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About BZRobots

(Note that the following information applies to the BZRobots in the upcoming BZFlag 3.0 release)

BZRobots is a programmable computer player client that is compatible with the BZFS server. It is designed to be an artificial intelligence training and development tool that operates under the BZFlag platform.

BZRobots requires that you have already configured and are running an instance of BZFS, that allows one or more bots (using the -botsPerIP setting). Also, BZRobots is a "headless" client (i.e. there are no graphics, it is only text-based), so if you want to watch your bots in action, you will also need to join as an observer or player using the BZFlag client.

Getting Started: Building

Linux/OS X

The BZRobots client (and support for C++ bots) will by default as a standard part of the bzflag trunk build. However, if you want to build Pythong bots, you will need to run ./configure with the option --enable-bzrobots-python (and of course have the necessary dependencies)


Open the bzrobots solution, then build the bzrobots and testbot projects.

Getting Started: Running

Linux/OS X: Shared Library [.so]

(Note: Due to the use of libtool, the is in the .libs directory)

# cd bzflag/src/bzrobots
# ./bzrobots -team red robot@localhost .libs/

Linux/OS X: Python [.py]

# cd bzflag/src/bzrobots
# ./bzrobots -team red robot@localhost ../../bots/python/

Windows: Shared Library [.dll]

# cd bzflag
# ./bzrobots -team red robot@localhost testbot.dll

See Also

BZRobots/API - A list of the methods in the BZRobots API

BZRobots/Ideas - Community suggestions for and enhancements changes for BZRobots

BZRobots/RoboCode_Changes - For those coming from RoboCode, a list of differences between the RoboCode and BZRobots API

BZRobots/History - The old "About" page for BZRobots

BZRobots/Protocol - Description of the internal protocol used in BZRobots