A HTTP/websocket server that hosts CLI games
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TextAdventurer Server

Basic HTTP (/w Websocket) webserver for launching command-line applications. Combines with textadventurer-ui.


This is the server backend for textadventurer. The backend exposes games that can be launched (via GET /games). A game object in the JSON response contains a URL to the game (via play.url). That is then built into a websocket URL (via wss://server/url). When connect to the websocket, textadventurer-server will then boot the game. Websocket messages from the client will be forwarded into the game's stdin while output from the game's stdout will be forwarded to the client.


Example configuration (used in dev) is available in example-config/config.yml. It contains only one configuration property (games:), which points the server to a directory containing game subdirectories.

The game subdirectories should each contain a details.yml file (see example) which explains the game and contains information about how to boot the game. textadventurer-server uses this information to boot the game.


This is a standard java + maven project. Run:

mvn package

Which will produce a fat jar at target/textadventuer-server-x.x.x.jar.


Once a config.yml file is made (one line) and a games directory is setup, the textadventurer-server is booted from the command line:

java -jar textadventurer-server-x.x.x.jar 8080 example-config/config.yml

This boots the webserver on port 8080.

Production Configuration

The textadventuer-server HTTP API does not handle authentication credentials so, in principle, you can host it as-is without encryption. However, because most ISPs use broken proxy implementations, the server's websockets may not work for some users. Also, the server will not have a frontend.

Because of that, it is recommended to deploy textadventuer-server behind a reverse proxy such as nginx or Apache under /api with full HTTPS/WSS encryption enabled. textadventuer-ui should then be deployed behind /.

Here is an nginx example, directly from the production textadventurer server:

http {
     server {
            server_name www.textadventurer.tk;
            listen 80;

            return 301 https://$server_name$request_uri;

     server {
            server_name www.textadventurer.tk;

            listen 443 ssl;
            add_header Strict-Transport-Security "max-age=31536000";

            location / {
                     root /var/www/textadventurer;

            location /api {
                     proxy_pass http://localhost:8080;

                     rewrite ^/api/(.*) /$1 break;

                     # Websockets
                     proxy_http_version 1.1;
                     proxy_set_header Upgrade $http_upgrade;
                     proxy_set_header Connection "upgrade";
                     proxy_read_timeout 86400;

            ssl_certificate /etc/letsencrypt/live/www.textadventurer.tk/fullchain.pem; # managed by Certbot
            ssl_certificate_key /etc/letsencrypt/live/www.textadventurer.tk/privkey.pem; # managed by Certbot
            include /etc/letsencrypt/options-ssl-nginx.conf; # managed by Certbot