How to install The Powder Toy on Ubuntu – Free Physics Sandbox Game

The Powder Toy is a free and open source falling sand physics sandbox game for Windows, MacOS, Linux and android. It is released under the GNU General Public License version 3.0+. Using this game you can stimulate gravity, air pressure, heat and velocity. It is great science game for kids and all type of people. They can use this game as a learning aid. This game comes with Walls, Electronics, Sensors, Force, Explosives, Gasses, Liquids, Powders, Solids, Radioactive, Life and many more components. Using this you can build almost anything. This game is written in C++ and using SDL.

Install The Powder Toy on Ubuntu:

Go to the below The Powder Toy download link and download the latest linux version in zip format.

Download The Powder Toy

Note: For me the downloaded file name is “”. It may change based on the version number.

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After the download right click on it and select extract here. Then open the extracted Powder Toy folder and double click on powder64 or right click and select run. That’s all. It will start The Powder Toy on Ubuntu. just select the elements and start drawing.

Install The Powder Toy via snap:

You can also install The Powder Toy via snap on Ubuntu. For that open the terminal (ctrl+Atl+T) and run the below command.

sudo snap install the-powder-toy-james-carroll

Compile from source:

In terminal,

sudo apt-get install build-essential libsdl2-dev libbz2-dev zlib1g-dev liblua5.1-0-dev git scons libfftw3-dev libcurl4-openssl-dev
git clone git://

Navigate to your (The-Powder-Toy) source code folder, then


After Done building targets you’ll find The Powder Toy executable in build/ folder.

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