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. There is both a HTML5 2D version with isometric graphics and a 3D WebGL version of Freeciv-web.
Freeciv-web 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.
Currently known servers based on Freeciv-web:
- freecivweb.org [https://github.com/Lexxie9952/fcw.org-server]
- moving borders [https://github.com/lonemadmax/freeciv-web] (Everything except longturn and real-Earth)
Freeciv-Web consists of these components:
Freeciv - the Freeciv C server, which is checked out from the official Git 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.
pbem is play-by-email support.
Running Freeciv-web on your computer
The recommended and probably easiest way is to use Vagrant on VirtualBox.
Whatever the method you choose, you'll have to check out Freeciv-web to a directory on your computer, by installing Git and running this command:
git clone https://github.com/freeciv/freeciv-web.git --depth=10
You may also want to change some parameters before installing, although
it's not needed in most cases. If you have special requirements, have a look
copy it without the
.dist extension and edit to your liking.
⚠️ Notice for Windows users
Please keep in mind that the files are to be used in a Unix-like system (some Ubuntu version with the provided Vagrant file). Line endings for text files are different in Windows, and some editors "correct" them, making the files unusable in the VM. There's some provision to recode the main configuration files when installing, but not afterwards. If you touch shared files after installation, please use an editor that respect Unix line endings or transform them with a utility like dos2unix after saving them.
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 latest Ubuntu on your host operating system such as Windows, OSX or Linux. This is the recommended way to build Freeciv-web on your computer.
- Install VirtualBox: https://www.virtualbox.org/ - Install manually on Windows, and with the following command on Linux:
sudo apt-get install virtualbox
- Install Vagrant: http://www.vagrantup.com/ - Install manually on Windows , and with the following command on Linux:
sudo apt-get install vagrant
- Run Vagrant with the following commands in your Freeciv-web directory:
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. If you get an error message about Virtualization (VT) not working, then enable Virtualization in the BIOS.
- Test Freeciv-web by pointing your browser to http://localhost if you run Windows or http://localhost:8080 if you run Linux or macOS.
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:
Tomcat 9 - https://tomcat.apache.org/
Java 11 JDK - https://adoptopenjdk.net/
Python 3.6 - 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 1.11.x or later - http://nginx.org/
MySQL Connector/Python - https://github.com/mysql/mysql-connector-python
pngcrush, required for freeciv-img-extract. http://pmt.sourceforge.net/pngcrush/
Tornado 6.1 or later - http://www.tornadoweb.org/
Jansson 2.6 - http://www.digip.org/jansson/
liblzma-dev - http://tukaani.org/xz/ - for XZ compressed savegames.
When in a tested system,
you may run
scripts/install/install.sh and it will fetch and configure what's needed.
Start and stop Freeciv-web with the following commands:
All software components in Freeciv-web will log to the /logs sub-directory of the Freeciv-web installation.
Running Freeciv-web on Docker
Freeciv-web can easily be built and run from Docker using
Run the following from the freeciv-web directory:
docker-compose up -d
Connect to docker via host machine using standard browser
Enjoy. The overall dockerfile and required changes to scripts needs some further improvements.