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  • Users - Register/login new users via social networks, email, or device ID.
  • Storage - Store user records, settings, and other objects in collections.
  • Social - Users can connect with friends, and join groups. Builtin social graph to see how users can be connected.
  • Chat - 1-on-1, group, and global chat between users. Persist messages for chat history.
  • Multiplayer - Realtime, or turn-based active and passive multiplayer.
  • Leaderboards - Dynamic, seasonal, get top members, or members around a user. Have as many as you need.
  • Tournaments - Invite players to compete together over prizes. Link many together to create leagues.
  • Parties - Add team play to a game. Users can form a party and communicate with party members.
  • Purchase Validation - Validate in-app purchases and subscriptions.
  • In-App Notifications - Send messages and notifications to connected client sockets.
  • Runtime code - Extend the server with custom logic written in Lua, TypeScript/JavaScript, or native Go code.
  • Matchmaker, dashboard, metrics, and more.

Software Included

Package Version License
Nakama 3.12.0 Apache 2
Cockroachdb 19.1.3 Apache 2

Creating an App using the Control Panel

Click the Deploy to DigitalOcean button to create a Droplet based on this 1-Click App. If you aren’t logged in, this link will prompt you to log in with your DigitalOcean account.

Deploy to DO

Creating an App using the API

In addition to creating a Droplet from the Nakama 1-Click App using the control panel, you can also use the DigitalOcean API. As an example, to create a 4GB Nakama Droplet in the SFO2 region, you can use the following curl command. You need to either save your API access token) to an environment variable or substitute it in the command below.

curl -X POST -H 'Content-Type: application/json' \
         -H 'Authorization: Bearer '$TOKEN'' -d \
        '{"name":"choose_a_name","region":"sfo2","size":"s-2vcpu-4gb","image": "nakama-18-04"}' \

Getting Started After Deploying Nakama

After you create a Nakama One-Click Droplet, Nakama and CockroachDB will both be installed. This One-Click application is ideal for learning and exploring with Nakama, but isn’t configured for production use.

Once your Nakama One-Click Droplet has started, it will be ready to use with the Nakama client.

Get started with your preferred client: