Raspberry Pi 4 is an amazing hardware, and now being able to play some great titles like Doom 3 makes it even cooler!! this is a tutorial on how to install Doom 3 on raspberry pi 4!! Thanks for the view!

Equipment List

Raspberry Pi 4 ► Amazon | Ebay

Software List

Full version of Doom 3 or Demo ► Doom 3 Demo (windows)

dhewm3 Doom 3 github ► https://github.com/dhewm/dhewm3

SDL2 ► https://www.libsdl.org/

Raspbian Pixel ► https://www.raspberrypi.org/downloads/

Balena Etcher  ► https://www.balena.io/etcher/ 

Doom 3 (i.e. Raspberry Pi)

Step 1: Install Raspbian Pixel

First you will need to download Raspbian Pixel Desktop version.

download pixel

Now we will need a piece of software called etcher to write the image onto our SD card and USB Storage device.


Step 2: Check for updates

It is always a good idea to check for updates even if it is a freshly installed OS.

$ sudo apt-get update
$ sudo apt-get upgrade

Step 3: Downloading required dependencies

Open up a terminal and type

sudo apt-get install libfontconfig-dev qt5-default automake mercurial libtool libfreeimage-dev \
libopenal-dev libpango1.0-dev libsndfile-dev libudev-dev libtiff5-dev libwebp-dev libasound2-dev \
libaudio-dev libxrandr-dev libxcursor-dev libxi-dev libxinerama-dev libxss-dev libesd0-dev \
freeglut3-dev libmodplug-dev libsmpeg-dev libjpeg-dev libogg-dev libvorbis-dev libvorbisfile3 libcurl4 cmake

Step 4: Compiling SDL2

lets make a temp folder to keep everything in one place

mkdir ~/temp

now we can change over to that directory

cd ~/temp

alright, it’s time to download SDL2

hg clone http://hg.libsdl.org/SDL
cd SDL
./configure --disable-pulseaudio --disable-esd --disable-video-wayland \
  --disable-video-opengl --host=arm-raspberry-linux-gnueabihf --prefix=/usr
sudo make install

now we need to download the 3 add-ons and extract them

cd ..
wget http://www.libsdl.org/projects/SDL_image/release/SDL2_image-2.0.5.tar.gz
wget http://www.libsdl.org/projects/SDL_mixer/release/SDL2_mixer-2.0.4.tar.gz
wget http://www.libsdl.org/projects/SDL_ttf/release/SDL2_ttf-2.0.15.tar.gz

tar zxvf SDL2_image-2.0.5.tar.gz
tar zxvf SDL2_mixer-2.0.4.tar.gz
tar zxvf SDL2_ttf-2.0.15.tar.gz

then we need to build and install each one

cd SDL2_image-2.0.5 
./configure --prefix=/usr
sudo make install
cd ..

cd SDL2_mixer-2.0.4 
./configure --prefix=/usr
sudo make install
cd ..

cd SDL2_ttf-2.0.15
./configure --prefix=/usr
sudo make install
cd ..

Step 5: Compile dhewm3

lets grab the git repo

git clone https://github.com/dhewm/dhewm3

now we will need to make a build folder and cmake

cd dhewm3/neo/
mkdir build
cd build
cmake ..
make -j4

now you should see these 4 files needed to run Doom 3

files doom 3(base.so, d3xp.so, dhewm3, libidlib.a)

these are the files need to be transferred over to your Doom 3 or Doom 3 Demo folder.

you can either purchase the game via Steam or download the demo. you should be able to find the files in steamapps/Doom 3. Transfer whole doom 3 folder over to your raspberry pi and enjoy!

Step 6: running Doom 3

navigate over to your doom 3 folder and execute


for FPS and CPU counter

GALLIUM_HUD=simple,fps,cpu ./dhewm3

Thanks for following along!! hope you enjoy!