OpenRA is a highly moddable RTS game engine for classic Westwood 2D games. In fact Red Alert, Command & Conquer and Dune 2000 are implemented purely as mods on it. Tools are provided that allow you to add new units, maps and tilesets even create your own mod. Have a look at the wiki.

Built-In Mods

Red Alert

sovietsThe RA mod for OpenRA is a reimagining of Command & Conquer: Red Alert. It is not just a clone of the original but has improved and rebalanced gameplay. The UI is modernised for higher resolutions and better usabiltiy. It has fully working multiplayer support for both internet and local play (via direct connect). A single player campaign is currently being worked on.

Command & Conquer

GDI The CNC mod for OpenRA is a reimagining of the original Command & Conquer: Tiberian Dawn game. As with Red Alert modern networking and rendering technology is used. Also new features are implemented such as snow terrain, neutral tech buildings and many glitches from the original have been fixed.

Dune 2000

ArrakisThe D2k mod for OpenRA is a reimagining of Dune 2000. A remake of the remake so to speak. The mod tries to optimize balancing and gameplay. Currently in early stages of development, but already playable. The spice must flow!

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5 comments by Milanium on Apr 5th, 2014

Our first playtest of 2014 is long overdue, and marks a significant step forward from our holiday release.

A brief sampling of our full changelog is included below.General gameplay improvements include:

  • Air units can now attack-move and guard other actors.
  • Players can now place beacons on the map to signal teammates.
  • Time-delayed support powers will also place beacons.
  • Unit husks can now be force-targeted and destroyed.
  • Engineers (mechanics in RA) can salvage unit husks to return them to the battlefield.

User-interface improvements include:

  • A new mod selector interface, which now appears the first time you run OpenRA.
  • The offline skirmish mode from Tiberian Dawn has been added to the other mods.
  • Significant UI improvements for spectators and replays.
  • Integration with the OpenRA Resource Center for installing custom maps when joining a game.

Specific mod improvements include:

  • [D2K] Implemented concrete plates, and structural damage for buildings built on the ground.
  • [D2K & RA] Saboteur / Tanya can now place C4 on vehicles.
  • [RA & TD] Tanya / Commando can now place C4 on bridges.
  • [TD] Added several of the original campaign missions.
  • [RA] Added the Allies Phase Transport and and Soviet Hijacker units.
  • [RA & TD] A number of balance changes (see the full changelog for details).

Changes that impact mod and custom-map authors include:

  • Improvements to the Lua scripting API.
  • Removal of the legacy scripted missions.
  • The legacy (RA & TD) map converter has moved from the map editor into OpenRA.Utility.exe.
  • Added --upgrade-mod and --upgrade-map utility commands to automatically upgrade a mod or map targeting release-20131223 to the latest version.
  • A number of trait properties have changed from pixel or cell units into world units. Use –upgrade-mod to automatically convert these.

A significant issue was discovered with our Lua integration late in this playtest cycle. This shouldn’t significantly affect scripted missions, but caused the shellmaps (the animations that run in the main menu) to become unstable after some time. Rather than delay the playtest further, we have disabled the shellmaps until the issue has been fixed. The shellmaps will be restored before the next full release.

We have also been nominated for the Linux Game Awards Project of the Month for May 2014.


If you’d like to help improve the profile of open-source Linux gaming, then be sure to vote for us (or one of our competitors, they are great projects too!).

A brief taste of our new playtest changes can be seen below:

Mod Chooser

The new mod chooser is styled after our website, and better highlights the official and custom mods.

D2K Improvements

Concrete plates have been added to D2K, and the turrets now integrate properly with walls.

Map Beacons

Beacons and radar pings will now notify you, your allies, and spectators of any important events.

Phase Transport

The Allied Phase Transport can transport three infantry, while remaining cloaked from enemy view.

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Scorpion_TS May 25 2013, 9:47am says:

Hello, i downloaded the version 20130514 of OpenRA and right after installing it, i run the game, but nothing happens. I noticed that the openra.game.exe process is shown on task manager, but only for a second. A clean reinstall didn't solve the issue: what is going on? My OS is Windows 7 32bits.

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vol4ok May 24 2013, 7:39am says:

Really stupid question so sorry about it : How to add bots ? :D

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56er May 25 2013, 10:35am replied:

1. create game 2. beneath the player spot, just click the empty bar and add any type of bot you want.

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gblenemy May 23 2013, 1:34pm says:

Pretty cool game! I've left some ideas of improvement in the latest release news. plus, I hope you can help me with my performance issue. (also stated in the article comments).

Great game, keep it up!

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Milanium May 25 2013, 11:36am replied:

See Github.com for our general help with performance problems.

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Catatafish May 22 2013, 3:07pm says:

When I saw the picture I thought this allowed combining the sides from dune 2000, Tiberium series, and Red Alert into a mashup in the style of the C&C reloaded mod (Yuri's revenge) and whichever one added Spartans XD

Love me some mash-ups... always like a little taste of Super Smash Bros. for real-time strategy games.

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Milanium May 23 2013, 11:57am replied:

See Sleipnirstuff.com for a mixed universe mod.

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hellodean May 21 2013, 10:54am says:

thought id meantion this if it helps with improving the game,
just installed the latest version of the game playing a red alert skirmish island A.I. and an enemy managed to build an advanced power plant on my island despite being nowhere near it

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Milanium May 21 2013, 1:44pm replied:

Thanks for the report. That is known and fixed in Github.com lately.

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Milanium May 19 2013, 9:00am replied:

The balancing has changed completely so you can now play allies vs soviets competitively.

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