Distributing content

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You've completed your creation. You've tested it, polished it, and tweaked it. You feel confident that your add-on is the greatest achievement since the sandwich was invented. Now what? Make it available to the world!

The Add-on Server

The add-on server is the preferred way to distribute your creations, whether it's a single map or a large campaign. The rules for publishing to the add-ons server are here.

In in order to publish an add-on to the server, you need to create a _server.pbl file inside your add-on's directory. Detailed instructions on the syntax of the file are located on the PblWML page. The _main.cfg file is also required, even for resource add-ons.

Once you are ready to publish:

  • Open Wesnoth
  • Select Add-ons from the main menu
  • Connect to the default add-ons.wesnoth.org add-on server
  • In 1.12: Select your add-on, which will be the last entry in the list of add-ons. Then select Publish add-on: Your Add-on Name
  • In 1.14: In the "State" drop-down above the list, select "Publishable", and the list will show only your add-on. Select your add-on, then click on the shield icon with the upwards arrow.

Note: If you haven't included a passphrase in the _server.pbl file then Wesnoth will add a randomly-generated password to it. This password can be used to upload updates. (Version 1.15.12 and later only) it will prompt for a passphrase instead of randomly generating one.

Note: By default, all files and folders inside the add-on's directory are uploaded, except those that begin with '.' and those that end in '~'. If you want to exclude any others, you may do so by creating a _server.ign file and listing within it the files or folders you wish not to be uploaded (see IGNFileFormat for more information).

Note: A command-line interface to publish add-ons exists for those who prefer it. The script is located in a path like "/share/wesnoth/data/tools/wesnoth_addon_manager" (may depend on your OS and wesnoth version).


Whenever you upload or update your add-on, you will have to confirm that it is licensed as required by

When a user downloads your add-on, it will include the ART_LICENSE that you included and a COPYING.txt file containing a copy of the GNU GPL version 2, signifying the content is licensed under such.

The Forum

Creating a thread on the Wesnoth forums is a good way to receive feedback for your add-on. Making use of the [feedback] tag in your _server.pbl is also highly recommended.

While it is possible to upload your add-on directly to the forums, that is not recommended since it requires extra steps on the part of the downloader and limits the add-on's exposure to players who regularly visit the forum.

Version control distribution

It is recommended that you create your own personal repository on a service such as GitHub. This will allow tracking changes you make to your content, as well as make it easier for others to collaborate with you.

See Also

This page was last edited on 12 May 2021, at 12:28.