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Welcome to the Hotline Wiki

Hotline Wiki is a collaboration of everyone on the Hotline community. We intend to document everything Hotline, from servers that made history, protocol and community information and history to current servers, latest news and developments, as well as to provide useful information to newcomers getting started with Hotline, including how to start and run their own server.

We are looking for individuals that currently reside on Hotline, so please step forward and assist us in this effort. Hosting for downloads will be provided offsite by contacting Tagban. We are also looking to build a nice sized database of all possible clients, servers and trackers, as well as the source code that goes with them, working on moving Hotline forward into a new era, and to encourage more developers to step forward and work on related projects.

I've finally had time to move this data from fandom to an actual hosted wiki (with no ads!). So enjoy that! I'm also working on backing up my full list of client versions onto here, so that they'll be preserved. These are both new and old clients, servers, trackers, and some other tools/bots I've held onto over the years. Coming soon by March 2024!


Navigating this wiki

If you can't find what you are looking for, you might want to check the page index.

Hotline Clients

One of our goals is to bring up the development of Hotline clients. You can take a look at the clients that there are currently available and in development in the clients page. This is ever changing as new projects come and old ones slowly die off. We will be mirroring all downloads moving forward to ensure there are backups to preserve the old and also bring in the new.

Hotline Servers

Servers are what allow the entire system to work. ANYONE can host a Hotline Server. They were designed to be run on Dial-Up, with minimum resources. The key is opening up your ports. Typically 5500 but this CAN be customized on the server side. Understanding of course that someone trying to connect to your server would have to then know the exact port. OR! They can list the server on a tracker.

Hotline Trackers

Trackers are what empower the servers to be visible to everyone else. A server connects to a tracker and shares its IP address/Port/Server name/# of users at that moment, etc. This allows users to look at the servers list in any one tracker, and decide which to go to.

Hotline Tools

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Hotline Development is critical to continue to track so that we preserve not only the original structure, but helping new developers to have reference data as needed. This also includes Open Source Hotline which is a collection of both active and inactive projects for any aspect of Hotline that can help you understand more about the structure as you look at it.