Get SpatialOS



Add the GDK to your project

Follow the Setup and installation guide to make sure you have everything installed.

To use the SpatialOS GDK for Unity in a new project, you need to set up your project manifest, and then set up world initialization. Your new project must have the same structure as a SpatialOS project.

The spatialos.json file for your project needs to have the same sdk_version and dependencies as the GDK’s spatialos.json.

For a basic set up of two workers, one UnityGameLogic and one UnityClient, we recommend you to reuse these files (within workers/unity):

Set up base assets and directories

  • Copy this file into workers/unity/Assets/Generated/Improbable.Gdk.Generated.asmdef.

Set up your project manifest

Add the following dependencies to the packages manifest located inside workers/unity/Packages/manifest.json:

  "dependencies": {
    "com.improbable.gdk.core": "file:<path-to-the-gdk>/workers/unity/Packages/com.improbable.gdk.core",
    "com.improbable.gdk.buildsystem": "file:<path-to-the-gdk>/workers/unity/Packages/com.improbable.gdk.buildsystem",
    "com.improbable.gdk.playerlifecycle": "file:<path-to-the-gdk>/workers/unity/Packages/com.improbable.gdk.playerlifecycle",
    "com.improbable.gdk.testutils": "file:<path-to-the-gdk>/workers/unity/Packages/com.improbable.gdk.testutils",
    "": "file:<path-to-the-gdk>/workers/unity/Packages/",
    "com.improbable.gdk.transformsynchronization": "file:<path-to-the-gdk>/workers/unity/Packages/com.improbable.gdk.transformsynchronization",
    "com.unity.package-manager-ui": "1.9.11",
    "com.unity.modules.physics": "1.0.0"

Download dependencies

Open your Unity project in your Unity Editor by navigating to workers/unity from the root folder of your SpatialOS project. This triggers the following actions:

  • Unity downloads several required SpatialOS libraries. This may result in opening a browser windows prompting you to log in to your SpatialOS account. Please log in.

This only happens the first time you open the project or if the required libraries change.

  • Unity generates code from the schema files defined in your SpatialOS project.

This only happens, if Unity detects any changes in the schema files since the last time it generated the code.

Set up world initialization

By default, Unity creates a DefaultWorld and then searches the whole project for systems it can add to this world. You can use the DefaultWorld to run logic that is completely independent of SpatialOS. However, you can’t use it to run systems that interact with SpatialOS, because each worker creates its own world and stores additional information about its connection.

You need to choose whether to use the DefaultWorld or whether to disable it, depending on the logic your project contains.

Projects containing SpatialOS and non-SpatialOS logic

If your project contains both SpatialOS logic and logic that is completely independent of SpatialOS, you can use the DefaultWorld. However, you need to add the DisableAutoCreation attribute to each system that interacts with SpatialOS. This prevents Unity from adding these systems to the DefaultWorld.

Projects containing only SpatialOS logic

If your project contains only SpatialOS logic, you can disable the DefaultWorld.

To disable the default world:

  1. In your Unity Editor, go to Edit > Project Settings > Player and add UNITY_DISABLE_AUTOMATIC_SYSTEM_BOOTSTRAP to the Scripting Define Symbols field. This disables the creation of the DefaultWorld.
  2. Create an initialization script that contains the logic for setting up the injection hooks and cleaning up the worlds. For example:
using Improbable.Gdk.Core;
using Unity.Entities;
using UnityEngine;

namespace YourProject
    public static class OneTimeInitialisation
        private static bool initialized;

        private static void Init()
            // ensure that it will only be run when the first Scene gets loaded
            if (initialized)

            initialized = true;
            PlayerLoopManager.RegisterDomainUnload(WorldsInitializationHelper.DomainUnloadShutdown, 1000);

This sets up the injection hooks needed to run Unity’s hybrid ECS and ensures that all worlds are properly cleaned up. You need to set the initialized field to true to ensure it is only run once, otherwise Init is run whenever a Scene gets loaded due to the RuntimeInitializeOnLoadMethod attribute.

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