How to Install Wesnoth 1.6 from Source in Debian 5.0 (Lenny)

The Battle for Wesnoth is a free turn-based strategy game licensed under the GPL. After over one year of constant development, a new stable version, 1.6, was released on March 22, 2009, featuring many graphics and gameplay improvements. To count just a few, you can now log into the multiplayer server using the username and password from the Wesnoth forums; the game includes new graphics for terrain and units (including several new portraits); a new campaign, called ‘The Legend of Wesmere’ is also available, and it allows the AI to control an allied side.

Preparing your system

First you need to make sure you have the following packages installed and you also make sure you have deb-src enabled in /etc/apt/sources.list file

#apt-get update

#apt-get install build-essential build-dep wesnoth

#apt-get install libsdl-ttf2.0-dev libsdl-pango-dev

Install Wesnoth 1.6 from Source

First you need to download the Wesnoth source from here

or using the following command


Now you need to extract the tar.bz2 file

#tar -xjf wesnoth-1.6a.tar.bz2

#cd wesnoth-1.6a



#make install

Note:- If you want to specify the installation location use this syntax

./configure  --prefix=/home/username/usr

That’s it now Wesnoth 1.6 installed on your debian lenny system.

Using Wesnoth 1.6

You can open from your games section or press ALT+F2 and type wesnoth  click on run dialogue box this should open wesnoth game




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