OpenRA

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OpenRA is a project that recreates and modernizes the classic Command & Conquer strategy games in real time. Free and open source game



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OpenRA is an open source project that recreates and modernizes classic real time strategy games, like Red Alert, Command & Conquer, and Dune 2000.

OpenRA Authors developed a flexible game engine (the OpenRA engine) that provides a common platform for rebuilding and reimagining classic 2D and 2.5D RTS games. The OpenRA engine is not restricted by the technical limitations of the original games. It includes native support for modern operating systems (like Windows 10, macOS, and Linux) and screen resolutions without relying on emulation or hacks, and integrated online multiplayer.


Modernizing Classic RTS Games

The OpenRA engine includes new features and gameplay improvements that are standard in more recent RTS games:

  • A choice between “right click” and classic “left click” control schemes;
  • Overhauled sidebar interfaces with support for hotkeys and production queues;
  • Improved unit controls with features such as Attack-Move and stances;
  • The “fog of war” that obscures the battlefield outside your units’ line of sight;
  • Other modern RTS features such as capturable tech structures and unit veterancy;
  • Support for game replays and an observer interface designed for streaming games online.

OpenRA is 100% free, and comes bundled with three distinct mods. When you run a mod for the first time the game can automatically download the original game assets, or you can use the original game disks.

Games built using the OpenRA engine are known as “mods”. The OpenRA development team maintain the three official mods that can be downloaded from this website, but many more are developed and maintained by the OpenRA community.


Tiberian Dawn

An alliance of nations fights to protect Europe and northern Africa from a mysterious terrorist organization and the valuable but toxic alien mineral, Tiberium, that is slowly spreading over the world. The Tiberian Dawn mod focuses on fast and fluid play, taking heavy influences from modern RTS games with features like multiple-queue production.


Red Alert

In a world where Hitler was assassinated and the Third Reich never existed, the Soviet Union “seeks” power over all of Europe. Allied against this Evil Empire, the “free” world faces a Cold War turned red hot.  The Red Alert mod focuses on strategy, providing a range of units and tactics to conquer the land, sea, and air.


Dune 2000

Three great houses fight for the precious spice melange. He who controls the spice controls the universe! Establish a foothold on the desert planet Arrakis, where your biggest threat is the environment. The Dune 2000 mod currently focuses on providing an experience that is authentic to the original game.


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Installation

The game OpenRA is available for installation on Linux, Windows and macOS.

Installation methodOS
GNOME/KDE Software CenterUbuntu* 16.04/18.04/19.04/20.04, Linux Mint 18/19, Debian
SnapUbuntu, Linux Mint, Debian, Arch Linux, Fedora, CentOS, KDE Neon, openSUSE, elementary OS, Manjaro, Red Hat Enterprise Linux
FlatpakUbuntu, Linux Mint, Debian, Arch Linux, Fedora, CentOS, KDE Neon, openSUSE, elementary OS, Manjaro, Red Hat Enterprise Linux
AppImageUbuntu, Fedora, openSUSE, CentOS, elementaryOS, Linux Mint and others
EXEWindows
DMGmacOS

*Ubuntu (GNOME), Kubuntu (KDE), Xubuntu (XFCE), Lubuntu (LXDE)


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