How to make a WoW Private Server in 15 minutes!

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Well, this is my first instructable, so it's not perfect. Another thing: sorry for my bad english .

-What are we going to make?
-A private server, on that you (only you!) can play.

-What are we going to make NOT?
-A pirate server, that causes commercial trouble for the game's developers (Blizzard)!
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Step 1: Programs

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Allright, let us begin:

You have to download a program: AC Web Ultimate Repack 7.7 [link]

And you need the .Net framework 2.0 (you can download that by Microsoft, it's free)

OK, once you downloaded the program, install it (to the the default directory, or the server won't work!!!)

You are ready for the next step!

Step 2: Map-data

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You will need the WHOLE map-data of WoW (in 2.4.2 ca 941 MB, make sure you have enough space!). You can collect that from your WoW installed on your computer. Go to the "C:/AC Web Ultimate Repack/ Tools/Map Extractor enUS" directory and copy "maps" and "ad.exe" to your directory (default: C:/Program Files/World of Warcraft/), then start "ad.exe". This app will collect the map-data (it takes some time).

Once it's done, copy the "maps" folder to the "C./AC Web Ultimate Repack/Server/Ascent/" directory.

Done? Right, next step.

Step 3: Logon Configuration

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Right, now comes the funny part. Open the "ascent-logonserver.conf" with Notepad. There should be some text like that:

<LogonDatabase Hostname = ""
Username = "root"
Password = "ascent"
Name = "logon"
Port = "3306"
Type = "1">

If everything looks like this, you can close the file, if not, change it to this (exactly this).

Step 4: Ascent configuraton

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Now, open "ascent-realms.conf". Look for something like this:

<LogonServer Address = ""
Port = "8093"
Name = "Logon Server"
RealmCount = "1">

If everything's like these, then OK, if not, change them.

You have to change another things

<Realm1 Name = "Your Server Name"
Address = ""
Icon = "RP"
Colour = "1"
Population = "1.0"
TimeZone = "1">

Everything's like the previous steps.
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admin7 years ago
This is a great Instructable, but you need to add a main image of the final project to the intro step. Please do that and leave me a message when you have so that we can publish your work. Thanks!
admin7 years ago
Hey, this is a great instructable and is very informative. Just one thing is missing... pictures! It really helps a lot when trying to follow directions so you should consider taking some photographs. Once you do that and leave me a message when you have so that we can publish your work. Thanks! Thanks for the cool instructable and we hope to publish this soon!
YummerH1 month ago

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wowbb4 months ago

Visit if you would like scripts/tutorials and help with making private servers.

DeBenjiman7 months ago

Is it possible to add bots to the server?...


ItzakD12 months ago

hi. im kinda hoping you could help me out, port 3306 is already in use, how will i unbind it to make it available again?

leonsnyman1 year ago

please i need help may wow goes connect and then it stops it does not freez but it stops,and i have edited realmlist to help please

leonsnyman1 year ago

hi there i have a problem with mysql when i start the server it tells me that it can't find

ac repack\server\mysql\share \english\errmsg.sys. but if i go to the directory the file is there can any one please help

Ok so I did everything like it said, but when I try to login with 'admin/admin' it says "Unable to validate game version. This may be caused by file corruption or the interference of another program." I've got my firewall off. Plzz help.
nahiannasir2 years ago
Hey guys. come join Devil Hills WoW. its a good classic WoW server.
if you are interested go to
Come on guys give the newbies a chance. we've also got a poll. be sure to vote our server there.
mmorpgs2 years ago
Is this the newest version and way to do this, or is this it? Just curious if this has been updated recently and is easier to do? Thanks!
anmar1232 years ago
i didn't find the link media fire says the folder is deleted
harrismak42 years ago
I have foolow All tHe steps Nd Its Done But THERE is A Problem Whene I entered User & pass it Shows The Version Of Game Can't Verify
If Any Have Solution Tell Me....
Thx In Advance.. :)
jkdsh2 years ago
I can't login, I enter admin/admin, and then it says that it is not a account, I even made an additional admin account, and it could not login either. what did I do wrong?
Irta5 years ago
your guide is very good! but i have one problem, when i run Ad.Exe the Commandthing opens and closes in 0.01 sec, i've been able to read ( by holding enter so i spam open the window ) and it says ( i think )

'' could not find Data/common.mpq-2 ''
do you know what that means ? :O
szlatyka (author)  Irta5 years ago
Try collecting the mapdata again. It should solve your problem, if not, you have to reinstall wow.
jkdsh szlatyka2 years ago
I have installed WoW three times now. Each time I use the "ad.exe" file, the black tab appears flashes an error, and then crashes. What should I do?
JordanGRAR Irta5 years ago
Yeah, mine does the same thing.
I took a screen shot of it, and found that this program only works for versions 3.0.0 and above.
Meaning, you most likely need WOTLK.
I only have to TBC, so, now I need to go and buy WOTLK so that this will work.
This is mainly because the file Data/common.MPQ-2 cannot be found in my version of WoW, so the program is terminating itself.
If you have TBC, then yeah, you'll need WOTLK.
If you have WOTLK, then maybe you need to update it a bit?
I'm not sure.
Hope this helped. :D
kimory5 years ago
mysql isnt working on my computer (thats what it says). Anyone know how to fix that problem? Any help would be appreciated.
JMC123 kimory3 years ago
Make sure you have not moved your AC web file from where you originaly downloaded it o because then the file path from your AC control panel will not be able to find it and it will say Mysql unable to start.
JMC1233 years ago
Ok, I got everything done just fine. When i log into wow it comes up with my realm, only when i select it i get disconnected. Now i have turned my firewall off. i do not use a router as i have Verion Mifi. Can any1 tell me how i can fix this i have read the other comments but they are too scattered to tell who is replying to who. Please email me if you can help
Acewing3 years ago
So, i'm not sure if it's wrong, i haven't let it actually complete, but i let it run for a full day straight, i didn't screen what it was at, but it keeps saying "Creating output file maps/map_22673336.bin over and over, each time 0 of (more and more) tiles are available, is this usual?
FinnWoW3 years ago
Everyone should definately check out Finnish-WoW!

Best Private Server ever,

It is Burning Crusade server (2.4.3 patch)
maxsensa3 years ago
My server is red name is red and it instantly disconnects me when i try to log in? any ideas what to do?
please can you make me a server i cant the link does not work
just look up on google "AC Web Ultimate Repack 7.7" and you will come up with a simmilar link
Osmolaman3 years ago
I can log in successfully, and when I double click my server it just says "You have been disconnected from the server". Please help me, I don't know what else to do.
samma993 years ago
derectly when i press on my server i got dc can some1 help???

reedradar3 years ago
if u did it right like me it works 100% thxs dude ill be sure to recommend u on my site and youtube
padi084 years ago
i get to select realm screen and when i click on it, i get disconnected from server can anyone help
mschetinin4 years ago
I'm assured that this DOES NOT work for 3.3.5. I had problems with "Unable to validate game version," then once that got fixed it was stuck at connecting. Even after trying to port foward to all the of the ports above.
ðmùîr4 years ago
ok so i've done everything . i can login and then i find my server . it gets to the connect screen and just hangs
jamesjph4 years ago
The Repack link does not work.

Try this:
bigmark11884 years ago
when i try to run ad it pops up for half a sec and says "cannot find data/common.mpq-s" does anyone know how to fix this?
Valaar4 years ago
Hey man ummmm how do i make it so i can be like a GM and spawn things and change class configurations and such???
kornello4 years ago
help! when i started "logonserver" after a few seconds it closed:

cramboslice4 years ago
it also says for me failure to validate game version. i have wotlk 3.3.5 version 12340 and i still cant get in. any ideas?
go here:
C:\AC Web Ultimate Repack\Ascent\ascent-logonserver.conf

the edit the following

MaxBuild = "99999">

Note: the above contains an extra 9.

(The 4.0.3 build of cataclysm is 13329 or higher. i ran into same issue, so just make that change. im still having trouble after i got [ast that road block)
Kungr Paulbob4 years ago
I did that and a lot of other numbers aswell but it still comes up.... Any ideas for fix?
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