Project Zomboid Dedicated Server Guide

Ready to embark on a new race and a new server dedicated to Project Zomboid? There’s nothing quite like trying to survive the hordes clinging to your doors with a few close friends. Whether it’s laughing while your friend trips over a fence and quickly turns into an opening party buffet or planning the perfect base for painting garish colors and decorating with stolen microwaves, this is always better when you have control of all the rules of your game.

So if you and your friends want your zombies to be runners, never respawn, or even have ammo boxes spawn in every fridge, you’ll need to set up your own dedicated server in Project Zomboid. Here’s how.

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How to Set Up a Project Zomboid Dedicated Server

  • The first thing you need to do is go to Steam to download the dedicated server software. You will need to filter for tools instead of games and search for Project Zomboid Dedicated Server to install it. As long as you own Project Zomboid, you automatically have it. It’s only 3GB, so it shouldn’t take too long to get it.
  • Once installed, go to Properties, then choose Local Files and Browse, which will take you to the installation folder.
  • In the installation folder, locate the “StartServer64.bat” file and run it.
  • In the command prompt window that opens, it will run for a while, then ask you to create an administrator password, then enter it again to confirm.
  • You may also be prompted to allow the dedicated server to pass through your firewall, so grant permission if prompted.
  • When the server is finished and running, you’ll see a notice in the window telling you that the server has started, followed by a few more lines after that.
  • Make sure to leave the command prompt open to keep the server running. You can now launch Project Zomboid itself.
  • From the main menu, choose the Host option.

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  • From there, configure your RAM – 2GB is fine for you and a few friends – and use Manage Settings to tweak literally everything about your server, from how zombies act, to the map used, to mods. server, PVP and looting rules and spawns.
  • Your first change should be to go to Manage Settings, Change Selected Settings, then Details (the default selection) and change your server name and password so you know what it is and you can let your friends know.
  • Go wild installing whatever you want, then get in on the action!

How do I find a server if I’m not going to host one?

All you have to do is choose Join from the main menu, then click on the Internet tab and you’ll have the option to browse available public servers at any time. Each server will display the mods it uses (if any) and those that are well maintained will have a description that includes things like rules or a general idea of ​​what the servers settings look like. Treat this list like a rolodex of options to chat with friends or decide for yourself, and also be sure to check how many players appear to be on the server.