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-# Getting Started+# Getting Started with GDevelop
  
-## Try GDevelop online or download the desktop version+GDevelop is a free, open-source, and cross-platform game creation tool that anyone can use to create games *without* programming skills.
  
-* To get started, you can [try GDevelop online](https://4ian.github.io/GD).  +This guide explains how to get up and running with GDevelop.
-* To create your own game, save and then publish it, [download the desktop version on GDevelop website](http://compilgames.net).+
  
-When you have downloaded GDevelop, open the installer and install the software. On Windows machines, use the GDevelop icon on your desktop to launch it. On MacOS, open GDevelop from the Applications folder or drag it to your dock for permanent placement.+## Step 1: Install GDevelop
  
-Once the application is launchedyou will be presented with the start pageThe start page allows you to open an existing project or to create a new project+GDevelop is available for all major operating systemsincluding the latest versions of Windows, macOS, and Linux. To download GDevelop, visit [gdevelop-app.com/download](https://gdevelop-app.com/download/).
  
-{{ :gdevelop5:start_page.png?nolink |}} +The installation instructions depend on the operating system.
-==== Create a new project ====+
  
-To create new project select the relevant option on the start page.+* **Windows**: double-click the executable. This installs GDevelop, launches the app, and adds an icon to the Desktop. 
 +* **macOS**: 
 +  * 1. Open the DMG file. 
 +  * 2. Drag "GDevelop.app" into the "~/Applications" directory. 
 +* **Linux**: 
 +  * 1. Open terminal.  
 +  * 2. Make the AppImage file executable by typing `chmod a+x GDevelop*.AppImage`. 
 +  * 3.  Run it: `./GDevelop*.AppImage` (or double click on the file).
  
-A new window will open. This window presents a list of options that allows you to  choose from templates/examples or to create a blank project The examples contain a template that is already to useThe template includes some assets and events to get you started+<note>There's an online version of GDevelop available at [editor.gdevelop-app.com](https://editor.gdevelop-app.com/)In general though, we recommend using the desktop version.</note>
  
-Selecting the blank project includes no assets or events. Think of it as you would blank sheet of paper. This template allows you to start from scratch.+## Step 2: Create new project
  
-{{ :gdevelop5:create-new-project-window.png?nolink |}}+1. Launch GDevelop. 
 +2. Click **Create a new project**. 
 +3. Choose a location for the project. 
 +4. Select one of the projects from the **Starters** tab, such as **Platformer** or **8-bit Space Shooter**, or start a game from scratch by selecting the **Empty** project.
  
-At the bottom of the window, you can select the location where would you like to store your new project. +{{:gdevelop5:getting-started-create-new-project.jpg|}}
-{{ :gdevelop5:project-default-location.png?nolink |}}+
  
-Once you have selected the default location for your projectclick on the name of a starter template or an example to open the game. +The projects in the **Starters** tab demonstrate how to create entire gameswhile the projects in the **Examples** tab demonstrate how to create specific features.
-==== Re-open an existing project ====+
  
-To re-open an existing project, select the relevant option on the start page. +## Step 3: Preview the game
  
-Next,  browse your local file system to open a project. GDevelop 5 project files are normally saved as ".json" files. Find it in the file menu that opens and select it to open the game. +If a project has at least one scenewhich all of the starter projects do, a **Preview** button is available via the toolbarThis button launches preview of the game.
- +
-{{ :gdevelop5:project-file.png }} +
- +
-The icon for this file depends on whether or not you have any default application installed on your computer to edit a "json" files. +
- +
-<note>By defaultthe locations of the saved game.json files are: +
-  * Windows: C:/Users/YourUserName/GDevelop Projects, +
-  * macOS and Linux: GDevelop Projects directory in your home folder. +
-</note> +
- +
-Once you have the project open,  you will be presented with the Gdevelop editors. Just as you've seen when you created game for the first time. +
- +
-**Note:** GDevelop 4 users, you can [[gdevelop5:getting_started:open-gdevelop-4-project|learn here how to save your project to open it with GDevelop 5]]. +
- +
-==== Next step: get started with tutorials ==== +
- +
-Continue by reading **[[gdevelop5:tutorials:basic-game-making-concepts|the basic concepts to know to use GDevelop]]**. +
- +
-Tutorials, along with documentation, are the best ways to learn GDevelop. It's highly recommended that you read and follow [[gdevelop5:tutorials|tutorial]]! +
-==== Learn more about GDevelop ==== +
- +
-For further information on how to use GDevelop, visit the following pages where everything is explained in more detail: +
- +
-  * [[gdevelop5:interface|]] +
-  * [[gdevelop5:objects|]] +
-  * [[gdevelop5:behaviors|]] +
-  * [[gdevelop5:events|]] +
-  * [[gdevelop5:publishing|]] +
- +
-==== Examples ==== +
- +
-//Be sure to check all examples bundled with GDevelop! They are a good way to learn about the different capabilities of the software.//+
  
 +{{:gdevelop5:getting-started-preview-button.jpg|}}
  
 +## Next step
  
 +Read the [[gdevelop5:tutorials:platformer:start|Platformer Tutorial]]. You'll learn how to create a platforming game from absolute scratch and discover many of GDevelop's fundamental concepts, such as objects, events, and expressions.