The Ultimate Guide to Project Zomboid Server Hosting Settings

Welcome, Dev! Are you looking to host your own Project Zomboid server? If so, you’ve come to the right place. In this article, we’ll walk you through all the necessary server settings to ensure your server runs smoothly and your players have the best experience possible. Let’s get started!

System Requirements

Before we dive into the server settings, it’s important to ensure your system meets the necessary requirements to host a Project Zomboid server. Here are the minimum system requirements:

Component
Minimum Requirement
CPU
2.4 GHz Dual Core
RAM
4 GB
Hard Drive
2 GB

If your system meets these requirements, let’s move on to the server settings.

Port Forwarding

The first step in setting up your Project Zomboid server is to forward the necessary ports on your router. This will allow players to connect to your server. Here are the ports you need to forward:

  1. UDP 56261
  2. UDP 56262
  3. TCP 8766
  4. TCP 16261

Once you’ve forwarded these ports, players should be able to connect to your server using your public IP address.

Server Config

Now that the ports are forwarded, it’s time to configure your server. The server config file can be found in the ‘ProjectZomboid’ folder in your installation directory. Here are the most important server settings:

General Settings

The general settings control the basic behavior of your server. Here are some of the most important ones:

  1. ServerName: This is the name that appears in the server list. Choose a name that’s unique and descriptive.
  2. Public: Set this to ‘true’ if you want your server to appear in the public server list.
  3. Passworded: Set this to ‘true’ if you want your server to require a password for players to join.
  4. MaxPlayers: This determines the maximum number of players that can be on the server at once.
  5. PauseEmpty: Set this to ‘true’ if you want the server to pause when there are no players connected.

World Settings

The world settings control the game world itself. Here are some of the most important ones:

  1. WorldName: This is the name of the game world. Choose a name that’s unique and descriptive.
  2. HoursForLootRespawn: This determines how many hours in-game it takes for loot to respawn.
  3. AllowDestructionBySledgehammer: Set this to ‘true’ if you want players to be able to destroy walls with a sledgehammer.
  4. AllowExteriorGenerator: Set this to ‘true’ if you want players to be able to use exterior generators.
  5. MaxItems: This determines how many items can be in the game world at once.

Zombie Settings

The zombie settings control the behavior of the zombies in the game. Here are some of the most important ones:

  1. ZombieConfig: This determines the type of zombies that spawn in the game.
  2. ZombieLore: This determines how the zombies behave in the game world.
  3. RespawnHours: This determines how many hours in-game it takes for zombies to respawn.
  4. ZombieSpeed: This determines how fast zombies move.
  5. ZombieStrength: This determines how strong zombies are.
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FAQ

How do I backup my server?

You can backup your server by simply copying the ‘ProjectZomboid’ folder to a different location. This will create a copy of your entire server, including all settings and data.

How do I update my server?

To update your server, simply download the latest version of Project Zomboid and replace the files in your ‘ProjectZomboid’ folder with the new ones.

How do I troubleshoot common server issues?

If you’re experiencing issues with your server, try restarting it first. If that doesn’t work, check the server console for error messages. You can also try reaching out to the Project Zomboid community for help.

Can I run mods on my server?

Yes, you can run mods on your server. Simply place the mod files in the ‘mods’ folder in your ‘ProjectZomboid’ directory.

How do I change my server settings?

To change your server settings, simply edit the server config file in the ‘ProjectZomboid’ directory. Be sure to restart the server for the changes to take effect.

That’s it, Dev! We hope this guide has been helpful in setting up your own Project Zomboid server. If you have any questions or suggestions, feel free to leave a comment below. Happy gaming!