freeciv-manual is an obscure utility shipped with the ordinary Freeciv client, server, and modpack applications. It can be compiled to produce pure HTML pages, or some kind of Wiki markup embedded in HTML; the shipped variant does the latter. The tool creates rulesetname1.mediawikirulesetname6.mediawiki for (1) server options, (2) server commands, (3) terrain, (4) buildings, (5) wonders, and (6) governments.

Parts 1…5 are readable with a browser, but of course the images in parts 3…5 won't work. Parts 6 requires Mediawiki or a very simple Wiki software.


The output uses a few CSS classes, and users can optionally create and link a CSS style sheet manually for these classes.


The tool supports a subset of the common Freeciv command line options for the installed languages. On Windows (example) try SET LANG=C to get the default locale with English texts, or try SET LANG= (no language) to get a locale matching the Windows region (ends up as English if your language is unavailable). One interesting option is -r or --ruleset to create manual pages for a given instead of the default ruleset.


To identify missing pictures on this Wiki at least for the default (2.4) or classic (2.5) ruleset the freeciv-manual output was added here as subpages. Please do not edit the test pages, submit bugs on hostedredmine! or similar if something is wrong:

  1. options (2.4) (2.5) (2.6)
  2. commands (2.4) (2.5) (2.6)
  3. terrain (2.4) (2.5) (2.6)
  4. buildings (2.4) (2.5) (2.6)
  5. wonders (2.4) (2.5) (2.6)
  6. governments (2.4) (2.5) (2.6)


Open bug report for this tool: GNA#22796. All images needed for the 2.4 default, 2.5 classic, and 2.6 civ2civ3 rulesets now exist on this Wiki. Almost all sub-pages intentionally end up on Special:UncategorizedPages, because the tool does not bother to suggest a category for this or another wiki. Sub-pages with missing images are tracked in Category:Pages with broken file links.