The Zero Launcher
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This page covers the launcher and its multiple subtabs.

Download the Engine

The Discover Tab

The Discover tab is the Launcher's information hub, featuring links to documentation, news, and informative websites.

ZEROHUBThe ZeroHub homepage
ZILCHThe Zilch user documentation
ROADMAPAn overview of current development on Zero Engine
DOCUMENTATIONThe root documentation page
MARKETThe Zero Market webste
Q&AThe Zero Q&A website

The Projects Tab

The Projects tab lets the user create new projects and manage existing ones.

New Project

Project Creation

Project Templates

The project templates are EMPTY 2D PROJECT and EMPTY 3D PROJECT. Both options will result in an empty Zero project, but with a few differences in settings.

New Project Default Settings by Template

PhysicsSpace Mode2DDefault behavior for collision resolutiontruefalse
EditorCameraSettings of editor camera2D (orthographic projection, etc.)3D (perspective projection, etc.)
DefaultCameraSettings of the camera that is placed by default in each new level2D (orthographic projection, etc.)3D (perspective projection, etc.)
GridDraw AxisPerpendicular axis to the grid planeZAxisYAxis
NOTE: Even if a game starts with the 2D template, it can still become a 3D game or even just use 3D elements. The template you choose simply specifies the default settings for certain properties.

Name and Location

The Name of the project is required, but the TAGS field is optional. Both are ways of labeling a project so that it can be searched for in the Recent Projects subtab. TAGS will parse a comma-delimited list of strings, where each string becomes a seperate tag: <tag1>, <tag2>, <tag3>


The version can be selected from here as long as it's installed from the Builds tab. Optionally, the latest version can be installed by selecting the version drop-downINSTALL LATEST

Recent Projects

Moving on to projects previously created, by clicking the Recent button you will bring up the Recent Projects subtab.
The recent projects tab a list of the latest Zero projects that were worked on. The maximum number of recent projects shown can be changed through the MAX RECENT PROJECTS in the Settings tab.

Project Tiles

Each recent project will show up as a project tile, showing information relating to that project. There is an option to remove a tile from the project list, by clicking on an X on the bottom right of the tile.

Search Bar

The search bar can be used to filter the project list, by name and by tag.

In a Project Tile

Once a project tile is selected, more information and a launch option are displayed. Clicking on the button will open the directory of the project. The version selector works the same as the one in the New subtab.

Browse Projects

Clicking on the Browse subtab will open the systems default explorer to manually find and locate a project. The expected file type of a project is .zeroproj.

The Builds Tab

The Builds tab features a list of Zero Engine build versions that are currently installed or available for download. A new build can be installed by clicking on it's version in the left pane, and finding the button. Alternatively, an installed version will have a button for uninstalling.

Why Choose a Different Build? While it may seem unnecessary initially, having access to earlier builds of the engine can be beneficial. Changing the version between project launches can make a project unplayable, unlaunchable, or otherwise broken. One solution is to fix the project as the latest engine version changes, but time may not permit this. The quicker more reliable solution is to retain the version of the last working build.

WARNING: Any number of builds can be installed and stored at once, but each build installed takes up around 300 MB of disk space.

The Settings Tab

The settings tab has a number of different properties about how the Launcher itself behaves.

PROJECT SETTINGS: Choose whether to launch the launcher or the engine when a zero project is opened.

DEFAULT PROJECT LOCATION: Where projects are saved.
DEFAULT DOWNLOAD LOCATION: Where builds are saved.

MAX RECENT PROJECTS: The most project tiles that can show up on the Recent Projects subtab.
SHOW DEVELOPMENT BUILDS: This shows more recent and potentially unstable builds.
SHOW EXPERIMENTAL BRANCHES: This shows builds from other branches of the Zero Engine repository.

Revert to default: Restores the launcher to its default settings.

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