Starmade: How to Host a Server

Hello Dev, are you looking to host your own Starmade server? Look no further! In this detailed guide, we’ll show you everything you need to know to get your server up and running smoothly. From setting up your server to troubleshooting common issues, we’ve got you covered. Let’s dive in!

Part 1: Setting up Your Server

The first step in hosting your own Starmade server is to download the server software. You can find the latest version on the official Starmade website. Once you’ve downloaded the server software, create a new folder on your computer where you’d like to store your server files.

Next, extract the server software to the folder you just created. You should now have a folder with all the necessary server files inside.

You’ll also need to set up port forwarding on your router to allow players to connect to your server. The exact steps for port forwarding will vary depending on your router model, so consult your router’s manual or do a quick online search to find specific instructions.

Once you’ve set up port forwarding, you’re ready to start the server!

Starting the Server

To start the server, double-click the ‘run.bat’ file in the server folder. This will open a command prompt window and start the server software. You’ll see a message indicating that the server is up and running.

By default, your server will be set to offline mode, which means only players on your local network will be able to connect. If you want to allow players from outside your network to connect, you’ll need to edit the server settings file.

Editing the Server Settings

To edit the server settings, open the ‘server.cfg’ file in a text editor such as Notepad. You’ll see a number of settings that you can adjust to customize your server.

One of the most important settings is ‘publicServer’, which determines whether your server will be visible to players outside your network. Set this to ‘true’ to allow players to connect to your server from anywhere.

Once you’ve made any desired changes to the server settings, save the file and restart the server for the changes to take effect.

Part 2: Configuring Your Server

Now that your server is up and running, it’s time to configure it to your liking. Here are some key settings you may want to adjust:

Server Name and Description

You can set the name and description of your server in the ‘server.cfg’ file. Look for the ‘serverName’ and ‘serverDescription’ settings, and adjust them as desired.

Maximum Players

The ‘maxPlayers’ setting determines how many players can connect to your server at once. Adjust this setting to your liking, taking into account the capabilities of your computer and internet connection.

Admin Privileges

If you want to give certain players admin privileges on your server, you can add their usernames to the ‘admins.txt’ file. This will allow them to use admin commands such as kicking or banning players.

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Part 3: Troubleshooting Common Issues

Despite your best efforts, you may encounter some issues while hosting your Starmade server. Here are some common issues and how to fix them:

Server Not Starting

If your server fails to start, double-check that all the necessary files are present in your server folder. Make sure you’ve extracted the server software correctly and that your computer meets the minimum system requirements.

Players Unable to Connect

If players are having trouble connecting to your server, first make sure that you’ve set up port forwarding correctly. You may also need to adjust your firewall settings to allow Starmade traffic through.

Server Lag

If your server is experiencing lag, try adjusting the ‘maxFrameSkip’ setting in the ‘server.cfg’ file. This setting determines how many frames the server will skip in order to maintain a consistent framerate.

Frequently Asked Questions

How much RAM do I need to host a Starmade server?
The recommended minimum is 4GB of RAM, but more is better for larger servers.
Can I run other programs while hosting a Starmade server?
Yes, but be aware that running other programs may impact the performance of your server.
How do I update my Starmade server?
Download the latest server software from the Starmade website and replace the old files with the new ones in your server folder.

We hope this guide has been helpful in getting your Starmade server up and running. If you have any further questions or issues, don’t hesitate to reach out to the Starmade community for assistance. Good luck and have fun!