How to Create Your Own Private World of Warcraft Server
By Ty Arthur
Updated September 22, 2017
The hugely popular multi-player role-playing game World of Warcraft allows you to play as a vicious orc or noble human warrior in a never-ending struggle for dominance in an online fantasy world. Although the game is meant to be played with thousands of other players simultaneously, you can play it as a single-player game by creating your own private server on your computer.
Find a website such as "AC Web" that offers simple server software that will allow you to run your own private server. (See Resources.)
Go to the downloads page of the website and download the latest version of the software. If you are using the AC Web software it will be titled "AC Web Ultimate Repack."
Follow the installation instructions for the Repack software after downloading it and then navigate to the folder where it was installed on your computer.
Double-click on the map extractor program to extract all of the game world maps.
Navigate to the folder where you have the World of Warcraft game installed and then transfer all of the extracted maps into it.
Open the file named "realmslist.wtf" using Notepad or a similar text program. Remove everything in the file and then replace it with the phrase "set realmlist 127.0.0.1" which will instruct the game to look to your own computer when loading a server to play on. Save the file.
Run the executable file named "Control Panel" that was extracted with the maps. Start the World of Warcraft game and you will then be able to play on your own private server.
Although playing on your own privately hosted server will prevent you from having to pay a monthly fee to access the game you will not be able to interact with any other players or join a guild.
Ty Arthur has been writing technical and entertainment-related articles for a variety of online sources since 2008. His articles have appeared on Metalunderground.com and many other websites. Arthur attended the Great Falls College of Technology and studied both computer science and creative writing.