Installation on Linux

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VCMI requires data from original Heroes 3: Shadow of Death or Complete editions. Data from native Linux version made by LOKI will not work.

Binaries installation


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:

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:

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

Flatpak (distribution-agnostic)

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:

Once you have flatpak, you can install VCMI package which can be found here:

Other distributions

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.

Install data using vcmibuilder script (recommended for non-Flatpak installs)

To install Heroes 3 data using automated script you need any of:

  • Offline Installer downloaded from (both .exe and .bin files are required)
  • Directory with preinstalled game
  • One or two CD's or CD images

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/
vcmibuilder --data /path/to/h3/data

You should use only one of these commands.

On flatpak install, it's also possible to run the script, but any path seems to be interpreted from within the Flatpak sandbox:

flatpak run --command=vcmibuilder eu.vcmi.VCMI --data /path/to/h3/data`

Install data using offline installer

Download both files for the "offline backup game installers" and extract them using innoextract tool

    innoextract --output-dir=~/Downloads/HoMM3 "setup_heroes_of_might_and_magic_3_complete_4.0_(28740).exe"

(note that installer file name might be different)

Once innoextract completes, start VCMI Launcher and choose to copy existing files. Select the ~/Downloads/HoMM3 directory. Once copy is complete, you can delete both offline installer files as well as ~/Downloads/HoMM3.

Install using existing Heroes III data

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:


Launching game

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)

Reporting bugs

Please report any issues with packages according to Bug reporting guidelines