OpenSim grids off to a solid start this year

Public OpenSim grids gained land area, registered users, and active users this month, with active users reaching a new all-time high.

Grids reported a net increase of 638 active users, for a new total of 36,330 actives, despite the end of the OpenSimulator Community Conference. That event accounted for a one-time addition of over 500 active users to the stats last month.

The number of registered users grew by 9,471, for a new total of 521,030. There was also an increase of 3,896 regions, for a new land area of 70,352 standard region equivalents.

Land area of OpenSim’s public grids, in standard region equivalents. (Hypergrid Business data.)

OSGrid was the biggest land gainer this month, with 1,323 new regions for a new total of 20,467, comfortably keeping its place as the largest grid in OpenSim. Kitely gained 330 new regions and has the second largest number of regions at 14,433.

For those who are new readers, OpenSim is a free, open source virtual world platform that’s compatible with the Oculus Rift. It allows people with no technical skills to quickly and cheaply create virtual worlds, and then teleport to other virtual worlds. Those with technical skills can run OpenSim worlds on their own servers for free, while commercial hosting starts at less than $5 a region — compared to $300 a region for the same land in Second Life.

A list of hosting providers is here. Download the recommended Firestorm viewer here. And find out where to get content for your OpenSim world or region here.


When it comes to general-purpose social grids, especially closed grids, the rule of thumb is: the busier, the better. People looking to make new friends look for grids that already have the most users. Merchants looking to sell content will go to the grids with the most potential customers. Event organizers looking for the biggest audience… you get the idea.

Most of the major grids reported active user gains this month.

Metropolis gained 229 active users, Genesis Metaverse gained 182, and OSgrid gained 147. InWorldz, OpenSim’s most popular grid, started off the new year on a positive note with a gain of 151 new active users, after losing more than 500 actives last year.

Below is a list of 25 most popular grids this month based on active user numbers.
Top 25 most popular grids:

  1. InWorldz: 6,098 active users
  2. OSgrid: 3,878 active users
  3. Metropolis: 3,666 active users
  4. DigiWorldz: 1,618 active users
  5. Island Oasis: 1,392 active users
  6. Kitely: 1,314 active users
  7. AllCity: 1,232 active users
  8. Lost Paradise: 1,141 active users
  9. Craft World: 1,076 active users
  10. Great Canadian Grid: 1,057 active users
  11. Eureka World: 672 active users
  12. Virtual-EPI: 614 active users
  13. Exo-Life: 613 active users
  14. YrGrid: 607 active users
  15. Genesis MetaVerse: 544 active users
  16. DreamNation: 542 active users
  17. Sinful Grid: 524 active users
  18. Encore Escape: 393 active users
  19. EdMondo: 382 active users
  20. FrancoGrid: 365 active users
  21. Anettes Welt: 344 active users
  22. 3rd Rock Grid: 343 active users
  23. The Adult Grid: 323 active users
  24. Littlefield: 308 active users
  25. The Public World: 308 active users

Meanwhile, the hypergrid as a whole is beginning to function more and more like one large grid, with an increasing number of multi-grid events, communities, and groups.

(Hypergrid Business data.)

Hypergrid-enabled grids, where users can teleport freely to other grids, are now home to 79 percent of OpenSim’s active users. They accounted for 68 percent of actives at the beginning of 2016, and just 52 percent at the start of 2015.

Looking at land area, the numbers are even more dramatic, since the hypergrid offers more renting options for users, and some grids even allow users to connect their own home-based regions for free. Hypergrid-enabled grids currently account for 94 percent of all OpenSim land area.

The full list of all hypergrid-enabled grids, ranked by traffic numbers, can be found here.

Kitely Market statistics

The Kitely Market now delivers to a record-high 165 grids.

Customers from any hypergrid-enabled grid, and from many closed grids, can order from a selection of 8,784 products, also a record high, which are available in 16,870 variations.

On the Kitely Market, like on Amazon, different versions of the same product — different colors of a dress, for example, or different permission options — are grouped together into one listing.

Of particular interest is the export permission, which allows content to be delivered to other grids, or delivered to Kitely then taken to other grids via exports or hypergrid travels. This month, 11,900 of the variations were exportable, or 71 percent of the total.

(Kitely data.)

All hypergrid-enabled grids, by default, can accept Kitely Market deliveries unless they specifically configure their grid settings to keep these deliveries out. Grids that are not accessible via the hypergrid can still accept Kitely Market deliveries, if they choose, by following these instructions.

Craft, Dorena’s World both turn seven this month

Two of the oldest OpenSim grids, both European, are turning seven years old this month.

Craft, which is based in Italy, is celebrating with a party and building competition.

(Image courtesy Craft.)

Craft’s party will be held on January 27 and will feature the grid’s sixth annual Building Competition, which is open to residents of both Craft and other OpenSim worlds, Craft spokesman Raffaele Macis told Hypergrid Business. The winner in the building competition will receive a full region in Craft for one year, the second runners up a 10,000-prim region for one year and all entries should be given to Licu Rau or Tao Quan, in-world, by January 21.

(Image courtesy Dorenas World.)

Germany-based Dorena’s World, however, is postponing its celebration until the summer, grid owner Dorena Verne told Hypergrid Business, to coincide with the seventh anniversary of GridTalk, a German-language discussion forum for the OpenSim community.

“Much has happened to it, sometimes times off, laugh, cry, just everything that makes a together,” she said. “I would like to thank all the inhabitants and guests for this time, which I have been able to spend together with you until today.”


The Encore Escape is a new grid that launched this past weekend with a big opening party.

(Image courtesy Encore Entertainment.)

You can follow it on Facebook or Twitter.

The following 23 grids were marked as suspended this month: 3dcolabStandAloneAscension Grid, Astria Porta, AviRealms, Blight’s Beach Grid, Celtic Grid, Crystal’s World, DovangelIpsofacto, Kingdom of Creation, Maze Matrix, NewWorld, Oligo, Osirus, Proyecto AlebriRevo Grid, SaltwaterbaySkyLife, Sunlight, Twilight Grid, UFGQ Grid, Virtworld, Your2Live

Grids that have been suspended for more than two months will be marked as closed. If your grid isn’t on the active grids list, and not on the suspended list, it may have been marked closed when it shouldn’t be. Please let us know.

And if there’s a public grid we’re not tracking, please email us at [email protected]. There’s no centralized way to find OpenSim grids, so if you don’t tell us about it, and Google doesn’t alert us, we won’t know about it.

By “public,” we mean grids that allow hypergrid visitors, or have a website where people can register for or request accounts.

January Region Counts on the Top 40 Grids

The list below is a small subset of existing OpenSim grids. We are now tracking a total of 1,200 different publicly-accessible grids, 257 of which were active this month, and 191 of which published their statistics.

All region counts on this list are, whenever available, in terms of standard region equivalents. Active user counts include hypergrid visitors whenever possible.

Many school, company or personal grids do not publish their numbers.

The raw data for this month’s report is here. A list of all active grids is here. And here is a list of all the hypergrid-enabled grids and their hypergrid addresses, sorted by popularity. This is very useful if you are creating a hyperport.

You can see all the historical OpenSim statistics here — dating all the way back to 2009. Including polls and surveys.

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David Kariuki

David Kariuki is a technology journalist who has a wide range of experience reporting about modern technology solutions. A graduate of Kenya's Moi University, he also writes for Cleanleap, and has previously worked for Resources Quarterly and Construction Review. Email him at [email protected].

67 Responses

  1.' Da Hayward says:

    As butch said congrats all.
    And great Job David on the stats.

  2.' Magnuz Binder says:

    A few corrections on transitions:

    The Encore Escape has been continuously online since July 2016 ( ), so I think it was more of a re-launch party if anything.

    Next Reality changed into Adventure Bay, and is still very much alive, reachable by hypergrid (just checked), and even if their official splash screen now points to a page advertising owner Mike Hart & Pro Racer Motorsport, their wifi page at shows the correct grid stats (also just checked).

    HyperWild was up last 2017-01-14, but is usually up just a few hours per week, so it may be hard to catch.

    Regno di Camlaan was up last 2017-01-07, but is also up rather intermittently, so it too may be hard to catch.

    Second World was up last 2017-01-08, but again a rather intermittent grid, so it may be hard to catch.

    • yes encore escape has been open to the public but was more of a open alpha / beta as they got things ready for official launch which was this past weekend.

    • Cool, thanks! I’ll update my database.

      • Adventure Bay: 8 regions, 7 registered users, 43 actives (nice! big increase from November when it was 24)
        HyperWild: no stats
        Regno Di Camlaan: 4 regions, 36 users, 37 actives
        Second World: 32 regions, 153 users, 162 actives

        I’ve updated the stats page:
        And the active grids list:

        And this article.

        For the tech geeks out there: I use Filemaker (yes, I know it’s 20 years old, but I really hate Access) for the database. I like it because I can quickly write scripts for it. But it runs on my computer, so I can’t do an online check every hour, like Magnuz Binder does. The convenience for me is that I can generate all the text for the report pages and analyse the data a million ways to Tuesday very quickly and easily and create nice charts.

        I’ve tried a lot of online database platforms (the one I liked best, DabbleDB was aqui-hired by Twitter and the service shut down, breaking my heart). But I haven’t found anything as convenient to use.

        You see, my programming skills are also 20 years old. So I can very quickly get Filemaker to do just about anything that I want. But to do anything with, say, MySQL, I’d have to get a developer in to many any of the changes I needed. Take, for example, the way that Metropolis puts periods instead of commas in its numbers. At first, I was stumped at how to handle it, then I added a step where I took out the periods from the user and region numbers — they should never be fractional, anyway, so if there’s a period there, there’s something wrong. It took just a few minutes to do this, test the new script, discover where I made typos, fix them, and have it working.

        Plus, Filemaker has a lot of nice built-in functionality that would have to be all created from scratch with an online database.

        What I could really use, however, if someone wants to write it, is an online service that checks all the grids on, say, a daily basis for uptime and stats, and creates a report that I can easily pull in to my database. I’d be very happy to share all my data, the stats pages for all the grids, the strings I search for (different ones for each grid), and so on.

        Magnuz, is that something you would be able to collaborate on?

        The primary purpose is marketing. People like seeing how grids are doing, who’s gaining, and they like finding new grids to explore. Plus, all those in-bound links add up to help people find grids when they search for them on Google.

        • i can write ya new code maria if you like. Even though i hate wordpress their scripting is still php.
          As for database stuff i bought myself Navicat Premium Essentials for like $20, think its still that much and it comes in handy when working in databases.

          • I hadn’t considered writing in PHP on back of WordPress. I was thinking more like the Google Apps engine, where I’ve written my last online database app (and learned that I hate Python). Or just a server running MySQL.

            The problem is that there’s so much custom coding that goes into scraping these stats, that unless you’re really committed, or can write all the code yourself, it’s really hard to keep it up. And just when you think you’ve got it licked, they go and invent varregions and you have to start all over again.

            And this is the minor part of it, and probably least useful.

            I’ve been talking to folks about what to do about Hyperica, with discussions about what it would take to turn it into something really useful. Such as built-in events, real-time activity reporting, traffic stats, recommendations, and promoted events and destinations.

            I haven’t found anyone yet who’s interested in doing that, and it looks like my other option is to donate the OAR to the community, and create an export of all the data for anyone to use, and shut down the service itself. Which would leave 10,000 active users without an in-viewer destination guide. I’m less worried about the 10,000 other users who use the website, since there’s OpenSim World now. (Since there’s some overlap between the two groups, the actual totals for each group might be higher.)

            Maybe the guys at OpenSim World want to do the destination guide? Email me: [email protected]. I’d be happy to share anything you need for it.

          •' XMIR Grid says:

            Stay with FileMaker as you seem to master it pretty well. Being 20 years old is no back-draw as most bugs and quirks are ironed out a long time ago, besides they keep updating it both with bug fixes and new versions.

            Many of the systems we use are 20 years or older anyway, MySQL was founded in 1995, macOS is from 1984, the first useable version of Windows (3.11) from 1992, UNIX development started in 1968, initial Linux release in 1991 and so on. :-))

          • Buuuuuut model viewer control in php is more fun.
            $g=DB::table(“grid”)->where(“name”, “hyperica”)->first();
            Would bring up the results for hyperica.

          •' XMIR Grid says:

            Maybe so, but if I read Maria right, she is not in the position of maintaining the php code herself, meaning she either have to spend time on learning php (half assed as she probably have little use for it elsewhere), or will have to pay someone to maintain the code.
            Yeah, I know people will volunteer to help her, but usually free support fades pretty fast.

          • You’re wrong, my PHP skills are not half-assed. In fact, I’d say they’re about … one-one-hundredth assed. It would take me months of dedicated work to get up to even the quarter-assed mark.

          •' XMIR Grid says:

            Hehe, I think that was kind-off what I implied. To get past the half-assed stage would take a lot of effort, which would probably be better spent elsewhere.

            The thing about going php, and you are not professional at it, is you stand a chance of introducing a lot of security isses, browser specific issues and what have you on the site. The alternative; pasting a graphics as a picture produced in FileMaker is pretty darn safe in comparison, works in most browsers and is easy to debug.

          • uh excuse me but i been learning php on my own for years and i learned from my past security issues. VirtLife dot net has not have 1 security issue since it launched months ago.

          •' XMIR Grid says:

            I think you just proved my point! 😉

          • oh derp, took me abit to see your point sorry xD but that was back then. Most of the php frameworks out there now has good built in security messures like Laravel 5

          • There is a hosted, server-based version of Filemaker that I could run, that would always be on, be able to collect a lot more stats, and wouldn’t tie up my desktop.

            It would mean an additional investment in hosting, but I can reuse that for Hyperica stuff, as well — even create a database for hypergrid events and include that as part of the destination guide, so any OpenSim user can check what events are happening right now, and go there.

            Okay, I just checked the prices for the hosted version of Filemaker I would need… and it’s doable.

            Do people want this? I would be able to:

            * Collect data on grids more frequently
            * Post data online automatically, instead of having to manually cut-and-paste from the database to WordPress
            * Get automatic charts
            * Lots more reports for people to use
            * Automatically updated list of active grids, with uptime percentages and info if it was up in the previous hour

            For Hyperica:

            * Collect data on which regions were up, and uptime percentages, and show it in real time
            * Allow third-party scripts and apps to pull in that data for their own hypergates, websites, or whatever
            * Allow people to submit events and destinations directly into the database with a quicker review-and-approve process
            * Allow the destination guide to show events starting in the next hour
            * Allow for in-world objects (gates, stands, etc…) that collect traffic data and report it in real time, so that people can see what the most active locations are at the current time

            Okay, it’s the exact OPPOSITE of what I was planning to do with Hyperica, but now I’m getting all excited about this…

          • totally what i was thinking of doing maria.

          •' XMIR Grid says:

            If it supports your overall goals for Hyperica, you can capitalize on your knowledge, data and developed scripts, and it serves your audience better, you should go for it.

          •' Jessica Random says:

            Lol – months to get up to quarter assed….. that made me chuckle maria! 🙂

          • im willing to rewrite hyperica from scratch. use Laravel as the php framework and Materialize for the css so that its mobile friendly. All for 100% free.

  3.' John Simmons says:

    “the end of the OpenSimulator Community Conference.”


  4.' Minethereé says:

    The Hyperverse keeps growing well. I know that on the VisionZ magazine we just can’t keep up with it all, though we do try our best …we are all volunteers and make no money from this, it is a work of our love for the Hyperverse. (p.s you can pick up copies or the full racks here and many other fine dining establishments throughout the Hyperverse: Land we can eMagine (main office) (so says Prodyck Theas in my IM email) (p.p.s. Prodyck has a very fine Artistic soul)

    It should be mentioned on occasion that the Metropolis Metaversum grid…the Metro to residents and other fine souls…is a non-profit and relies upon the the goodwill of resident donations. They do also offer grid run regions up to 4×4 varregion for 29 euros (something like 31 usd I think without looking)

    I like to plug them occasionally as they don’t advertise all that often and the admins and staff are some of the coolest laid-back people who are fully engaged with the Hypergrid.

    The Craft-world competition is a hyperverse event and I have enjoyed attending every one I can. They set out the entries in a circular style around a center podium and visitors area. Very cool again and one of the must attend efforts in the Hyperverse. YOU can also enter if by the 21st as it says above in the article.

    Let’s see, who else can I plug-))

    There is a growing interest in the hyperverse by smart, intelligent and absolutely fabulous people, I wonder how I could even be so honored to be in their presence…I ain’t cool!! It bogles the mind!!

    adios and great job David.

  5.' watcher64 says:

    Opensim LIfe soft opening is Feb 1st Grand Opening on Mar 1st ..

    I am manually approving signups on the page during testing, in batches, so don’t be surprised if it takes a few days before you get in.

    We are no where near ready for prime time, and have had a couple of issues, so not as “ready” as I would like..

  6.' watcher64 says:

    Also … I hate to sound petty, but we really were not ready for “publication” yet.
    Also please ask permission before re-posting pictures from our website.

    There is NO permission implied or otherwise for images to be used on other outlets without express permission.

    • The image was used in an editorial context with the understanding that it was a promotional or marketing image for the grid. (Such images can be used in an article about the product or service without express permission, under the fair use provision of the copyright law.) Similar rules apply to photographs of devices, stills from games or movies, screenshots of websites, or short excerpts from books or articles.

      However, the image doesn’t particularly add anything to the article that the readers need to know, so I have no problem removing it.

      •' watcher64 says:

        Yes that may be true, but you were specifically told we were not ready for public access in an email with the grid owner, and you published us, and even a sim name that is no where near finished yet. So NOW we will be the assholes that have to block people or disappoint them when they try and HG in .. (like is already happening since you posted this) There is a reason our grid is not even on opensimworlds yet …

        •' watcher64 says:

          I believe the exact quote from the email was ..

          “But I am in beta mode right now, new accounts require approval, so not really ready for prime time yet.”

          What part of that line implies , “PUBLISH US WE WANT VISITORS NOW”

          •' Da Hayward says:

            sounds like you dont want visitors full stop!

          •' watcher64 says:

            Actually you are right, I wanted TESTERS not visitors, but since this community evidently thinks that if we are not giving them EVERYTHING NOW, that we suck, then we suck. The sense of entitlement in this community is unbelievable … After this , I never want to see anything about my grid on this page….

          •' Da Hayward says:

            Ummm who said you suck? i never saw that comment,
            I just think it was a bit rotten of you to rip into Maria on a public forum when all you had to do was email her

          • He did email me, I apologized, and took the section down. However, I was filing two other articles at the time for CSO magazine (check out my articles here: — that’s the work I get paid for!) and responded very slowly.

          •' Da Hayward says:

            Good stuff Maria!
            I still think the article is/was a good one and didn’t see any comment implying they “suck”

          • Grid owners always have the option of ignoring requests for information, or saying “no comment.” But we do try to cover as much of the news-worthy events as we can. Sometimes, the most newsworthy event — an outage, for example — are not something the grid wants publicity about, but might be something that users do want to know. Or, to pick a totally random, this-would-totally-never-happen example, a grid might shut down nine times, with users losing time, money, and inventories, and come back with yet another non-viable business plan, and I would talk about their previous history because customers need to know these things before making substantial investments.

            By writing about the bad news as well as the good, readers know that the articles aren’t all puff pieces filled with fake marketing news — and are more likely to take the products and services seriously.

            And yes, we do sometimes get threatened with lawsuits by unhappy grid owners. I think, at this point, pretty much every vendor and grid owner thinks we have it in for them personally, and are in the pocket of the other guy.

            Publications that just run press releases and fluff filler tend to lose readers and fold quickly. We’ve seen super high readership growth here at Hypergrid Business, and I think part of the reason is the fact that we run both positive and negative stories and reviews, are happy to correct our mistakes, and put in the work to create content that’s useful for our readers.

            (And yes, sometimes even negative news can boost sales. Here’s a Harvard Business Review study about why that happens: )

            Anyway, my point for grid owners dealing with the media (and the public in general) is to stay civil, remember not to take anything personally, and that any publicity is good publicity if you use it the right way.

          •' Linda Kellie says:

            I didn’t see all of the posts because it looks like some have been deleted. But this is in response to your statement of “After this , I never want to see anything about my grid on this page….”
            I don’t think that is how journalism works. I don’t think that is how the press works. And I know for sure that isn’t how the internet works. The only way for you to insure that nothing gets written about you is for you to be “nothing”, to be “nobody” and to be “nowhere”. Basically if you exist then you run the change that someone, somewhere will write about you. It sucks. Believe me…. I know. So you can make the request that Maria never mentions your grid on this page again but she doesn’t really have to honor that. Your best bet would be to keep reading what she writes and requesting changes if she gets something wrong. From what I can see she saw her mistake and corrected it. From what I can tell you weren’t really ready to go public yet and that could cause you some issues. So I can understand your frustration.
            The reason I am even saying any of this is because in the past I have said the same thing to her and my name still appears on her pages now and then. I’ve just turned my thinking around on it and now I am a lot less stressed 🙂

            I wish you the best of luck on your grid and I hope you will advertise it when it’s ready for visitors.

          •' Arielle says:

            “But I am in beta mode right now, new accounts require approval, so not really ready for prime time yet.”

            You are accepting new accounts. You are not REALLY ready but that implies SOME readiness and maybe not for prime time but implies your grid is ready for limited usage. I don’t get how you think that quote in an unsolicited e-mail is supposed to tell the recipients they are NOT to let others know about your grid.

        • You’re right, and we were wrong. I just re-read your emails and you did say that this was not yet ready, and we missed it. I removed that section from the article. My sincere apologies.

          •' watcher64 says:

            For that I thank you …

          •' watcher64 says:

            I’m sorry if this does not sound right to you, but it is a little presumptuous on your part to assume that EVERY grid that comes into existence wants to be published right then and there.

          • As a general rule, when people send me emails with information about their grid, knowing that I am a journalist and write about grids, then yes, it’s because they do want me to write about them. But when people send me messages and inform me that the information is not ready for publication, we do try to honor embargoes. (This does not apply to information already available publicly, or information provided to us by other sources.)

            The general rule of thumb is to say, “this in on background,” “this is not for attribution,” “this is not for publication,” or “this news is embargoed until such-and-such a date.” In this case, you used different words, but, on rereading the emails, your intent was clear and, like I said, we were in the wrong.

  7. XHTML 1.1 just means your page uses html 1.1 tags, i looked at the source code of that site, theres no XML at all. Its all basic html which is still more complicated to parse into arrays than parsing json formatted results.

  8. I just updated this article and the raw data page with updated numbers from The Adult Grid.

  9.' XMIR Grid says:

    Public access to XMIR has now been closed and the servers will be turned off on Monday as again I am heading for the hospital. There is no ETA for when/if it will be back online.
    Merchandise will also be disable for marketing on the Kitely Market at the same time.
    My updates to Kokua / KokuaOS will also stop for some time.

  10.' Manni says:

    Who should believe that?

    InWorldz: 6,098 active users
    OSgrid: 3,878 active users

    OSgrid: 20,467 regions
    InWorldz: 1,352 regions