Building and installing Hedgewars
This file explains to you how to build/compile Hedgewars and how to install it.
To compile and install Hedgewars, you need at least:
- A C++ compiler (e.g. GCC)
- CMake >= 2.6.0
- A make program (e.g. GNU Make)
- Free Pascal Compiler (FPC) >= 2.2.4
- Qt 5
- SDL >= 2.0
- SDL_net >= 2.0
- SDL_mixer >= 2.0
- SDL_image >= 2.0
- SDL_ttf >= 2.0
- PhysFS >= 3.0.0
Recommended optional dependencies
These are not strictly required to build Hedgewars, but it's usually better to have them installed. Hedgewars has fallback mechanisms in if these are not found on your system.
- qtstyleplugins (for Qt 5)
- Lua = 5.1.0
For some additional features, you can optionally install these dependencies:
- For PNG screenshots:
- libpng >= 1.2
- For video recording:
- FFmpeg or Libav
- For the Hedgewars Server:
- GHC >= 6.10
- Various Haskell packages (see below)
Lua will be automatically built if not found.
Hedgewars Server dependencies
The Hedgewars Server is an optional separate application. It provides the online lobby and allows players to create rooms. You will also be able to launch the server from the frontend (network play → local network → start server).
Most players do not need this!
To compile it, you need:
- Glasgow Haskell Compiler (GHC) >= 6.10
- These Haskell packages:
zlib>= 0.5.3 and < 0.6
To build and install Hedgewars, obtain all dependencies, then run:
$ cmake . $ make
Step 1: Configure
For a default install with all dependencis, use this command:
$ cmake .
To build with a custom install directory, instead run:
$ cmake -DCMAKE_INSTALL_PREFIX="<install_prefix>" .
<install_prefix> with the directoy in which you
want Hedgewars to be installed.)
-DNOSERVER=ON switch if you do not want to build
For more detailed build settings, change some CMake options.
ccmake for an interactive way to edit them.
Important CMake options:
CMAKE_INSTALL_PREFIX: Installation directory
NOSERVER: Set to
ONto not build the server
NOVIDEOREC: Set to
ONto not build the video recorder
Step 2: Make
This creates the following files:
bin/hwengine: Game engine, can be used to play demos and saved games
bin/hedgewars-server: Hedgewars Server (optional)
Step 3: Installation
To install Hedgewars to the install directory run:
# make install
That's all! Enjoy!
Qt is installed but it can't be found
If this happens, set the following CMake option:
<path_to_qmake> with the path to the
If this didn't work, make sure you have the correct Qt version (see above).
Broken/missing Haskell dependencies
First, try to obtain the missing Haskell packages and make sure GHC is up-to date, then try again. Read the error messages carefully to figure out missing package names.
If everything fails and you don't need the server, set the CMake
NOSERVER=ON so the server isn't built at all.
Error messages related to libavcodec / libavformat
Update Libav or FFmpeg (whatever is present on your system) to the latest version or install one of them if you haven't already. Then try to build again.
If this still doesn't work and you give up, set the CMake option
NOVIDEOREC=ON, but then the video recording functionality will
not be available.
Error messages related to Lua, “undefined reference to `lua_tonumber'”, and so on
If you get error messages like these:
- /home/username/hw/hedgewars//uScript.pas:226: undefined reference to `lua_tonumber'
- /home/username/hw/hedgewars/CMakeFiles/hwengine.dir/uScript.o: In function `LUATOVISUALGEARTYPEORD':
There might be something wrong with your Lua installation. Try to install Lua 5.1. If this doesn't work, or you don't want to install Lua 5.1, try to build Hedgewars with the bundled Lua version.
To build with the bundled Lua version, adding the CMake option
repeat the building process.
In case you want to start over and start with a clean build,
make clean, then go back to step 2.
If things got seriously out of hand, you may want to reset
everything (even your configuration). If you use the
Mercural repository, you can run
hg purge --all. Proceed with
Still can't build Hedgewars?
Visit us in the forums or IRC (see
README.md) and ask for help.