Running the Seamless3d Server from your computer
If when you click the link: worlds_open
you do not
see anyone and do not
see a message stating the Seamless3d server is running, you can still open
a world for chat by running the Seamless3d server from your computer.
You can download the seamless3d server from the download open source page
To run the Seamless3d server all you have to do is double click the run_server bat file:
Wait for the console to display the IP
your server will use before joining the world with the client:
You are welcome to use the default server url:
Which specifies the file:
This file lets clients know where to connect to the Seamless3d server.
You can be compleatly independent of the Seamless3d site by uploading the contents
(which contains the smls_server.php & worlds_open.php
files) to your site
and editing the run_server.bat file so that it commands the server.php file for
The folder you upload the mu files to must alow PHP to write files to it.
The run_server.bat file should specify on a single line the program seamless3d_server
followed by a space
and then the path to the smls_server.php file.
People can see if your server is running (and see what worlds it has open and who
is in them) using their html browser (such as IE or FireFox) by going to your
If you want people to be able to view your worlds_open.php file from the seamless3d
site please send me the link
for your worlds_open.php file.
It is good world hosting etiquette to leave the server running until after the last client has logged out before closing the server. The server uses very few resources
so can be left running in the background while you use your computer for other tasks.
Why the seamless3d server asks to join a session before it creates one
You may notice in the console that the seamless3d server tries to join
the world as a client before it create
s a session. It attempts to log into an already existing session to test if the world is already hosted by another server. If it succeeds in logging in as a client the server logs out immediately and displays a message in the console that the world is already served by another server. It then waits for the user to press any key for it to exit.
What if you dont have PHP ?
Most web hosting plans today offer PHP but you should not need PHP if you are
prepared to manually update your server's IP address in the smls_server.txt
file. The smls_server.php file will also need to be rewritten (simplified) but it should be
very simple to do. Ask questions on the seamless3d forum if you need any help
Unfortunately not everyone can run a server from
their computer. Servers run from your computer face the same restrictions peer to peer applications do.
Firewalls may need to be set to trust the server. If you share an IP address with another computer for the internet
you may need to set things up so that computers on the net can connect to the
computer running on your local network. If you are using
dialup and you have 2 computers connected by only a network cable, run the server from the computer that
contains the modem. If you use a router you will have to
the computer you wish to
run the server from.
Real & Virtual Dedicated Servers
Ideally servers are left running 24 hours a day 7 days a week on a dedicated computer. This way the server does not get interupted by your home
computer and keeps server security issues isolated from your home computer. Most commercial web hosting
companies offer such a service but they are typically much more expensive than a
shared hosting service which wont let you run your own server. Virtual private
servers (VPS) also known as Virtual dedicated servers (VDS) offer many of the benefits of a dedicated server
except they share resources with other VPSes. VPS technology has greatly dropped
in price and should continue this trend.
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