Developer Documentation

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Source Code Repository Access

OpenSimulator uses git as its source code repository. Checkout

git clone git://

See Source Code Repository for more details.

See Using Git for more Details on installing and using GIT with

You can also browse the source code for OpenSimulator using a web browser.

opensim-libs git repository contains the source code to some of the 3rd party libraries built and included in OpenSimulator.

libOpenMetaverse contains the source code of libOpenMetaverse for versions >=

See Also:

OpenSimulator git commits RSS feed

OpenSimulator Project Metrics can be found on the Synopsys Black Duck Open Hub website.


Submitting Patches

Please review Submitting code to OpenSim

Feature Proposals

Larger changes may require feature proposals depending on whether they introduce or significantly change existing functionality. Please use your judgement to determine whether this is required.

For more details please see the Feature Proposals page.

Developer Documentation

Please be aware that some of this documentation may be out of date. If this appears to be the case then please ask for more information on the mailing lists or IRC channels (details are on the Main Page). If you can't find what you want here you might want to try looking in the User Documentation.



  • Mantis Bug Tracking — Mantis is the issue tracking tool of OpenSimulator.
  • Continuous Integration — OpenSimulator's Jenkins installation builds the source base after each commit and runs the regression tests.




  • Connectors — A description of OpenSimulator's connector architecture, used for linking region code with services (asset, inventory, etc.) in both local (standalone) and distributed (grid) configurations.
  • Services - A description of the grid and simulator services used by OpenSimulator.


  • LLUDP ClientStack - Information on the LLUDP client stack used by OpenSimulator to send and receive UDP packets from viewers implementing the Linden Labs virtual environment protocol.
  • LLUDP Dissector - Lua code for a wireshark protocol dissector that can parse the message_template.msg file and use it to decode all the message fields from the LLUDP protocol
  • Communication Protocols - Introduction to the various communication protocols used by OpenSimulator. This includes viewer to OpenSimulator TCP and UDP protocols (e.g. login, agent update message exchange, asset fetch, etc.), inter-region protocols and grid service protocols. It also details methods by which arbitary UDP and TCP messages can be sent back and forth between clients/modified viewers and OpenSimulator region modules.
  • Agent Domain / Service - Details about the GridForge hosted Agent Domain/Service code (legacy doc since this LL inspired work has long been abandoned).


  • Database Documentation — Information on the database schemas used in OpenSimulator
  • MonoSqlite — How the database model currently works.
  • LSL:PrimitiveParams — Notes on converting SL Edit GUI values and LSL PrimitiveParams to OpenSimulator PrimitiveBaseShape fields


  • OpenSim Archives - Opensim Region Archive (OAR) file format.
  • Inventory Archives - OpenSimulator Inventory Archive (IAR) file format
  • Asset Formats - OpenSimulator asset formats. This includes serialized object formats and appearance formats.


  • AuthIntegration - How to integrate external authentication systems (such as web frontends) with OpenSimulator's authentication system.
  • ClothingManipulation - How to set clothing on avatars using external ROBUST service calls.
  • UserManipulation - How to create users in OpenSimulator via external calls through ROBUST (only available when running in grid configuration).
  • RemoteAdmin - How to use the remote admin plug-in. Some functions (e.g. user creation) are only available when running in standalone configuration.
  • RegionIntegration - Integrating a region and the things within it (scene objects, etc.) with external sources of data and webpages.
  • RestConsole - Description how to use the REST remote console
  • REST - Information about the REST interface to assets, inventory, etc.
  • Webinterface - Integrating the external face of OpenSimulator with the web.
  • Services - Contains general information on the default OpenSimulator services (asset, inventory, etc.) and more detailed information of HTTP interfaces for some services.
  • Known Web Interfaces within OpenSim - The set of CAPS, XMLRPC, or REST entry points in the project.







  • Scripting Documentation — How to use scripts and what limitations apply.
  • LSL Status — A list of LSL-functions that are available in OpenSimulator.
  • OSSL — Some information about the OpenSimulator Scripting Language, and how to implement an OSSL function
  • OSSL Script Library/ModSendCommand - A mechanism for in-world scripts to use a generic modSendCommand() and the link_message event to communicate with region modules.
  • OSSL_Script_Library/ModInvoke - A mechanism for region modules to make new functions available to in-world scripts without patching the OpenSimulator runtime.
  • ScriptEngines — Information about script engines (chiefly XEngine).
  • Scripts Performance - Factors that affect script performance, and how to measure them



  • Sound Protocol - Technical information about the sound protocols (e.g. UDP messages between viewer and server).


  • Stats Manager - Information about the main statistics monitor used in OpenSimulator and how to add/remove extra stats from modules.
  • Web Statistics Module - The web statistics module documentation and counter wish list.


  • Threading — Information on the way that threads are used in OpenSimulator.


  • Appearance Troubleshooting - Also contains useful information about avatar behave and the relevant message exchanges between the viewer and the simulator.
  • Attachment Protocols - Information on the attachment protocols used by viewers and OpenSimulator.
  • Name Binding - Some information on how OpenSimulator (and Second Life) binds user UUIDs to names (e.g. 25bf6e60-91c0-4d28-8349-ba254cd4388e -> Jane Doe).
  • Userlevel — Explanation of permissions granted via "God Mode"/Admin Status.

Discussing Documentation

A good first point of contact is the #opensim-dev IRC channel. The OpenSimulator developers also hold office hours once a week in-world on Tuesdays. There is also a development mailing list when development discussion takes place.

More About the Dev Infrastructure

See the Infrastructure page for more details on the software infrastructure that supports OpenSimulator development.

Next Gen OpenSim

Development ideas and discussion related a a future "next gen" OpenSim

Recent Git Commits

a few more changes to console; revert a change possible only needed on future .net, at lest we did live without it till now (for real now) (UbitUmarov) (Fri, 30 Sep 2022 03:47:44 -0700)
a few more changes to console; revert a change possible only needed on future .net, at lest we did live without it till now (for real now) UbitUmarov <ajlduarte at sapo dot pt> OpenSim/Framework/Console/LocalConsole.cs
a few more changes to console; revert a change possible only needed on future .net, at lest we did live without it till now (UbitUmarov) (Fri, 30 Sep 2022 03:46:14 -0700)
a few more changes to console; revert a change possible only needed on future .net, at lest we did live without it till now UbitUmarov <ajlduarte at sapo dot pt> .../CoreModules/World/Terrain/TerrainModule.cs
update prebuild (UbitUmarov) (Sun, 25 Sep 2022 12:43:27 -0700)
update prebuild UbitUmarov <ajlduarte at sapo dot pt> Prebuild/src/Core/Nodes/OptionsNode.cs
mantis 9028: check for for a null (should not be needed) (UbitUmarov) (Sun, 25 Sep 2022 07:41:56 -0700)
mantis 9028: check for for a null (should not be needed) UbitUmarov <ajlduarte at sapo dot pt> .../CoreModules/World/WorldMap/WorldMapModule.cs
cosmetics (UbitUmarov) (Sat, 24 Sep 2022 09:14:46 -0700)
cosmetics UbitUmarov <ajlduarte at sapo dot pt> .../AssetTransaction/AssetTransactionModule.cs
fix llcreatelink test (UbitUmarov) (Fri, 23 Sep 2022 15:33:48 -0700)
fix llcreatelink test UbitUmarov <ajlduarte at sapo dot pt> .../Shared/Tests/LSL_ApiLinkingTests.cs
llcreatelink permission must be granted by owner (UbitUmarov) (Fri, 23 Sep 2022 12:26:56 -0700)
llcreatelink permission must be granted by owner UbitUmarov <ajlduarte at sapo dot pt> .../Shared/Api/Implementation/LSL_Api.cs
do not let *createlink run on attachments or link nonmod objects (UbitUmarov) (Fri, 23 Sep 2022 11:26:38 -0700)
do not let *createlink run on attachments or link nonmod objects UbitUmarov <ajlduarte at sapo dot pt> .../Shared/Api/Implementation/LSL_Api.cs

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