Dwarf Fortress is a single-player fantasy game. You can control a dwarven outpost or a party of adventurers (adventurer mode is not yet available in the current version) in a randomly generated, persistent world. It is renowned for its highly customizable, complex in-depth game play.
The game is played mostly with mouse and the version of the game installed by the package is displayed in a terminal-like window with images of ASCII characters (screenshots). There is also a graphical version available on Steam or itch.io.
Install the package.
Other bundles, starter packs, tilesets, and mods can be found at the Dwarf Fortress File Depot.
See also the Installation page on the Dwarf Fortress wiki.
When first run, Dwarf Fortress that was installed via Pacman creates a folder in the user's home tree, at
~/.local/share/dwarffortress/, to store configuration files, save files, etc.
Some of the directories in
~/.local/share/dwarffortress/ are symlinks to directories in
/opt/dwarffortress/, so changes in
/opt/dwarffortress/ - either directly or through the link - will affect games for all users.
To make changes to Dwarf Fortress files that only affect one user, either delete the links and copy the linked directories from
~/.local/share/dwarffortress/, or manually install a copy of Dwarf Fortress to a directory in the user's home directory and make the changes - and run the game from - there (see Manual or multiple installations on the Dwarf Fortress wiki).
DFHack is a Dwarf Fortress memory access utility, with many useful scripts and plugins.
To start Dwarf Fortress with DFHack, execute
dfhack instead of
dwarffortress, or create a custom desktop entry.
Similarly to the Dwarf Fortress packages, the DFHack packages add files and symlinks to
dfhack-config/ which contains files that can be edited to configure DFHack.
Manipulator is an in-game alternative to Dwarf Therapist with much of the same functionality, but does not require extra permissions. This plugin is enabled by default in the DFHack, accessible from the units screen.
Quickfort is a DFHack plugin that helps you build fortresses from "blueprint" .CSV, .XLS, and .XLSX files.
Dwarf Therapist ( AUR or AUR) is a utility to tune dwarvish behavior (makes micro-management a lot easier). For it to work on current kernels you will need to disable a kernel security feature, since it directly accesses and modifies the memory of a running Dwarf Fortress instance. This setting is called
kernel.yama.ptrace_scope and is active by default.
Permission to use
ptrace can be given to the
dwarftherapist executable with:
# setcap cap_sys_ptrace=eip /usr/bin/dwarftherapist
ptrace_scope globally in
/etc/sysctl.d/ by default, or using sysctl, since it is an important security feature in the kernel!
SoundSense ( AUR) adds various sound effects and music by monitoring the gamelog.txt (which for v50+ versions of Dwarf Fortress does not currently contain the information SoundSense needs).