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Nakama Godot

Godot client for Nakama server written in GDScript.

Nakama is an open-source server designed to power modern games and apps. Features include user accounts, chat, social, matchmaker, realtime multiplayer, and much more.

This client implements the full API and socket options with the server. It's written in GDScript to support Godot Engine 3.1+.

Full documentation is online -

Getting Started

You'll need to setup the server and database before you can connect with the client. The simplest way is to use Docker but have a look at the server documentation for other options.

  1. Install and run the servers. Follow these instructions.

  2. Download the client from the releases page and import it into your project. You can also download it from the asset repository.

  3. Add the singleton (in addons/com.heroiclabs.nakama/) as an autoload in Godot.

  4. Use the connection credentials to build a client object using the singleton.

    extends Node
    func _ready():
    	var scheme = "http"
    	var host = ""
    	var port = 7350
    	var server_key = "defaultkey"
    	var client := Nakama.create_client(server_key, host, port, scheme)


The client object has many methods to execute various features in the server or open realtime socket connections with the server.


There's a variety of ways to authenticate with the server. Authentication can create a user if they don't already exist with those credentials. It's also easy to authenticate with a social profile from Google Play Games, Facebook, Game Center, etc.

	var email = ""
	var password = "batsignal"
	# Use yield(client.function(), "completed") to wait for the request to complete.
	var session : NakamaSession = yield(client.authenticate_email_async(email, password), "completed")


When authenticated the server responds with an auth token (JWT) which contains useful properties and gets deserialized into a NakamaSession object.

	print(session.token) # raw JWT token
	print("Session has expired: %s" % session.expired)
	print("Session expires at: %s" % session.expire_time)

It is recommended to store the auth token from the session and check at startup if it has expired. If the token has expired you must reauthenticate. The expiry time of the token can be changed as a setting in the server.

	var authtoken = "restored from somewhere"
	var session2 = NakamaClient.restore_session(authtoken)
	if session2.expired:
		print("Session has expired. Must reauthenticate!")

NOTE: The length of the lifetime of a session can be changed on the server with the --session.token_expiry_sec command flag argument.


The client includes lots of builtin APIs for various features of the game server. These can be accessed with the async methods. It can also call custom logic in RPC functions on the server. These can also be executed with a socket object.

All requests are sent with a session object which authorizes the client.

	var account = yield(client.get_account_async(session), "completed")


Since Godot Engine does not support exceptions, whenever you make an async request via the client or socket, you can check if an error occurred via the is_exception() method.

	var an_invalid_session = # An empty session, which will cause and error when we use it.
	var account2 = yield(client.get_account_async(an_invalid_session), "completed")
	print(account2) # This will print the exception
	if account2.is_exception():
		print("We got an exception")


The client can create one or more sockets with the server. Each socket can have it's own event listeners registered for responses received from the server.

	var socket = Nakama.create_socket_from(client)
	socket.connect("connected", self, "_on_socket_connected")
	socket.connect("closed", self, "_on_socket_closed")
	socket.connect("received_error", self, "_on_socket_error")
	yield(socket.connect_async(session), "completed")

func _on_socket_connected():
	print("Socket connected.")

func _on_socket_closed():
	print("Socket closed.")

func _on_socket_error(err):
	printerr("Socket error %s" % err)

Mono / C#

If you're using the Mono version of Godot with C# support, you can use the Nakama .NET client, which can be installed via NuGet:

dotnet add package NakamaClient

This addon includes some C# classes for use with the .NET client, to provide deeper integration with Godot:

  • GodotLogger: A logger which prints to the Godot console.
  • GodotHttpAdapter: An HTTP adapter which uses Godot's HTTPRequest node.
  • GodotWebSocketAdapter: A socket adapter which uses Godot's WebSocketClient.

Here's an example of how to use them:

	var http_adapter = new GodotHttpAdapter();
	// It's a Node, so it needs to be added to the scene tree.
	// Consider putting this in an autoload singleton so it won't go away unexpectedly.

	const string scheme = "http";
	const string host = "";
	const int port = 7350;
	const string serverKey = "defaultkey";

	// Pass in the 'http_adapter' as the last argument.
	var client = new Client(scheme, host, port, serverKey, http_adapter);

	// To log DEBUG messages to the Godot console.
	client.Logger = new GodotLogger("Nakama", GodotLogger.LogLevel.DEBUG);

	ISession session;
	try {
		session = await client.AuthenticateDeviceAsync(OS.GetUniqueId(), "TestUser", true);
	catch (ApiResponseException e) {

	var websocket_adapter = new GodotWebSocketAdapter();
	// Like the HTTP adapter, it's a Node, so it needs to be added to the scene tree.
	// Consider putting this in an autoload singleton so it won't go away unexpectedly.

	// Pass in the 'websocket_adapter' as the last argument.
	var socket = Socket.From(client, websocket_adapter);

Note: The out-of-the-box Nakama .NET client will work fine with desktop builds of your game! However, it won't work with HTML5 builds, unless you use the GodotHttpAdapter and GodotWebSocketAdapter classes.


The development roadmap is managed as GitHub issues and pull requests are welcome. If you're interested to improve the code please open an issue to discuss the changes or drop in and discuss it in the community forum.

Run Tests

To run tests you will need to run the server and database. Most tests are written as integration tests which execute against the server. A quick approach we use with our test workflow is to use the Docker compose file described in the documentation.

Additionally, you will need to copy (or symlink) the addons folder inside the test_suite folder. You can now run the test_suite project from the Godot Editor.

To run the tests on a headless machine (without a GPU) you can download a copy of Godot Headless and run it from the command line.

To automate this procedure, move the headless binary to test_suite/bin/godot.elf, and run the tests via the test_suite/ shell script (exit code will report test failure/success).

cd nakama
docker-compose -f ./docker-compose-postgres.yml up
cd ..
cd nakama-godot
sh test_suite/

Make a new release

To make a new release ready for distribution, simply zip the addons folder recursively (possibly adding CHANGELOG, LICENSE, and too).

On unix systems, you can run the following command (replacing $VERSION with the desired version number). Remember to update the CHANGELOG file first.

zip -r nakama-$ addons/ LICENSE


This project is licensed under the Apache-2 License.