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Multiplayer Conway's Game of Life!

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life in action


Clone this repository:

$ git clone

The GUI client (cargo run --bin client) depends on SDL2, SDL2_Mixer and SDL2_Image. We do plan on bundling these libraries with the binary at some point in the future, but for now you will need to manually install them. The versions (at least) needed are:

  • SDL2 v2.0.5
  • SDL2_Mixer v2.0.1
  • SDL2_Image v2.0.1

Please follow the instructions listed on the rust-sdl2 bindings page for your specific platform.

Make sure your Rust is up to date! The easiest way is through rustup update.


Note: This has been validated as working on Windows 10; tread carefully elsewhere😄.

Grab the development libraries for SDL2, SDL2 Mixer, and SDL2 Image and place each of them in your toolchain's library folder. An example of this may be ~\.multirust\toolchains\stable-x86_64-pc-windows-msvc\lib\rustlib\x86_64-pc-windows-msvc\lib. Also place the SDL2.dll within the crate root folder.

You will not need to do this step once there is proper binary release of Conwayste (TBD).


Note: I used homebrew on Mac to accomplish these steps.

brew install sdl2
brew install sdl2_image 
brew install sdl2_mixer --with-libvorbis

On Fedora you can use dnf; this will install pretty much everything you will need:

sudo dnf install SDL2*

Note: Debian stable only supports SDL2 v.2.0.4 so you will need to compile SDL2 from source. If you are compiling from source make sure you specify vorbis support.

./configure --with-vorbis

(If necessary) Add the libraries to your path. This step is necessary if cargo fails to link against the SDL2 libraries.

Under Linux, I had to export $LD_LIBRARY_PATH, but in Mac it was $LIBRARY_PATH. Homebrew will install the libraries to the Cellar.

export LIBRARY_PATH="/usr/local/Cellar/sdl2_mixer/2.0.1/lib/:/usr/local/Cellar/sdl2_image/2.0.1_2/lib/:/usr/local/Cellar/sdl2/2.0.5/lib/"

I ended up adding these to my ~/.profile .


cargo build

Running the server

cargo run --bin server

Running the GUI client

cargo run --bin client

Note: at the time of this writing, it does not have network support.

Running the CLI client

cargo run --bin cli-client

Note: at the time of this writing, it only has partial network support.


When will this be ready?

The developers have busy lives and enjoy working on this in their spare time. If you are waiting for a release, then you should find something else to do. We always accept donations in liquid form, such as cup of coffee.

ResourceNotFound Error

λ cargo run --bin client                                                                                                
    Finished dev [unoptimized + debuginfo] target(s) in 0.2 secs                                                        
     Running `target\debug\client.exe`                                                                                  
thread 'main' panicked at 'called `Result::unwrap()` on an `Err` value: ResourceNotFound("conwayste.ico")', src\libcore\                                                                                                         
note: Run with `RUST_BACKTRACE=1` for a backtrace.                                                                      
error: process didn't exit successfully: `target\debug\client.exe` (exit code: 101)                                     

You need to link your resources folder. Please see the Build section above.


  • manghi

  • aaronm04

Your name could be here! Pull requests are welcome!


Multiplayer Conway's Game of Life (desktop app + server) implemented in Rust





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