Guide to Install and Play XMage

What is XMage?

XMage allows you to play Magic against one or more online players or computer opponents. It includes full rules enforcement for over 17.200 unique cards (over 33.100 counting all cards from different editions). Starting with Morningtide, all regular sets have nearly all the cards implemented. A more detailed information which cards are implemented can be found here.

There are public servers where you can play XMage against other players. You can also host your own server to play against the AI and/or your friends.

  • Deck editor (load and save decks)
  • Simple computer AI opponent
  • Two player duel or a multiplayer free-for-all game with up to 10 players
  • Supports special formats like Commander (up to 10 players), Cube, Tiny Leaders, Super Standard, Historic Standard
  • There are two tournament types supported (elimination or swiss type handling), which can be played with up to 16 players:
    • Booster (also Cube) draft tournaments (4-16)
    • Sealed (also from Cube) tournaments (2-16)
Install and Configure the XMage Client


It should be a pretty simple install and walk you right through it. Just follow the onscreen prompts



It's best to make a new folder on your hard drive like "C:\XMAGE" and save the downloaded file into that folder.


  • Reboot - It's always best to restart your computer after making any major changes such as installing an application


  • Once back up and running, double click on the XMageLauncher-0.3.8.jar file. The below window should come up This will check the version of both XMage and Java and prompt you to update or install either if needed. When asked to install XMage, click Yes to start the install

 Screenshot of Xmage Launcher Window

  • Once that is finished click the Launch Client button. That will start the XMage Client and allow you to connect to a server of your choice.


  • Click the "Find" button and select “” from the list of servers. Alternatively you can type the address in as well. Leave the port number at its default of 17171

  • Pick a User Name and leave the password blank. Then click "Connect" 


 Screenshot of Xmage Connect To Window


  • Once connected you will need to download the Card Images and Symbols as you'll be able to see the Actual Card Image. In the top menu bar, click the "Symbols" button and let them download.

 Screenshot of Xmage Image and Symbol Buttons

  • Next Click the "Image" button. Here you have two options. First is where you want to download the images from, and finally, what cards to download. Here you can select between downloading directly from Wizards or a secondary and what set of cards you want to download. This includes an option to download only Standard Legal card images.


Screenshot of the Xmage Download Images Window


This may take some time as there are a lot of cards in the database.


Additionally, you can use the Deck Builder and build your own deck. Or you can download a deck file from any major Magic website. You can also download decks from our repository Here


 This should get you started with XMage and allow you to start playing games. If you need additional help feel free to contact me or post in the forums and we will do our best to get you connected. For more information and technical issues, please refer to or

Full Server and Client Downloads can be found in the Downloads Section