How to set up a dedicated server and play with your friends in Valheim

Valheim has become very popular in skyrocketing, and one might be wondering how to play with friends in the Viking world. The good news is that it is not a complicated process.

Dedicated servers seem to be one of the main ways players look to play alongside their friends. It provides the best options for multiplayer and is a great way to bring everyone into the same world.

The most important benefit is the ability to maintain a server, no matter who is online. There is no special guest that needs to be online all the time.

How to set up a dedicated server in Valheim

Step 1: The first step in starting a dedicated server is selecting a PC to run the server. Make sure it’s a proper PC, as one that’s too old or old-fashioned won’t be best.

Step 2: Next, go to Steam and tap on the Steam Library tools section. Search for Valheim, then more precisely, the Valheim dedicated server option. Both Valheim installed the game and the Valheim dedicated server.

Step 3: After the ones are installed, head to the folder where the game is installed and the dedicated server. The world has to be created or moved for a player to access it.

The following path in windows is: C: Users Username AppData LocalLow IronGate Valheim world. This step can be skipped if the server is running on the PC that is already in use.

Step 4: In the directory containing the Valheim dedicated server, look for “start_headless_server” and right-click on that file to edit it. Options like “start valheim_server -no graphics -batch mode -name (name) -port 2456 -world (name) -password (name) -public 1.”

Step 5: The (name) after the character requires the player’s personal Valheim server name. The (name) after world should be a world saver, and the (name) after password is up to you. To leave the server public, leave the number after public as 1. Make it 0 and change it to private. Make sure to save the file and make a backup for when updates come out and delete the files.

Step 6: Next, you need to make sure connections are allowed. Go to the router software on your dedicated server PC and open the 2456-2458 TCP / UDP ports. Firewall ports must also be opened to function properly.

Step 7: Now, the file can be selected, and you can run the server, which brings up windows with information and the ability to turn off the server. With that establishment, the Viking world of Valheim can continue unabated.

Published 14 February 2021, 12:07 IST