How to Host a Stardew Valley Dedicated Server

Learn to live off the land and turn the overgrown fields of your grandfather's old farm into a thriving home for you and your friends. Work together with your friends to build a thriving farm, share resources, and improve the local Stardew Valley community.

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Getting Started With Your Stardew Valley Server

Before joining your new Stardew Valley server for the first time it is important to ensure that all your farm's settings are the way you want them to be as making future changes will require you to completely reset your farm causing you to lose any progress you have made.

  1. Access your control panel and Stop your server.
  2. Navigate to Files > Config Files.
  3. Open Stardew Valley Server Settings.
  4. Important: Before you make any changes, edit the Farm Name field to set a new name for your farm. This is required for these farm changes to take effect as you can not make these changes to currently existing farms.
  5. Edit this config file to set your specific needs, information can be found on each of these settings below:

    Settings Values Description
    Accept Pet Enabled/Disabled Specifying whether or not the farm pet should be accepted.
    Starting Cabins (Max 7) 0/1/2/3/4/5/6/7 The number of starting cabins for the farm.
    Cabin Layout Nearby/Separate Specifies how the starting cabins should be laid out.
    Profit Margin Normal/75%/50%/25% Specifies the farm's profit margin.
    Money Style Shared/Separate Specifies whether money should be shared between farmers.
    Farm Type standard/riverland/forest/hilltop
    /wilderness/fourcorners/beach/meadowlands(1.6+ only)
    Specifies the type of farm.
    Guarantee Year1 Completable Enabled/Disabled Specifies whether or not completion of the community center should be guaranteed during the first year.
    Mine Rewards normal/remixed Specifies the mine rewards type.
    Spawn Monsters On Farm At Night Enabled/Disabled Specifying whether monsters should spawn on the farm at night.
    Random Seed (Optional) Optional An integer specifying the farm's random seed.
    Pet Species dog/cat Specifies the desired pet species.
    Pet Breed Index (0,1,2) 0/1/2 0 selects the leftmost breed within the pet selection menu during farm creation; 1 selects the middle breed, and 2 selects the rightmost breed.
    Pet Name Text Name The desired name of the pet.
    Mushrooms Or Bats mushrooms/bars Specifies whether the mushroom or bat cave should be selected.
    Enable Crop Saver Enabled/Disabled Dictates if crops are saved whilst a player is offline.
    Lock Player Chests Enabled/Disabled Locks chests to the player that places the chest down.
    Move Build Permission Enabled/Disabled Allows players to move buildings within their farm.
    Use Stardew v.1.5.6 Enabled/Disabled Enale to switch to Legacy version 1.5.6, backups all previous server files into a ZIP.
  6. After making any required changes click Save and Start your server.

Allowing More Players To Join

The way that player data is saved is that each player created gets linked to a cabin. If there are no empty cabins available then a new player cannot connect to the server.

Only one player can be associated with each cabin. To allow for additional players to join an admin on the server is required to create more cabins.

Basic Administration

The following articles cover the most common questions you may have when first starting out with your new Stardew Valley server.

Stardew Valley Modding

In addition to setting up your server, you may want to use mods to change your experience. These articles will walk you through the process of easily installing mods on your server and client.

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