How to Install
Zero Install is a system that can automatically download and run the latest version of a software package. We support it for Windows, Linux 32 bit and Linux 64 bit. Head over to the main installation feed for instructions. If you subscribe to that feed, you will get the regular releases by default. Also available: Beta feed, alpha feed and experimental feed.
Zero Install is the most convenient way to get staged builds. For alphas and betas, that means you get new builds six hours before anyone else. To get to the staged releases from each feed, set the Preferred stability to Developer.
To get release candidates, either subscribe to their dedicated feed or subscribe to the main feed and set Preferred stability to Testing.
Armagetron Advanced is available on Steam as Retrocycles. You can switch between branches the Betas tabs in Properties. NONE gives you regular releases, staging gives you staged releases and release candidates. Alpha, beta and experimental are what they are here.
Steam sadly has no support for install several branches in parallel, on one Steam installation anyway.
On itch.io, it’s simply Armagetron Advanced. You can use the itch client to receive automatic updates. The branch name is in the filename and matches the designation here.
Which of these do I pick?
If you already have a Steam or itch client running all of the time, go with that. Both system have incremental updates, meaning that when an update comes out, you only download the bits that are new. That’s neat.
If you don’t have any of those, give Zero Install a try. Of the three, it has the lowest system overhead and makes up for the lack of incremental downloads with raw speed and flexibility. If that doesn’t make you happy, move on to itch.io. Steam is slowest to start up and regularly does self-updates with download sizes in the hundreds of megabytes, so I would not recommend it for this one game.
Ubuntu users can additionally get a version that’s best for their system from the PPA.
We supply installer executables for each build. Download and execute them. Versions from different branches generally do not overwrite each other, so you can have alpha and release builds in parallel.
PPAs are small, personal repositories for .deb packages. Builds are uploaded to four PPAs on Launchpad, installation instructions are behind the links:
- The Main PPA houses releases (package armagetronad) as well as alphas, betas and experimentals. After adding the PPA to your system, pick between them via apt. As with the other installation methods, different branches can coexist.
- The Staging PPA contains release candidates and builds of actual final releases before they gets added to the main PPA. Add this PPA to your system alongside the main PPA if you want to help test upcoming releases.
- The LTS PPA contains builds from the most recent long term support branch. Its structure is parallel to the main PPA. Pick this PPA over the main one if you have a special need to be conservative with your upgrades, for example if you run a server and don’t want to check every time what we broke this month.
- The LTS Staging PPA has the release candidates and staged releases for the LTS PPA.
For direct download from the individual build pages, we offer AppImages. They are self contained executables that run on their own and contain all of the data, too. Just download one, flag it as executable and run. Your file manager will have a checkbox to mark the download as executable; failing that, you can use the command line and
chmod +x <name of download>
If any of the above methods don’t work for your or you just like to compile your own programs, there is the source tarball. To use that, download it and in some empty directory, execute
tar -xjf <path>/<archive name>.tbz mkdir build cd build ../<archive name>/configure make -j `nproc`
You can run the game directly from the build directory with
Or install it on the system with
sudo make install