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Installation

We made efforts to make the last release of GAMA (1.8.2) as easy as possible to install, by providing a version with an embedded Java JDK, limiting the installation to a 3-steps procedure: download, install and launch.

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Download GAMA

GAMA 1.8.2 (the lastest release) comes in a version for each 3 environments Windows, macOS and Linux packaged in easy to use installers. You simply have to go on the downloads page and pick the one for your system.

For advanced users :

  • GAMA provide also some versions without embedded JDK allowing you to download a lighter archive
    • This version requires Java 17 JDK to be installed on your computer (at least 17.0.3+7)
  • It's also possible to download these 2 kinds of releases in simple zip archive (i.e. without installers)

You'll find them on the Github Release page

Install procedure

After downloading the chosen GAMA version from the Downloads page for your computer, you only have run the installer, follow steps, and launch GAMA.

Step-by-step Windows

  1. Download the installer .exe for Windows
  2. Double-click on the downloaded .exe file
  3. Accept to run the app

Pass Microsoft Defender SmartScreen

  1. Follow the installer with the onscreen steps
  2. Done, you can start GAMA from your computer now.

NB: If you need to launch GAMA Headless, GAMA is installed under C:\Program Files\Gama

Step-by-step macOS

In macOS we have two ways of installing gama: either the regular and user friendly .dmg installer, or the command line way with the homebrew package manager.

DMG version

  1. Download the installer .dmg for macOS
    • There is a built specifically for Macintosh M1 (also called with Apple silicon). You can check by clicking on the top-left apple, About this Mac: the pop-up window will give details about the processor. If you're not sure and your Macintosh is from 2021 (or earlier) you probably need this specific version
  2. Double-click on the downloaded .dmg file
  3. Drag'n'drop GAMA icon to your computer (Applications folder or Desktop for instance)

drag-n-drop

  1. Done, you can start GAMA from your computer now. At the first launch of GAMA, a popup window will appear warning you that GAMA is a software downloaded from internet and asking whether you want to open it. Click on the Open button.

Open GAMA

NB: Note that the first launch of GAMA should be made in GUI mode (clicking on the icon) and not in headless mode. NB2: If you need to launch GAMA Headless after, GAMA is installed where you dragged and dropped the Gama.app

brew version

  1. Install brew on your computer: just follow the instruction from the website.
  2. Open a terminal
  3. Run the command brew install gama or brew install gama-jdk for the JDK version

Step-by-step Ubuntu

  1. Download the installer .deb for Ubuntu (and any Debian-based systems)
  2. Double-click on the downloaded .deb file
  3. Click on install

install in app store

  1. You could be asked for your password
  2. Done, you can start GAMA from your computer now

NB: If you need to launch GAMA Headless, GAMA is installed under /opt/gama-platform

Step-by-step Docker

A Docker image of GAMA exists to execute GAMA Headless inside a container.

  1. Install docker on your system following the official documentation
  2. Pull the GAMA's docker you want to use (e.g. docker pull gamaplatform/gama:1.8.1)
  3. Run this GAMA's docker with your headless command (e.g. docker run gamaplatform/gama:1.8.1 -help)

You can found all the tags and more detailed documentation on the Docker Hub or on the corresponding Github's Repository

System Requirements

GAMA 1.8.2 requires approximately 540MB of disk space and a minimum of 2GB of RAM (to increase the portion of memory usable by GAMA, please refer to these instructions).