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# Installing Mystic

This section of the Wiki details the first basic steps you need to undertake to get Mystic BBS running on your system of choice.

## Minimum Requirements

Mystic is available on just about every popular platform available today, and requires a very small amount of system resources to run. This section outlines any known minimum requirements for running different versions of Mystic BBS.

It's highly likely your hardware will run Mystic :)

##### Windows
• 32-bit or 64-bit version of Windows XP or later. Please note that Windows XP support may be removed sometime in the future as the operating system continues to show its age. It is recommended to use Windows 7 32-bit or Windows 10 32-bit if you can.
##### Intel-based Linux
• No known minimum requirements, but estimated kernel version of 2.6 or later.
##### ARM-based Linux (Raspberry Pi, ODROID, etc)
• ARMHF V6 processor or compatible (Raspberry Pi Model 1)
##### Machintosh OS X
• OSX v10.6 or later using Intel CPU. There are both 32-bit and 64-bit versions, however, 32-bit versions may go away as Apple hasn't supported them for over 10 years now.

Head to mysticbbs.com to download a copy of the latest Mystic BBS software for your preferred operating system. You will need to choose between the current STABLE version of Mystic or the latest ALPHA version that is on offer.

The latest alpha release is for people who want to help test new features or run the a cutting edge version of Mystic BBS. Don't be surprised to see the alpha versions changing quite often during a development phase.

If you are running a current stable version of Mystic BBS and wish to upgrade to the latest alpha release - this is usually possible. Refer to the UPGRADE.TXT file contained in the Mystic BBS file archive.

If you learn better by watching someone explain HOW-TO then be sure to check out a growing series of training videos available on the Mystic Guy YouTube channel.

## Installing Mystic (Fresh Install)

• Decompress the file containing the Mystic installation software for the operating system of your choice. There is a useful walk-through on howtogeek.com that uses 7-zip as an extraction tool.
• Run the install file contained within the archive to start up the full Mystic BBS Installation Utility.
• If interested take a look at the Read Whats New option from the Installation Utility menu or find WHATSNEW.TXT in the installation archive you decompressed. Note that the latest additions to this file are at the end of it.
• Select Install Mystic BBS from the Mystic BBS Installation Utility menu.
• Update the paths (if you want to) for the Mystic system, data, text etc. files to reside in. Do this if you need to otherwise we suggest run with the stock install options. Hint: If you change the system directory all sub directory paths will be updated also.
• Press F2 to begin the install sequence.
• When installation is complete press the ESC key to close the installer.

Backup your current Mystic BBS system before you get started!

• Decompress the file containing the Mystic installation software for the operating system of your choice. There is a useful walk-through on howtogeek.com that uses 7-zip as an extraction tool.
• Review the Upgrade Information from the Installation Utility menu or look for UPGRADE.TXT in the installation archive you decompressed. This file will tell you which files need to be copied to your current Mystic installation.

There are a number of options to extract or replace older files with newer ones.

### Installer Options

The installer that ships with Mystic can be run in several modes. Typing Install ? reveals the following help screen:

    Syntax:

install                         Begin full installation
install auto <root> [data] [-o] Automated install to <root>
install replace <dir>           Replace executables in <dir> with latest

Example:

install replace c:\mystic
install extract userchat* c:\mystic\text
install auto /mystic /mysticdata/ -o

Options are

• Run the full installation menu and select from its available options
      install
• Copy new versions of binary files to a nominated directory and overwrite old files

install replace c:\mystic

Searching "c:\mystic\" for binaries to replace...

Replacing: c:\mystic\scripts\mide.exe                                   OK
Replacing: c:\mystic\scripts\mplc.exe                                   OK
Replacing: c:\mystic\fidopoll.exe                                       OK
Replacing: c:\mystic\mis.exe                                            OK
Replacing: c:\mystic\mutil.exe                                          OK
Replacing: c:\mystic\mystic.exe                                         OK
Replacing: c:\mystic\nodespy.exe                                        OK
Replacing: c:\mystic\qwkpoll.exe                                        OK

Operations complete
• Extract file or file mask to a nominated directory
      install extract userchat* c:\mystic\text

Extracting: c:\mystic\text\userchat.ans                                  OK
Extracting: c:\mystic\text\userchat.ini                                  OK

Operations complete


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## Creating Sysop Account

If you're setting up a new Mystic BBS system the next step is to create a user account for yourself and grant it system operator (sysop) privileges.

In this section you will create a user account for yourself and then elevate it to have SysOp privileges. The steps to do this are:

• Switch to the Mystic BBS directory you created (e.g. c:\mystic\) and then type mystic -l to run Mystic BBS in local mode
• Once at the main menu logout of the BBS by using the G or /G default menu commands to return to the command prompt