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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.

Step 1: Binaries installation

Ubuntu

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

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 Ubuntu Store or in terminal using following commands:

    sudo apt update
    sudo apt install vcmi

Note that version available in Ubuntu is outdated. Install via PPA is preferred.

Debian

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: 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

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)

Step 2: 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 gog.com (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/gog.com/installer.exe
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 gog.com offline installer

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

You can select both downloaded files in launcher to extract automatically.

Alternativly you can use the classic way:

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 place existing files. Select the ~/Downloads/HoMM3 directory. Once placing is complete, you can delete both offline installer files as well as ~/Downloads/HoMM3.

Install manually using existing Heroes III data

Copy "Data", "Maps" and "Mp3" from Heroes III to $HOME/.local/share/vcmi/ Or, in case of flatpak install to $HOME/.var/app/eu.vcmi.VCMI/data/vcmi/ On some distributions $XDG_DATA_HOME could differ so instead you may need to use: $XDG_DATA_HOME/vcmi/

Step 3: Launching game

VCMI should be available via desktop environment menu or launcher (Games/Strategy/VCMI)

To start the game type in console: vcmilauncher Or, to start game directly avoiding Launcher: vcmiclient

Reporting bugs

Please report any issues with packages according to Bug Reporting Guidelines