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Proposed since June 3, 2016.

A Server is used for playing with multiple people in the same world. Servers can be hosted by yourself, as well as by a server hosting company. Servers officially only support up to 8 people as of A13, but some servers run upwards of 20-30 players. These servers also incur more playability issues though , because of the high number of players.

How to host a server


This is a table of the up-to-date Alpha 15 build 105 serverconfig.xml file that comes with 7 Days to Die.

Only change the data in the "value=" part of the file, otherwise it will not work.

Option Values Description
ServerPort 26900 Port you want the server to listen on.
ServerIsPublic true Should this server register to master server
ServerName My Game Host Whatever you want the name to be.
ServerPassword Password to gain entry to the server
ServerMaxPlayerCount 8 Maximum Concurrent Players
ServerDescription A 7 Days to Die server Whatever you want the description to be.
ServerWebsiteURL Website URL for the server
GameWorld Navezgane Navezgane, Random Gen
GameName My Game Whatever you want the game name to be THIS CONTROLS THE RANDOM GENERATION SEED
GameDifficulty 0 0 - 5, 0=easiest, 5=hardest
GameMode GameModeSurvivalMP GameModeSurvivalMP, GameModeSurvivalSP (MP has land protection)
ZombiesRun 0 0 = default day/night walk/run, 1 = never run, 2 = always run
BuildCreate false cheat mode on/off
DayNightLength 50 real time minutes per in game day: 50 minutes
DayLightLength 18 in game hours the sun shines per day: 18 hours day light per day
PlayerKillingMode 3 Player Killing Settings (0 = No Killing, 1 = Kill Allies Only, 2 = Kill Strangers Only, 3 = Kill Everyone)
PersistentPlayerProfiles false If disabled a player can join with any selected profile. If true they will join with the last profile they joined with
PlayerSafeZoneLevel 5 If a player is less or equal this level he will create a safe zone (no enemies) when spawned
PlayerSafeZoneHours 5 Hours in world time this safe zone exists
ControlPanelEnabled false Enable/Disable the control panel
ControlPanelPort 8080 Port of the control panel webpage
ControlPanelPassword CHANGEME Password to gain entry to the control panel
TelnetEnabled true Enable/Disable the telnet
TelnetPort 8081 Port of the telnet server
TelnetPassword Password to gain entry to telnet interface
DisableNAT true Set this to true if your router doesn't support NAT
AdminFileName serveradmin.xml Server admin file name
DropOnDeath 0 0 = everything, 1 = toolbelt only, 2 = backpack only, 3 = delete all
DropOnQuit 0 0 = nothing, 1 = everything, 2 = toolbelt only, 3 = backpack only
EnemySenseMemory 60 Time, in seconds, that a zombie will pursue something that has been sensed.
EnemySpawnMode 3 0 = Disabled 0%, 1 = Very Low 50%, 2 = Low 75%, 3 = Medium 100%, 4 = High 125%, 5 = Very High 150%
EnemyDifficulty 0 0 = Normal, 1 = Feral
BlockDurabilityModifier 100 Percentage in whole numbers
LootAbundance 100 Percentage in whole numbers
LootRespawnDays 30 Days in whole numbers
LandClaimSize 7 Size in blocks that is protected by a keystone
LandClaimDeadZone 30 Keystones must be this many blocks apart (unless you are friends with the other player)
LandClaimExpiryTime 3 The number of days a player can be offline before their claims expire and are no longer protected
LandClaimDecayMode 0 Controls how offline players land claims decay. All claims have full protection for the first 24hrs. 0=Linear, 1=Exponential, 2=Full protection until claim is expired.
LandClaimOnlineDurabilityModifier 4 How much protected claim area block hardness is increased when a player is online. 0 means infinite (no damage will ever be taken). Default is 32x
LandClaimOfflineDurabilityModifier 4 How much protected claim area block hardness is increased when a player is offline. 0 means infinite (no damage will ever be taken). Default is 32x
AirDropFrequency 72 How often airdrop occur in game-hours
AirDropMarker false Sets if a marker is added to map/compass for air drops.
MaxSpawnedZombies 60 Making this number too large (more than about 80) may cause servers to run at poor framerates which will effect lag and play quality for clients.
MaxSpawnedAnimals 50 If your server has a large number of players you can increase this limit to add more wildlife. Animals don't consume as much CPU as zombies.
 NOTE: That this doesn't cause more animals to spawn arbitrarily: The biome spawning system only spawns a certain number of animals in a given
 area, but if you have lots of players that are all spread out then you may be hitting the limit and can increase it.
EACEnabled true Enables/Disables EasyAntiCheat
SaveGameFolder absolute path Use this to override the default save game path

To host a server just edit the startdedicated.bat file and the serverconfig.xml using notepad or notepad++. You shouldn't need to edit the startdedicated.bat. In the batch file you will see the following text:


@echo off

rem Starts a dedicated server
rem -quit, -batchmode, -nographics: Unity commands
rem -configfile			  : Allows server settings to be set up in an xml config file. Use no path if in same dir or full path.
rem -dedicated                    : Has to be the last option to start the dedicated server.

echo|set /p="251570" > steam_appid.txt

start 7daystodie -quit -batchmode -nographics -configfile=serverconfig.xml -dedicated

echo Wait until game started
timeout 15

echo Connect to the service interface. use 'shutdown' to stop the server
if exist "Tools/bin/putty.exe" (
     "Tools/bin/putty.exe" -raw localhost 8081
) else (
     telnet localhost 8081

echo Server is running in background, you can close this window


Port Forwarding

If you are behind a router, you will need to tell your router that an incoming connection is meant for your server. This is called forwarding a port. You will need to port forward ports 25000-25003(UDP) so that others may join.

If router support UPnP - you can use this

Don't know how to port forward? follow these instructions:

  1. Go to this Site
  2. Select your router brand
  3. Select your router version (if your version is not there, pick the one closest to your version.)
  4. Select Minecraft (since 7 Days to Die is a new game it hasn't been added to the list of games/programs. Minecraft is pretty much the same except that you port forward 25000 to 25003 instead of 25565)
  5. Follow the instructions on the site

If you have completed these steps correctly, your friends should now be able to join.

Finding your own IP

To find the IP which your friends need to use go to this Site. There you will find your External IP. Send it to your friends and they should be able to join if you have already finished Port Forwarding (steps above) your router.

Looking for servers

If you are looking for a server to play on, you can find one on the current top servers list for 7 Days To Die here or use the server browser on your game client.

For computers on the same local network as the server you can connect to it by using its lan IP address, simply enter this and the chosen port number into the two boxes at the bottom of the games server browser screen.
Too find the lan IP address "Go to start, click run or search, type cmd. In the window that opens type ipconfig. You'll see a list of information. You're looking for IP address."

Example: Ethernet adapter Local Area Connection:

  Connection-specific DNS Suffix  . : home
     IPv4 Address. . . . . . . . . . . :
  Subnet Mask . . . . . . . . . . . :
  Default Gateway . . . . . . . . . :

Where mine says that's the IP your server has.

If your client and server are running on the same machine it is possible to use the loopback ip address, which is either accessed via "localhost" or

Renting a server

There are several companies/websites that allow you to rent a server from them. This rented server will reside in a datacenter and hosted by them.

These servers are mostly 24/7 servers. This is useful because you won't need to keep your computer running 24/7. You can rent servers to many different specifications, some may not be powerful enough to host a server. Generally, network connections at a datacenter far exceed what is available to residential ISPs, which will cut down on latency that you might experience hosting at home.

Dedicated Server Providers

Managing a server

Before setting up a server manager, it is strongly recommended to install Allocs Server Fixes. Website

Then you have a large selection of tools to choose from for managing your server.

    • Botman - Website - Forum thread Notes: Works with current version of client/server a16.4 and a17e.
    • CSMM - Cloud hosted server manager - Website - Forum thread Notes: Works with current version of client/server a16.4 and a17.2.
    • 7DTDRAT - Website - Forum thread Notes: Works with current version of client/server a16.4 and a17.2.
    • ServerTools - "Website - Forum thread Notes: Works with current version of client/server a16.4 and a17.2.
    • CBSM - Website - Forum thread Notes: Free with limited features. Paid subscription for additional features. Works with current version of client/server a16.4 and a17.2.
    • 7 Days to Die Server Tool - Website Notes: Works with current version of client/server a16.4 and a17.2.

Video Tutorials

Video walk through of using a Hosted (game server hosting company) Server, how to select options and get it up and running!

Below video walks through setting up a dedicated 7 Days to Die server using steamcmd.

How to set a server up through the Steam Application:

Video below walks through setting up 7D2D RAT - Remote Admin tool, a Server Manager tool.

See also