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1) Installing the requirements

Make sure your system fits with the requirements.

2) Getting the source files

git clone -b 0.x [email protected]:AzerothCore/azerothcore-wotlk.git azerothcore

3) Compiling

Compiling on GNU/Linux or Mac OS X

cd azerothcore

mkdir build; cd build

Before running the CMake command, replace /home/youruser/azeroth-server/ with the path of the server installation (where you want to place the compiled binaries).

CMake on Linux:

cmake ../ -DCMAKE_INSTALL_PREFIX=/home/youruser/azeroth-server/ -DTOOLS=0 -DSCRIPTS=1

CMake on Mac OS X:

cmake ../ -DCMAKE_INSTALL_PREFIX=/home/youruser/azeroth-server/ -DTOOLS=0 -DSCRIPTS=1 -DMYSQL_ADD_INCLUDE_PATH=/usr/local/include -DMYSQL_LIBRARY=/usr/local/mysql/lib/libmysqlclient_r.dylib -DREADLINE_INCLUDE_DIR=/usr/local/opt/readline/include -DREADLINE_LIBRARY=/usr/local/opt/readline/lib/libreadline.dylib -DOPENSSL_INCLUDE_DIR=/usr/local/opt/openssl/include -DOPENSSL_SSL_LIBRARIES=/usr/local/opt/openssl/lib/libssl.dylib -DOPENSSL_CRYPTO_LIBRARIES=/usr/local/opt/openssl/lib/libcrypto.dylib

Then, replacing 4 with the number of threads that you want to execute, type:

make -j 4

make install

Compiling on Windows

Open CMake , press Browse Source... button and select the folder that you cloned earlier then press Browse Build... and select a folder where the CMake will generate the build files. Press the Configure button.

CMake will ask you to select what compiler to use. For example you'll want to select Visual Studio 14 2015 Win64 to compile x64 binaries using Visual Studio 2015. Do not change the Use default native compilers option. Press Finish and wait until CMake is done checking for requires files.

Change CMAKE_INSTALL_PREFIX to the location where you will run your server from.
Press Configure once again and then press Generate. If no error occurred you can close CMake.
Go to the location where the build files have been generated and open AzerothCore.sln

Press BUILD then select Build solution or press F6.
Wait until the Build has been finished (It should take between 10-40 minutes depending on your hardware).

Go to the bin/Debug or bin/Release folder inside your build folder and copy the following files into CMAKE_INSTALL_PREFIX folder:
authserver.conf.dist and rename it to authserver.conf
worldserver.conf.dist and rename it to worldserver.conf

Copy libeay32.dll and ssleay32.dll from OpenSSL install folder into CMAKE_INSTALL_PREFIX.
Note: Do not use ARM architecture as azerothcore requires SSE2 and ARM doesn't support it.

4) Setting the configuration files

Inside the directory where you installed the binaries (e.g. /home/youruser/azeroth-server/), open the /etc directory, then:

  • copy the file authserver.conf.dist and rename it to authserver.conf
  • copy the file worldserver.conf.dist and rename it to worldserver.conf

Open both authserver.conf and worldserver.conf files and go to the MYSQL SETTINGS section, then set the variables:

LoginDatabaseInfo = ";3306;root;your_password;auth"

WorldDatabaseInfo = ";3306;root;your_password;world"

CharacterDatabaseInfo = ";3306;root;your_password;characters"

replacing your_password with the password of your MySQL server root user (the authserver.conf has the LoginDatabaseInfo variable only).

In the worldserver.conf file, also set:

DataDir = "/home/youruser/azeroth-server/data"

replacing /home/youruser/azeroth-server with the path where you installed the binaries.

5) Download the data files

Go to the directory of your azeroth server (e.g. /home/youruser/azeroth-server) and create a new directory named data

Download this archive. It contains several archives, extract all of them placing the extracted dbc, maps, mmaps, vmaps directories inside the data directory.

6) Setting up the database

MySQL client tool

In order to set up your database, you can use whatever MySQL client you like. Some examples are HeidiSQL, SequelPro and phpMyAdmin.

We will assume that you already know how to perform the basic tasks like creating a new database, selecting a database and importing a SQL dump file. If you don't, don't worry: it's very easy and you will find a lot of guides on Google, whatever MySQL client tool you're using.

Creating the databases

Create three empty databases:

  • world
  • characters
  • auth

if, for some reasons, you decide to name them differently, remember to edit your authserver.conf and worldserver.conf accordingly.

Use the AzerothCore Database Assembler

In your sources directory, move to azerothcore/conf

copy the file and rename it to

edit and set ALL_IN_ONE=1

Now move to azerothcore/bin/db_assembler/.

  • For Mac OS X users only: open the file with a text editor and replace the first line #!/bin/bash with #!/usr/local/bin/bash

run the script:


it will generate the databases under the /bin/db_assembler/output directory of your azerothcore sources directory.



Go to AzerothCore\data\sql\base\db_auth (AzerothCore is folder where you clone source code) open CMD and cd it there, in my case: ( You should complete to step to cd to db_auth folder ) "cd D:\Wow-Sources Repos\AzerothCore\data\sql\base\db_auth" "D:"

or more easy UI Way is shift + right click in the db_auth folder, you will see an option "open command window here" it would give the same result above.

Now type: "copy /b *.sql nameofoutputsql_youwantrofl.sql"

Then you can get a full based db_auth file without import one by one. Don't forget to do apply update/db_auth folder. Do it the same for characters and world

Import the SQL dumps

Using your MySQL client tool, import the generated SQL dumps:

  • auth.sql to your auth database

  • characters.sql to your characters database

  • world.sql to your world database

7) Starting the servers

GNU/Linux and Mac OS X

Open 2 terminal windows (or terminal tabs) and move to the bin directory of your azeroth server (for example /home/youruser/azeroth-server/bin),

then in one window/tab type:


in the other one:



Run worldserver.exe and authserver.exe from CMAKE_INSTALL_PREFIX.