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If you use Homebrew on macOS, you may download BZFlag via the brew command. Alternatively, you may download our binary below and drag the .app into your Applications directory. Then right/control click (or two finger tap) on the application and choose Open.

brew install --cask --no-quarantine bzflag
Gatekeeper Warning
The --no-quarantine flag is required as of 2.4.20 to install via Homebrew as our executable is not currently signed.

If you use Flatpak or Snapcraft on your Linux system, you may install BZFlag through the flatpak or snap command.

Alternatively, you may install from your package manager or compile from source. Note that some distribution packages may automatically run a game server.

flatpak install flathub org.bzflag.BZFlag
snap install bzflag

Version 2.4.24 was released on March 08, 2022

Release Summary

This release works around an event polling regression in SDL 2.0.20 that caused our game to appear unresponsive. There's a few other small changes as well.

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  • Don't crash when removing the BZFS Cron server-side player - Scott Wichser
  • Announce who adjusted the countdown with /modcount - Vladimir Jimenez
  • Add support for Apple silicon builds - ReneĢ Schwaiger, Joshua Bodine
  • Work around an SDL 2.0.20 event handling regression - Alfredo Tupone
  • Do not explicitly link to X11 when using SDL - Alfredo Tupone


BZFlag is licensed under the LGPL 2.1 and MPL 2.0 and is free to use/distribute/modify as long as the terms of the license are followed.

Other Releases

The source code repository is available on GitHub for BZFlag and our related sub-projects.

Previous releases are available in the download archive and on GitHub.