How to install Cocos2D ?


When you come up with the idea for an iPhone app, you start searching for technologies and webpages, that might be useful on your way to the success. If your app happens to be the game, and if by any chance it is a 2D game, you definatelly should read about Cocos2D.

What is Cocos2D

Cocos2d is an open source 2D game framework. There are two versions, one written in Python and one written in Objective-C targeting iOS. We will use the second one, so that we can become the iOS gods.

How to put my hands on Cocos2D

Well it is really simple, and demands only a few things. First of all, you need a computer, that runs Mac OS, which contains XCode. I do not specify version of the OS and XCode, because you should always use the newest possible. It will not only provide you with cool features, but also your apps will be up to date.

Then you should download the newest version of Cocos2D which can be found here –

How to install Cocos2D on my Mac ( how to use Cocos2D, what to do with the Cocos2D after download) ?

Follow the steps, and your Cocos2D will be up and running in the next 25-40 seconds + download time.

  1. Download the newest version of Cocos2D from here –
  2. Unzip it onto the desktop
  3. Open your terminal
  4. write “cd ” and drag and drop the folder you have unzipped from the desktop to the terminal
  5. Press enter and write “./ -u”
That’s it! Now you can run the XCode, press – File -> Create New Project and as you can see, there is a cocos2D template that you can use for your project. Now you can experiment with it, while you wait for my next tutorial 😉
Michal Stawarz