gRPC Unity Tutorial

Last updated: 2021-08-30 15:52:50

    This document describes how to integrate Unity with GSE SDK. The overall process mainly consists of two tasks:

    1. Integrating Unity with gRPC
    2. Integrating Unity with GSE SDK


    You have already installed Unity Hub and Unity IDE.


    This document uses 2018.3.5f1 or 2019.4.9f1 Unity engine and MacOS as an example.

    Integrating Unity with gRPC

    gRPC has experimental support for Unity. For more information, see README. Perform the following steps to integrate Unity with gRPC:

    Step 1: create a Unity project

    Because gRPC APIs are only available for .NET 4.5+, it is necessary to create a Unity project equivalent to .NET 4.x at Edit > Project Setting > Player > Configuration > Scripting Runtime Version.

    Step 2: download grpc_unity_package

    Download the latest development version of here. Click Buidld ID to redirect to the download page.

    Click to download under the c# directory.

    Step 3: decompress the package

    Decompress the downloaded .zip package to the Assets directory of the Unity project, as shown below:

    Step 4: test the package

    Unity Editor will fetch files and automatically add them to the project for your use of gRPC and Protobuf in codes. If Unity Editor prompts an error, see FAQs for troubleshooting.

    Integrating Unity with GSE SDK

    Complete the following steps to integrate Unity with GSE SDK:

    Step 1: obtain the GSE SDK Protobuf files

    Obtain the GameServerGrpcSdkService.proto and GseGrpcSdkService.proto files of GSE SDK Protobuf. For more information, see proto File

    Step 2: generate C# codes based on Protobuf

    1. Access the page again to download the gRPC protoc Plugin package compatible with your operating system.

    2. Decompress the package to obtain the protoc and grpc_csharp_plugin executable programs.

    3. Copy protoc and grpc_csharp_plugin executable programs to the same directory as the Protobuf file. Run the following two commands according to the operating system to generate C# codes:

      • For MAC and Linux OS:
        • protoc -I ./ --csharp_out=. GseGrpcSdkService.proto --grpc_out=. --plugin=protoc-gen-grpc=grpc_csharp_plugin
        • protoc -I ./ --csharp_out=. GameServerGrpcSdkService.proto --grpc_out=. --plugin=protoc-gen-grpc=grpc_csharp_plugin
      • For Windows OS:
        • ./protoc -I ./ --csharp_out=. GseGrpcSdkService.proto --grpc_out=. --plugin=protoc-gen-grpc=grpc_csharp_plugin.exe
        • ./protoc -I ./ --csharp_out=. GameServerGrpcSdkService.proto --grpc_out=. --plugin=protoc-gen-grpc=grpc_csharp_plugin.exe

      Four .cs code files are generated as shown in the following figure.

    Step 3: develop and use GSE SDK on the Unity server

    Copy the four .cs files generated in the Step 2 to the Unity project (to a separate folder under the Assets/Scripts/ directory) and use GSE SDK for the development. For more information, see Unity DEMO.

    1. Implement the OnHealthCheck, OnStartGameServerSession and OnProcessTerminate APIs defined by gameserver_grpcsdk_service.proto.

      public class GrpcServer : GameServerGrpcSdkService.GameServerGrpcSdkServiceBase
          private static Logs logger
                  return new Logs();
          // Health checks
          public override Task<HealthCheckResponse> OnHealthCheck(HealthCheckRequest request, ServerCallContext context)
              logger.Println($"OnHealthCheck, HealthStatus: {GseManager.HealthStatus}");
              logger.Println($"OnHealthCheck, GameServerSession: {GseManager.GetGameServerSession()}");
              return Task.FromResult(new HealthCheckResponse
                  HealthStatus = GseManager.HealthStatus
          // Receive game sessions
          public override Task<GseResponse> OnStartGameServerSession(StartGameServerSessionRequest request, ServerCallContext context)
              logger.Println($"OnStartGameServerSession, request: {request}");
              var resp = GseManager.ActivateGameServerSession(request.GameServerSession.GameServerSessionId, request.GameServerSession.MaxPlayers);
              logger.Println($"OnStartGameServerSession, resp: {resp}");
              return Task.FromResult(resp);
          // End the game process
          public override Task<GseResponse> OnProcessTerminate(ProcessTerminateRequest request, ServerCallContext context)
              logger.Println($"OnProcessTerminate, request: {request}");
              // Set the process termination time
              // Terminate game server sessions
              // Exit the process
              return Task.FromResult(new GseResponse());
    2. Develop Unity server programs (taking ChatServer as an example).

      public static void StartChatServer(int clientPort)
         logger.Println("ChatServer Listen at " + clientPort);
    3. Develop the gRPC server.

      public static void StartGrpcServer(int clientPort, int grpcPort, string logPath)
             Server server = new Server
                Services = { GameServerGrpcSdkService.BindService(new GrpcServer()) },
                Ports = { new ServerPort("", grpcPort, ServerCredentials.Insecure) },
              logger.Println("GrpcServer Start On localhost:" + grpcPort);
              GseManager.ProcessReady(new string[] { logPath }, clientPort, grpcPort);
          catch (System.Exception e)
             logger.Println("error: " + e.Message);
    4. Launch the implemented server and the gRPC server.

      public class StartServers : MonoBehaviour
       private int grpcPort = PortServer.GenerateRandomPort(2000, 6000);
       private int chatPort = PortServer.GenerateRandomPort(6001, 10000);
       private const string logPath = "./log/log.txt";
       // Start is called before the first frame update
       void Start()
            // Start ChatServer By UNet's NetWorkServer, Listen on UDP protocol
            // Start GrpcServer By Grpc, Listen on TCP protocol
            MyGrpcServer.StartGrpcServer(chatPort, grpcPort, logPath);
       void OnGUI()

    Unity DEMO

    1. Click here to download the code of the Demo for Unity.
    2. Import grpc unity package.
      Decompress grpc_unity_package in the Step 2 to the unity-demo/Assets directory of the Demo project.
    3. Generate C# codes based on the Protobuf file.
    4. Launch the server for GSE to call.
      • Implement the server: implement the three server APIs in the GrpcServer.cs file under the unity-demo/Assets/Scripts/Api directory.
      • Run the server: create gRPC Server and StartServers.cs in the MyGrpcServer.cs file under the unity-demo/Assets/Scripts directory to launch gRPC Server.
    5. Connect the client to the gRPC server of GSE.
      • Implement the client: implement the nine client APIs in the Gsemanager.cs file under the unity-demo/Assets/Scripts/Gsemanager directory.
      • Connect to the server: create a gRPC channel, specify the host name and server port to connect to, and use this channel to create a stub instance.
    6. Compile and run the program
      Use Unity Editor to encapsulate the executable program of the target system into an asset package, and configure the actual name of the executable program at the launch path.