable testing build from PPA
We also provide latest, unstable builds mostly suitable for testing here: https://launchpad.net/~vcmi/+archive/ubuntu/vcmi-latest
In order to install from this PPA use:
sudo add-apt-repository ppa:vcmi/vcmi-latest sudo apt update sudo apt install vcmi
Stable VCMI version is available in "contrib" repository. Learn how to enable it in Debian wiki.
To install VCMI from repository:
sudo apt-get update sudo apt-get install vcmi
Latest public release build can be installed via Flatpak.
Depending on your distribution, you may need to install flatpak itself. You can find guide for your distribution here: https://www.flatpak.org/setup/
Once you have flatpak, you can install VCMI package which can be found here: https://flathub.org/apps/details/eu.vcmi.VCMI
For other distributions, VCMI can be installed from 3rd-party repositories listed below.
Note that these repositories are not supported by vcmi team and may not be up to date.
If you are interested in providing builds for other distributions, please let us know.
Compiling from source
Please check following developer guide: How to build VCMI (Linux)
Installing Heroes III data files
To install VCMI you will need Heroes III: Shadow of Death or Complete edition.
To install Heroes 3 data using automated script you need any of:
- One or two CD's or CD images
- Offline Installer downloaded from gog.com
- 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.exe vcmibuilder --data /path/to/h3/data
You should use only one of these commands.
Music on distributions without Mp3 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 in Wine or manually unpack GOG installer.
- Copy "Data", "Maps" and "Mp3" from Heroes III to:
Or, in case of flatpak install to
On some distributions $XDG_DATA_HOME could differ so instead you may need to use:
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)
Please report any issues with packages according to Bug reporting guidelines