Kurt Wilson edited this page Dec 9, 2018 · 28 revisions

This page will show you how to build OpenSpades


  • If you wish just to download the latest dev snapshot, you can go to the Snapshots page
  • Compiling OpenSpades can take quite some time depending on you computer settings
    • You computer may be slowed down during the build procces
    • If this happens, its recommended to leave it alone during the build proccess.


Windows (7, 8, 8.1, 10)

Visual Studio 2015

  • If you haven't already, install CMake for Windows
  • Download the latest source code
  • Add external sources and dependencies to OpenSpades
    • Navigate to Sources/Externals/
    • Download the external source code
    • Extract it inside Sources/Externals, merging the lib and include folders
  • Run CMake
    • Open CMake GUI
    • Set the source directory as your root of the source code (e.g E:\openspades)
    • Set the build directory as Root/openspades.msvc (eg. E:\openspades\openspades.msvc).
    • Press configure button
    • If it asks to create the OpenSpades.msvc folder, confirm
    • Set the compiler as Visual Studio 14 (2015)
    • Make sure its not the 64-bit one
    • Press generate button
  • Open openspades\openspades.msvc\OpenSpades.sln in Visual Studio 2015
  • Build the solution. The recommended build type is MinSizeRel or Release for non-developers.
    • The build output will be at openspades\openspades.msvc\bin\BUILD_TYPE
  • Copy all .dll files from Source/Externals/lib to the build output directory.
  • To get audio working, download a Windows release of OpenSpades, extract it, and copy the following dlls to the build output directory:
    • For OpenAL audio: openal32.dll
    • For YSR audio: YSRSpades.dll, libgcc_s_dw2-1.dll, libstdc++-6.dll, pthreadGC2.dll
  • Download the Non-free pak, extract it, and copy Nonfree/pak000-Nonfree.pak to the Resources folder inside your build output directory, which is probably E:/Projects/openspades/openspades.msvc/bin/BUILD_TYPE/Resources. You can also copy the paks contained in Official Mods/ folder of OpenSpades 0.0.12b to add more fonts and improve localization support of your build.
  • Copy Resources/PackageInfo.json to the Resources folder inside your build output directory.

Note: If you messed up the CMake process, open again the CMake gui, go to File and select Delete cache.

Note 2: Having trouble? Watch this video (stub))


Debian-based distros

  • Open up your terminal of choice.

  • Install all the dependencies if you haven't already done that:

$ sudo apt-get install pkg-config libglew-dev libcurl3-openssl-dev libsdl2-dev libsdl2-image-dev libalut-dev xdg-utils libfreetype6-dev libopus-dev libopusfile-dev libjpeg-dev libxinerama-dev libxft-dev git cmake imagemagick

  • Clone the GitHub repository and cd into the repository directory:

$ git clone

$ cd openspades

  • Create the build directory and cd into that directory:

$ mkdir

$ cd

  • Build it!

$ cmake .. -DCMAKE_BUILD_TYPE=RelWithDebInfo

$ make

  • Copy the Resources directory into bin (or else the game won't launch):
    • If you want make to install it or you don't plan on distributing ignore this step.
      • If you do plan on distributing it remember to remove CMake files from Resources.

$ cp -r ./Resources ./bin/

  • Only if you want to install the game from source! Run:
    • Make sure that you're in!
    • Make sure that /usr/local/share/games/openspades doesn't exist, if it already exists then run sudo rm -rf /usr/local/share/games/openspades.

$ sudo make install

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