I downloaded the version of Dwarf Fortress for Linux onto my computer, but when I click on the df file, it doesn't do anything. When I run it in a terminal, it gives me this message:

error while loading shared libraries: libSDL_ttf-2.0.so.0: cannot open shared object file: No such file or directory
  • Self-explanatory No such file or directory,install SDL libraries Oct 8, 2011 at 3:34
  • See this thread at this forum: bay12forums.com/smf/index.php?topic=66142.315 Oct 8, 2011 at 3:35
  • I've had tons of trouble with getting DF to run because I'm on a 64-bit system, and getting the 32-bit dynamic library binaries to cooperate was quite a pain. There are workarounds, but I didn't find it worth my time. Jun 17, 2012 at 15:00

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The Dwarf Fortress archive you downloaded features no dependency resolution, and that error indicates you haven't installed the necessary libraries to play.

Open a terminal and enter the following:

sudo apt-get install libsdl1.2debian libsdl-image1.2 libsdl-ttf2.0-0

That should allow Dwarf Fortress to run correctly unless you are on a 64-bit installation. On 64-bit installations, you may need to add ":i386" as seen here:

sudo apt-get install libsdl-image1.2:i386 libsdl-ttf2.0-0:i386 libgtk2.0-0:i386 libjpeg62:i386 libglu1-mesa:i386 libopenal1:i386

You may also run into problems with sound. If so, you can follow the directions on the dwarf fortress wiki, which suggest the following:

$ cd df_linux/libs
$ ln -s /usr/lib/i386-linux-gnu/libopenal.so.1 ./libopenal.so
$ ln -s /usr/lib/i386-linux-gnu/libsndfile.so.1 ./libsndfile.so
  • NOTE: If DF or Desura (which handles dependency resolution) ever lands in the Software Center, instructions to install that way should supersede these.
    – Jjed
    Nov 11, 2011 at 5:14
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    Seems to be an incomplete answer, at least on a 64 bit system.
    – Kzqai
    Mar 26, 2013 at 15:49
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    @Kzqai - I updated the answer to show the proper packages to get the game running on a 64-bit installation (at least in 14.04).
    – Fern Moss
    Sep 13, 2014 at 18:52
  • On Linux Mint 17.3 (64-bit), the command sudo apt-get install libsdl1.2debian libsdl-image1.2 libsdl-ttf2.0-0 sufficed without the need for the :i386 counterparts Sep 7, 2016 at 15:50

I was having the same issue and found a very easy workaround. Install Wine using software center and download the windows version of Dwarf Fortress.

After Dwarf Fortress is downloaded and wine is installed, go in dwarf fortress folder and right click Dwarf Fortress.exe and select Open With and then wine program loader. It just works. I thought it was easier than playing around with the libraries.

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