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mangos-zero is an Open Source GPL version 2 licensed server for running your own instance of the World of Warcraft, specifically of vanilla WoW aka. patch 1.12.

The ultimate goal of the project is to preserve the game in its' first released version and allow players to relive the experience of the original game, since the game is always evolving and being updated with new content.

If you are nostalgic or just missed out on the early days of World of Warcraft, stay with us, as vanilla WoW is right here.

Supporting the project

If you like mangos-zero and want to support the project, there are various options:

  • Tip the developer! financial support: I spend roughly 30 hours per week to work on the project, including server, scripts, database and documentation. A little tip helps pay the bills.
  • testing and reporting issues: if you use mangos-zero, please report issues you find for the server, scripts, database or our documentation.
  • submit fixes: any help is welcome! It does not matter if its' proof reading and fixing messages printed by the server, or if you produce documentation or code. As long as you have fun, be an active part of the project!


Documentation is available at, and is updated on regular basis with the latest changes. Documentation is available in source format, too, if you want to use it locally or contribute.


To install mangos-zero on various target platforms, please checkout our updated installation documentation.


All information about contributing to mangos-zero can be found in our documentation for contributors.

Bug Tracking

mangos-zero uses the BitBucket issue tracker. If you have found bugs, please create an issue.


mangos-zero is licensed under the terms of the GNU GPL version 2, with a special exception allowing you to link our server against OpenSSL.

We provide a few libraries within the dep directory for which different licenses apply.