The Forest

The Forest

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Dedicated Server Tutorial
By SurvivalistGaming [C.M.] and 3 collaborators
This guide explains how to host the newly added Dedicated Servers! This is just the first pass, so be sure to report any bugs you find!
Dedicated Server Tutorial
The Forest Dedicated Server
Game version: v0.59
This document explains how to launch a dedicated server for The Forest.
Note: Running server silently in background feature is not yet available (meaning the window for the server will be a black screen).

Installing and launching the dedicated server app
In the Library tab select Tools. Locate The Forest Dedicated Server and install it.
If launching from Steam does not result in the server showing up in the Internet server list, try launching it directly from the executable or a shortcut instead.

There are 2 ways to configure the dedicated server:
  • Using command line parameters.
  • Using the Server.cfg file.
Note: Command line parameters overwrite the Server.cfg file setup.

Using the command line configuration
To launch a dedicated server using the command line tool you need:
  • Open the ports 8766, 27015 and 27016 (on your router and firewall) for TCP/UDP.
  • Create a shortcut and add:
  • -serverip -serversteamport 8766 -servergameport 27015 -serverqueryport 27016 -servername TheForestGameDS -serverplayers 8 -difficulty Normal -inittype Continue -slot 1
  • Run the game or dedicated server using this shortcut.

The available command lines parameters are:
  • -serverip <ip> // Must be set to the server ip on the local network
  • -serversteamport <port> // Set the steam server port, default is 8766
  • -servergameport <port> // Set the server game port, default is 27015
  • -serverqueryport <port> // Set the server game port, default is 27016
  • -servername <name> // Set the server display name
  • -serverplayers <maxPlayers> // Set the max. number of players, default is 8
  • -serverpassword <password> // Set the server password, default is none
  • -serverpassword_admin <password> // Set the server admin password, default is none
  • -serversteamaccount <name> // Set the steam account, blank means anonymous (see Steam server account bellow)
  • -enableVAC // Enable Valve Anti Cheat
  • -serverautosaveinterval <Interval> // Set the autosave interval in minutes, default is 15
  • -difficulty <Peaceful|Normal|Hard> // Set the game difficult level, default is Normal
  • -inittype <New|Continue> // Set the init type of game, default is New
  • -slot <1|2|3|4|5> // Set the save slot to use, default is 1
  • -showlogs // Enable server log window

Using the Server.cfg file configuration
The Server.cfg file is is automatically generated the first time you launch a dedicated server.

It is located there:

See comments below for usage of each entry (lines beginning with //).
The Server.cfg file initial content is:
// Dedicated Server Settings. // Server IP address - Note: If you have a router, this address is the internal address, and you need to configure ports forwarding, append the current game port here as well serverIP // Steam Communication Port - Note: If you have a router you will need to open this port. serverSteamPort 8766 // Game Communication Port - Note: If you have a router you will need to open this port. serverGamePort 27015 // Query Communication Port - Note: If you have a router you will need to open this port. serverQueryPort 27016 // Server display name serverName The Forest Game // Maximum number of players serverPlayers 8 // Server password. blank means no password serverPassword // Server administration password. blank means no password serverPasswordAdmin // Your Steam account name. blank means anonymous (see Steam server account bellow) serverSteamAccount // Enable VAC (Valve Anti Cheat) on the server. off by default, uncomment to enable enableVAC off // Time between server auto saves in minutes serverAutoSaveInterval 15 // Game difficulty mode. Must be set to "Peaceful" "Normal" or "Hard" difficulty Normal // New or continue a game. Must be set to "New" or "Continue" initType New // Slot to save the game. Must be set 1 2 3 4 or 5 slot 1 // Show event log. Must be set "off" or "on" showLogs off // Contact email for server admin serverContact

Steam server account
To help players to locate your server after playing on it, Steam offers a way to identify servers.
You first need to create an ID for your server at this address Steam Community :: Steam Game Server Account Management. The appid for The Forest is 242760. As stated on that page, it is recommended to not share your server login token.
Once you have created your server ID, copy the login token and put it in either the command line -serversteamaccount <token> or in the Server.cfg file serverSteamAccount <token> and restart your server.

Server Box Owners
Owners of dedicated server hosting machines should keep in mind that, to function, dedicated servers need Steam to be running as well. Various server functions rely on Steam integration, and so having it running is required to host a dedicated server.
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[MMB] moerlan 12 hours ago 
The server does not let you start on a dedicated Windows server that is controlled remotely and in an external computing center. Is there any way a possibility to start it by batchmode. If I add -batchmode, a crash report is created automatically.
Kice 13 hours ago 
Anyway to trransfer mulitplayer saves to the dedicated server? I set it on continue and slot 3 (which was the p2p svr) and it just starts fresh?.
(42o)Jolly Apr 27 @ 4:41am 
I actually have a Dell Precision R5400 2U on my Server Rack for hosting dedicated servers for game for my friends. In this case I'm not so common but it's generally the same thing as having a second computer just more dedicated hardware wise.
(42o)Jolly Apr 27 @ 4:40am 
@to stop, you must die. I cannot use this "dedicated server" on my computer because I'm not going to keep my gaming computer running 24/7. Because of this, I would need a second game, second Steam account, and a second computer. In my situation (which I'm not alone) there's no point.
Cpt-Fred Apr 27 @ 3:35am 
Is it possible to regrow tree in a DS?
Rollo Apr 26 @ 3:05pm 
I am also getting Version mismatch server is running a different patch release
cartotech81 Apr 26 @ 2:23pm 
Tells me the dedicated server does not match the version of the game.
Phybersyko Apr 25 @ 4:20pm 
Are options like 'regrowmode', 'veganmode', 'vegetarianmode', 'rawmeatmode', and 'meatmode' configurable via the 'Server.cfg' file, or does the console UI receive command input?
to stop, you must die. Apr 25 @ 8:16am 
you dont need second account nor second game, just fire up the game first and then the server, both from their respective folders, as an administrator.
Boomer Haze Apr 24 @ 7:26pm 
My logs are stopping at "Log: starting enemy spawn", I dont see the server in Internet tab or LAN anymore. Was just on LAN.