Configuring Mangos for TBC Server or WoW Classic Server – Setting up Private WoW Server

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 second part of the Creating your own World of Warcraft Server using Mangos

  1. The First part is all about Installing and Configuring MySQL on your Windows Machine
  2. The Second part is about Configuring the WoW Mangos itself
  3. The Third part is all about Setting up Private WOW Server for Lan Party
  4. The Fourth part is all about Installing and Setting up Apache Webserver with PHP

Okay and before i start i’d like to warn you first especially to those who’s using Dial Up Connection because there are a lot of images used here and the previous mysql installation guide although i’ve optimized it further

Without further ado … here’s the guide ;)

Requirements :

If you’re planning on creating :

The Burning Crusade Server :

  • Compiled Mangos Revision 3900 or above for Win32 / Windows (the latest revision compatible with latest SDB at the time i wrote this post) but feel free to upgrade it later if you want but do not forget to update the SDB too
  • SDB Full Dump by Ozay Turay (to make thing simpler) that is compatible with Mangos Revision 3900+
  • Latest Ad.exe to extract map from Mangos SVN Repository
  • Latest DBC Extractor

Okay i’ve decided to upload my own compiled mangos to make thing easier, for more info see this new post

Btw … the installing mysql part is still the same … so if you need information on how to install mysql refer to the part 1

Note : Since most people who compiled Mangos for Win32 already included DBC and Map Extractor in their release you should use that one first. And unfortunately i can not give direct link to the files so you must try it by yourself and judge which version is the best for you :)

Btw some people prefer (especially to those who’s using high speed internet access – not me of course –) to download the extracted maps and dbc from somewhere rather than extracting it directly so if you are using the same high speed connection you might like to use this option

World of Warcraft Classic Server :

  1. Compiled Mangos Revision 3462 for Win32 / Windows by Maxis
  2. Compatible SDB Full Dump for Mangos 3462 with Changesets 156
  3. Compatible Map and DBC Extractor

That’s it … unfortunately since it is using the old mangos revision you’ll notice more bugs compared to latest / newest version for TBC … and since i dont have TBC Client installed, i can only give you a how to guide to configure your mangos server based on my experience when doing remote assistance to someone who asked for help via MSN

Btw if you’re going to create WoW Classic server you can use my extracted DBC Files

Side Note : Basically since there are no differences on creating WoW TBC Server and WoW Classic Server the only thing you should change is just the filename … don’t worry if you don’t understand what i’m talking about right now, soon you’ll know about it :)

Creating Directory Structure :

Okay i assume you’ve finished downloading all the required stuff and now its the time to configure your mangos. But before that you need to extract the required files first into your harddrive and organize it before starting to configure mangos (although this step optional but i think organized directory structure looks better but that is just my own opinion)

Look at the image below for a good explanation about this :

Wow server directory structure

  1. The daemon directory is where you should extract the mangos program itself
  2. The data directory is where you should put the extracted maps and dbc folder (soon you’ll know about this process)
  3. The SDB is just a temporary directory to be used when importing the SQL Files

Extracting Maps and DBC Files from World of Warcraft Game :

Now this is when the ad.exe and dbc extractor came. But first we are going to use the ad.exe. And here’s the step

  1. Copy the ad.exe into your WoW Game directory (usually C:\Program Files\World of Warcraft)
  2. Create folder called maps
  3. Run the ad.exe and wait until its finished
  4. Move the maps folder into C:\WoW\data (if you’re using the same directory structure like me)

Extracting maps

After you’ve finished extracting maps now it is the time you use DBC Extractor … and here’s the step to use it

  1. Extract the MPQE.exe (and it’s dll if available) into your WoW Game Data directory (C:\Program Files\World of Warcraft\Data)
  2. Create shortcut to the MPQE, right click on it and choose properties and adjust it’s target into “C:\Program Files\World of Warcraft\Data\MPQE.exe” /p dbc.MPQ DBFilesClient\*.dbc
  3. Run the shortcut and wait until it finished
  4. Rename the DBFilesClient folder into DBC
  5. Move the DBC folder into C:\WoW\data (if you’re using the same directory structure like me)

If you want a more detailed explanation look at the screenshot below

Creating Shortcut

and then the shortcut properties

Properties of Shortcut to DBC Extractor

Importing the SDB Files :

Okay we have finished extracting the maps and dbc files required for mangos, now we need to import the database first before you can run mangos program

and here’s the summary on how it done :

If you’re going to create WoW Classic Server

  1. Extract the SQL files from my mangos sql dump into C:\WoW\SDB (if you follow my directory structure)
  2. Open Command Prompt
  3. Run the sql query from the command prompt (look image below for an example on how to use the query)

Command to use to import the mangos sql files

and here’s what it’ll looks like when it’s finished

SQL Import Process Finished

Note : Because some people prefer to see the importing process (some say it’s like Matrix .. lol), i decided to use -v (verbose) switch but if you prefer not to see it you can safely remove the -v switch

If you’re going to create TBC Server

Here’s the summary on how it’s done :

  1. Extract the SDB Full Dump for Mangos Revision 3900 into C:\WoW\SDB
  2. Extract the Mangos Program / Archive into C:\WoW\Daemon\Mangos
  3. Go into C:\WoW\Daemon\Mangos\SQL
  4. Copy the create_mysql.sql and realmd.sql into C:\WoW\SDB
  5. Open the Command Prompt
  6. Execute the same query as above but adjust the filename first

An example on how to execute the query is like below (you must do this in order) and using the same path as the above image

  1. mysql -u root -p -v < create_mysql.sql
  2. mysql -u root -p -v -D realmd < realmd.sql
  3. mysql -u root -p -v -D mangos < the_filename_used_on_sql_dump_from_e_turray.sql

And that’s it you’re finished importing the database required :)

Editing Mangos Configuration :

You’ve finished extracting maps, dbc and already imported the database required but now what else ? of course you need to edit the mangosd.conf file itself

Now here’s the summary on how it is done :

  1. Go into C:\WoW\Daemon\Mangos
  2. Open the mangosd.conf using wordpad (you can not edit it using notepad, because it is using Unix Line Break)
  3. Change the datadir into C:\WoW\data
  4. Save it

Now here’s some screenshot of the mangos configuration file editing process :

Editing mangosd.conf

Inside mangosd.conf

Make sure everything is working as it should :

Now you’ve done almost everyting required to make your own wow private server … now before started playing it you need to make sure that everything is okay before starting to connect to your own server

Here’s how it is done :

  1. Run the realmd.exe (C:\WoW\daemon\mangos\realmd.exe)
  2. Run the mangosd.exe (C:\WoW\daemon\mangos\mangosd.exe)
  3. See if one of the above process close itself automatically or not. If one of the process close itself automatically after launched that means there’s something wrong with your configuration try restarting the configuring process from the beginning

And now here’s the screenshot if your mangosd and realmd process is working as it should :

Realmd process launched

Mangosd process launched

The last step for configuring mangos and wow, editing the Realmlist used by WoW to connect :

After everything is okay, now there’s one more thing left for you to do … which is editing the file inside your WoW Game directory (C:\Program Files\World of Warcraft\ using your favorite text editor. You can use notepad or wordpad to do this

The default file should be like this :

set realmlist

and then change it into

set realmlist

Creating Test Account for yourself :

Okay now you’ve created and set up everything but there’s still one more thing left and that is creating a test account with normal player status for yourself. And this process is really simple actually all you have to do is just typing this on the mangosd window (above image)

create desired_username desired_password

Okay that’s it you just created a test account that can be used to connect to your own wow server. If you get error message and / or stuck at realm loop i’m sure there’s something wrong with your configuration or you’re not using compatible mangos / wow client

That’s all for this part … stay tune for the next part ;)

As a side note, this is the first time i’m using lots of images on my guides and i’m looking forward to your opinion about this (tell me if you like it this way or would you prefer text with few screenshot or images) :)

Update :

To those who’s still having problem with Mangos like finding the correct mangos version,etc. I’ve decided to upload my own compiled Mangos Revision 4431 with Scriptdev2 241, and also included DBC Extractor (Thanks to XLayer for his DBC Extractor) and VMaps Extractor. And also mirrored the SDB 0.7.3 with Changesets 208 from

And here’s the file :

  • Mangos 4431 with ScriptDev2 124
  • SDB 0.7.3 with Changesets 208

Another Update : See my new post about new Mangos 4488 Update with Silvermoon Database … and tested with WoW 2.1.3 Client … just look at the screenshot below

All you have to do (i assume you’ve completed all of the steps involving mysql installation, and also already extract the DBC and VMaps files) is just :

1. Import / Overwrite the database with this new SDB (if you want the easiest way to start all over again from the Importing SDB step, you can execute the create-database.sql inside my Mangos 4431 archive (in reaper-sql directory) using this command :

mysql -u root -p < create-database.sql

mysql -u root -p -D mangos < SDB_0.7.3_Changeset_208_Rev1.sql

mysql -u root -p -D mangos < reaper4431.sql

Note : Make sure you’re in the same directory as the create-database.sql and the SDB_0.7.3.sql when executing that command

2. And then the next step is, importing the sql files inside the scriptdev2-sql directory (2 files) like below example (must be in order) :

mysql -u root -p -D mangos < scriptdev_full.sql

mysql -u root -p -D mangos < scriptdev_additional_req.sql

And you’re done :)

Perhaps the above might sound confusing for some people, so if you need help just leave comment here

Here’s a screenshot taken using Mangos 4488 Scriptdev2 134

Damn i'm looks great

Another Screenshot


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771 comments on “Configuring Mangos for TBC Server or WoW Classic Server – Setting up Private WoW Server

  1. giveing up with this half the links dont work and im sick of following link after ling after ling, i have downloaded the first part then the second part was un downloadable and its only for TBC your 2 expanctions out mate…

    1. I’m so sorry Kiel, but if you take a good look at the sidebar (at the recent how to part, and i’m sorry if the current layout is cluttered, because i’m still working on a new design), there’s a new version of mangos guide listed there (at least it’s still there and not buried when i post this comment) and probably going to be the last version i wrote about mangos because i described everything there and there’s no external dependancies like this one because you’re setting up everything by yourself … and please note that, this post was made long time ago before i created my own repack (which i’ve stopped since a long time ago too) :)

  2. Hi! just about to take another dive into wow servers again after a few years pause. but before i start trying i was wondering if it’s even possible to setup Mangos to use three realms, one vanilla, one BC and one running wrath?

  3. i got a question…

    Why the heck does the server not have anny NpcS ? and what’s the command to build objects ? like .creatobject (idhere) dont work

  4. after I copy the ad.exe into game folder it says create a folder “maps”. to make it clear: where exactly do we create this folder “maps”. I want to know exactly so i dont screw things up.
    BTW awesome guide, really helpful so far.

    1. Note to author:

      Great tutorial, except what you said to do if mangosd.exe closes when you open it. Instead of restarting the process, all people have to do is run it in cmd and check the error. i forgot to put the maps and dbc folder in the mangos data folder.

  5. when i click to download 1.Compiled Mangos Revision 3462 for Win32 / Windows by Maxis
    2.Compatible SDB Full Dump for Mangos 3462 with Changesets 156
    3.Compatible Map and DBC Extractor

    they dont show up as fiels but as word documents please help what do i do

    1. Oops sorry, Reaper! This comment doesn’t go here ><! I'd delete it but I really don't know how, I meant for it to go on the guide on how to compile mangos. So look for it there, Sorry!

  6. Is it right that the extracted DBC files you posted a link to are only 2 MB? Do I still have to extract the maps then from WoW? I was kind of hoping not to have to extract anything since I deleted WoW months ago and don’t feel like taking the time to download it again.

    1. I’d suggest you to check the new how to instead (which is linked at the top of the article) because this is outdated and the new version provides more detailed information on how to setup everything manually. And of course it’d be better to extract maps and dbc by yourself :)

  7. hi
    I’ve wow ver 1.50.(4442)
    and done everything that you said, everything works well but when i enter username & password it says: Unable to validate game version…
    How can i fix it? help me plz

  8. Hi, ad.exe doesn’t work on GERMAN system … MPQ-data is stored under .\data\deDE … tryed copying it to .\data and then using ad.exe … NO USE … program quitting with following error:
    error opening patch-2.mpq
    error opening terrain.mpq
    error opening dbc.mpq
    Assertion failed in dbcfile.cpp Line 17
    HELP please … what’s wrong?

  9. MySQL installed and configured fine, and MPQE seemed to run alright, but ad.exe wont run correctly. I am also getting some other odd prompts. I am willing to do a direct connect if you are. Please help me out. Thank you.