Tes3mp: How to Host a Server

Hi Dev, are you interested in hosting your own server for The Elder Scrolls III: Morrowind? Look no further than Tes3mp! This multiplayer modification allows you to create and join servers with other players. Here’s how you can set up your own server:

Step 1: Downloading Tes3mp

The first step in hosting a server is to download Tes3mp. This can be done by visiting the official website, tes3mp.com, and clicking the download button. Make sure to select the correct version for your operating system.

Once the download is complete, extract the files to a location on your computer.


What operating systems are supported?
Tes3mp supports Windows, Linux, and macOS.
Is there a cost to download Tes3mp?
No, Tes3mp is completely free to download and use.
What version of Morrowind do I need to use Tes3mp?
Tes3mp requires a clean installation of Morrowind, either the Steam or GOG version.

Step 2: Setting up the Server

After downloading Tes3mp, navigate to the extracted files and open the “tes3mp-server-default.cfg” file with a text editor.

Here, you can configure the settings for your server. Some important settings to note include:

  • ServerName: The name of your server.
  • Port: The port number your server will use. Make sure to forward this port on your router if you want others to join your server.
  • MaxPlayers: The maximum number of players allowed on your server.
  • Password: If you want your server to have a password, enter it here.

Once you have configured your settings, save the file and close it.


Can I change the settings after the server has been started?
Yes, you can edit the “tes3mp-server-default.cfg” file while the server is running.
Can I have multiple servers running at once?
Yes, you can create multiple copies of the Tes3mp files and configure each server separately.
How do I forward a port on my router?
The process varies depending on the router you have. You can usually find instructions on how to do this by searching online for your router model.

Step 3: Starting the Server

Once you have configured your settings, you can start the server by running the “tes3mp-server.exe” file. This will launch a console window and start the server.

You can also start the server in the background by running the “tes3mp-server-launcher.bat” file. This will start the server without displaying the console window.


How do I stop the server?
You can stop the server by closing the console window or by pressing Ctrl + C in the console window.
Can I run the server as a service?
Yes, you can use third-party software to run the server as a Windows service.
Can I run the server on a Linux or macOS machine?
Yes, you can use the included shell scripts to start the server on Linux or macOS.
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Step 4: Connecting to the Server

Now that your server is up and running, you can connect to it from the game. Launch Morrowind and select the “Multiplayer” option from the main menu.

Enter your server’s IP address and port number in the “Connect to Server” box and click “Connect”. If your server is password-protected, enter the password when prompted.

You should now be connected to your own Tes3mp server!


How do I find my server’s IP address?
You can find your public IP address by searching online for “what is my IP address”. If you are connecting to your own server on the same computer, you can use “localhost” or “” as the IP address.
Can I connect to other people’s servers?
Yes, you can use the “Server Browser” option in the multiplayer menu to find and join other servers.
Can I play singleplayer while running a server?
Yes, you can run the server in the background while playing singleplayer Morrowind.

That’s it, Dev! You now know how to host your own Tes3mp server. Happy adventuring!