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How to configure a Project Zomboid server

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The Project Zomboid server configuration gives you full control over the game world, which allows you to adapt it to the individual needs of players and the server owner. A person with administrator rights can change parameters such as the password, number of players, map and many others. It is possible to adjust the most detailed gameplay elements such as the frequency of zombie occurrence, the availability of resources on the map and even the rules regarding character death.

If you want to configure your Project Zomboid server follow this guide:

1. Stop your server

Open our server panel website in your favorite browser. Navigate Project Zomboid server on the server list and click on it. You should be redirected to the “Console” tab where you can stop your server by clicking on “Stop” button.

2. Perform basic configuration

Once your server is stopped, you can go to the “Startup” tab. This tab contains the most important parameters of your server – you can change them without editing the configuration file. The table below shows all variables you can change in “Startup” tab.

Admin Password password Set admin password to obtain administrator rights
Max Players 10 Set maximum number of players allowed on your server
Steam Beta Branch Select which beta branch you want to install. When you want to install normal branch left blank
Steam Auto Update 0 Enable/disable Steam auto-updating (0 = disabled, 1 = enabled)
Server Name default hostname Assign name for your server
Public ON Enable/disable server visibility on server list
Welcome Message Welcome on my server! Set welcome message for players joining your server
Ping Limit 400 Set ping limit for players joining your server
Server Password Set server password if you want to select who has access to your server
Map Muldraugh, KY Select map on which you want to play
PvE Enabled ON Enable/disable PvP option
Pause Server When Empty ON Select if you want to pause your server when nobody is online
Public Description Assign description for your server (it will be visible in-game browser)
Admin Username admin Set admin username

3. Perform more advanced configuration

If you are not satisfied with the result of the configuration carried out in the “Startup” tab, nothing stops you from changing more advanced elements of the game. You can do this by editing main.ini file.

Go to the “Files” tab in your server panel to access server files. Follow this path to find main configuration file: /home/container/?/Zomboid/Server/main.ini

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4. Restart your server

After making changes to your server, it must be restarted for everything to work properly. Come back to the “Console” tab and click on “Restart” button to restart your server.


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