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 works great. But how can I remove debug information from the generated apk?

I was trying to publish my game and I'm getting a message that the game is in debug mode (even after editing the AndroidManifest.xml file inside love-android-sdl2/original

Care to help me?

Amazing work btw man.

how are you playing with that cracked screen I feel like its photo shopped ?

It doesn't compile the game.love to game.apk:



    [javac] Compiling 7 source files to C:\Users\bcd\Downloads\StartGamedev-170112-win\tools\love-android-sdl2\bin\classes
    [javac] warning: [options] source value 1.5 is obsolete and will be removed in a future release
    [javac] warning: [options] target value 1.5 is obsolete and will be removed in a future release
    [javac] warning: [options] To suppress warnings about obsolete options, use -Xlint:-options.
    [javac] C:\Users\bcd\Downloads\StartGamedev-170112-win\tools\love-android-sdl2\src\love\to\android7.20120010\LtaActivity.java:1: error: ';' expected
    [javac] package love.to.android7.20120010;
    [javac]                         ^
    [javac] C:\Users\bcd\Downloads\StartGamedev-170112-win\tools\love-android-sdl2\gen\love\to\android7\20120010\BuildConfig.java:2: error: ';' expected
    [javac] package love.to.android7.20120010;
    [javac]                         ^
    [javac] C:\Users\bcd\Downloads\StartGamedev-170112-win\tools\love-android-sdl2\gen\love\to\android7\20120010\R.java:8: error: ';' expected
    [javac] package love.to.android7.20120010;
    [javac]                         ^
    [javac] 3 errors
    [javac] 3 warnings


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I cant open it... ;(


Dude, thanks a bunch !


I put start but don't open

(Edited 1 time)

That is Fantastic !!!
It works well and is so simple for testing...

Much LÖVE to you !


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?

I got it through the itch client so I don't know anything about that it just installed it and I launched it and the client crashed.


Unfortunately, you will have to download this directly from the itch page.

Ok thanks.

I wasn't able to run my game on my android phone.

I'm using the latest Love2d v.0.10.2. I packaged the game following the instructions for windows.

When opening the game on my android device ( Android v.6.0 ) The message "Unfortunately, Game00We161914 has stopped".

My game is a simple Love2d hello world with only 5 lines of code and no dependencies, images or audio.

Any help or suggestions would be helpful. I downloaded all assets from this site as directed.

becuse u do not no how to CODE!!!


Nice phone.