Install Chrome

You need Chrome or Chromium running on a desktop.

You need Chrome running on an Android. (If you want to debug on a phone - not essential)

Option #1: Glitch

You can use Glitch to code a mobile game, without installing anything.

Open our you-win template, remix it, and start coding immediately!

Option #2: Node.js

If you prefer, you can install you-win to your computer.

  1. On Windows

    • Install Node.js, which includes NPM.

    On Ubuntu, run the following in a Terminal:

    curl -sL | sudo -E bash -
    sudo apt-get install -y nodejs
    sudo apt-get install -y build-essential
  2. Install you-win globally.

    Run the following in your shell (Command Prompt on Windows, Terminal on macOS/Linux):

    npm install -g you-win
  3. Start a new project or run your existing one!

    In your shell, use the cd command to move into your Documents folder (or whichever directory your files are already in).

    cd Documents

    Run the you-win command to make a new project:

    you-win first.js

If you are trying to start an existing project, replace first.js with your filename (maybe it is game.js). You can now skip directly to the section below that says “To run your game”.

If you’re starting a new project, this will create a new game from the you-win template, which should save you a bit of typing.

Now open the first.js file you just created in your favourite text editor. Text editors include Gedit (Ubuntu only), VSCode, Brackets, or Sublime Text (search these online to find them, at Livewires we use VSCode).

The template should look like this:

const uw = require('you-win')
const {Phone, World, Sprite, Text, Polygon} = uw

// Load everything we need
await uw.begin()

// Make the world
var world = new World
world.title = ''
world.background = 'white'

// Now we can start making Sprites!

To run your game:


If you were at LiveWires and are having trouble getting your program to run, come find us on the forums and we’ll try and help you.

Remote Debugging

ADB Driver

First, make sure you have the Android ADB driver installed.

USB Debugging

You need an Android running 4.2 or later (e.g. a Galaxy S3 or newer).

On your Android phone:

  1. In Settings, find About phone, and tap Build number 7 times. This should enable Developer Options.
  2. Go back, and open Developer Options. Enable USB Debugging.
  3. Use a micro USB cable to connect your Android to your computer. Make sure to Allow USB Debugging on your phone.

On your desktop:

  1. In Chrome, open DevTools (Ctrl+Shift+J; or ⌥⌘J on Mac). Go to More ToolsRemote devices. Make sure Discover USB Devices is ticked.
  2. Find the you-win tab running on your phone, and click Inspect.

Now you can see a preview of your phone on the computer–but more importantly, you can see any error messages which appear!

Read Google’s Remote Debugging article for more details.