How to Set Up a Local Host FiveM Server

Hello Devs!

If you’re looking to set up your own FiveM server to test out mods, practice scripting, or create a server for you and your friends, you’ve come to the right place. In this journal article, we will guide you through the process of setting up a local host FiveM server, step by step. Follow along and you’ll have your own server up and running in no time!

Understanding FiveM

Before we dive into the setup process, let’s take a moment to understand what FiveM is and how it works.

FiveM is a modification framework for the popular open-world video game, Grand Theft Auto V (GTA V). It allows users to create their own custom multiplayer servers, complete with their own set of rules and mods. FiveM is not affiliated with Rockstar Games or GTA V, but it is completely legal to use and enjoy.

Now, let’s get started with the setup process.

Step 1: Install FiveM

The first step is to download and install FiveM onto your computer. You can do this by visiting the FiveM website and clicking the “Download Client” button. Once you’ve downloaded the client, run the installer and follow the on-screen instructions to complete the installation process.

Once the installation is complete, launch the FiveM client and let it update to the latest version.

Step 2: Set Up a Server Folder

The second step is to create a folder on your computer where you will store all of your FiveM server files. You can name this folder anything you like, but be sure to keep it organized and easy to find.

Inside this folder, create a new folder called “resources”. This folder will hold all of the mods and scripts that you will be adding to your server.

Step 3: Download Server Files

Next, you’ll need to download the FiveM server files. You can do this by visiting the FiveM website and clicking the “Download Server” button. Once you’ve downloaded the server files, extract them to your server folder.

Inside the server folder, you will see several files and folders. The most important of these are the “server.cfg” file and the “cfx-server-data” folder. These files contain the settings and configurations for your server.

Step 4: Configure Your Server

Now it’s time to configure your server. Open up the “server.cfg” file in a text editor and make the following changes:

Example Value
The name of your server
My FiveM Server
The maximum number of players allowed on your server
Set to 2 to hide your server from the public server list

Save the “server.cfg” file when you’re done.

Step 5: Add Mods and Scripts

The final step is to add mods and scripts to your server. To do this, you’ll need to download them from FiveM forums or other websites and place them in the “resources” folder.

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Once you’ve added your mods and scripts, you’ll need to update the “server.cfg” file to include them. Add the names of your mods and scripts to the “resources” section of the file, like this:

Start {modname}

Save the “server.cfg” file when you’re done.

Frequently Asked Questions

Can I host a FiveM server for free?

Yes, you can host a FiveM server for free using your own computer as the host. However, keep in mind that your server may not be able to handle a large number of players or mods.

Do I need Grand Theft Auto V to play on a FiveM server?

Yes, you will need to own a copy of Grand Theft Auto V in order to play on a FiveM server.

Can I use mods from other games on my FiveM server?

No, you can only use mods that are specifically designed for FiveM and Grand Theft Auto V.

Can I make money from my FiveM server?

No, making money from a FiveM server is against the FiveM terms and conditions.

How do I connect to a FiveM server?

To connect to a FiveM server, launch the FiveM client and click the “Direct Connect” button. Enter the IP address of the server you want to connect to, along with the server’s port number (usually 30120).


Setting up a local host FiveM server is a fun and rewarding experience. By following the steps outlined in this article, you can have your own custom server up and running in no time. Have fun!