Godot is a 2D and 3D, cross-platform, free, and open-source game engine.
The development environment runs on multiple operating systems including Linux, macOS, and Windows.
Godot can create games targeting PC, mobile, and web platforms. More than that, it can run on computers with low specifications.
It supports both OpenGL versions, OpenGL 2 and OpenGL 3. This allows users with outdated computers to learn game developments.
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While other game engines like Unity and Unreal Engine require high graphics cards and the latest hardware, Godot can run on very low specs.
You can develop 2D and 3D games using Godot for over one platform including Linux, Windows, macOS, and Android.
The best part of Godot is its download size. While other game engines are of GBs, Godot is only approximately 100 MB big.
It is free and open-source, published under MIT license. Godot also has well-written documentation, which makes it a perfect tool for beginners.
Godot is not as popular as Unity or Unreal Engine, but it is starting to get a lot of support from users. There are thousands of professional videos on YouTube to learn and experiment with Godot.
It’s easy to install and set up for production on Linux and as well as other operating systems.
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You can use Godot with GDscript and C#. GDScript is the official programing language for Godot, but it also supports node-based programming and C#.
Download and set up Godot
Go to Godot’s official website and click on the Download button available on the top menu. You can also explore this website to see more features of Godot.
Download the version that supports your system. Download 64-bit if you bought your computer after 2008 and if you bought your computer before that, then check if you are using a 32-bit or 64-bit operating system.
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If you want to work in Godot using GDscript then download the Standard version or if you want to work with C# then choose the Mono version.
You can use nodes to program in both versions.
Mono(C#) support in Godot
You can enable C# support by using the Mono SDK from Microsoft. Only do this if you have downloaded the Mono version of Godot instead of the Standard version.
For this, open a new terminal window and enter the following commands line by line.
First, install the Mono authentication key on our system.
sudo apt install gnupg ca-certificates
sudo apt-key adv --keyserver hkp://keyserver.ubuntu.com:80 --recv-keys 3FA7E0328081BFF6A14DA29AA6A19B38D3D831EF
echo "deb https://download.mono-project.com/repo/ubuntu stable-focal main" | sudo tee /etc/apt/sources.list.d/mono-official-stable.list
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sudo apt update
Now Install Mono by entering the command below.
sudo apt install mono-complete
Now we are ready to run Godot on our system
Running Godot on your Linux system
Unzip the Godot file that you just downloaded, before you can launch it you need to mark it as trusted. Do so by following the guide below.
Right click >> Properties >> Permissions >> Allow executing file as a program.
This is the default dashboard. It will appear empty by default. You can create a New Project or load one from Templates. Create New Project to start a new project.
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Give your project a name; choose a Project path and choose the version of openGL you want to work with. You can change this later, but some settings will not work without manual configuration.
Once you are done setting up your new project a new window will pop up, this is the main window of the Godot editor. You can now start building 2D and 3D games.
The other method to install Godot
Yes, there is more than one method to install Godot on Linux Mint and Ubuntu.
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We can also download and install Godot directly via the system repository from the built-in software manager. This is a pretty easy and direct method to install Godot.
I didn’t mention this method at the beginning because official repositories may be outdated and it’s always better to download the latest version of the software.
If you are okay with an outdated version of Godot, then you can follow this method.
Click on the Main Menu >>> Software Manager >>> Search >>> Godot >>> Install
There are two versions of Godot in software manager, one is Flatpack and the other is the default repository.
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The size of flatpack one would be larger than the normal package(~500 MB) but it would serve you the latest version while the default one is pretty low in size(~30 MB) but outdated.
Consider your priorities and install Godot on Linux Mint 20 and Ubuntu.
That’s it for this tutorial. In my personal opinion, Godot has the potential to outrun any other game engine in the long race.
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