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PlayCatan Access Software for Linux

For computers running Linux or other UNIX-like operating systems with installed Java Runtime Environment (JRE), please download the following file:

System configuration:
  • Pentium IV / Athlon with 2 GHz or comparable / 512 MB RAM minimum / approx. 60 MB disc space
  • 800x600 display (minimum) / installed Java 1.7 or newer

The Rivals for Catan - Deck Editor

With this program, every user can design an individual card deck for the "Rivals for Catan" Tournament Game on PlayCatan.

To use the special cards ('Gavin, the Polyglot', 'Alexander and Sebastian, the Bookkeepers', 'Johannes, the Advocate' and 'Axel, the Innovator') in your deck, please use the web browser version of the deck editor, which you can find in the bath house in the city view on the website.

Hints for Java

For operating the PlayCatan Access Software, Java 1.7 or newer is required. According to our experience, our software runs more stable when using Oracle Java instead of OpenJDK.

To install the Java Runtime Environment or to update it after installation, please use the package management application that was installed with your Linux distribution.

If you are using Ubuntu, you will first need to add a package repository to install Oracle Java 7. Please proceed as follows:

  1. sudo add-apt-repository ppa:webupd8team/java
  2. sudo apt-get update
  3. sudo apt-get install oracle-java7-installer

Click here for more information.


To check your Java version, please type “java -version” in a terminal window. In case you have installed several Java versions in a parallel fashion, you have to pre-select Java 1.7 as the version to be used.

In Ubuntu, you can achieve this via "sudo update-alternatives --config java".

Installing and Running

Please unpack the archive into a folder where you have full write privileges at all times. You may use, for example, your home directory or also your desktop.

Inside the folder "PlayCatan," please run the script "". This will create an icon named "PlayCatan" on your desktop. To run the PlayCatan Access Software, please activate this icon (usually by double-clicking on it).

In case your Linux distribution is not compatible with the created desktop link, please activate the PlayCatan Access Software via the “” script, e.g., by double-clicking it or by entering "./" in a terminal window.

Hints for Playing in Full Screen Mode

So far, full-screen operation could not be tested successfully for Linux. However, when using Gnome, the panels (main menu bar above, tray below) can be hidden using the function “Hide - Show Buttons,” which – for a screen resolution of 1024x768 – also enables full-screen gaming in the 1024x768 windowed mode.