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Which programs do i need for what?

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There are a bunch of tools you need to work on your private server.

This is only an overview. If you want to know how to work with these programs please use google. There are a lot of tutorials out there.

Please notice: Some of these programs do need a valid license which you have to buy. Yes, there are cracks on the internet but sometimes it's worth the money. You decide!

 

Filetransfer (FTP / SFTP)

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If you want to transfer files from your computer to your server you will need a ftp client. There are 2 common ones which we want to show you here:

 

Filezilla

FileZilla is a free software, cross-platform FTP application, consisting of FileZilla Client and FileZilla Server. It is easy to use but also has some disadvantages over some other clients.

You can take a look at it >>here<<.

 

WinSCP

WinSCP is a free and open-source SFTP, FTP, WebDAV, Amazon S3 and SCP client for Microsoft Windows. Its main function is secure file transfer between a local and a remote computer. For us, this is the more professional tool and our recommendation.

You can take a look at it >>here<<.

 

Managing your server (console, ssh)

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When it comes to managing your private servers, you have to do it via a console. That's because you will be using FreeBSD as your server os which does not include any userinterface like your windows or mac system. So you need a program to do that.

 

PuTTY

PuTTY is a free and open-source terminal emulator, serial console and network file transfer application. It supports several network protocols, including SCP, SSH, Telnet, rlogin, and raw socket connection. It can also connect to a serial port

 

You can download it >>here<<.

 

Managing your database (MySQL / MariaDB)

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When it comes to database management you will have to pick from a lot of programs. There are DBeaver, HeidiSQL and Navicat to name some commonly known ones.

 

Navicat

We're recommending Navicat as your database management software. Navicat is a series of graphical database management and development software produced by PremiumSoft CyberTech Ltd. for MySQL, MariaDB, Oracle, SQLite, PostgreSQL and Microsoft SQL Server.

It will cost some money when it comes to using the full version - if you don't crack it - but it will be worth the money. It is easy to use and there is a trial version over >>here<< for you to get you started!

 

Working on text files (there are a lot of them in your sever)

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You will need a good text file editor when it comes to adjusting your drops, spawns, quests, ....

 

Notepad++

Notepad++ is a text editor and source code editor for use with Microsoft Windows. It supports tabbed editing, which allows working with multiple open files in a single window. You can get it >>here<<.

 

Working on image files (there are a lot of them in your client)

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If you want to modify your armor and weapon textures or modify the user interface of the game you need an image editor which is able to open .tga and .dds files.

 

paint.net

Paint.NET is image and photo editing software for PCs that run Windows. It features an intuitive and innovative user interface with support for layers, unlimited undo, special effects, and a wide variety of useful and powerful tools. You can find it >>here<<.

 

Oh, one advice at the end: If you want an easy solution on how to install all these programs you just should have a look on https://ninite.com/.

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When it comes to working with source code files (C++, LUA, Python) you will encounter a situation where you want to compare files.

To help you comparing files there are two tools which we can recommend for that:

  • Beyond Compare
    • With Beyond Compare you are able to compare files and folders and easily find any mismatches. But you have to install another program to use it.
  • Notepad++ Compare Plugin
    • If you already have notepad++ installed, the compare plugin comes in handy.

 

(Thanks to @Johnny69 for this recommendation.)

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