This simple and brief tutorial is going to show you how to install StepMania 5 in Ubuntu 13.04 Raring, 12.10 Quantal, 12.04 Precise.

StepMania is a music/rhythm game. The player presses different buttons in time to the music and to note patterns that scroll across the screen. Features 3D graphics, visualizations, support for gamepads/dance pads, a step recording mode, and more!

StepMania 5 (previously known as StepMania SSC/”sm-ssc”) is the next generation of StepMania. It makes the assumption that most players play at home (either with a keyboard, dance pad/controller/other input device, or even an arcade machine).

Some of SM5′s features include:

  • Per-chart TimingData (aka “Split BPM”)
  • The ability to enable AutoSetStyle, allowing for multiple styles (e.g. dance-single, dance-solo) during a single gameplay session.
  • New game modes and chart types (e.g. kb7, dance-threepanel).
  • Various new features for themers (via Lua bindings or otherwise)


To get started, press Ctrl+Alt+T to open terminal and follow the steps below:

1.) Add the playdeb repository:

  • Run this command in terminal to download playdeb package:


  • Install the pacakge via this command:

    sudo dpkg -i playdeb_0.3-1~getdeb1_all.deb

2.) Update the app repository:

sudo apt-get update

3.) Now install the Game with this command:

sudo apt-get install sm-ssc

Once installed, search for and open it in the Unity Dash Home.