The Quick And Easy Guide to Running Opensim On Your PC
Posted by Caliah Lyon on January 19, 2009
In 10 Easy Steps
As everyone’s been experiencing difficulties connecting to the main (or even beta) grid lately and lamenting that they can’t get any work done, I thought to write a mini-guide for those who might be interested in running Opensim on their own PCs. If you want some basic information on Opensim I suggest reading the main page and FAQ. What this guide aims to do is get you started so you can test and refine uploads – textures, poses, sculptmaps – on your own standalone grid, running on your PC.
1. Download the binary here. All you need is the Official Windows Installer – if you have trouble running 0.6.1 on Vista, please download here: http://dist.opensimulator.org/OpenSimulator.v0.6.2.8068.zip, extract to a new folder and run Opensim.exe.
2. Run and install the .exe file.
3. Start Opensim (open the program menu and click on the icon). This will open a command window which will scroll through a few things as it loads.
4. You’ll then be prompted for the name of your starting region. If you want to keep the default value just press ENTER, otherwise replace it with the name of your choice.
5. Press ENTER to just set all the default values for the next few prompts UNTIL you see DEFAULT REGION CONFIG: First Name of Master Avatar [Test]: You can just choose the default value here as well but I chose to enter my own av name. After pressing enter it should prompt you for your last name, fill that in as well and press enter.
6. You’ll be prompted for your password. The default is “test” and again you can change it however you wish or stick with the default.
7. Press Enter and wait for everything to finish loading. Voilà, the sim is running and all you need to do is log in.
8. Open Start>Run and enter the path to your default SL client e.g. C:\Program Files\SecondLife\SecondLife.exe. Cut and paste this line after: -loginuri http://127.0.0.1:9000/ -loginpage http://127.0.0.1:9000/?method=login -multiple
(Alternatively you can copy the shortcut to SL on your desktop, right-click on it and choose Properties then copy and paste this in the Target: field. Rename the shortcut to something easy to remember like “SL Opensim”.)
9. Log in with the login info you specified during setup.
10. Be greeted by the sight of your Ruthed avie:
If you want to transfer all the items – shapes, textures and the like – that you created yourself so you can have all your resources at hand you can use Second Inventory. I haven’t tried it yet so that isn’t covered here. But with this very basic install you should be able to upload textures, animations and sculptmaps and tweak them to your heart’s content, then upload them to the main grid when it’s back to normal. You can also just save your shape values from the main grid and set the sliders manually so clothes fit properly.
From the site:
To run on Windows Vista, you must first disable Windows Firewall. Under the new “Start” button of Vista, select “Control panel”. Then double-click “Windows Firewall”. In the window that pops up, on the left column, select “Turn Windows Firewall on or off”. You will have to give permission for this to run, then select the option “Off (not recommended)”. Click “OK” and exit from the Windows Firewall window.
If you have McAfee SecurityCenter, see the description below.
Once all the security features are disabled, right click on OpenSim.exe and select “Run as administrator”. This will pop up a window asking permission, select “Allow”. Your OpenSim server should run in a DOS-like window and accept connections.
Issues on Vista 64-Bit: http://www.adamfrisby.com/blog/2008/08/running-opensim-under-a-64-bit-environment/
Note: You may need to install Microsoft .NET framework. Click here to download and install.
If anyone has a tutorial for Mac or Ubuntu feel free to comment and I’ll link them here.
Thanks goes to Vaalith Jinn for suggesting that I try this and to Codebastard Redgrave for feedback on running it in Vista. Have fun!