Connecting to the Server Shell

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To manage certain parts of your game, you will need to connect to the Server Shell, which is like a command prompt for your game server. This is different than connecting with your MUSH client, because your’e connecting to the server, not the game.

The Ares User

Your server comes with a root user. This is basically like the One/Headwiz/God user that has ultimate permissions on your server. You will use root when installing the game, but then tuck it away for safekeeping.

The game installation will create an ares user and password. This is the one you should use from now on.

How to Connect

There are a variety of ways to connect to the server shell depending on your OS and what tools you want to use.

Using Windows Powershell

On Windows 10 and up, you can connect using Windows Powershell:

  1. Open a Powershell window. (You can use the Windows search to find the Powershell application.)
  2. Type ssh

Using Mac Terminal

On MacOSX, you can connect using the Terminal app:

  1. Open a Terminal window. (It’s usually under “Utilities” in the Applications menu.)
  2. Type ssh

Using a Desktop Client

There are many SSH clients available. A popular one is PuTTY, available for Windows Mac. Once installed, you can add your game to PuTTY’s address book.

Connecting through DigitalOcean

If you used the DigitalOcean setup instructions, you can connect directly to your droplet using the DigitalOcean control panel. The console is rudimentary and annoying, but it’s a safe fallback if nothing else works for you. Log into your DigitalOcean account and go to “Access->Launch Console.”


Once your game is installed, you can use the linux change directory command - cd - to change to the folder where the Ares code lives.

cd - Goes to your home folder.
cd aresmush - From your home folder, changes to the game folder.
cd ares-webportal - From your home folder, changes to the web folder.

The ls command will show you a list of files for your current directory.


As mentioned before, never use the ‘root’ user for any Ares-related operation. Sometimes you may need to do things that require administrator permissions, like rebooting the game. If so, you can use the sudo command to execute a command with root/admin permissions.

For example: sudo reboot will reboot the server.