Version: 2021.3
Language : English
The Network Manager HUD in Matchmaker mode
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Converting a single-player game to Unity Multiplayer

Important: UNet is a deprecated solution, and a new Multiplayer and NetworkingThe Unity system that enables multiplayer gaming across a computer network. More info
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Solution (Netcode for GameObjects) is under development. For more information and next steps see the information on the Unity Netcode for GameObjects website.

This document describes steps to converting a single player game to a multiplayer game, using the new Unity Multiplayer networking system. The process described here is a simplified, higher level version of the actual process for a real game; it doesn’t always work exactly like this, but it provides a basic recipe for the process.

NetworkManager set-up

  • Add a new GameObjectThe fundamental object in Unity scenes, which can represent characters, props, scenery, cameras, waypoints, and more. A GameObject’s functionality is defined by the Components attached to it. More info
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    to the SceneA Scene contains the environments and menus of your game. Think of each unique Scene file as a unique level. In each Scene, you place your environments, obstacles, and decorations, essentially designing and building your game in pieces. More info
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    and rename it “NetworkManager”.
  • Add the NetworkManager component to the “NetworkManager” GameObject.
  • Add the NetworkManagerHUDA Networking component that creates a UI menu that allows you to control the network state of your game using your Network Manager. More info
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    component to the GameObject. This provides the default UI(User Interface) Allows a user to interact with your application. Unity currently supports three UI systems. More info
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    for managing the network game state.

See Using the NetworkManager.

Player PrefabAn asset type that allows you to store a GameObject complete with components and properties. The prefab acts as a template from which you can create new object instances in the scene. More info
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  • Find the Prefab for the player GameObject in the game, or create a Prefab from the player GameObject
  • Add the NetworkIdentityA Networking component that allows you to assign an identity to your GameObject for the network to recognize it as a Local Player GameObject or a Server Only GameObject. More info
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    component to the player Prefab
  • Check the LocalPlayerAuthority box on the NetworkIdentity
  • Set the playerPrefab in the NetworkManager’s Spawn Info section to the player Prefab
  • Remove the player GameObject instance from the Scene if it exists in the Scene

Player movement

  • Add a NetworkTransform component to the player Prefab
  • Update input and control scriptsA piece of code that allows you to create your own Components, trigger game events, modify Component properties over time and respond to user input in any way you like. More info
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    to respect isLocalPlayer
  • Fix CameraA component which creates an image of a particular viewpoint in your scene. The output is either drawn to the screen or captured as a texture. More info
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    to use spawned player and isLocalPlayer

For example, this script only processes input for the local player:

using UnityEngine;
using UnityEngine.Networking;

public class Controls : NetworkBehaviour
    void Update()
        if (!isLocalPlayer)
            // exit from update if this is not the local player

        // handle player input for movement

Basic player game state

  • Make scripts that contain important data into NetworkBehaviours instead of MonoBehaviours
  • Make important member variables into SyncVars

Networked actions

  • Make scripts that perform important actions into NetworkBehaviours instead of MonoBehaviours
  • Update functions that perform important player actions to be commands

Non-player GameObjects

Fix non-player prefabs such as enemies:

  • Add the NetworkIdentify component
  • Add the NetworkTransformA Networking component that allows you to synchronize the movements of GameObjects across the network. More info
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  • Register spawnable Prefabs with the NetworkManager
  • Update scripts with game state and actions


  • Potentially change spawner scripts to be NetworkBehaviours
  • Modify spawners to only run on the server (use isServer property or the OnStartServer() function)
  • Call NetworkServer.Spawn() for created GameObjects

Spawn positions for players

  • Add a new GameObject and place it at player’s start location
  • Add the NetworkStartPosition component to the new GameObject


  • Create Lobby Scene
  • Add a new GameObject to the Scene and rename it to “NetworkLobbyManager”.
  • Add the NetworkLobbyManager component to the new GameObject.
  • Configure the Manager:
    • Scenes
    • Prefabs
    • Spawners
The Network Manager HUD in Matchmaker mode
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