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August 29th 2022, 08:04 PM
GNU FreeDink is a portable version of the Dink engine, which can run the original game as well as its dmods properly and with close compatibility to Dink Smallwood v1.08 on modern Windows operating systems, as well as on Linux, among others. A version of Dinkedit (FreeDinkedit) is also included, which can be used to create dmod maps. FreeDink can also play .ogg music files.


1) You can download GNU FreeDink installer, which comes with FreeDink, FreeDinkedit, DFArc3, translations, as well as music and sounds compatible with the GNU general public licence, which FreeDink uses.

Downsides: Some sounds and music are missing, and some are different from the ones used in Original Dink.

2) Download and install Dink Smallwood v1.08 (aka Original Dink)

Download GNU FreeDink, and extract in the same location as Dink Smallwood v1.08.

Open DFArc.exe, and in Edit -> Options, point it to use freedink.exe instead of dink.exe.


see instructions on the FreeDink homepage:
August 29th 2022, 08:05 PM
Ghost They/Them
September 3rd 2022, 04:02 PM
Peasant He/Him Romania
C# nerd 
EDIT: Since making this post, the current Freedink maintainer has made some updates. So disregard my old post.

- - - - Original post below - - - -

I want to mention, that since the new official freedink maintainer isn't really doing anything at the moment...

Anyone wanting to play FreeDink on Linux should check out ghostknight aka CRTS' repo for it over here:

He also has a forum post here where he talks about the various fixes he's added. The most important ones (in my opinion) being:
- fixing a critical error in passing arguments when using the external DinkC function (this lead to gamebreaking bugs in DMODS like Charlie's Legacy)
- fixing some annoying SDL message spam in the debug logs

So anyone wanting to use FreeDink on linux, right now your best option would be to build it yourself starting from CRTS' repo.
March 7th, 11:21 PM
Peasant They/Them Australia
I've come to get my meat 
It should also be mentioned that if you've decided upon option 2 and installed 1.08, you should overwrite the included DFarc2 with Dfarc3, as it will install your D-mods into a location that can be straightforwardly accessed, and also has numerous bug fixes.

If you're really daring, however, consider using Martridge with its inbuilt downloader.