A downloadable game development tool for Windows, macOS, and Linux

Start your game development! Make small games quickly for Android, iOS, Windows, macOS or Linux with LÖVE!

No prior experience needed. Requires a computer with Windows, macOS or Linux.

Make your first game

  1. Download StartGamedev below.
  2. Follow the Introduction to LÖVE tutorial (pdf, grey).
  3. Follow the Make a Game tutorial (pdf, grey).

Release your first game

Platform Format Howto
Android apk
video tutorial (backup)
iOS ipa
video tutorial (backup)
Windows exe
video tutorial (backup)
macOS app
video tutorial (backup)
Linux love
video tutorial (backup)
Additional information:

Start Gamedev is free, no payment required. LÖVE games can run on Android smartphones and tablets, iOS iPhone, iPad, iPod Touch devices, Microsoft Windows, Apple macOS and Linux PCs/computers, notebooks, netbooks and embedded systems. Android SDK, Ant, JDK, LÖVE, sed and ZeroBraneStudio form the software basis of Start Gamedev. Few CC0 sounds from Freesound.org included. Start Gamedev is open source. See package for credits and licenses. Base game samples can be found on Google Play.

Install instructions

  1. Extract StartGamedev .zip file.
  2. Run open-editor script.
  3. (optional) Follow the Introduction to LÖVE tutorial (pdf, grey).
  4. Follow the Make a Game tutorial (pdf, grey).


Start Gamedev - Introduction to LÖVE PDF
Start Gamedev - Make a Game PDF
StartGamedev-170112-win.zip (123 MB)
StartGamedev-170112-osx.zip (147 MB)
StartGamedev-170112-linux.zip (134 MB)


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it doesnt work at all

Oh no! Are you on Windows? You need to right-click the zip and pick 'extract' or similar. Or is there something else wrong?


Nice phone.