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#summary The Hedgewars URL scheme handler
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= URL scheme handler =
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== Overview ==
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`hwplay` is an unofficial URL scheme for specifying a server and optionally a room. Hedgewars is able to interpret these URLs to automatically join the specified server and room.
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`hwplay` URLs are useful if you want to play on a server other than the official one.
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== Usage ==
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You can share a `hwplay` URL with other players so they join your server more easily.
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Since `hwplay` is an unofficial URL scheme, your browser and other software needs to learn first how to interpret these URLs.
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Applications might ask you which program to use with a `hwplay` URL. You have to point these to the Hedgewars program (`hedgewars.exe` on Windows, `hedgewars` on GNU/Linux and Mac OS).
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Hedgewars itself also can use a `hwplay` URL as a command-line argument. See [CommandLineOptions#Frontend] for more information.
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`hwplay` URLs are completely optional, you can of course join any server without a `hwplay` URL as long you know its hostname / IP address and port number (46631 by default).
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== Creating `hwplay` URLs ==
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When you are about to start a server in Hedgewas (Main menu → Network game → Local network → Start server), Hedgewars will create a `hwplay` URL for you and copy it into the clipboard if you click on the “invite” button.
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Note the generated URL might only work in your LAN, so please check the IP address. You can obtain your Internet IP address on http://myip.is/ (for example).
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Of course, you can also try to create the URLs from hand (see below).
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== Syntax ==
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The syntax of the “hwplay” URL scheme is:
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`hwplay://<HOST>[:<PORT NUMBER>[?room=<ROOM NAME>]]`
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Parts in square brackets are optional.
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Parts enclosed in less-then and greater-than signs are parameters, where
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 * `<HOST>` is the IP address or host name of the server
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 * `<PORT NUMBER>` stands for the TCP port number of the server
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 * `<ROOM NAME>` is the name of a room in the server
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If the port number is omitted, Hedgewars assumes the default port 46631.
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If the room name is given, the user will automatically join this room. If it is not given, the user will start in the lobby of the server.
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== Examples ==
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Here are some example `hwplay` URLs:
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 * `hwplay://netserver.hedgewars.org`: Points to the lobby of the official server. This is the same as if you'd click on the “official server” button in the main menu
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 * `hwplay://192.168.43.6:54321`: Points to the lobby on a LAN server with IP 192.168.42.6, port number 54321
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 * `hwplay://example.org?room=MyRoom`: Points to the room called “MyRoom” on the server “example.org”
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 * `hwplay://example.com:59000`: Points to the server “example.com”, port number 59000