24 Feb 2021

Valheim Dedicated Server: How to Setup A Dedicated Server Fast

Valheim has become the must-play game and we like many others love it.

With so many players in on the fun, no doubt they want to play together.

Although you can't always rely on someone to be available to play so that the server can be accessed.

This is where dedicated servers come in handy!

Below we'll take you through the steps of setting up your own dedicated server.

How to Setup A Dedicated Server Fast

Download The Valheim Dedicated Server Application

First of all, you'll want to download Iron Gate's standalone Dedicated Server app for Valheim.

Anyone who owns the game can download it.

Search for Valheim in your Steam library and it should appear.

If it isn't visible go to the filters and select 'Tools'.

Setting Up

When it's done downloading you can load it up to create a dedicated server, though you'll want to make some changes beforehand.

Head to the below directory:

Program Files (x86) > Steam > steamapps > common > Valheim dedicated server

The location may vary if you have your Steam folder somewhere else.

Find the “start_headless_server.bat” file and edit it in Notepad.

Be sure to make a copy of this file in case anything goes wrong.

Find line 7 starting with “start valheim_server…”.

You properties you'll want to edit are below:

  • -name “My Server”
    • Enter a server name.
  • -port 2456
    • This will be the default port but you'll want to chat it to the port you're using for Port Forwarding. You can check which port you're using by logging into your router and selecting the Port Forwarding setting.
  • -world “Dedicated”
    • The name for your world.
  • -password “Secret”
    • The server password. Leave it blank to make an open server.

Save the file once you've made changes.

Boot up the server application and when you see “Game Server Connected” you'll be good to go.

Bear in mind the whole point of a dedicate server is that your PC is the hub, so it will have to be left on.

Admin Console Commands

Below are some admin commands you may find useful, press F5 to open the console:

  • help
    • Show all available commands
  • kick [name/ip/userID]
    • Kicks the user
  • ban [name/ip/userID]
    • Bans the user
  • unban [ip/userID]
    • Unban the user
  • banned
    • Shows a list of banned users
  • ping
    • Send a ping to the server for latency
  • info
    • Print system info

Valheim is the next Viking title to take Steam by storm, there are plenty of plans for the future with the 2021 roadmap. You can even set up a dedicated server and play with your friends in coop! If bosses interest you, there's already four in the game Eikthyr, the Elder, Bonemass and Modor, you'll require plenty of items along the way like the Swamp Key.