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StepMania, free dance and rhythm game, reached first beta of new major 5.1 series a day ago.

Due to the amount of remaining work needed, the scope of changes, and in response to feedback about difficulty with new systems: StepMania 5.1 is now going to be postponed to 5.2, and to bring some of 5.2’s less invasive and more demanded features to people we’re going to be backporting things onto 5.0 for version 5.1.

Features planned for 5.1 include:

  • Loading songs from profiles on USB drives
  • PacDrive support
  • Updated default theme
  • Profile improvements (including switching stats XML to an SQLite database)
  • Mouse support for all platforms (may not be used in the default theme – but available for others)
  • Stencil-based masking by default instead of zbuffer masking, so masking 3D objects behaves better without resorting to render to texture.

As the first beta release it brings following changes:

  • A new high-resolution (720P) default theme: Lambda
  • The DirectInput handler for Windows now supports XInput.
  • Songs can be loaded from profiles on USB drives.(For Linux, StepMania must run as root to save USB profile scores)
  • And many other changes, see release page for details.

StepMania 5.0.6 in Ubuntu 14.10

How to Install StepMania 5.1 Beta in Ubuntu:

The launchpad build farm is kinda busy, my unofficial StepMania binaries are waiting to build for 24 hours. I’ll updated the tutorial once they are available.

UPDATE: To install StepMania 5.1 Beta in Ubuntu 14.04, Ubuntu 16.04, Ubuntu 17.10, and Ubuntu 18.04, do following steps one by one:

1. Open terminal (Ctrl+Alt+T) and run the command below to add PPA:

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:ubuntuhandbook1/stepmania

Type in your password when it asks and hit Enter.


2. Update package index and install the game:

sudo apt update && sudo apt install stepmania

Note that minimaid disabled in Ubuntu 17.10, 18.04 due to bug. And please ignore wrong version number in game screen because I forgot to remove old patch in v5.0.12.


To remove the game, simply run command:

sudo apt-get remove --autoremove stepmania

And remove the PPA via “Software & Updates” utility under “Other Software” tab.

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StepMania, an open-source and advanced cross-platform rhythm game, has reached the 5.0.12 release after a month and two weeks of release candidate testing.

StepMania 5.0.12 is probably the last maintain release for the 5.0 series. The developers are no focusing on the development of StepMania 5.1 branch.

Changes in StepMania 5.0.12:

  • Fixed bug that allowed pausing by pressing Select then Back. Pausing requires pressing the same button twice.
  • Default theme ignores holding Select, or Start during gameplay. The pause menu must be used to back out of a song.
    Select Music
  • Added AllowHoldForOptions preference. When this is set to 0 (off), going to the player options screen requires pressing Start a second time, instead of holding it.
  • Fixed bug that deleted a warp on the same beat as a stop when saving.
  • Ready and Go announcer sounds no longer play simultaneously.
  • Fixed cmake settings so that player profiles can be loaded from USB drives once again.
  • Fixed crash in loading profiles from USB drives.

StepMania 5.0.12

How to install StepMania 5.0.12 in Ubuntu:

Besides running the official Linux binary (non-install version in previous link), an unofficial PPA with stepmania packages for Ubuntu 16.04 and Ubuntu 14.04 is available. And below is how to install the StepMania 5.0.12 via the PPA.

1. Open terminal (Ctrl+Alt+T) and run the command below to add PPA:

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:ubuntuhandbook1/stepmania

Type in your password when it asks and hit Enter.


2. Update package index and install the game:

sudo apt update && sudo apt install stepmania

For those who don’t want to add PPA, grab the .deb packages of stepmania-data and then stepmania for 5.0.12 from HERE.

StepMania PPA

StepMania is a free dance and rhythm game for Windows, Mac, and Linux. It features 3D graphics, keyboard and “dance pad” support, and an editor for creating your own steps.

StepMania 5.0.10, the most recent stable release, has been released for more than a month. Due to lack of Ubuntu binaries, I’ve finally built this release into PPA available for Ubuntu 15.10, Ubuntu 15.04 and Ubuntu 14.04.

StepMania 5.0.10 in Ubuntu

Install StepMania 5 via PPA:

Before getting started, remove previous release and backup songs if any.

1. Add PPA.

Open terminal from Unity Dash, App Launcher, or via Ctrl+Alt+T shortcut keys. When it opens, paste below command and hit enter:

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:ubuntuhandbook1/stepmania

StepMania PPA

Type in your password (no visual feedback just type in mind) when it asks and hit Enter to continue.

2. After that, search for and install stepmania via Synaptic Package Manager after clicking Refresh.

Or run below commands one by one in terminal to refresh index and install the game:

sudo apt-get update

sudo apt-get install stepmania

For those who don’t want to add PPA, grab the .deb packages from This Page. Ubuntu 14.04 and its derivatives need FFmpeg.

3. (Optional) To remove the PPA and uninstall the game, run:

sudo add-apt-repository --remove ppa:ubuntuhandbook1/stepmania

sudo apt-get remove stepmania stepmania-data

In addition, after first launch the game will create .stepmania-5.0 folder in user root directory. Press Ctrl+H to view this hidden folder and install Themes, Songs, etc into sub-folders.

Song directory structure: root folder (.stepmania-5.0/Songs) -> group folder -> song/simfile folder -> *.png, *.mp3/*.ogg, *.sm/*.ssc/etc files

Get more songs:

install songs


StepMania 5, an open-source cross-platform rhythm video game, finally goes stable by releasing StepMania 5.0.5 (and the 5.0.6 release for quick fixes).

UPDATE 2015-12-15: For all current releases, please view this tutorial to install the latest release.

StepMania is an advanced rhythm game for Windows, Linux and OS X. It’s designed for both home and arcade use. Since StepMania 5 was started in 2011 and be in beta for a long time, the development goes alive recently and the first stable release of StepMania 5 is out!

StepMania 5.0.6 in Ubuntu 14.10

StepMania 5.0.6 in Ubuntu 14.10

The new stable release mainly brings:

  • New configuration options players should try out
  • New (optional) screens that themes can support, new metrics or lua functions, or fixes for existing functions.
  • Prominent bug fixes
  • Preemptive problem solving.
  • For details, see the release note

How to Install StepMania 5 in Ubuntu:

At the moment, there’s no PPA repository that contains the stable release of StepMaina 5 for Ubuntu. I’ll keep this post up-to-date once there’s one available!

But I’ve successfully compile the game in Ubuntu 14.10 64-bit and below is how-to:

(NOTE: below steps should also work in Ubuntu 14.04 LTS. But if you’ve installed the updated X stack from 14.10 Utopic while you were upgrading to 14.04.2, there will be unmet dependencies issues)

1. Open terminal from the Dash or by pressing Ctrl+Alt+T on keyboard. When it opens, run below command to install the required libraries to compile the game.

sudo apt-get install libasound2-dev libpulse-dev libmad0-dev libtheora-dev libvorbis-dev libpng-dev libjpeg-dev libglu1-mesa-dev libgl1-mesa-dev xorg-dev libxrandr-dev libbz2-dev libglew1.5-dev  glew-utils libglew-dev libglewmx-dev libgtk2.0-dev yasm automake

2. Download the Source Code at:

3. Extract the source package either through your file browser or by running below command in terminal:

cd ~/Downloads/ && tar -xzvf v5.0.6.tar.gz

Depends on the downloaded package, you may replace the package name v5.0.6.tar.gz in above command.

4. Navigate to the result folder in terminal:

cd ~/Downloads/stepmania-5.0.6

5. Finally run below commands one by one to compile the game:




sudo make install

Once the game is properly installed, run command /opt/stepmania-5.0/stepmania to start the game. For Songs, Themes, copy them from source package to user’s .stepmania-5.0 folder (press Ctrl+H to view hidden folders).

Or download some more from the forum.

This simple tutorial will show you how to install StepMania game on Ubuntu 13.04 Raring, 12.10 Quantal, 12.04 Precise and Linux Mint using Getdeb repository.

StepMania is a free dance and rhythm game. It features 3D graphics, keyboard and joystick (including “dance pads” and other rhythm game input devices) support, and an editor for creating your own steps.


To install the game, press Ctrl+Alt+T to open terminal, then follow the steps below:

1.) Download and install Getdeb repository by running 2 commands in terminal:

sudo dpkg -i playdeb_0.3-1~getdeb1_all.deb

2.) Update apps cache:

sudo apt-get update

3.) Install the game:

sudo apt-get install sm-ssc