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How to Create a Valheim Server Guide

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Creating a Valheim game server is an easy process that can be done from either a dedicated server or your home computer. Alternatively, you can choose a Valheim server host that will fit your needs.

Option #1: Renting a Valheim server (see example control panel below!)

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Option #2: Creating a Valheim Server From Your Home Computer or Dedicated Server

Server Requirements

Windows 7, 8, 8.1, Server 2016, Server 2019 & 64-Bit

Quad Core processor (requires up to 2 full cores)

Up to 16GB memory (currently uses around 2GB memory)

2GB disk space (install folder)

Step 1: Fetching Game Server files

The best method to get dedicated server game files is via the dedicated server depot on Steam via SteamCMD.

  1. Create a folder where you wish to store your Valheim game server hosting files
  2. Inside of the folder, place the newly downloading SteamCMD.exe file
  3. Create a batch file named SteamCMD.bat
  4. Place the following code in this batch file:
@echo off
start "" steamcmd.exe +login USER PASS +force_install_dir "C:\Some\Path\Where\You\Want\Game\Server\Files\To\Go" +app_update 896660 validate +quit
  1. Right-click SteamCMD.bat and Run as Administrator
  2. Your game server files should be completely downloaded by now

Step 2: Setting up a Valheim Dedicated Server

  1. Create a batch file named ValheimServer.bat in your newly created Valheim server folder from step 1
  2. Place the following code in this batch file:
start valheimServer.exe -nographics -batchmode -name "My server" -port 2456 -world "Dedicated" -password "secret" -public 1

Step 3: Configuring your Valheim Server

Now comes the fun part, setting up your Valheim game server to your liking.

You can modify settings in here (in addition to the launch line) - these settings overwrite your launch line settings:

There are currently no files to configure at this time!

Coming soon

Step 3: Port Forwarding

Add an incoming rule to your Windows Firewall to allow TCP/UDP port (game port) 2456, (Steam query port) 2457 (or whichever ports you decide to use)

You may additionally need to add a forwarding rule to your network router. You can use to read how to do this.

Location of World Save Data

To locate your save folder, navigate to this folder:


There will be two files:

  • Dedicated.db (your map data)
  • Dedicated.fwl (your identifier which includes your worldname and seed)

Additional Resources and Reading

Admin Commands
How to Join a Valheim Server

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