How to Configure MaNGOS the World of Warcraft Emulator

Please check the new version on how to create wow private server for better version. Besides the new guide list everything in a single page for easier reading

This is the old version of my WoW Private Server Guide, the new version that gives you a detailed step (with images) can be found at below links :

  1. Installing MySQL
  2. Setting up the Mangos
  3. Just in case you want to create lan party
  4. Setting up the webserver to put registration page

It’s been a while since the last time i post something to my blog and that’s because i’ve been playing World of Warcraft in various private / public server, from WowScape, WowFusion, b3ckswow, etc (i’m switching various server because some of them always disconnect me a lot) …

But let’s keep that aside shall we ? because this time i’ll post a guide on how to setup your own world of warcraft private server using MaNGOS (i’m sure there are many other WoW Emulator out there, but i choose this one instead)

And as a note, currently i’m using the World of Warcraft classic version (1.12.1) and this guide might or might not be useful for you if you’re trying to setup TBC (The Burning Crusade) server

So here’s the step …

Update :

If you find this guide a little bit confusing, maybe you should try reading my new guide on how to create wow private server the easier way .. also to those who’s keep getting SQL error or want the easiest way of importing the sql, i already uploaded my mangos sdb (updated till changeset 156) and already tested to work with Mangos Rev3462

You can find all of the files required (including mangos itself) in my new post .. so be sure to check it out too ;)

Required Software :

  • MySQL : This is important because MaNGOS use MySQL as it’s database and currently i’m running the 5.0.xx version
  • MaNGOS : Without this you can not run a private server of course but do not forget to get the binary files instead of the source files unless you have Microsoft Visual Studio 2003 ++ installed and want to compile it by yourself (currently i only have MSVC 6 so there’s no way i can compile it, and the Visual Studio 2005 Express version is to large for me to download it)
  • Map Extractor (both of them included) :
  1. Ad.exe : This is used to extract maps files from your World of Warcraft files
  2. MPQE : This is used to create DBC files which is extracted from WoW games data too
  • SDB : This is the database used by MaNGOS and to make your private server playable of course this is a must. And the one you must download first is SDB FULL 0.6.2 including it’s hotfix and it’s update (you must register first)
  • New Update :

    Im sorry previously i did not upload the changeset 141 till 156 files because i thought everyone can find the changesets files easily (also i do not know if the SDB team allowed me to put that thing here) … but to make thing easier (and that’s the purpose) .. i decided to upload the changesets file here (if it’s not allowed i’ll removed it immediately) :

    You must run the sql files in order (eg 141, 142, 143, and so on) and the step to execute this sql script is described in step 5

    Optional Software :

    • MySQL Client such as Phpmyadmin, etc (although in this example i did not tell you how to use those mysql client) so feel free to use mysql client or not

    Special Note :

    • If you get an error message saying the maps files is outdated or anything similar to that message from the Mangos Log, that means the Ad.exe you’re using is incompatible (i have experienced this) and i’m pretty sure the Ad.exe you’re using is for the Burning Crusade client so try getting the old version a little bit
    • Im currently using Mangos Revision 3459, because the later revision from 3463 and above did not work for me (i have tested it) and i’m sure it was caused because i do not have TBC installed
    • Im currently using SDB 0.6.2 and updated till changeset 1.5.6
    • And as a reminder, i’m using World of Warcraft Client version 1.12.1

    Let’s begin …

    I assume you’ve downloaded all the required software and now as for the next step :

    Note : If you did not set up password for the root account of your mysql database the default password is blank .. but in this example i’ll write username as username and password as password :P

    1. Install MySQL and do not forget to enable InnoDB when prompted also check to make sure MySQL is in the Environment Variable Path … and activate the mysql service if you havent do so or if it is not started yet and you’re done installing MySQL

    Note : Setting up environment variable for mysql is necessary to make thing easier, because you can execute it from any location

    2. Extract the mangos program you’ve downloaded into your desired location for example, C:\WoW\Mangos

    3. Open the Run command (Start -> Run) and type cmd and press enter and you’ll see command prompt window

    4. Now type this in the command prompt :

    • cd /d C:\WoW\Mangos\sql
    • mysql -u username -p -v < create_mysql.sql
    • mysql -u username -p -v -D realmd < realmd.sql

    Note : Feel free to adjust database name to your liking but in this example i only show you the easiest way of doing it

    5. Extract the SDB Full 0.6.2 file, SDB 0.6.2 Hotfix, and SDB Update into desired location, for example C:\WoW\SDB and type this in the command prompt :

    • cd /d C:\WoW\SDB
    • mysql -u username -p -v -D mangos < SDB_0.6.2_FULL_DB.sql
    • mysql -u username -p -v -D mangos < SDB_0.6.2_FULL_DB_HotFix.sql
    • and continue with the update by typing the same command with the exception you must change the filename after “<” character

    Note : You must update the database according to it’s version number (0.6.2 Full database equal to changelog / revision 1.4.0) so the update you must get is 1.4.1 and above .. as an addition, it might take a while before the full database imported so you can take a break while doing so

    And now you’re done setting up database for MaNGOS … and feel free to delete the extracted sdb file

    6. Copy the ad.exe into your WoW game directory, for example C:\Program Files\World of Warcraft. And create maps directory in there and run the ad.exe .. and yet another break time :) .. and when this process finished move the maps directory into your desired location, for example C:\WoW\data\maps

    7. Now you’ll need to copy MPQE you’ve downloaded earlier into WoW games data directory, for example C:\Program files\World of Warcraft\Data. And now open command prompt again and type this :

    • cd /d C:\Program Files\World of Warcraft\Data
    • MPQE /p dbc.MPQ DBFilesClient\*.dbc

    You’ll see another directory created called MPQOUT inside the data directory. Now go open that directory and rename the DBFilesClient directory to DBC, and move it into C:\WoW\Data\DBC for example

    Congratulation, now you’ve finished setting up the data required for mangos

    8. Now for the last step you’ll need to open the mangosd.conf inside the mangos directory and edit below lines :

    • Change the DataDir = “@[email protected]” into your data location inside the quotes, in this example it would be like this “C:\WoW\data”

    Now you’ve finished configuring Mangos and it’s database completely, as for the next step .. try running the mangosd.exe and realmd.exe and see if you can run it without problem or not .. if there’s no problem you can go to the next step (you do not need to close the realmd process and mangosd process)

    9. Go to your World of Warcraft game directory and open the file using notepad or other text editor program .. and edit it like below :

    • set realmlist

    Now you’ve finished configuring WoW to used your mangos server

    10. Now you can connect to your own server, if you want to create new user account you can do so by typing create username password from the mangosd window (it’ll create normal user account). But if you want to create GM account you can do so by typing this from normal command line (type cmd in the run command) and type below lines :

    • mysql -u username -p
    • USE `realmd`;
    • INSERT INTO `account` VALUES (NULL, 'username', 'password', '3', NULL, NULL, NULL, '', CURRENT_TIMESTAMP, '0', '', '0', '0', '0000-00-00 00:00:00', '0');
    • quit

    To get commands for your GM account, you can type : .commands at the chat window inside the game

    That’s it you’re finished configuring Mangos and WoW to be played locally :) and here’s some screenshot (please don’t laugh on my equipment because i dont know anything about good items or equipment in WoW and that’s why i choose to play it locally first to learn about WoW) :)

    WoW Screenshot 1

    WoW Screenshot 2

    Updated Screenshot :

    WoW Screenshot 2

    WoW Screenshot 3

    WoW Screenshot 4


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    389 comments on “How to Configure MaNGOS the World of Warcraft Emulator

    1. Yes, the NPCs are available, must have happened something worng during the first time.
      Everything is okay, so i don’t know the revision number of my Mangos :D
      Do you know how can i change the game parameters? like HP or other stuff? in which file are those things written?
      Thanks ;)

    2. Im sorry for late reply because i just got back from outside .. lol

      and to answer your question :

      – By the way, i’m using mangos 0.6, couldn’t find the 0.5 version. Don’t know if matters.

      Well .. actually what’s important is it’s version / revision number. And i’d suggest you to use the revision 3462 or below (3462 is better of course) if you only have WoW classic installed and use the SDB until changeset 156

      – Yay, i have managed to create the server. Just one problem, there are no NPC’s, do you know how to put them ?

      No NPC ? are you sure you’ve imported the full database (SDB) correctly ? and did you apply the hotfix and the updates ?

      because the NPC are already included in the full database :) .. that is if you’re using the SDB package

    3. Yay, i have managed to create the server. Just one problem, there are no NPC’s, do you know how to put them ?

    4. I’m having a little trouble finding the mangosd.exe and realmd.exe files. don’t know where to look.

    5. forgot to put this lol

      to see mangos version, you can see it from the revision number but to make thing easier :

      mangos revision below / = 3463 support burning crusade and cant be used on wow classic only (for example like myself)

    6. fortunately i still have the address from my download manager lol

      btw here’s the address :

      get the changeset from 141 until 156 only .. if you only own WoW classic version (non burning crusade update)

    7. ChCan i use f.e Changeset 162 or I have to choose an update that has compatibility with my Mangos (how do I see mangos version) ?

    8. Thanks, worked perfectly, I now managed to go into 5 step.
      Do you know where i can downlod the update? i just have the Hotfix and the full version.

    9. Ah of course not (to be honest i dont register myself at lol .. because it ask you for the root password (if you just installed mysql recently)

      try using mysql -u root followed by the other options used in this page :)

    10. Thanks, I have managed to do it, now he is asking the password, it’s the account password or other ?

    11. aah forget to tell you this, there is other alternative if you dont want to set mysql into your env. path

      try using this command line instead if you dont want to use env. path (for example like below):

      X:\Where MySQl Directory Located\bin\mysql.exe -u username -p -v

    12. aah ic .. then the problem is because mysql havent been configured in your environment variable path

      the solution is try this :

      1. Open System properties (if you’re using windows Keyboard press CTRL+PAUSE/BREAK)

      2. Open the Environment Variables

      3. In the system Path add below line (if you’re running mysql 5 the default path would look something like this or adjust it to your mysql bin path) :

      – Variable Name = Path
      – Variable Value = C:\Program Files\MySQL\MySQL Server 5.0\bin

      please note insert that value after anything else (im sure there’re other value there)

      that’s it now you can run mysql command from anywhere :)

    13. Im using Windows XP. I managed to enter the path, but now the only error i get is in the 2nd part when it says mysql is not recognized as an internal, external command etc..

    14. # Dasti

      I have make New Mangos server (Mangos Revision 3459) and my WoW Version is 1.12.1. When i try to login its says “unable to validate game version” what is the problem? could anyone help me? thx

      hm .. that’s strange .. did you use another patch to your wow installation ?

      try reinstalling world of warcraft (fresh install, mine was 1.0 version ), and download the 1.12.0 patch (400 mb++) and install the 1.12.1 patch (3 mb++) .. btw that’s what i done to my wow installation and it worked fine ;)

      # Xtonic

      What windows version you’re using ? winxp or win9x ?

      if you’re using win9x (or non win xp system) try this command instead :

      cd D:\WoW\Mangos

      or without /d option

    15. I have done has you said, in the cmd now appears D:\WoW\Mangos (I used the cd /d D:\WoW\Mangos\ without the slq).
      But I still dind’t understand the 4 step. Can you please help me by messenger? thanks.

    16. You must use your mangos directory. i.e. : Your mangos directory is E:\Mangos, use cd /d e:\mangos. If your mangos directory is C:\wow\mangos, use cd /d c:\wow\mangos. Etc…

    17. Edit:
      I’m using cd /d D:\WoW\Mangos\sql
      But the error is the same. If any1 as managed to crate the server I would apreciate the help. My msn mail is [email protected] in case anyone can help me.
      I don’t know what the “cd /d” part means, otherwise I could try to solve it.
      Thanks in advance.

    18. This may sound weird, but i’m stuck at the 4 step. I put cd /d C:\WoW\Mangos\sql in the cmd, but it allways appears “The filename, the volume label syntax or the direcory name is incorrect” and ” The system cannot find the path specified. I tried various ways of writting it, but none worked.
      thanks in advance

    19. I have make New Mangos server (Mangos Revision 3459) and my WoW Version is 1.12.1. When i try to login its says “unable to validate game version” what is the problem? could anyone help me? thx :-)

    20. # Canna

      Your welcome :)

      # Morgan

      1. Can i make my own server free?
      Yes ..

      2. will other be in it if want?
      well that’s depend on how you promote your server of course :D but to answer your question yes

      3. can u send me a email and tell me how to make it?
      Erm .. actually you’re already reading ;)

      1. Do anyone knows how i am getting rid of the bugs in the game? made a GM account and tried att the commands..yea its good everything is so cool!
        BUT class skills are buged ..cant ware any other weapons. warrior cant ware plate…priest cant ware staff nither, rogue can stealth bug gets buged in stealth and cant move the char..
        Most thing in the game are buged! and how do i put up my realm so other can play? plz if anyone knows this issues plz contact me [email protected]