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Which Build?

Two types of build are available, depending on how you want to play:

The latest stable release is release-20180923.

Older releases can be found in the GitHub Releases archive.

The OpenRA game engine is free software released under the GPL3 license. The OpenRA mods require files from the original games, which you will be prompted to download or copy the first time you run a mod.
These files are not covered by the OpenRA license, and remain the property of their original owners.


Which Operating System?



Windows Installers

OpenRA works on most computers running Windows 7 or later that support OpenGL rendering.
You may need to install additional drivers supplied by your GPU vendor to enable OpenGL support.


macOS Applications

OpenRA works on all macs running macOS 10.7 or later. Mono 4.6 or later is required (Download Mono).

OpenRA may appear to freeze the first time you launch it after updating macOS or Mono. This is caused by Mono indexing your system fonts, and OpenRA will launch normally once this has completed.

OpenRA is also available on Homebrew Cask:

$ brew cask install openra

We do not maintain this external package source, so there may be delays when a new version is released.
Please contact the downstream repository maintainers about any packaging issues.


Official AppImages

OpenRA is distributed as portable AppImages that run on most modern 64-bit Linux distributions.
Mono 4.2 or later is required. Official Mono packages can be installed if your distro packages are not compatible.

Download the mods you want to play, make the AppImage files executable, then double click to play!
Install the optional appimaged utility to integrate OpenRA with your system launcher and web browser.

Flatpak

An unofficial OpenRA Flatpak is available on Flathub:

$ flatpak install --from https://flathub.org/repo/appstream/net.openra.OpenRA.flatpakref

We do not maintain this external package source, so there may be delays when a new version is released.
Please contact the downstream repository maintainers about any packaging issues.

The Flatpak sandbox interferes with the in-game mod switching feature between official and community mods.
We recommend that users who would like to use this feature run the AppImage releases instead.

Arch Linux

Stable releases are available in the official Arch repository, and can be installed using pacman:

$ pacman -S openra 

We do not maintain this external package source, so there may be delays when a new version is released.
Please contact the downstream repository maintainers about any packaging issues.

Gentoo

Unofficial packages for both releases and playtests are available via the “dr” overlay:

$ emerge -av layman
$ layman -a -S dotnet
$ layman -a -S dr -o https://github.com/cerebrum/dr/raw/master/repo.xml
$ printf '%s\n' "games-strategy/openra ~amd64" >> /etc/portage/package.keywords
$ emerge games-strategy/openra

We do not maintain this external package source, so there may be delays when a new version is released.
Please contact the downstream repository maintainers about any packaging issues.

Exherbo

Unofficial packages for both releases and playtests are available via the hasufell overlay:

$ cave resolve repository/hasufell
$ cave resolve games-strategy/openra:release
$ cave resolve games-strategy/openra:playtest

We do not maintain this external package source, so there may be delays when a new version is released.
Please contact the downstream repository maintainers about any packaging issues.


FreeBSD port

Stable releases are available in the FreeBSD Ports Collection:

# cd /usr/ports/games/openra
# make install

We do not maintain this external package source, so there may be delays when a new version is released.
Please contact the downstream repository maintainers about any packaging issues.


Source Code

OpenRA can be compiled from source on all platforms.

Refer to the OpenRA Wiki for detailed compilation instructions.