🎉 Nakama 1.0 is now available! Get more details in this blog post.

Open-source server for social and realtime apps and games.

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01 Laser fast

> docker run --name=db cockroachdb/cockroach start --insecure # run once per upgrade > docker run --link=db heroiclabs/nakama migrate up --database.address root@db:26257 # start Nakama server > docker run --link=db -p 7350:7350 heroiclabs/nakama --database.address root@db:26257


What you can build

Nakama is the open-source scalable server that makes building social and realtime apps and games dramatically easier.

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    Built for any cloud

    Nakama is cloud-agnostic. Easily switch between cloud providers and avoid lock-in or run it on private servers. Learn more

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    Social Server

    Use built-in social graph for friends and groups, add social login and you can build your own community of engaged users. Learn more

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    Based on a realtime binary protocol, Nakama allows you to build modern engaging experiences with features such as realtime in-app chat and notifications. Learn more

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    Core Game APIs

    First-class APIs for guilds, leaderboards, realtime multiplayer and more lets you spend less time writing server code. Learn more

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    Strong Consistency

    Nakama leverages cutting edge database technology to ensure your data is always safe at scale.

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    Always Online

    Nakama automatically self heals in bad network conditions and hardware degradation so your users always have access to your apps and games.

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    Local Development

    Download Nakama to your personal machine and develop using the exact same server as you'd run and scale in the cloud. Learn more

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    OSS Apache Licence

    Nakama is free software, released under Apache license v2.0. Nakama has an active and growing developer community. Learn more

03 Extend server logic

Scriptable Lua Engine

  • Add custom code directly into the server.
  • Integrate with 3rd party web servers and HTTP services.
  • Reuse code modules between projects.
local nk = require("nakama")

local function example(context, payload)
  local notification = {
    UserId = "someuserid",
    Subject = "Epic workout! You've unlocked a secret item!",
    Content = {item_id = "192308394345345"},
    Code = 101
nk.register_rpc(example, "example_rpc_id")

04 Community Users

Loved and used by many...

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Install in seconds on Windows, OS X and Linux

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05 Use Cases

Nakama's architecture is designed for modern apps and games.
Use Nakama to leap ahead with a scalable, flexible, high-performance server.

  • Mobile

    Sync users and data across various device platforms. The server provides transactional data guarantees to make sure that state is always consistent.

  • Apps

    Use in-app notifications to engage with users. Store and query preferences and records for users. Protect user purchases with IAP validation.

  • Games

    Build the next action-packed multiplayer game and use matchmaking for competitive play. Rank players in different leaderboards.

  • Social

    Create communities and groups across different social networks. Implement realtime chat with unlimited rooms to build a social community.

06 System Architecture

Built for developers

We measure our success in how little server code you have to write. Quickly integrate our simple, composable APIs that are battle-tested for scale and built for high availability. Nakama lets you spend your development time on app improvements and ship them faster.

  • Libraries that play nice with your existing stack for desktop, web, iOS, and Android — from Unity and Unreal to Defold.
  • World-class documentation, guides, and scripts that make building any gameplay experience simple and easy.
  • Upgrade your mission critical live apps without downtime or surprises.
  • Chat directly with our friendly engineers anytime if you need support. Join the community on Gitter.
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