Install & play 2048 game on Ubuntu 22.04 or 20.04 LTS Linux

Install the 2048 mathematical game on Ubuntu 22.04 Jammy JellyFish or Ubuntu 20.04 Focal Fossa to take a break from your Terminal commands. 

2048 is a simple but complicated puzzle board game in which a single player gets 4×4 tiles. Where the player has to combine or add the random but same digits to achieve the value of 2048 before the board is full. It was developed by Gabriele Cirulli, an Italian developer.

At first glance, the game seems quite basic and easy to play but as you start sliding the tiles to get the number 2048 you will realize, it is not a piece of cake for everyone. Only the mathematical sound person could get the right number to win the game.

Originally the game was written in Javascript and CSS. And being an open-source software it is available to install using the default system repository of Ubuntu Linux.

The best part is that we can use our Terminal to play it, no need to launch some separate application launcher to play the game.

Steps to install 2048 game on Ubuntu 22.04 or 20.04 Linux

The commands given here can be used for other Linux systems based on Debian or Ubuntu such as Linux Mint, Elementary OS, Zorin OS, POP!_OS, and more…

Update your Ubuntu

As we are going to use the default system repository and APT package manager of Ubuntu, therefore, before that run the system update command once. It installs the latest available updates for the system along with the rebuilding of the APT package index cache.

sudo apt update

Install 2048 on Ubuntu 22.04 or 20.04

Well, the best part of this Text-based mathematical game is we don’t need to add any third-party repository to our system. Just use the APT package manager and run the given command. That will fetch the necessary packages to install the 2048 game on Ubuntu or Debian Linux.

To install for Terminal (Text-based)

sudo apt install 2048

For Gnome GUI support

sudo apt install gnome-2048

Run the Mathematical game

If you have installed the text-based 2028 game, then you can play it directly on your Ubuntu Terminal. For that simply on your command terminal type:


Here is the screenshot

Install 2048 text based math terminal game on Ubuntu Linux

Whereas, if you have installed the Gnome2048 then either type- gnome-2048 or go to the Activities link given in Ubuntu’s taskbar and there search for it.

Install and play 2048 math game on Ubuntu 22.04 or 20.4 Linux

The difference between the two editions of the 2048 game is the first one is text-based, hence even if you have a Linux with a command line interface, you can play it. However, for Gnome 2038 you need a GUI desktop because of the better graphic representation.

How to play the 2048 Math game on Linux

Once you have run the game, what you have to do is, by using the Arrow keys on your keyboard, add similar numbers. For example – 2+2. 4+4, 8+8, etc. until you will not have a value of 2048. However, make sure all your 4×4 tiles of 2048 must not get filled until you receive the target value.

 Uninstall 2048 from Ubuntu Linux

If you get bored with this mathematical game and now want to completely remove 2048 from your Ubuntu Linux then here is the command to follow:

For Text-based-

sudo apt autoremove --purge 2048

For Gnome one:

sudo apt autoremove --purge gnome-2048

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2 thoughts on “Install & play 2048 game on Ubuntu 22.04 or 20.04 LTS Linux”

  1. good evening,
    this is probably not the place for this problem but I’m sure you’ll direct me if it’s not. I’m using ubuntu 22.04 and upgrade every time a new lts version comes out. I am able to use the terminal for simple tasks by carefully following directions. I go to download all updates as soon as I am prompted to do so.
    however, on a recent update, all videos (other than youtube videos) stopped working on firefox. when 22.04 first came out I had the same issue but was able to rectify it by downloading some codecs, again following advice on one of the Linux sites. it was a bit convoluted but I was successful eventually. the problem is not on chromium, just firefox. any ideas?

    • First, disable Add-ons and also the hardware acceleration under General and then Performance options. Then try playing maybe it will start working.


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