Mumble is an open source, low-latency, high quality voice chat software. The application can be run as a Windows Service using FireDaemon Pro, which allows you to have the application start automatically at boot prior to login, start multiple instances of the application and more. This HOWTO will show you how to set it up. You can also use Fusion to manage FireDaemon and other Windows services via a web browser.
Mumble Setup Under FireDaemon Pro
Download the latest Windows version of Mumble from the Mumble website.
By default Mumble installs to C:\Program Files (x86)\Mumble so for the purposes of this HOWTO, we will use that directory.
Start up Mumble manually to begin initial Mic/Speaker, certificate and server configuration. Then exit Mumble.
Download and install FireDaemon Pro into the directory of your choice, typically C:\Program Files\FireDaemon.
Next start the FireDaemon GUI from the desktop shortcut. Click on the "Create a new service definition" button in the toolbar (or type Ctrl+N) and enter the information into the fields as you see below. Adjust the paths to suit your installation. Note the required parameters.
Executable: The path to your mumble.exe file. For the purposes of this HOWTO, the path is C:\Program Files (x86)\Mumble\mumble.exe.
Working Directory: The directory containing your mumble.exe file. For the purposes of this HOWTO, the path is C:\Program Files (x86)\Mumble.
The most important field on the tab is the Parameters. The Parameters define the initial setup of your Mumble client. Failure to fill it out means your client will not automatically connect to a specific server and channel.
Here’s the full parameter list you should have:
- YourUsername and YourPassword - Your Username and password (if the server requires them).
- 188.8.131.52 - Replace this with the Server IP or URL.
- 64737 - The Server Port (64738 is the default).
- ChannelPath is the path to the channel you want to move into. If the channel does not exist, you will stay in the default channel.
- 1.2.0 - The server protocol version. This should be 1.1.0 for 1.1 servers, and 1.2.0 for 1.2.
A detailed explanation of Mumble parameters can be found at the Mumble website.
Now click on the Settings tab. If you DON'T want to see Mumble running, uncheck the Interact with Desktop check box & select “Hidden” from the “Show Window” dropdown. You must run Mumble as the user you installed it as. In the Logon Account field type your username (e.g. Administrator) and then enter the user's password twice in the Password and Confirm fields. You can change the Process Priority to allocate more CPU time to Mumble or specify which CPU or core Mumble will run on (in the case of multi-processor, hyperthreaded or multi-core CPUs).
Now click on the Lifecycle tab. Uncheck Graceful Shutdown as Mumble doesn't respond to it.
Now click on the Install button to install and start Mumble!