Play 0 A.D. on Linux

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On any system, having one or two games is a must, right? Everyone loves games and I bet that so do you. Well then, how about an exciting strategy game where you take control of your own civilization? Let’s check out this awesome game – 0 A.D.

0 A.D. is an open-source game developed by Wildfire Games. The game sets you back in a historical war and economy world – around 500 B.C. and 1 B.C. at the first part and A.D. 1 to A.D. 500. The game is also available on a number of platforms like Windows, macOS, and OpenBSD. The game is highly comparable with the famous Age of Empires.

Getting 0 A.D.

The game is available on all the major platforms. There’s also an available Flatpak that you can enjoy on all the platforms that support Flatpak. Run the following commands according to your Linux distro –

  • Ubuntu
sudo add-apt-repository ppa:wfg/0ad
sudo apt update
sudo apt install 0ad -y

  • Debian
su -

nano /etc/apt/sources.list

# At the end of the file, add the following lines and save the file
deb http://ftp.debian.org/debian stretch-backports main

# After the editing is complete, run the following commands

sudo apt-get update && sudo apt-get upgrade -y

echo '#Debian Backports' >> /etc/apt/sources.list
echo >> 'deb http://http.debian.net/debian stretch-backports main'

sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install -t stretch-backports 0ad
  • OpenSUSE
# openSUSE Leap 15.0
sudo zypper addrepo http://ftp.gwdg.de/pub/opensuse/repositories/games/openSUSE_Leap_15.0/ opensuse-games

# openSUSE Tumbleweed
sudo zypper addrepo http://ftp.gwdg.de/pub/opensuse/repositories/games/openSUSE_Tumbleweed/ opensuse-games
  • Fedora
sudo dnf install 0ad -y
  • Arch Linux
sudo nano /etc/pacman.conf

# Remove all the '#' from the "Community" section. Save and exit the editor.
# Now, run the following commands -

sudo pacman -Syy
sudo pacman -Syyuu

sudo pacman -S 0ad
  • Flatpak method

Thanks to the Flatpak, the game is available for almost all the other Linux distros. If you want to enjoy the game on your distro, make sure that you have Flatpak installed. After the core installation is complete, run the following commands for installing the Flatpak version of 0 A.D. –

flatpak remote-add --if-not-exists flathub https://flathub.org/repo/flathub.flatpakrepo
flatpak install flathub com.play0ad.zeroad

Playing 0 A.D.

Just start the game and enjoy!

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