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Game server for Ultima Online

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Automatic builds


Project files can be build on Windows (VS, CMake, MinGW) and Linux (GCC, CMake).

Even using 64bit OS, Sphere must be compiled/executed in 32bit mode to work properly. Project files included on source code will compile it in 32bit mode by default.


Visual Studio (VS)

  • Open the project file SphereSvr.vcxproj using Visual Studio
  • On top menu, select the build configuration (Debug/Local/Nightly/Release) and click on Build > Build Solution to compile
  • VS > 2010 users: When opening SphereSvr.vcxproj for the first time it will request an update on project file, just click OK to update
  • VS 2017 users: VS 2017 have an modular installation, it comes with just basic components and extra components must be installed as needed. To use Sphere source you must open Visual Studio Installer to install Desktop Development with C++ workload and Windows Universal CRT SDK individual component

CMake / MinGW

You can compile using provided files.


Some libs are required to compile/execute Sphere on Linux. Use these commands to install:

Ubuntu 12.x ~ 18.x

If you're using 64bit OS, enable 32bit support using:

sudo dpkg --add-architecture i386
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get dist-upgrade

If you're using Ubuntu 14.x (or older), the default package repository only have support up to MySQL 5.6, so add support for MySQL 5.7 packages using:

sudo add-apt-repository 'deb http://repo.mysql.com/apt/ubuntu/ trusty mysql-5.7'
sudo apt-get update

Install required packages:

sudo apt-get install git
sudo apt-get install gcc-multilib
sudo apt-get install g++-multilib
sudo apt-get install make:i386
sudo apt-get install libmysql++-dev:i386

CentOS 6 / 7 - Red Hat 6 / 7

If you're using CentOS 6 / Red Hat 6, the default package repository only have support up to MySQL 5.6, so add support for MySQL 5.7 packages using:

sudo rpm -Uvh https://dev.mysql.com/get/mysql57-community-release-el6-11.noarch.rpm

If you're using CentOS 7 / Red Hat 7, the default package repository only have support to MariaDB instead MySQL, so add support for MySQL 5.7 packages using:

sudo rpm -Uvh https://dev.mysql.com/get/mysql57-community-release-el7-11.noarch.rpm

Install required packages:

sudo yum install git
sudo yum install gcc-c++
sudo yum install glibc-devel.i686
sudo yum install mysql-community-devel.i686 mysql-community-libs.i686

Get the source code and compile it

git clone https://github.com/SphereServer/Source.git
cd Source
make NIGHTLY=1 -f makefile

NOTE: Sphere source is also compatible with CMake compiler for users that prefer it over GCC

Coding notes for new contributors

  • Make sure you can compile and run the program before pushing a commit.
  • Rebasing instead of pulling the project is a better practice to avoid unnecessary "merge branch master" commits.
  • Removing/Changing/Adding anything that was working in one way for years should be followed by an ini setting if the changes cannot be replicated from script to keep some backwards compatibility.


Copyright 2018 SphereServer development team

Licensed under the Apache License, Version 2.0 (the "License").
You may not use any file of this project except in compliance with the License.
You may obtain a copy of the License at http://www.apache.org/licenses/LICENSE-2.0