Terasology, a Minecraft-inspired game available for Ubuntu

about terasology

In the next article we are going to take a look at how we can install Terasology on Ubuntu. You can iEasily install this free Minecraft clone on Ubuntu 20.04 or 18.04 LTS. With this game we will get a block game like Minecraft with impressive graphics and simple gameplay.

As I suppose most users know, Minecraft is quite a popular game, which is also available for Gnu / Linux systems. Terasology comes with the same model but to give a differentiating touch to the game, Terasology generated worlds are more impressive. However, visually there is hardly any difference, but the depth of field and the flying blocks can make the game last for hours. As for the controls in Teraslogy, it must be said that they are not the same as in Minecraft, although if you have already played the latter, it will not take you long to get used to them.

Terasology is an open source game based on voxel, which is also super extensible. Born from a Minecraft-inspired tech demo, it is gradually becoming a stable platform for all kinds of game setups in a voxel world.

playing terasology

The creators and maintainers of this game are a diverse mix of open source software developers, designers, game testers, graphic artists, musicians, and students.. From their website they encourage everyone’s contributions, and try to be as warm and welcoming as possible to newcomers.

System Requirements

  • Intel i3 or AMD A8-7600 or better
  • At least, a minimum of 2GB of RAM, although the recommended is 4GB of RAM.
  • Intel HD Graphics 4000 / AMD Radeon R5 or later. If you are using an external GPU, then Nvidia GeForce 400 Series or AMD Radeon HD 7000 or better would be a good choice for gaming.
  • 1 GB of free hard disk space to install the game. However, 4 GB is recommended.

How to install Terasology on Ubuntu 20.04 Linux

To begin we will have to open a web browser in our operating system. Then we go to direct to releases page of the game. Once in it, we will only have to click on the corresponding file and download the 64-bit version for Gnu / Linux.

download from the releases page

We can also open a terminal (Ctrl + Alt + T) and download the latest version published until today with wget:

Download terasology package from terminal

wget https://github.com/MovingBlocks/TerasologyLauncher/releases/download/v4.2.0/TerasologyLauncher-linux64.zip

Once the package is downloaded we will need to move to the folder in which we have the downloaded file saved. When we get to it, we will extract the package with the following command:

unzip package

unzip TerasologyLauncher-linux64.zip

When unzipped, let’s move the directory that was just created to / opt / terasology. We can do this with the command:

Move to the opt directory

sudo mv TerasologyLauncher-linux64-4.2.0/ /opt/terasology

The next thing we will do is move to the newly created folder:

cd /opt/terasology/

At this point we only have run the installer that we will find inside the folder with the command:


Setup first it will ask us to choose the data directory for the game. For this example, I am going to select the one that opens by default by clicking on the Choose button, which is in the upper right.

run installed from terasology

Finally, we will have to click on the Download icon to get the rest of the packages and be able to play the Terasology game on Gnu / Linux. Once this is done, we can only wait and Start the game pressing the button that can be seen in the following screenshot.

Start Game

This game by default does not have a shortcut to start it from the desktop. But we can create it easily in many ways. Between them we can use Arronax or create the .desktop file yourself.

Start terasology

This game was built to be modular and free. It offers a large number of modules that are maintained by individual enthusiasts. Terasology is completely open source and is licensed by Apache 2.0 for the code and CC BY 4.0 for the illustrations.. For more information about this game, users can consult the project website.

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