Follow the instructions for your given platform or skip ahead to 'manual installation' if you want to install from git.
Download and launch the installer.
Linux or Mac OS X using npm
npm install cocos2d
Linux or Mac OS X using ZIP archive
If you don't have, or don't want to use npm, you can install by downloading the latest ZIP.
Then from your terminal run
sudo ./install.sh. The script will copy Cocos2D
Manual Installation (all platforms)
You don't need to use the installer if you don't want to. You can download the latest ZIP or checkout the latest version from github.
If you checkout from github and don't have Node.js installed, be sure to also get the submodules as they include precompiled Node.js binaries.
git submodule update --init
With all the code read you can copy it to any place you want and from there use the 'cocos.sh', 'cocos.bat' or .EXEs in bin/ as you would normally.
Creating your first project
On Windows use the 'Create project' shortcut from your start menu to create and select a location for your new project.
On Linux and Mac OS X open your terminal and run:
cocos new ~/my_first_project
This will create a barebones project which simply draws the project name in the centre of the screen.
To test that it's working, on Windows double click the 'Serve project' shortcut in your project's folder.
On Linux and Mac OS X from your terminal run:
cd ~/my_first_project cocos server
Now visit http://localhost:4000 and with a bit of luck you'll have something showing.
The entry point for the code is the file src/main.js which has an
exports.main function that is called on startup.
The HTML for your page is in public/index.html.
Compiling your application
To do this, on Windows double click the 'Compile project' shortcut in your project's folder.
On Linux and Mac OS X in your terminal run:
cd ~/my_first_project cocos make
Everything should work in Firefox 3, Chrome, Safari, Opera and IE9. If that is not the case then please file a bug report.
If you wish to generate the documentation yourself you need to follow these steps.
Download JsDoc 2.3 (or 2.4) from http://code.google.com/p/jsdoc-toolkit/.
Copy that to /usr/local/jsdoc-toolkit or wherever you like and then run:
The documentation will appear in the 'docs' directory.