Building MTASA Server on GNU Linux

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Installing and Running MTASA server on Linux

[[{{{image}}}|link=]] Note: This article is only for developers who changed the server code, if you are looking for the precompiled server (for normal server owners). Go to: and see Installing and Running MTASA Server on GNU_Linux

Preparing your system

In order to build the Multi Theft Auto dedicated server, you will have to set up your system with the correct libraries and tools. How these are installed depends on your distribution.

Our network module (net.dll or is distributed as a precompiled binary library. The file for GNU/Linux can be found inside the lastest Linux nightly from here. Use the from 1.5 if you are compiling from the trunk, or the from 1.5.4 if you are compiling the 1.5.4 branch. Be sure the read the top of Server/version.h as it contains directions on how to compile the different build types.

Debian Linux

Includes derivative distributions such as Ubuntu.

You will need the necessary build tools, headers and libraries, which are distributed through the following Debian packages (e.g. Debian Lenny):

  • build-essential: contains the necessary tools, headers and libraries to build applications
  • automake: contains the automake tools
  • libtool: contains the libtool software required to build libraries
  • libreadline5-dev: contains the readline library (version 5)
  • libncurses5-dev: contains software for controlling writing to the console screen
  • libncursesw5-dev: contains support for wide characters
  • libmysqlclient-dev: contains the MySQL library
  • git: contains the git client used to check out our code repository

To install these packages through apt, use the apt-get install <package list> command as in the following example (execute as root):

apt-get install build-essential automake libtool
apt-get install libreadline5-dev libncurses5-dev libncursesw5-dev
apt-get install libmysqlclient-dev git 

Note: On Debian 8 systems please use this: apt-get install build-essential automake libtool libreadline-gplv2-dev libncurses5-dev libncursesw5-dev libmysqlclient-dev git

Gentoo Linux

You will need the necessary build tools, headers and libraries. Because Gentoo’s portage system is designed to compile any packages on your own system, the necessary build tools will have already been installed. This only leaves you to install the necessary libraries:

  • git: contains the git client used to check out our code repository

To compile and install these packages through emerge, use the emerge -v <package list> command. The -v option shows additional * * information and can be omitted. (If you want to use any USE flags, prepend emerge with USE="use flags here". You can also use the -pv option to verify that you’re using the correct flags.) Refer to the Gentoo Handbook or manual for more information on emerge.


emerge -v git sqlite
USE=“net-misc/curl ssl” emerge -v curl


You will need these packages to be able to successfully compile a MTA server on Fedora:

  • glibc-devel:
  • readline-devel: contains the readline library
  • git: contains the git client to check out the source code

To install these packages through yum, use the yum install <package list> command as in the following example (execute as root):

yum install glibc-devel readline-devel git

General instructions for 1.5

Downloading the source.

First you need to download the source. Either clone as show below or download a zip snapshot

git clone mtasa-blue
cd mtasa-blue

Then compile it thus:


Then copy the configuration files, network module and resources into Bin/server by running this command:


And the resources and stuff should be downloaded and stuff. As well as the net_d.dll file.


If you’re getting any unexpected errors while compiling, please check our Bug tracker or our IRC channel