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Dedicated Server Guide

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Requirements[edit]

  • Linux or Windows system, either physical or virtualised,
    • must NOT be being used to run a Stationeers client (the game will not permit this).
    • if running on Windows you must have the Microsoft Visual C++ 2015, 2017 and 2019 runtime installed, click here to download it.
  • ~16GB RAM (Tested and confirmed on Linux). 8GB or less and the server won't load.

Getting the server files[edit]

SteamCmd on Windows and Linux
https://developer.valvesoftware.com/wiki/SteamCMD

This is a command line tool

For the stable branch:

steamcmd +login anonymous +app_update 600760 validate +quit


For the beta branch:

steamcmd +login anonymous +app_update 600760 -beta beta validate +quit

Default ports[edit]

8081: Meta Server port (TCP).
27016: Game port (UDP).
27015: Steam update port (UDP).

Legacy Server Startup Arguments[edit]

String parameters can take space with double quotes.

parameter value etc
-NEW Worldname (string) Starts a new game at specific world automatically from launch. Must provide world name as argument
-NEWGAME
-LOAD savefolder (string) Loads a saved world file, a second argument can be given with worldtype when loading fails it will make a new world instead.
-LOADGAME
-LOADLATEST command will scan the saves directory and use the latest modified world.xml save. If none is found it will be ignored. If one is found the -load command will be ignored.
-JOIN [address]:[port] Joins a client to the server
-JOINGAME
-SETTINGSPATH "path" Absolute base directory for custom profile Ex)
-basedirectory C:\Profile\Player1
Config Path : default.ini C:\Profile\Player1\
Save Path : C:\Profile\Player1\saves\[worldname]
-logfile "path" If no output_log.txt use this parameter. Check examples below for syntax

batchmode, nographics and logfile are Unity3D commands.

https://docs.unity3d.com/Manual/CommandLineArguments.html

Examples[edit]

Dedicated server starts new Mars world. Autosave every 5 mins to Mars1.
rocketstation_DedicatedServer.exe -LOAD Mars1 Mars -SETTINGSPATH "C:\Server\User1" -settings StartLocalHost true ServerVisible true GamePort 27016 UpdatePort 27015 AutoSave true SaveInterval 300


Load Mothership file. Autosave every 5 mins.
rocketstation_DedicatedServer.exe -LOAD Mothership -settings StartLocalHost true ServerVisible true GamePort 27016 UpdatePort 27015 AutoSave true SaveInterval 300


Load Mothership file. Autosave every 5 mins. C:\Profile\Player1\saves\Mothership
rocketstation_DedicatedServer.exe -LOAD Mothership -SETTINGSPATH "C:\Profile\Player1" -settings StartLocalHost true ServerVisible true GamePort 27016 UpdatePort 27015 AutoSave true SaveInterval 300


Example -logfile syntax
-logFile "C:\Server_Path\rocketstation_DedicatedServer_Data\output_log.txt"


Example -LOAD "myworld" directory structure.
Note: BaseDirectory is by default in SteamApps/common/Stationeers Dedicated Server/<Contents of BaseDirectory> if installed with SteamCMD


Linux:
-LOAD "myworld" will look for a folder named "myworld" in the saves directory like this:
BaseDirectory/saves/myworld/


Windows:
-LOAD "myworld" will look for a folder named "myworld" in the saves directory like this:
BaseDirectory\saves\myworld\


Details:
In the world directory named "myworld", these files must be present:

  • world.bin
  • world.xml
  • world_meta.xml

Note: The names of these files do not correspond to your custom world name. These will always be called world.bin etc..
The server will automatically generate these upon first start. If you are importing another world, make sure these are in place in the correct directory for the server to load them.
There is also one more file that will be created:

  • worldsettings.xml
Configuration from setting.xml[edit]

setting.xml will be created once you start it up for the first time. Command parameters override setting.xml


The server is mostly a stripped down client as such it inherits certain features

Example Setting.xml

  <?xml version="1.0" encoding="utf-8"?>
  <SettingData xmlns:xsd="http://www.w3.org/2001/XMLSchema" xmlns:xsi="http://www.w3.org/2001/XMLSchema-instance">

  <AutoSave>true</AutoSave>
  <SaveInterval>300</SaveInterval>
  <SavePath />

  <StartingConditions>Default</StartingConditions>
  <RespawnCondition>Easy</RespawnCondition>
  <HungerRate>0.5</HungerRate>
  <SunOrbitPeriod>1</SunOrbitPeriod>

  <ResearchPoolKey>ResearchOff</ResearchPoolKey>

  <RoomControlTickSpeed>1</RoomControlTickSpeed>
  <WorldOrigin>false</WorldOrigin>

 <ServerName>Stationeers</ServerName>
  <StartLocalHost>true</StartLocalHost>
  <ServerVisible>true</ServerVisible>
  <ServerPassword />
  <AdminPassword>randomstringhere</AdminPassword>
  <ServerMaxPlayers>10</ServerMaxPlayers>
  <UpdatePort>27015</UpdatePort>
  <GamePort>27016</GamePort>
  <UPNPEnabled>true</UPNPEnabled>
  <DisconnectTimeout>10000</DisconnectTimeout>
  <NetworkDebugFrequency>500</NetworkDebugFrequency>


XML Attribute Parameter
Case Sensitive
Details
<RespawnCondition> Easy, Normal, Stationeer Or a custom key from a mod.
Seems to be used as spawn conditions instead for new players
<StartingConditions> Default, Minimal, Vulcan, Venus, BareBones Or a custom key from a mod.
Server ignores this, define custom worldtype
<ResearchPoolKey> ResearchOff, ResearchOn Or a custom key from a mod.
Server ignores this
<SunOrbitPeriod> default=1 Multiplier on the time it takes for the sun to orbit, default is 20 minutes, 10 minute day 10 night.
Undocumented
<UseCustomWorkThreadsCount>false</UseCustomWorkThreadsCount> true, false
<MinWorkerThreads> number default=8
<MinCompletionPortThreads> number default=8
<MaxWorkerThreads>100</MaxWorkerThreads> number default=100
<MaxCompletionPortThreads>50</MaxCompletionPortThreads> number default=50
<CoroutineTimeBudget>1</CoroutineTimeBudget> number default=1

Savegames[edit]

Configuration from worldsettings.xml[edit]

Undocumented feature

The server is mostly a stripped down client as such it inherits certain features

XML Attribute Parameter Details
<GameMode> Creative, Survival
<HungerRate> default=0.25 Multiplier on the amount of hunger generated per game tick.
<StartingCondition> N/A Can only be defined in custom world before generation

Configuration from world.xml[edit]

XML Attribute Parameter Details
<ResearchKey> ResearchOff, ResearchOn Or a custom key from a mod.
<RespawnCondition> Easy, Normal, Stationeer Or a custom key from a mod.
Seems to be used as spawn conditions instead for new players


Server Administrator[edit]

In Game Admin[edit]

ADMINPASSWORD parameter must be added to setting.xml and set a password.

All commands are typed in the chat (enter) by default, starting with /login

Server Program Console[edit]

You can type commands in the running application which acts like a console

Command Lists[edit]

Command Details Parameter
HELP Displays helpful stuff Arguments:
  • commands
  • list (l)
  • <key>
  • tofile: prints the help output to file
CLEAR Clears all console text
QUIT immediately quits the game without any prompts
EXIT Leaves a game session and goes back to 'StartMenu'
LEAVE
NEW Starts a new game at specific world automatically from launch.Must provide world name as argument worldName
NEWGAME
LOAD Loads a saved world file <foldername>
LOADGAME
JOIN Joins a client to the server [address]:[port]
JOINGAME
STEAM Commands to test Facepunch API. Just checks if steam is initialised and if DLC is purchased
LISTNETWORKDEVICES No help text :( id
TESTBYTEARRAY Tests every item in world to check its network read/write functions are parallel. Only enabled in Editor.

Supply a reference Id to check ONLY that item

ROCKETBINARY Starts logging the size of each section of a delta update. Arguments:
  • toggleloglength
  • togglelogbps
IMGUI No help text :(
ATMOS Enables atmosphere debugging Arguments:
  • pipe
  • world
  • room
  • global
  • thing
THING Thing related commands Arguments:
  • No args returns total thing count
  • find
  • delete
  • spawn
KEYBINDINGS Displays all the keybindings bound to LocalHuman Arguments:
  • reset (Resets the keybindings stack. Can help solve input issues)
RESET Restarts the application
VERSION Returns the game version
LOGTOCLIPBOARD Copies the content of the console buffer to the system clipboard buffer
KICK Kick clients from server commands clientId - disconnects the client from the game
BAN Bans a client from the server (server only command) clientId
UPNP returns universal plug and play (upnp) state
NETWORK returns the current network status
PAUSE will pause/unpause the game (including for clients) Arguments:
  • true
  • false
SAY sends a message to all connected players
SAVE Saves the current game to specified path Arguments:
  • <foldername>
  • delete <foldername>
  • list
LOG Dumps all the logs to a file Arguments:

<logname> (optional) clear

DISCORD Interaction with the Discord SDK
SETTINGS Change the settings.xml. e.g settings servermaxplayers 5 Arguments:
  • list
  • print

<PropertyName> <Value>

NETCONFIG Change the NetConfig.xml. e.g netconfig ip 127.0.0.1 Arguments:
  • list
  • print
  • <PropertyName> <Value>
SETTINGSPATH Sets the default settings path to a new location. Launch command only. If none found default is used. <full-directory-path>
TEST No help text :(

Modding on Servers[edit]

Undocumented feature
Mods are supported on Dedicated servers, however it requires additional manual configuration - Necessitating direct file access and editing on the dedicated server. To install mods, you'll need to manually obtain the mod data first - Either from the Steam Workshop, or built yourself. Upload/Store the mods in a specific folder on the server - You will also likely want to edit default.ini on the server to point to a particular server folder rather then the default directory, defined below. Then manually add ModConfig.xml in the root directory of the server executible files, and manually edit the file to add each individual mod.

modconfig.xml[edit]

Place a modconfig.xml in the serverfiles root (next to executable). Filename case is significant on Linux.


<?xml version="1.0" encoding="utf-8"?>
<ModConfig xmlns:xsd="http://www.w3.org/2001/XMLSchema" xmlns:xsi="http://www.w3.org/2001/XMLSchema-instance">
  <Mods>
    <ModData>
      <Id>1</Id>
      <IsEnabled>true</IsEnabled>
      <LocalPath />
    </ModData>
    <ModData>
      <Id>0</Id>
      <IsEnabled>true</IsEnabled>
      <LocalPath>YourFirstModFolderHere</LocalPath>
    </ModData>
    <ModData>
      <Id>0</Id>
      <IsEnabled>true</IsEnabled>
      <LocalPath>YourSecondModFolderHere</LocalPath>
    </ModData>
  </Mods>
</ModConfig>

Local mods have Id 0.
So try and keep the same structure in the server to prevent complications.
1 is core file and always need to be enabled

Storing Mods[edit]

WIN: C:\Users\USERNAME_HERE\Documents\My Games\Stationeers\mods\
LIN: /home/USERNAME_HERE/My Games/Stationeers/mods/
OSX: /Users/USERNAME_HERE/My Games/Stationeers/mods/


\Modname or workshopid\About\

(file containing description about mod and thumbnail)

\Modname or workshopid\GameData\

(files you want to append to the core gamedata)

It's recommended to only put entries in the mod files you want to add or replace,
do not try and replace the whole file for compatibility issues and errors.

There are some examples of how to make your own mods in:

\Steam\steamapps\common\Stationeers\rocketstation_Data\StreamingAssets\

Look for ExampleMod.zip and AttributesExampleMod.zip .