How to Configure your Sons of the Forest Server

Common Shockbyte Sons of the Forest server configuration options are found in the Sons of the Forest Server Settings section of your server's control panel. This configuration file facilitates quick and easy updates to settings like server name, description, active map, and more.

Accessing your Server Settings

Your primary server settings can easily be found in the Files > Config Files section of your server's control panel.

  1. Access your control panel and Stop your server.
  2. Navigate to Files > Config Files.
  3. Click Sons of the Forest Server Settings.

Configuring your Server Settings

Once you have access to your server settings, you can make any required changes. The table below lists all of the available server settings.

Option Description
Automatic Steam Updates Enable/Disable your server automatically updating alongside Sons of the Forest Steam updates.
Server Name Set the name of the server. This is shown on the in-game server list.
Max Players Set the maximum amount of players. Cannot exceed your plan maximum.
Server Password Sets a password of the server used when connecting to a server. Leave this empty if you want your server to be open to the public.
Steam Beta Sets the server to use a Steam Beta.
Save Slot Sets the save slot that the server will use, this value can be integers greater than or equal to 1.
Save Interval (seconds) Sets how often the server will automatically save to the assigned save slot.
Save Mode

Save mode has two options:

  • Continue - Creates a new save on SaveSlot if the currently assigned save slot doesn't exist, or it will load the current save.
  • New - Will create a new game, and overwrite any game previously saved on the SaveSlot. If a server stops & starts, the previous save will be overwritten as long as this is set to new.
Game Mode Sets the gamemode difficulty of the server when creating a new save, this will not be used if loading an already existing save file.

Options are:

  • Normal
  • Hard
  • Hard Survival
  • Peaceful
  • Custom
When using Custom, the game settings will be used from CustomGameModeSettings parameter. To learn more, click here.
Idle Day Cycle Speed Determines the speed on how time passes by compared to normal gameplay, when the server is idle (no players connected).
Logs Determines if logs will be saved for the server, which can be found in the /logs folder in your server's FTP.
Admins Uses Steam64IDs to add players as admins, giving them permission to kick and ban players from the server. Multiple IDs can be set here by separating them with commas (,).

To learn more about Sons of the Forest server hosting, you can browse our library of Knowledgebase articles here.

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Mitchell Smith

Managing Director @ Shockbyte

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