3 Ways To Install 0 A.D. game on Debian 11 Bullseye Linux

Learn the commands to install the 0 A.D game on Debian 11 Bullseye Linux to play a real strategy game on your PC or Laptop.

The real-time strategy game “0 A.D.” (pronounced “zero ey-dee”) transports you to the year 500 BC. Similar to the model, in the classic game Age of Empires 2, you control a people that you gradually lead to a world power through skillful management and strategic warfare. In “0 A.D.” you play either in a campaign against the AI or against friends in the local network. With the included level editor, you can even make your maps and scenarios.

0 A.D. is an open-source real-time strategy game. Special emphasis is placed on the historical events of civilizations. Thus, the peoples differ not only in appearance but also in their units, structures, technologies, and special buildings. The latest version currently contains ten different civilizations, such as the Hellenic States, and the Celtic Tribes of the Roman Republic.

The project began in 2001 as a modification for Age of Empires II: The Age of Kings. But pretty quickly they reached the limits of modification and decided to program their game engine. The original project eventually resulted in a fantasy project called ‘The Last Alliance’ (now discontinued) and a project that, unlike many other games, places a great emphasis on historical facts and facts: 0 A.D.

In July 2009, the developers announced that the previously closed source code will now be made available to the public under the free license GPLv2 and that the working material such as screenshots and videos will be available under the CC-BY-SA.

System Requirements to play 0 AD on Linux

Processor: 2 GHz Intel or x86 compatible, PowerPC64, Arm
Minimum Memory: 1 GB or more for better performance
Graphics Card: Any supporting OpenGL 2.1 with 3D hardware accelerated drivers and at least 128 MB memory,
Screen resolution: 1024×768 or above
Minimum Disk Space: 3.31 GB

Steps to install 0AD game on Debian 11 Linux

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There are three ways to install the game. One way is, 0 A.D. can be installed from the official Debian Backports repository for the latest version. Whereas others are SNAP and Flatpak. Here we will show you how to use all of them. The source code is available on Github.

#1st method using Backports repo

1. Add backports repository

The latest version of 0.A.D is available to download from the Backports repository of Debian 11. Hence, first, add it to your existing Linux system using the given command:

sudo sh -c 'echo "deb https://deb.debian.org/debian bullseye-backports main" >> /etc/apt/sources.list'

2. Update Debian 11 Linux

It is necessary to run the system update command after adding some repositories. Here, we have added the Backports, hence run the given command that will rebuild the APT package index cache.

sudo apt update

3. Install 0AD in Debian 11 Bullseye

After following the above-given steps you will have Backports enabled on your Debian 11. Now, run the given command that will use the APT package manager to install the oAD game on your PC or laptop.

sudo apt install 0ad
Use APT to install 0.A.D

#2nd-way using Flatpak

4. Install Flapak

Another method to install the latest version of the “0.A.D” real strategy game is using the popular universal package manager Flatpak. However, unlike APT, Flatpak is not present by default on Debian to use. Therefore, use the given commands and install Flatpak first.

sudo apt install flatpak

Add Flathub repo:

sudo flatpak remote-add --if-not-exists flathub https://flathub.org/repo/flathub.flatpakrepo

Reboot your system:

sudo reboot

5. Use Flatpak to install 0 A.D on Debian 11

Well, after adding the Flatpak and its repository on Debian 11, we can install the 0AD easily using its commands. When the system will ask you to allow the installation, press “Y” and hit the Enter key.

flatpak install flathub com.play0ad.zeroad
Use Flatpak to install o.A.D Debian 11

#3rd way using SNAP

6. Add Snap to Debian

Another Universal package Manager apart from Flatpak is SNAP. It is very much popular and comes by default in modern Ubuntu Linux distros. However, when it comes to Debian, just like Flatpak, we have to install it manually on our systems to use. Those who don’t want to use any of the above-given methods to install the 0.A.D game on their Debian 11 can use the SNAP.

sudo apt update
sudo apt install snapd
sudo snap install core

7. Install 0 A.D using Snap, on Debian 11

Using Snap commands is easier than Flatpak because the syntax used by it is just like the APT package manager without lengthiness.

sudo snap install 0ad

Once the installation is completed, reboot your system.

sudo reboot

8.  Launch the Game

It doesn’t matter which method you have used to install 0AD, to run it click on the Activities link given in the Taskbar or open the Application launcher and search for 0.A.D game, as its icon appears, click to run the same.

Install 0 A.D. gameon Debian 11 Bullseye

9. How to update the 0 A.D game

Once you have successfully installed the game using any of the given methods in this article then as per that, use the given commands to download, any available updates.

For APT (Backports)

sudo apt update && sudo apt upgrade

For Flatpak:

flatpak update

For Snap:

sudo snap refresh 0ad

10. Uninstall or remove 0AD from Debian 11

The last thing that one should know, who has installed this game, is the command to remove 0AD completely from Debian 11.

According to the methods you have used to install 0 A.D, use the given ones to remove it.

For APT:

sudo apt autoremove --purge 0ad

For Flatpak:

flatpak remove com.play0ad.zeroad

For Snap:

sudo snap remove 0ad

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