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Unfortunately, AoC does not have official support for the Linux system, but running this game on this system is very easy.

1. Download AoC2 files from Steam.

a) You can do it from Windows to copy files to your Linux but you can also enable "PlayOnLinux" emulation on Steam to download AoC2 files.

Steam -> Settings -> SteamPlay -> "Enable Steam Play for all titles" and reload Steam.



b) Install game by Steam Client


2. Install Oracle Java (skip if you have installed)

To check your java, open terminal and put "java -version"

java version "1.8.0_191"
Java(TM) SE Runtime Environment (build 1.8.0_191-b12)
Java HotSpot(TM) 64-Bit Server VM (build 25.191-b12, mixed mode)



sudo add-apt-repository ppa:webupd8team/java

sudo apt-get update

sudo apt install oracle-java8-installer

sudo apt install oracle-java8-set-default



Download Oracle Java: http://www.oracle.com/technetwork/java/javase/downloads/index.html

In the following commands replace VERSION for your version of downloaded file (for example 191)

tar -xf jdk-8uVERSION-linux-x64.tar.gz

or unpack by Ark

sudo chown -R root:root jdk1.8.0_VERSION

sudo mkdir -p /usr/local/java

sudo mv jdk1.8.0_VERSION /usr/local/java
sudo gedit /etc/profile

// OR nano OR vim OR your favorite text editor

-> Paste inside this file:


export JAVA_HOME
export JRE_HOME
export PATH

and save

sudo update-alternatives --install /usr/bin/java java /usr/local/java/jdk1.8.0_VERSION/bin/java 1

sudo update-alternatives --install /usr/bin/javac javac /usr/local/java/jdk1.8.0_VERSION/bin/javac 1

sudo update-alternatives --config java

and select jdk (not openJDK) - it should be the last one

source /etc/profile
java -version

should show

java version "1.8.0_191"
Java(TM) SE Runtime Environment (build 1.8.0_191-b12)
Java HotSpot(TM) 64-Bit Server VM (build 25.191-b12, mixed mode)

Other Linux

Check the tutorials on the internet, because I can not write this point for all distributions


3. Run Age of Civilizations 2

Go to game directory (for example /home/user/.local/share/Steam/steamapps/common/Age of Civilizations II/) and open terminal.

java -jar AoC2.jar

The game should start without any emulator with a maximum FPS

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I use Linux too. I use arch Nice tutorial btw. Just a minor note: If you don't want to run the game with the command line, you can just run it by steam using proton, works perfectly. However, the Java method gives you better performance.

Edited by Chexier

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I'm not much of a Linux user myself, but I've been wanting to try out different operating systems, so I might give this a shot.By the way, I read that CentOS 7 is reaching its end of life soon. For those who might be interested, I found this website called TuxCare (tuxcare.com), which provides support for CentOS users even after the end-of-life date. It might be worth checking out for those who rely on CentOS for their systems.

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