How to set up public WoW Server

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

Because many people still having problem on setting up their own World of Warcraft server to be accessible by public, i’ve decided to rewrite the guide again (perhaps the previous guide on setting up wow server for lan party a little bit hard to understand for some people or probably because i didn’t write it clearly) … hopefully this new guide can help you on setting up your wow server to be accessible by public and more easier to understand despite my bad english language

So here goes the guide :

Requirements :

1. Know how to set up port forwarding (very important if you’re behind router or no one will be able to access your wow server no matter what you do) … but since every router has their own configuration page, i’d suggest you to read your router manual on how to configure it

Linksys AG241 and Aztech DSL600EU

btw i’m using Linksys AG241V2 and Aztech DSL600EU as seen on above image

2. Know how to configure firewall to allow connection on specific port, as a note Windows XP built-in Firewall is enabled by default (Windows Firewall) … btw if it’s for me i’m using Ghostwall as my personal firewall

3. DNS Name for your WoW server to make things easier and you can get it for free from,, etc

4. Your friend to test whether it works or not :P

Let’s start the guide :

PART 1. Find your public IP Address

1. First you’ll need to go into to get your public ip address (public ip address is ip address that is broadcasted while you were browsing / doing any internet activity)

What is my ip

PART 2. Get a DNS Name

2. Now you’ll need to pay a visit to various dynamic dns service to get your free name, but since it’ll be very long if i write the detailed process here, so i’ll leave that to you to decide what your dns name going to be, and in this example i’m going to call the wow server,

PART 3. Using Reaper Mangos to configure realmd

3. For the third steps you just need to run the reaper-x-mangos inside the reaper-eazy-mangos directory and choose option 5 like below for an example

Reaper Eazy Mangos

Now you can just simply ignore the message that is basically saying that you need to write your LAN IP Address (well … creating public server is against mangos terms of use) :P … and write your wowserver dns name that you get from Dynamic DNS Service (in this example i’m using which is a fake name of course) and followed by writing your desired Realm Name

Realmd ip address

(click the image to see the full size)

Now we’re done with the Mangos part but don’t start mangosd.exe and realmd.exe process yet, because we need to configure your router first

PART 4. Find your LAN IP Address and your Router IP Address

4. Now for this step, you’ll need to find what is your router ip address and your LAN IP Address that is connected to your router, this can be done by :

  1. Double clicking on your active connection status on Windows System Tray (the area near clock) or
  2. from Control Panel » Network Connection » and double clicking on your Ethernet Card listed there or
  3. Browse to any website and lookup your active connection status by typing netstat -n via the command prompt and look at the local address followed by typing netstat -rn

See example image below :

Connection status

Now based from the above image, you can get your router ip address and your lan ip address that is connected to your router. And in this case the router ip address is while the ethernet ip address is

PART 5. Set up Port Forwarding

5. After getting your router ip address now we need to open it’s configuration page by simply typing at your address bar of your internet browser

Note: Screenshot were taken from my Linksys AG241V2 router (click the image to see full size)

Portforward Linksys AG241

The default port used by Realmd is 3724 while the default port for World is 8085, now … since we have that information … we can set up port forwarding by writing that value into your router configuration page at port forwarding section … and we’re done configuring our router … but wait …

Since every router have their own configuration page, i’d suggest you to look at your router manual on how to set up port forwarding on your router or you can also visit if you need help on setting up port forwarding

PART 6. Configuring Windows Firewall

Although i’m not using Windows Firewall as stated before at the requirements section, i’ve decided to write a guide on how to configure your windows firewall to allow connection to your computer for your World of Warcraft server purpose … because … most people seems to not have installed 3rd party firewall and i’m thinking probably they still use Windows Firewall … but let’s get back to the topic shall we ? :)

Note: This is based from Windows XP SP2, and i can’t remember if there’s configuration like below on Windows XP SP1 or below because of the same reason i stated before

6. Now you need to go into Control Panel » Windows Firewall and make sure that Don’t allow exceptions is unchecked

Windows firewall general tab

Then you’ll need to open the Exceptions tab, and then click on Add Port and add value as shown below and click OK

Realmd exception on Windows Firewall

and then click on Add Port again and this time write below value

Exclude World Server from Windows Firewall

And then Click OK and then Click OK again to leave the Windows Firewall Configuration Window, and we’re done configuring Windows Firewall :)

If you’re using other Firewall, then you’ll need to configure it as shown above

PART 7. Port Scanning

Now we need to use online port scanner to test whether the port is accessible from the internet or not, and we can do this by using uTorrent Port Scanner (simple but useful) and the steps to do these are :

1. Start Realmd.exe and Mangosd.exe process (do not run WoW.exe yet, or in other words don’t run world of warcraft yet)

2. Go to below url to scan your pc :

3. See if you get message that is saying your port is open or not (you’ll get two results)


4. If you get the above message that means you’ve finished creating your own wow server to be accessible from the internet … Congrats! … but wait there’s still one more step for you to do ;)

PART 8. Editing Windows HOSTS File

Now you need to edit your Windows HOSTS file located at C:\Windows\system32\drivers\etc\hosts and add below line after everything else (do not replace any value there)

or in this format :

lanipaddress dnsname

and that’s it you’re finished (seriously) :D

I’m still having problem even after doing all of the above steps!

Usually if you still having problem probably that’s because :

  1. You didn’t set up port forwarding properly
  2. You didn’t configure your firewall properly
  3. The default realmd port (3724) conflict with Blizzard Updater (Blizzard Updater use P2P to transfer update data by default unless you disable it to let it only update from HTTP Protocol on Blizzard server) or conflict with other program

For most people it seems number 3 is the source of their problem, so try doing these :

1. Open Realmd.conf and search for 3724 and then replace it with another value (above 10000 to be safe) and then continue setting up port forwarding, etc (from Step number 5 in this guide until finish) for the new port value

2. Then open file on your World of Warcraft Directory and change the realmlist to use the new port (if you’re not using default port then you’ll need to write the port used by your realmd process too or else your friend or you won’t be able to connect to your own server)

here’s an example of what the file should look like if you changed your realmd port from it’s default value :

set realmlist mycoolwowserver:9999

at the above example the realmd port is set to 9999, if you use another value then make sure to use that value instead

That’s it hopefully this new guide can help you on setting up your own World of Warcraft Server for … erm LAN Party :P and i didn’t miss anything


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273 comments on “How to set up public WoW Server

  1. Reaper(or anyone), i have a problem
    my friend can log into my server…
    when i do dyndns and everything…
    but i can not…
    why is that?
    and how do i fix it?
    im using ovislink corp airlive something ( the modem/router)

  2. hello i i using trinity core and i set up a public server i can connect and other people can connect using my dns name 1 problem thay can only get in to the world and play if no 1 from my house has connected yet as soon as some logs in and gets in to the world eny 1 out sode of my house gets disconnected and sent back to the realm screen and cant get back into the relm intill i reset the server .. how do i make it were people wont get disconnected from the server wen some 1 from my house logs in and starts playing

  3. everything on the Mangos server works fine except that only the local or only the wan can connect. If set one way anyone inside our home can connect, but no one outside the home can get past the login and join the realm… Any Ideas.

  4. Mario,
    Well done mate. My Lan computers were getting the “unable to connect to realmlist”. I changed to a shorter host name and now everything works. Lan machines and friends(public) can all join.

  5. Hey guys, a quick question. I have my trinity server up and working great. I have went though the public server set-up entirely and I an able to log in to the public server from my computer (which is also the server). My question is what do i have to do on any computer I want to get on my server with? Do I have to install sql? Mess with the hosts or ream files. Remember, I am asking what I have to do on a computer (ie laptop) that I want to play on my server with.

    Thanks a bunch.

  6. can we updated this for trinity? i think im following it lol instead of using the bat to do the ip your using navicat or similar sql editor right?

  7. I’m trying to connect to a friends private server, but I get stuck on the realm selection screen.. is there anything that needs to be done on MY part to fix this?

  8. Is there a way to set this up publicly offline? I am trying to set up trinity core as a offline lan but I don’t know what all I need to change to do that.


    The solution is really really simple…you have to set a really short dns!
    My first dns was and i didn’t manage to connect…i changet it in and i connected without the problem “Unable to connect to realmlist”.Try and let me know!

  10. Hi,i followed the guide and i’ve put my DNS number in the LAN configuration,but when i try to connect into my server it says “Unable to connect to realmlist” and this happens also to my friends that try to connect to me.I added my dns into hosts,i opened the port 3724,i tried to change the realm port into 10200 but nothing happens and i don’t know what to do.Help me!

  11. # Reaper-X

    Everyone and their mother is probably playing Lich King, so it’s no surprise to me that no one’s paying attention to these sites at the moment.

    I’m one of the few crazies out there who’s playing on 2.3.3.

  12. # Kyle

    Your should look like this:

    set realmlist *serveripaddress*
    set patchlist *serveripaddress*

    NO other values should be in this file. If you’ve done this correctly, there’s no way in heck that WoW can connect to the regular servers.

  13. Rod,

    1) What kind of Internet are you running on? DSL/Cable?

    2) Are there any programs you’re running on your machine, or other machines in your network that are streaming/downloading anything?

  14. Hey, i got a question, when i type in the server ip into the realmlist, then i try to play on that server, its still WoW’s regular server, i cant play on privte servers only WoW’s , and ive done everything i could think of to fix it but it still connects to regular wow… think you could help me out???

  15. I have a mangos server up and running. I can play the game, and others can connect and create characters and play. The problem is, their connections are very slow…500 to 2300. Very bad for trying to group in a dungeon.
    Any ideas on what I can check?


  16. # Chrit

    I’m really sorry because i didn’t know there’s a new comment posted here :( and also i’d like to thank you for the tips ;)

    as for DNS actually i included that because if you don’t have a static ip (like me for example, and many others too), your users won’t be able to connect to your server

  17. Well, I’d just like to give a BIG THANKS to everyone who helped me figure out the problem I’ve been having.

    Oh wait, that’s right, no one did. I figured it out on my own.

    If you’ve followed the instructions on this site to the letter as I have, and cannot connect (unable to connect to realm list server error) using as your host like I did, just forget about it. Use your public IP address and your private server will become public *snap* just like that.

    So to explain it further,

    1) Run reaper easy mangos
    2) Select option 5 to (configure for LAN party)
    3) When prompted for your LAN’s IP address, just put in your public IP address (the one you get from
    4) In in your WoW folder, change the values to be your public IP address (have everyone connecting to your server do this)

    And that’s it.

    I am completely baffled as to why no one has suggested this before. I am also baffled as to why Reaper-X flat out refuses to look into this problem, along with other people who try to “help” those trying to get a public server working. For me, using is a crock of shit, just use your public IP and you can connect just fine.

  18. I have also tried changing the port to 10002. Again, I followed these instructions to the letter.

    I’m not running Windows Firewall.
    I’m not running Peer Guardian or anything that would block my ports.

    According to these instructions, IT SHOULD WORK. But it does not. I have been trying to do this for over a month now.

  19. Hello,

    Thank you SO MUCH for creating these guides, they have helped me immensely.

    I have come across a problem that refuses to go away. I’m trying to make my private server public and I only reach failure.

    My DNS address is
    I have edited the realmlist table in the realmd database to reflect this.
    I have edited the hosts file to say the following: localhost

    I have ports 3724 and 8085 forwarded on my router, and after testing the utorrent connection, they run perfectly.
    My file reads “set realmlist”

    And no matter what I do, I get the same error message: “Unable to connect to realm list server”.

    I have tried changing IP addresses in the Hosts file. I have tried putting my router in DMZ. Nothing has worked. I have reviewed these guides, among other guides, time and time again and I’m continually met with failure.

    What exactly am I doing wrong? Please feel free to e-mail me at [email protected]. I am literally at my wit’s end as I have followed these guides to the letter, and I still cannot get it to work.

  20. two things….one….how to do edit the C:\WINDOWS\system32\drives\etc\hosts????

    and two….no matter what i do i cannot connect to the server no matter when IP or DSN i put it it wont let me connect……i dont know what im doing wrong…..but a good ventrillo chat or msn chat would be nice…..or an answer here would be nice….i dont care lol…ill take all the help i can get at this point……add me on MSN if u have any clue as to what im doing wrong

    [email protected]
    (the K and J are Cap’s)


  21. I’m all up and running locally but having a few issues opening my ports, router is all set correctly. I think it’s down to the fact I’m running DHCP which might be the case for lots of others too. I’m going to set up the static IP tonight and fingers crossed that should open up ports 3724 & 8085.