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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.

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 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.

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

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.