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Installing Construct 2 on Macs

windows Construct 2 is a free, game-making tool but unfortunately it’s only available for the Windows platform. However, it’s possible to run Construct 2 on your mac laptop or computer. In order to do this, you’ll need to install and run something called a virtual machine. A virtual machine is a program that runs within your Mac and pretends to be a Windows machine. Setting this up is pretty straight forward. If you have questions feel free to e-mail us at info@pixelles.ca and we’ll help you through it.

You’ll need:

  • Internet connection
  • Virtual Box (or any other virtual machine program)
  • Copy of Windows 7 or 8

Let’s get started: Installing Virtual Box

  1. Install Virtual Box
  2. Open and run Virtual Box from your apps folder. It’ll be empty so click the “new” icon.
  3. Choose any name for your virtual version of Windows and under the version drop down choose your version of Windows. I have Windows 8.1 for 64 bit so I just named mine Windows8.1×64. VM-1
  4. From here, we can go with the recommended settings for RAM. My Windows is 8.1 x64 bit so they recommend 2048 RAM. VM-2
  5. This next step is asking about how much storage space you want to allocate to Windows. Again, you can keep going with the recommended settings. I chose “create a virtual hard drive for now“. VM-3
  6. Here it asks what kind of virtual hard drive you want to create. I went with the recommended setting of “VDI (Virtual Box Image)“. VM-4
  7. We’re almost there! As predicted, I chose the recommended settings of a dynamically allocated hard drive. This means the amount of space it takes up with expand and contract with how much you put in it. VM-5
  8. Choose how much maximum space you want to give to Windows. The recommended is 25GB. I went with 40GB because I had the room and it’s only a maximum. VM-6
  9. Press create and you’ll see your new virtual machine appear in your list on the lefthand side! VM-7

Installing Windows

  1. Select your new virtual machine from the list and press the green arrow, “Start”.
  2. Virtual Box doesn’t come with Windows pre-installed so you’ll get an error pop-up asking for a folder. It’s asking where your Windows install file is usually it’s in the form of a .iso. Navigate to where your Windows install is and select it. VM-8
  3. From here, install Windows according to the settings you chose.
  4. Success! You’ve got Windows! Don’t delete your Windows install folder/file. You’ll need to keep this running Windows via your virtual machine in the future.


Last Step: Installing Construct 2

!! Note: you can also use this step to install other Windows only game-making tools such as GameMaker.

  1. With Windows now running, log in, and open Internet Explorer.
  2. Navigate to Scirra.com and download the latest version of Construct 2. VM-9
  3. When the download completes, install Construct 2 according to the default settings. VM-10
  4. That’s it! You should now be able to run Construct 2. It may be a little slow or lag somewhat but remember you’re running an entire operating system from within your current one! Enjoy! VM-11

Having trouble?

Feel free to e-mail us at info@pixelles.ca. Hope to see you at our Dating Sim workshop on September 23rd!

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