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I'm trying to install game on Ubuntu. I have saved the file to my machine but don't know what to do now since it is in a tar.bz2 format.

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If you using Maverick or lower WesnothBinariesLinux

Else Compiling

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The first priority is to find the program in the Software Centre. If it is there, you can easily install. – user4124 Apr 26 '11 at 21:30


sudo apt-get install wesnoth-1.8

at the terminal will install Wesnoth. As user4124 suggested in the comment below, the best option is to find it through the Software Center. Plus it's very easy that way.

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The pacakge wesnoth-1.8 is better, as it includes the campaigns etc. The core package is just the core without the single player game play. – Egil Apr 27 '11 at 12:20
You can also find debian/ubuntu packages on and Using packages is the easiest choice by far. – Phillip Whelan Apr 27 '11 at 18:16

I assume that you downloaded the source of The Battle for Wesnoth and you prefer it to the already packaged versions for Ubuntu. The source needs to be compiled to create executables, so you need to compile it before you can install it. To compile and install it you can follow these instructions which are copied here for convenience:


If you choose to build Wesnoth from source you should add the datadir flag to configure to ensure your installation puts the data in the same place as the official installation path:

cd /usr/src
tar -xvjf wesnoth-1.x.x.tar.bz2
cd wesnoth-1.x.x
./configure --datadir=/usr/share/games ...
sudo make install

See for more information.

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