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Playing Dink under GNU/Linux

May 23rd 2009, 05:53 PM
Peasant Male France
Here's how to play Dink Smallwood under GNU/Linux

- you'll use the GNU FreeDink engine, the improved yet compatible Dink engine
- you get a release:
-- using the latest binary release from (most recent),
-- from your distribution: ArchLinux, Debian, Fedora, OpenSUSE, Ubuntu... (possibly older, but easier)
-- by compiling it by hand (if you have specific needs)
- the package includes a version of the Dink data that lack some sounds ( that Seth can't make free software. Please contribute replacements

The suite contains DFArc version 3 that can run the game and install D-Mods.

Easy install:

* From check "Latest version from this website" at

* Debian and Ubuntu: click on System > Administration > Synaptic, then install the 'freedink' package.
Then click on Applications > Games > DFArc

* Fedora: click on System > Administration > Add/Remove software, then install the 'freedink' package.
Then click on Applications > Games > DFArc

* OpenSUSE: enable the Games repository (Control Center > Community Repositories > openSUSE BuildService - Games), then install package 'freedink'

* ArchLinux: type in a terminal: yaourt -S freedink-engine freedink-dfarc

You can find more information at:
The latest FreeDink release at the DN is at:

Alternatively (more difficult) install manually:
- Download and uncompress the engine (freedink-1.08.DATE.tar.gz from and follow instructions in the BUILD file
- Download and uncompress the data (freedink-data-1.08.DATE.tar.gz), and type 'make install'
- Optional: download and uncompress dfarc (dfarc-3.6.tar.gz), and follow instructions in the BUILD file
- Run Dink from Applications > Games > FreeDink (or DFArc)

GOKUSSJ6 has additional instructions:
* FreeDink, Linux and You - FreeDink Linux Tutorial: for the sound setup and for Arch Linux
* Tutorial: Improving The MIDI Music
May 6th 2017, 10:21 AM
Peasant Male Poland steam
Everyone should get a pizza for free in each week. 
Appearently freedink is no longer in AUR.
May 7th 2017, 06:47 AM
Peasant Male France

I contacted the ArchLinux maintainer for FreeDink (I added your "hippie" mail in Cc:, hopefully you still read it).
The maintainer resigned from AUR and the packages were hidden due to a bug:

Packages are still here: