Install StepMania 5 Stable (Rhythm Game) in Ubuntu 14.10

Last updated on December 15th, 2015

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).

[ac-box style=”tip”]UPDATE 2015-12-15: For all current releases, please view this tutorial to install the latest release.[/ac-box]

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

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.