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Installing Stencyl on Linux

by Jon (Updated on 2015-12-16)

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Note: This article pertains only to Linux. On Mac and Windows, nothing extra needs to be done on your part to install Stencyl (besides running the Windows installer or dragging the app folder to the Mac's Applications directory).

Installation instructions for Ubuntu and Debian

Note: Installation on other Linux distributions will be similar, but the package names may be different. If you have trouble installing Stencyl on another Linux distribution, ask on the forums.

Minimum Requirements

  • Ubuntu 12.04 LTS or later OR Debian Jessie or later.
  • libc6 2.15 or later. (Haxe 3.0+ does not work with older versions of libc6)

Step 1 - Install the Compiler and its Dependencies

Run the following command:

sudo apt-get install g++ libgc-dev libxext-dev

Perform steps 2 and 3 only if you are on a 64-bit Linux system. If you are on a 32-bit system, you may now run Stencyl.

Step 2 - Install Packages required by the JRE and Android SDK

If you are on Debian, first add the 32-bit architecture to the package manager:

sudo dpkg --add-architecture i386
sudo apt-get update

Run the following command to install the packages needed by the JRE and the Android SDK:

sudo apt-get install libstdc++6:i386 libxtst6:i386 libXext6:i386 libxi6:i386 libncurses5:i386 libxt6:i386 libxpm4:i386 libxmu6:i386 libxp6:i386

Step 3 - Install Packages required by Flash Player

Run the following command to install the packages needed by the standalone Adobe Flash Player:

sudo apt-get install libgtk2.0-0:i386 libxt6:i386 libxext6:i386 libatk1.0-0:i386 libc6:i386 libcairo2:i386 libexpat1:i386 libfontconfig1:i386 libfreetype6:i386 libglib2.0-0:i386 libice6:i386 libpango1.0-0:i386 libpng12-0:i386 libsm6:i386 libx11-6:i386 libxau6:i386 libxcursor1:i386 libxdmcp6:i386 libxfixes3:i386 libxi6:i386 libxinerama1:i386 libxrandr2:i386 libxrender1:i386 zlib1g:i386 libnss3-1d:i386 libnspr4-0d:i386 libcurl3:i386 libasound2:i386

Step 4 - Install JDK 8 to be able to test or export to Android

Run the following command to install JDK 8 from WebUpd8 PPA:

sudo apt-add-repository ppa:webupd8team/java
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install oracle-java8-installer

When asked by Stencyl for the location of Java, navigate and select


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For everyone commenting that the instructions are not complete, please read.
Create a new directory on your desktop, named whatever you'd like. Extract the 32/64 bit download contents to that folder.
Follow steps 1-3, installing the dependencys.
When you have finished the above steps, open your new folder and simply run the "stencyl" file and the application will launch.

0 9 years, 4 months ago
Please put FINISHED instructions on how to install! I could get as far as putting it in /opt/ but im lost as far as that.
0 9 years, 4 months ago
My best guess, since these instructions are incomplete is to move the extracted contents to /opt/ add the dir to your path and create a launcher for the application so you can get it easy from the dock in Ubuntu.

Surprised these have been up for so long incomplete like this. It's like "here's the prereq's to run stencyl... Oh installing stencyl actually? good luck on th rest!"

1 9 years, 4 months ago
These instructions are incomplete, they tell how to install prerequisite's it seems but nothing further.

Can we have complete installation instructions?

0 9 years, 4 months ago
Can't seem to get it to work :(
(very new to Linux/Ubuntu)
any and all help is appreciated.
I've done all the steps but cannot get Stencyl to run.

1 9 years, 4 months ago
Funciona perfecto!!!

That's great!!!!
Thanks people of Stencyl !!!!!!!!

0 9 years, 7 months ago
Great list for packages, got it working on fedora 20!
For amd64 bit fedora 20:
sudo yum install -y glibc ncurses zlib libXrender libcurl nspr nss libXdmcp pango libXmu libXp libXpm libXt expat libXext alsa-lib zlib libpng libXrandr libXinerama libX11 libXcursor libXau libXfixes
then to run it:
java -Xms64m -Xmx1024m -Djava.library.path=./lib -Djava.library.path=./lib -Dswing.defaultlaf=javax.swing.plaf .metal.MetalLookAndFeel -jar ./sw.jar
(I think I got all of the packages needed...)

0 9 years, 8 months ago
Thank you.
This list of requirements is spot-on for me. :)
(Debian Jessie 64 bit - in it's current default install environment)

0 9 years, 10 months ago

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