web interfaces for your OpenSim grid


i had a tweet thanking me for mentioning the URL-in-the-viewer post and so i started looking into what else might be out there. one issue with having your own grid is access

do you create accounts for everyone? do you allow hypergridding from HG-enabled regions? do you encourage people to create OSgrid accounts and hypergrid to you?

if you are an educator or library scientist setting up a private grid, what do you do about access?

i know that many teachers will take the time to create accounts for their students. that’s just the way teachers are =)

when i taught middle and high school, i used a lot of my own resources for the sake of the kids. the small private school i taught at only had one media player but several TVs (not sure why that would be, without a DVD or VCR the TVs were pretty useless). so i’d strap mine onto the back of my scooter and bring it to school. even in the rain! i’d just wrap it with a garbage bag and hope that was good enough!

so teachers just do stuff for their kids and i guess that goes with the territory. but kids understand how to make accounts online so why not let them for your world?

over on the OpenSimulator wiki site i came across a listing of web interfaces. keep in mind that a wiki is, err, well, a wiki! and some info may be out of date although this page says it was updated last week, so this should be good info

the first one, called Wifi, is very nicely designed and made by the infamous Crista Lopes (Diva Distro and core OpenSim developer). it allows you to use it without needing to have a PHP installed and has both an open registration and one that sends you an email to approve new registrations. she has documentation listed here that actually does not scare me off (ener <– easily intimidated by code) =)

if you use her 0.7 easy-to-install OpenSim package, her beautiful interface is already built in!

wanna see how easy it is to install her Diva Distro OpenSim? look at her 6 step process!

© Crista Lopes

there are several interfaces to look at, even one that connects up with MOODLE called Modlos. i have only used SLOODLE in Second Life and it’s neat to see that someone has connected MOODLE with OpenSim

there’s even one that ties into OpenID (that sounds pretty progressive)

another registration system, GridMix, that i have come across is posted on Adam Frisby’s blog. he is one of the core developers of OpenSim and i think this interface is only available on grids setup via SimHost atm. however, he makes mention of having it available for sale once the bugs are worked out. he has integrated CAPTCHA capability into it which would be nice for public facing grids

© Adam Frisby

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written by Ener Hax

August 29th, 2010 at 9:59 pm

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  1. Ener —

    Are you guys using Diva’s Wifi interface? If so, how do you like it?

    — Maria

    Maria Korolov

    30 Aug 10 at 12:29 pm

  2. funny you should ask . . . this morning James from SimHost asked me which interface we wanted to use! we don’t have one in place yet

    he suggested Wifi although we could go with a more robust PHP driven solution

    in the end, i leave it up to him so don’t have an answer for you, but as soon as i learn what we are going to do i shall shout it out on the blog

    Wifi is rather elegant looking i think and an attractive asset

    Ener Hax

    30 Aug 10 at 1:19 pm

  3. Hi, I have been looking at opensim web interfaces for awhile and a couple months(in July I believe) ago I just decided to create my own for my site, it consist of a sign up page and a simple administration page which allow region users to restart, download region OAR files and load OAR files to their regions, along with basic info about they regions, planning on extending the admin section. I believe Gridmax is now accessible to the public.


    17 Nov 10 at 2:56 pm

  4. Oh ya you can see it in action at


    17 Nov 10 at 3:00 pm

  5. hey very cool, i will check out your link

    you sound like you have some mad scripting skillz! =)

    Ener Hax

    17 Nov 10 at 6:51 pm

  6. Hi Ener Hax, no not really, I have done some simple stuff with LsL, but nothing major, when C# becomes the norm for scripting in opensim then I could say that :) The functionality I listed in my last post is all done through a web interface using the opensim remote admin module which allows developers to use XMLRPC calls to the server to execute certain commands, it needs to be extended but it does have the basic commands and I do believe some one have created a module that extends the funtionality, any way take a look at the site and let me know what you think :)


    29 Nov 10 at 10:04 am

  7. holy crap! “simple”! you are the biggest understatement person out there! and humble too!

    thanks on the invite to explore it, i will! =)

    Ener Hax

    29 Nov 10 at 2:43 pm

  8. Hi Ener Hex, did you ever gotten the chance to check out the interface?? I would really like some feedback on your opinion on it and the site in general. Come to think of it you might not be able to access that area so…. if your still interested in getting a glance at it you can sign up on the site to have access to the stand alone and I can give you access to a test region.


    3 Dec 10 at 10:38 am

  9. that sounds like a plan! =)

    Ener Hax

    3 Dec 10 at 11:08 pm

  10. Hi Ener, I see that you had sign up :) what do you thing?? Do want me to set up a test region so you can get a look at the interface??


    6 Dec 10 at 10:35 am

  11. Hi Ener, I didn’t see a reply from you as off my last post, just wondering if your still interested :)


    9 Dec 10 at 10:39 am

  12. i certainly am! =)

    whatever is easiest is best, i am juggling several projects plus real life so i am stretched pretty thin =)

    Ener Hax

    9 Dec 10 at 3:28 pm

  13. I her ya same her, too bad human cloning is illegal, anyway I will create a region.


    10 Dec 10 at 11:35 am

  14. […] own interface and there are some out there but none that are drop dead simple for people like me (a previous post discussing some of […]

  15. I grabbed diva-r15592 this morning and it slammed to a stop on ODE, which we know is the physics engine, looking around it’s yelling at me because it seems to think I am using sqlite, which I am not. even the launch with the 32bit launcher results in it slamming to a stop.

    So will have to see if aurora will play nice with wifi or not..


    13 Oct 11 at 3:17 am

  16. hi moe, maybe drop a note to Sarge who swapped out OpenSim for Aurora on his stick

    Ener Hax

    16 Oct 11 at 12:47 pm

  17. Hi Ener, would be interested to know what kinds of commands you personally would like to see in an online admin interface to opensim.


    13 Jan 12 at 10:31 am

  18. hello Tony! that is a great question (btw, your website is looking pretty sharp!)

    what I would like is related to account creation – very much like GridMix above – which i don’t think was ever completed

    the ability for people to create an account with a signup code. for an admin interface, i’d like to be able to create new codes and set subscription times to them. so “this” code i create might be valid for 6 months, “that” code might be allow only weeknight access by its accounts

    Ener Hax

    13 Jan 12 at 11:04 am

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