THE FREECIV-WEB PROJECT
Freeciv-web is an open-source turn-based strategy game. It can be played in any HTML5 capable web-browser and features in-depth game-play and a wide variety of game modes and options. Your goal is to build cities, collect resources, organize your government, and build an army, with the ultimate goal of creating the best civilization. You can play online against other players (multiplayer) or play by yourself against the computer.
Freeciv-web is is free and open source software. The Freeciv C server is released under the GNU General Public License, while the Freeciv-web client is released under the GNU Affero General Public License. See License for the full license document.
Freeciv-web is now playable online at http://play.freeciv.org/
Freeciv-Web consists of these components:
Freeciv - the Freeciv C server, which is checked out from the official svn repository, and patched to work with a WebSocket/JSON protocol. Implemented in C.
Publite2 - a process launcher for Freeciv C servers, which manages multiple Freeciv server processes and checks capacity through the Metaserver. Implemented in Python.
Running Freeciv-web with Vagrant on VirtualBox
Freeciv-web can be setup using Vagrant on VirtualBox to quickly create a local developer image running Freeciv-web on Ubuntu 14.04 on your host operating system such as Windows, OSX or Linux.
- Install VirtualBox: https://www.virtualbox.org/
Install Vagrant: http://www.vagrantup.com/
Install Git: http://git-scm.com/ then check out Freeciv-web from git to a directory on your computer, by running this git command:
git clone https://github.com/freeciv/freeciv-web.git --depth=10
Run Vagrant with the following commands in your Freeciv-web directory from step 3:
vagrant plugin install vagrant-vbguest vagrant up
This will build, compile, install and run Freeciv-web on the virtual server image. Wait for the installation process to complete, watching for any error messages in the logs.
(Skip this step if you run Windows) For Linux or OS X, then you need to setup a SSH tunnel to port 80 like this:
sudo ssh -p 2222 -gNfL 80:localhost:80 vagrant@localhost -i ~/.vagrant.d/insecure_private_key
Then test Freeciv-web by pointing your browser to http://localhost/ on your host operating system.
To log in to your Vagrant server, run the command:
The Vagrant guest machine will mount the Freeciv-web source repository in the /vagrant directory. Note that running Freeciv-web using Vagrant requires about 4Gb of memory and 3 Gb of harddisk space.
System Requirements for manual install
Install this software if you are not running Freeciv-web with Vagrant:
Resin 4.0.x - http://www.caucho.com/
Python 3.4 - http://www.python.org/
Pillow v2.3.0 (PIL fork) - http://pillow.readthedocs.org/ (required for freeciv-img-extract)
Mysql 5.5.x - http://www.mysql.com/
Maven 3 - http://maven.apache.org/download.html
Firebug for debugging - http://getfirebug.com/
curl-7.19.7 - http://curl.haxx.se/
OpenSSL - http://www.openssl.org/
nginx 1.6.0 or later - http://nginx.org/
pngcrush, required for freeciv-img-extract. http://pmt.sourceforge.net/pngcrush/
Tornado 4.x - http://www.tornadoweb.org/
GLib 2.16.0 or newer - http://ftp.gnome.org/pub/GNOME/sources/glib/2.16/
Jansson 2.6 - http://www.digip.org/jansson/
Compiling and running the Freeciv Web client (old method)
When not using Vagrant, or with other Linux distributions, follow this manual installation procedure to setup Freeciv-web:
Checkout Freeciv-web from github to ~/freeciv-build
Install the system requirements from the previous chapter.
Create mysql database called 'freeciv_web' Import mysql tables into a MySQL database from: freeciv-web/src/main/webapp/meta/private/metaserver.sql
Get, prepare, and build freeciv server:
cd freeciv ./prepare_freeciv.sh
Install Freeciv. This involves running the following commands:
make install (as root user)
copy freeciv-web/freeciv/data/fcweb to /usr/local/share/freeciv
Build and configure freeciv-web.
- Run setup_links.sh and sync.sh in the scripts/freeciv-img-extract directory.
- Run sync-js-hand.sh in the scripts/ directory.
- Copy freeciv-web/src/main/webapp/WEB-INF/resin-web.xml.dist as resin-web.xml and update the values for your MySQL database.
- Copy freeciv-web/src/main/webapp/meta/php_code/local.php.dist as local.php and edit to suit your needs.
- Run 'setup.sh' in the freeciv-web directory
- Copy nginx configuration file from publite2/nginx/freeciv-web to the nginx config directory, /usr/local/nginx/conf, /etc/nginx, or /usr/local/etc/nginx and edit it to suit your needs.
- Copy scripts/configuration.sh.dist to scripts/configuration.sh and edit it to suit your needs.
- Copy publite2/settings.ini.dist to publite2/settings.ini and edit it to suit your needs.
Start and stop Freeciv-web with the following commands:
status-freeciv-web.sh (this script is useful to debug if Freeciv-web is running correctly) (On Vagrant, these scripts are found in PATH)
All software components in Freeciv-web will log to the /logs sub-directory of the Freeciv-web installation.