From Windows 10 to OTS development machine for dummies

I made this tutorial on clean machine just after installing Windows 10 Pro (64bit) on 2020-02-16.
Installing everything took around 1 hour.
In this tutorial we will use Visual Studio 2019, not 2017 recommended for TFS compilation. It will work!

What do you need before start?

  • Windows 10
  • Web Browser (tutorial created with Google Chrome)

What will you have after completing this tutorial?

  • GIT client integrated with Windows 10
  • ‘linux console’ integrated with Windows 10
  • Visual Studio 2019 Community with C++ dev tools – IDE that let you compile TFS/OTClient easily (generate ‘.exe’ file)
  • vcpkg – C++ Library Manager for Windows, it will let you compile TFS/OTClient without searching for C++ libraries for hours
  • IDEA Community Edition with EmmyLUA plugin – free version of IDE that let you manage ‘data’ folder easily (XML and LUA files)
  • MariaDB database, PHP 7.4 and Apache2 server – website for your OTS
  • The Forgotten Server 1.2+ running on your PC
  • Gesior2012 for TFS 1.2+ running on your PC

1. Install GIT for Windows with environment integration

Download it from site (version 64-bit Setup):
‘Setup’ version will integrate Git with Windows explorer.

Download 64-bit Git for Windows Setup.
Unselect GUI option. It’s useless. You will have better Git GUI in IDEA.
Change line ending to ‘as is’. On GitHub most of code uses Unix-style endings.

2. Install Visual Studio 2019 Community with C++

Download it from site:

Select “Community” version. It will start download. After download run installer.
Select packet “Programming classic applications in C++”.
Select packet “English language”. It’s required to install TFS compilation libraries.
After installation run Visual Studio for first time to make it configure itself.
You don’t need Microsoft Account to use it. Click ‘Not now, maybe later’.

3. Install vcpkg – C++ library manager for Windows

Open Git Bash (‘linux console’) in folder ‘C:\’
Type in console: git clone
git clone
Type in console: cd vcpkg
cd vcpkg
Open website: and find newest tagged version

Newest tagged version should be stable. I tried master branch and it did not work with all libraries. You can always use old version, not newest. I used for this tutorial: 2020.01

Type in console: git checkout 2020.01
git checkout 2020.01

It will switch version of vcpkg to version from 2020.01

Type: ./bootstrap-vcpkg.bat

To build vcpkg. You must do it after downloading from GitHub and after every version change.

Run Windows PowerShell as Administrator (another black console..)
Change path in console to vcpkg path
Type: cd C:\vcpkg
cd C:\vcpkg
In console type: .\vcpkg integrate install
.\vcpkg integrate install

This will integrate vcpkg C++ library manager with Visual Studio we installed before.
After integrating with Visual Studio close PowerShell. We don’t need administrator rights anymore.

If you closed Git Bash console we opened at start, open it again in vcpkg folder.
Copy current libraries list from official TFS wiki (for 64-bit):

Libraries list at 2020-02-17:

vcpkg install boost-iostreams:x64-windows boost-asio:x64-windows boost-system:x64-windows boost-filesystem:x64-windows boost-variant:x64-windows boost-lockfree:x64-windows luajit:x64-windows libmariadb:x64-windows pugixml:x64-windows mpir:x64-windows cryptopp:x64-windows
Type in console: ./ and paste list

./ means ‘run’

We got all libraries for TFS!

4. Download TFS and compile engine

Create folder:

Open Git Bash in folder C:\ots
Download newest TFS. Type: git clone
git clone

It will open TFS project in Visual Studio.

Click ‘OK’ when VS ask you about changing target platform.

Change build type to Release and build target platform to x64.
Previously we installed C++ libraries for 64-bit platform – we can compile only 64-bit version.

If you plan to do many changes in sources and compile in often, you may try to use Debug build type.
It should link faster and reduce time of building solution.

Start compilation of TFS. It can take few minutes.
Open folder: C:\ots\forgottenserver\vc14\x64\Release
Copy all .dll files and .exe file to folder: C:\ots\forgottenserver\
TFS is ready. Now we need to install database server and import TFS database schema.

5. Install MariaDB, PHP and Apache2 servers

Download newest XAMPP for Windows.


During installation deselect components we won’t use for OTS development.
Start Apache, MySQL and open phpMyAdmin site (database administration site).

If Apache fails to start, it’s probably because some other application is already using port 80.
Common problem is Skype. Turn off Skype, start Apache, start again Skype – you got website and Skype working.

In phpMyAdmin open page with new user account configuration.
Type username forgottenserver
Type secure password for that user
Check ‘Create database with same name and grant all access.’
New database will appear in left panel. Click it and go to Import page.
Choose file: C:\ots\forgottenserver\schema.sql

and click Import.
We got database for our OTS! Time to configure game server.

Open folder C:\ots\forgottenserver and copy file config.lua.dist to config.lua

6. Install IntelliJ IDEA, configure game server and run it for first time!

What is IntelliJ IDEA? It’s IDE for Java and Android development.
What is IDE? It’s ‘Integrated Development Environment’.
Why do I need it? To develop code faster, automatically detect simple bugs and make cleaner code.

Choose folder: C:\ots\forgottenserver
Open IntelliJ IDEA Settings
Go to Plugins and install EmmyLua
Restart IDE to make it work with LUA
Configure your password to database user forgottenserver in file config.lua
Your server is running!

7. Install website (Gesior2012)

Open folder: C:\xampp\htdocs
Remove all files from C:\xampp\htdocs
Open Git Bash in folder C:\xampp\htdocs
Type: git clone .
git clone .

Yes. There is space and dot at end. We want to download Gesior2012 to current folder. Not to folder C:\xampp\htdocs\Gesior2012

Type: git checkout TFS-1.2
git checkout TFS-1.2

Change Gesior2012 version to TFS-1.2 (exactly change git branch to TFS-1.2)
Same as we did during vcpkg installation. Download from GitHub with git clone and then change version.

From now you will edit every directory in IntelliJ IDEA 🙂

PHP files are not colored in IntelliJ IDEA Community edition 🙁
LUA plugin is free, but PHP is available only in IntelliJ IDEA Ultimate (paid / 30 days trial) or as separate application PHPStorm (it’s IntelliJ IDEA with PHP plugin).

Open website and click link to installation.
Refresh site. Error about IP should disappear.
There will be probably some errors about cache folder.
We got to set cache folder not read-only.
When it asks about ‘To all files and sub-directories’ click Yes.
Click link to Step 1 in left side menu.
Type path to TFS: C:\ots\forgottenserver

Continue steps 2-5.

Your website should be ready to use!

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