This page describes how to get the very latest unstable version of the code. Unless you want to actively follow and contribute to development, you probably want the latest relatively-stable release instead.

The current release of the game is aimed at developers and not at 'normal' users. As such, the following instructions assume a reasonable level of technical proficiency. If you encounter difficulties, please post on the forum.

General prerequisites

You'll need:

  • An adequately high-spec computer:
    • At least 5GB of free disk space
    • At least 1GB of RAM for compiling
    • 32 or 64-bit x86-compatible CPU, or an ARMv5+ processor
    • Modern graphics hardware is also recommended, though the game can run (slowly) on fairly old devices (GeForce 4, Intel 945GM, etc)
  • One of the following operating systems:
  • Up-to-date system software (Windows service packs, graphics driver updates, etc)
  • Some technical proficiency. We try to make the build process as smooth and painless as possible, but it's designed to be followed by programmers - if you just want to play the game, wait for a pre-packaged installer instead.


The main supported versions are:

  • Windows 8
  • Windows 7
  • Windows Vista
  • Windows XP

Windows 2000 is not currently supported, see #2417.

The main supported IDEs are:

  • Visual C++ 2012
  • Visual C++ 2010
  • Visual C++ 2008

Visual C++ 2013 is not supported yet, due to missing Boost libs (see #2271). Visual C++ 2005 is also not supported (#1951).

Important notes:

  • Only 32-bit builds are supported (though they can be compiled and run on 64-bit Windows)
  • We have noticed occasional trouble with the free Express Editions; please consider acquiring the full version (e.g. via university programs). In particular, failures of the built-in self-test test_wdbg_sym.h seem to occur with VC2008 EE but not VC2008 nor VC2010 (c.f. #884).

Acquiring the code

The game's code, data and build environment are stored on a Subversion server. The recommended way to get an up-to-date copy is with TortoiseSVN:

  • Download and install TortoiseSVN. (Make sure you reboot when it asks you to.)
  • Use TortoiseSVN to check out This may take a while, and will use around 2GB of disk space. If there are errors during the checkout, use TortoiseSVN's "update" to resume downloading.

The TortoiseSVN manual has information on checking out, as well as updating and creating patches.

(This is the read-only public SVN URL. If you have commit access, you need to use instead.)

Setting up the build environment

The game must be compiled with Microsoft Visual C++. If you already have Visual C++ 2008 installed, make sure you have SP1 and then continue. Otherwise, you can get the free Express edition:

The Visual Studio project/solution files are automatically generated from the source files:

Build configuration

Make sure to select the "Release" configuration to build an optimised, more playable version of the game (the target will be pyrogenesis.exe). The "Debug" configuration can be more useful for debugging but has significantly reduced performance (the target will be pyrogenesis_dbg.exe). Both "Release" and "Debug" builds include debug symbols, see Debugging and Debugging on Windows for more details on debugging.

Now you should be able to build the code from within Visual Studio, using "Build Solution" (F7).

Building Atlas

If you also wish to test the Atlas Scenario Editor or Actor Editor tools, you will need to download and build the wxWidgets library separately (see libraries/wxwidgets/README.txt for details), then supply the --atlas option when running update-workspaces.bat. Atlas projects will now be included when you open pyrogenesis.sln in Visual C++.


Run the game with F5 inside Visual Studio (assuming "pyrogenesis" is set as the startup project, which is default). If you want to run it outside the debugger, run binaries/system/pyrogenesis_dbg.exe.

To run the automated tests, run the "test" project. (Right click on "test" and "set as StartUp Project" and F5; or right click, "Debug", "Start new instance"). In VS's debug output window, ignore any "first-chance exception" messages; it should say ".......OK!" if it succeeded.

Keeping up to date

After you've set everything up, the process for staying up to date is:

  • Update the root directory of the checkout.
  • Close the solution in Visual Studio if you've got it open. Run update-workspaces.bat again. (This is only needed if any source files have been added or removed. If you forget to run this, you'll probably get build errors about missing symbols.)
  • Build again.


0 A.D. should work on any reasonably modern Linux distro, on x86 and x86_64 (amd64). The details depend on exactly which distro you use.


First you need to install various standard tools and development libraries:

  • Boost
  • CMake (only needed if you use bundled NVTT)
  • GCC (at least 4.4, required by SpiderMonkey)
  • libcurl
  • libenet (1.3, the older 1.2 is not compatible)
  • libgloox (needed for the lobby; pass --without-lobby to to exclude the lobby)
  • libicu
  • libnspr4
  • libogg
  • libpng
  • libvorbis
  • libxcursor
  • libxml2
  • OpenAL
  • OpenGL
  • SDL
  • Subversion (or git if you want to use the Git mirror; see below)
  • zlib

To compile editing tools (enabled by default; pass the flag --disable-atlas to to disable):

  • wxWidgets (packages are probably called wxgtk)

To use shared system libraries instead of bundled copies (default) of libraries (pass the flag --with-system-$COMPONENT to to use the non-bundled copy):

For a list of all options to see premake.

Debian (8/jessie or later) / Ubuntu (14.04/trusty or later)

Install the dependencies with:

sudo apt-get install build-essential libboost-dev libboost-filesystem-dev   \
    libboost-signals-dev libcurl4-gnutls-dev libenet-dev libgloox-dev       \
    libicu-dev libjpeg-dev libminiupnpc-dev libmozjs-24-dev libnvtt-dev     \
    libogg-dev libopenal-dev libpng-dev libsdl-dev libvorbis-dev            \
    libwxgtk3.0-dev libxcursor-dev libxml2-dev subversion zlib1g-dev
  • libboost-signals-dev is not needed if you use a post-alpha16 SVN version.
  • With these dependencies you have to run:
    • --with-system-miniupnpc --with-system-nvtt --with-system-mozjs24
  • To avoid useless warnings when using system mozjs24 you could fix mozjs24 headers with:
    sudo perl -i -pe 's/(^#elif _MSC_VER >= 1600).*/#elif defined(_MSC_VER) && _MSC_VER >= 1600/' /usr/include/mozjs-24/mozilla/NullPtr.h
  • On systems earlier than Debian 8/jessie and Ubuntu 14.04/trusty:
    • you should replace libwxgtk3.0-dev with libwxgtk2.8-dev;
    • you should replace libmozjs-24-dev with libnspr4-dev and run without --with-system-mozjs24.
  • When not using system libraries, libnvtt-dev can be omitted, but cmake is needed to build the bundled NVTT.
  • You can also use libcurl4-openssl-dev instead of libcurl4-gnutls-dev (it's not possible to install both at once), but note that openssl is not GPL compatible and the resulting binaries could not be redistributed.


Install the dependencies with:

urpmi gcc-c++ python subversion zip cmake  boost-devel libcurl-devel        \
    libenet-devel libgloox-devel libjpeg-devel libpng-devel libvorbis-devel \
    libxml2-devel libwxgtku2.8-devel openal-soft-devel libicu-devel


Install the dependencies with:

su -c 'yum -y install gcc-c++ python  subversion zip cmake boost-devel      \
    libcurl-devel enet-devel libjpeg-devel libpng-devel libvorbis-devel     \
    libxml2-devel openal-soft-devel pkgconfig SDL-devel wxGTK-devel         \
    gloox-devel libicu-devel'


Install the dependencies with:

sudo zypper install gcc-c++ python  subversion zip cmake boost-devel        \
    libcurl-devel libenet-devel libjpeg-devel libpng-devel libvorbis-devel  \
    libxml2-devel openal-soft-devel pkg-config wxGTK-devel libSDL-devel     \
    gloox-devel libicu-devel

Users of openSUSE 11.4 and later should install the wxWidgets-devel package instead of wxGTK-devel.


pacman -S libgl boost cmake gcc curl enet gloox libogg libpng libvorbis libxcursor libxml2 patch sdl subversion zip zlib icu

Getting the code

0 A.D. is primarily developed on SVN. To checkout the latest code from SVN, run this command:

svn co 0ad

Note: Sometimes SVN stops before it has downloaded all files. You should check that it outputs something like at revision rXXXX. Otherwise run

svn up 0ad

There is also a Git mirror, which may be slightly less up-to-date but usually offers faster downloads. To use the Git mirror, use this command instead:

git clone


Compile the code with:

cd 0ad/build/workspaces
./ -j3
cd gcc
make -j3
  • -j3 gives the number of parallel builds to run, and should typically be one plus the number of CPU cores available.
  • The Release mode builds (which are the default) are more optimised, but are harder to debug. Use make config=debug (and run pyrogenesis_dbg) if you need better debugging support.

If you encounter any build errors, review the existing bug reports, check the known problems section or please file a new bug in the tracker.


Run the automated tests to verify that everything works as expected like this:



If everything went well, compiling the code worked and all tests passed, it's finally time to run the game:


Keeping up to date

If you already checked out the code and only want to update and rebuild it, you may find it helpful to save the lines below to a script called e.g., place it in your 0ad directory, make it executable and run it.

set -e
svn up
cd build/workspaces
cd gcc
make clean
make -j3

If you just edited one source code file and want to rebuild, you can usually get away with:

make -j3

If you want to rebuild quickly after updating from SVN, you can usually get away with:

svn up
cd build/workspaces
cd gcc
make -j3

If the make line gives errors, you may need to run make clean before it. If the gives errors, you may need to run before it.

Creating Linux packages

If you want to create packages for a Linux distribution see the current 0ad and 0ad-data packages on OBS for examples (especially the control and rules files).


The process on OS X is similar to Linux:

  • Obtain the command line tools:
    • If you're using Lion 10.7.3 or later, Apple has made their Command Line Tools for Xcode package freely available, as a separate download. It does not include or require Xcode. If you don't want the Xcode IDE, it's recommended to install only this package from Apple Developer Downloads. You need a free Apple ID to access the download. If you already have Xcode 4.3+, you can download the command line tools from the download preferences.
    • If you're using Snow Leopard or Lion 10.7.2 or earlier, you'll probably need to install Xcode to get the command line tools (or you can try OSX GCC Installer):
      • If available, use your Mac OS X install DVD which saves downloading 1.72+ GB.
      • Visit Apple Developer Downloads (logging in with your free Apple ID) and download the latest Xcode version for your OS. Version 4.x is required for Lion, while version 3.x is required for Snow Leopard. It's very important you install the correct version.
      • The latest version of Xcode is also available for free from the Mac App Store, you'll need Snow Leopard 10.6.6 or later to access the App Store. Note: if you download the app, it is only the installer for Xcode. You need to open it and run the "Install Xcode" app.
    • If you want to build a distributable app bundle as described below, you will need Xcode.
  • Note: As of Mavericks (10.9) and Xcode 5, Apple no longer supports llvm-gcc, instead it is required to use clang. Additionally, the default C++ library is now libc++ instead of libstdc++. These changes may cause failures in the build process (see #2304).
    • A workaround may be to run the following commands in the terminal before building:
      export CFLAGS="-stdlib=libstdc++" LDFLAGS="-stdlib=libstdc++"
      export CC=clang CXX=clang++
    • Add toolset=clang to the Boost.Build (b2) flags in
    • If you've upgraded and previously built the game, you should pass the --force-rebuild flag to
  • Note: As of Alpha 16, the game uses SpiderMonkey 24, which no longer supports GCC 4.2.x including llvm-gcc previously bundled with Xcode. The game can no longer be built on OS X Leopard (10.5), and there is a SpiderMonkey bug that breaks the build on Snow Leopard (10.6) with Xcode 3.2.6.
  • Note: CMake is a required dependency. You can download a prebuilt OS X package here. If prompted, install the command line CMake tools to the default location.
  • Obtain the game's source code from SVN as described above.

Now you have two options:

1. Build the game as a loose binary

  • Run libraries/osx/, the OS X libraries build script, this will download and build the game's dependencies (except CMake, see above).
    cd libraries/osx
    ./ -j3
  • -j3 gives the number of parallel builds to run, and should typically be one plus the number of CPU cores available.
  • To build on the command line with llvm-gcc, follow the build instructions for Linux beginning with ./
    • Or if you have Xcode 4 installed, you can open build/workspaces/xcode4/pyrogenesis.xcworkspace (see discussion on this here).
    • Or if you're on Snow Leopard and have Xcode 3 installed, you can open build/workspaces/xcode3/pyrogenesis.xcodeproj
  • Note: Newer versions of Xcode no longer include the command line tools by default, you need to install them as described above. Additionally, the command line tools package no longer includes GCC but it does include llvm-gcc which is compatible (on these systems, gcc is a symlink to llvm-gcc).

2. Build the game as a distributable bundle

  • You will need Xcode installed (for its SDKs)
  • Open build/workspaces/ and read the comments. You might need to change a few settings depending on your version of OS X, Xcode, etc.
  • Run
    cd build/workspaces
    ./ -j3
  • -j3 gives the number of parallel builds to run, and should typically be one plus the number of CPU cores available.
  • When it's finished, there should be a complete 0ad app bundle in build/workspaces. Consider packaging the bundle inside a DMG for distribution (see ReleaseProcess).


Note: The *BSD support is a work in progress and should be considered experimental. That means don't try it unless you "know what you're doing" :)

  • Install the following ports or packages (names probably differ depending on the BSD variant):
    Install commands for the variants are provided below.
    • boost-libs
    • cmake
    • curl
    • enet
    • execinfo
    • gmake
    • icu
    • libGL
    • libjpeg
    • libogg
    • libvorbis
    • libxml2
    • openal
    • png
    • sdl
    • subversion
    • wxWidgets-gtk2 (unicode) - required to build the Atlas editor
    • zip
    • Note: GCC 4.2.1 and zlib should already be installed by default
  • Obtain the game's source code as described above for Linux.
  • Check for any variant specific issues below.
  • Note: Our build scripts should detect that you are running *BSD and use gmake as the make command. If for some reason this isn't correct, you can set the MAKE environment variable to the correct GNU make path.
  • Follow the build instructions above for Linux.


  • Install the dependencies with:
    pkg_add -r boost-libs cmake curl enet execinfo gmake libGL libjpeg-turbo    \
        libogg libvorbis libxml2 openal png sdl subversion wxgtk2-unicode zip
  • TODO: Fix missing ecvt() (see #1325)
  • If building Atlas, you need to set the WX_CONFIG variable, because wx-config has a different name on FreeBSD. For example, you'd run this command if you built the wxGTK 2.8 package with unicode support:
    export WX_CONFIG=wxgtk2u-2.8-config
    if not correct, you will get errors about missing "wx/*.h" includes. You can skip building Atlas altogether (and the wxWidgets dependency) by later passing the --disable-atlas option to
    • You'll have to set this variable every time you run, so it may be most convenient to put these commands into another shell script.


  • Install the dependencies with:
    pkg_add -i boost cmake curl enet gmake jpeg libexecinfo libogg libxml openal \
        png sdl subversion zip
  • As OpenBSD's packaged libxml isn't build with threading support, building Atlas is not possible so you should run with the --disable-atlas option.
  • You probably need to run pyrogenesis with LD_PRELOAD=/usr/local/lib/ (see #1463).

Known problems and solutions

  • If in Visual Studio 2010 build of pyrogenesis fails with link error like:
    fatal error LNK1123: failure during conversion to COFF: file invalid or corrupt
    then most common fix is to install Visual Studio 2010 Service Pack 1, which you can get from here.
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