A New Breed of MUSH Server

System Requirements

Because AresMUSH has different needs than Penn or Tiny, most dedicated “MUSH Hosting” plans won’t work. They won’t have enough resources or the right software packages. Instead, you’ll want to get a Virtual Private Server (VPS) that will let you install anything you want.

This article details the system requirements to help you find the right VPS and get everything set up.

I recommend Digital Ocean. It’s what I use for AresCentral. If you want to use that, hop on over to Getting Started with Digital Ocean for step-by-step instructions on setting up your game there.

VPS Specs

Operating System

AresMUSH runs best on a Unix-like operating system, such as Linux or MacOSX. If you have no other preference, choose Ubuntu Linux because that’s what I use and I’ll be able to help you better.

AresMUSH can run on Windows, but all Ares scripts and instructions are geared towards Unix-like environments. If you want to run it on Windows, it will require some gymnastics. It is not officially supported, but it can work.


I wouldn’t recommend anything less than 500MB. In testing, Ares RAM usage has been about 70MB-80MB with up to a dozen players connected, but you also need RAM for the OS itself and any other utilities you want to be running.

Most VPS servers will give you at least 500MB, so that shouldn’t be a problem.


Processor speed doesn’t matter. Any VPS will have sufficient horsepower for Ares.

Disk Space

Any VPS should have more than enough disk space.

The code itself is small, less than 50MB, but you’ll also need room for the OS and tools.

For the database, it will depend on the size of your game, but it’s pretty insignificant. In testing, a database with 1000 rooms, exits and characters was about 2MB in size.

Software Packages

There are several software packages that Ares requires:

If you use the Digital Ocean instructions, these will automatically be installed for you. Otherwise you’ll have to set them up on your own. Doing so is outside the scope of this tutorial.

This article is part of the Installing AresMUSH tutorial.