- Go to their website, create an account using Google Accounts. Login to the Defold dashboard.
- Download Defold for your platform. I’m using Linux 64-bit.
- Unzip the download (about 300MB large).
- Run the defold-linux.sh from the terminal. Inside the editor you’ll see the welcome message.
- Go to the website Dashboard and create a new project. A blank one, or a tutorial project.
- Inside the editor go to Open Project. You will be prompted to log into your Google account.
- After creating a branch for your project, it will open in the editor and you’re ready to go! You can Build and Run the project, make changes on the fly and Reload the Resource to see your changes live.
I had no trouble at all with all of this. A bit of an issue when running the editor from the executable – had to run the sh file from the terminal, but other than that, no problem! I was able to go through one of the tutorials, and even one-click build to an Android APK file. What! So easy. All this in under an hour.
I have to be frank. I’m not used to things going so smoothly when it comes to software under Linux. I usually need to install a bunch of dependencies, build something, find errors, google errors, pull out hair, and MAYBE 20% of the time get it working. So Defold working so smoothly out of the box on Linux is a huge, HUGE plus for me.
So far, I am intrigued! Stay tuned for more posts about Defold.