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Dedicated Servers are a tool that was implemented by Endnight Games in update v0.59. This allows player to create multiplayer games that run constantly at their homes or through server providers. It is recommended you visit the official steam links below for tutorials on how to setup a dedicated server.

Dedicated Server Tutorial[edit | edit source]

This is the official dedicated server tutorial that is posted on Steam by Endnight Games

IconSteam.png Official Guide to Dedicated Servers
IconSteam.png Official Discussion: Dedicated Servers
IconSteam.png Dedicated Server Bug Reports
IconSteam.png Unofficial Dedicated Server Troubleshooting Guide

Adding Favorite Servers[edit | edit source]

This needs to be done within Steam for it to work, it cannot be done in game:

  • 1. Go to Steam
  • 2. View > Servers
  • 3. Favorites
  • 4. Add a Server
  • 5. Input IP: xx.xx.xx.xxx:27016 <--(27016 IS IMPORTANT)
  • 6. Add
  • 7. Refresh

In Game Server Commands[edit | edit source]

These commands are available to server admins. They must enter the server admin password upon entering to use these commands. Once in game, the admin can press enter to apply these commands. Here is a list of the current known commands:

Command Description
/help Provides you will a help menu of all the known commands
/save (slot number 1-5) Saves the game on the chosen slot number. Be careful as it may save over another game in your dedicated server save folder
/restart Restarts the server, unknown if it will save prior
/shutdown Shuts down the server, unknown if it will save prior
/ban (steam id) Bans the user, REQUIRES MORE INFORMATION
/kick (steam id) Kicks the user, REQUIRES MORE INFORMATION
/treeregrowmode Regrow 10% of cut down trees when sleeping. Options are treeRegrowMode on or treeRegrowMode off
/allowbuildingdestruction Allow building destruction. Options are allowBuildingDestruction on or allowBuildingDestruction off
/allowenemiescreative Allow enemies in creative games. Options are allowEnemiesCreativeMode on or allowEnemiesCreativeMode off.
/openlogs REQUIRES INFORMATION
/closelogs REQUIRES INFORMATION

Server Commands[edit | edit source]

These are the commands that are listed in the txt file:

Command Description
serverIP Server IP address - Note: If you have a router, this address is the internal address, and you need to configure ports forwarding. Don't use your global IP address.
serverSteamPort 8766 Steam Communication Port - Note: If you have a router you will need to open this port.
serverGamePort 27015 Game Communication Port - Note: If you have a router you will need to open this port.
serverQueryPort 27016 Query Communication Port - Note: If you have a router you will need to open this port.
serverName Server display name. How it is seen in the game lobby.
serverPlayers 8 Maximum number of players, default is 8.
enableVAC off Enable VAC (Valve Anti-cheat System at the server. Options are enableVAC on or enableVAC off.
serverPassword Server password. Blank means no password. It is recommended to have a password to prevent griefers.
serverPasswordAdmin Server administration password. Blank means no password.
serverSteamAccount Don't leave this blank or use your actual Steam account name. You can obtain an ID number here. The Forest App ID number is 242760. DO NOT SHARE THIS CODE!
serverAutoSaveInterval 30 Time between server auto saves in minutes - The minumum time is 15 minutes, the default time is 30.
difficulty HardSurvival Game difficulty mode. Must be set to Peaceful / Normal / Hard / HardSurvival
initType Continue Must be set to New or Continue. If left on New, the game won't save and you will have to restart each time.
slot 1 Slot to save the game. Must be set to either slot 1 / slot 2 / slot 3 / slot 4 / slot 5.
showLogs on Show event log. Must be set off or on. It is highly recommended to leave this on, this will show if your server is working or not and what issues you may be having, if any. Options are showLogs on or showLogs off.
serverContact Contact email for server admin. Not required.
veganMode off No enemies if switched off. Options are veganMode on or veganMode off.
vegetarianMode off No enemies during day time. Options are vegetarianMode on or vegetarianMode off.
resetHolesMode off Reset all structure holes when loading a save. These are holes caused by the hole cutter. This has the same effect as the woodpaste command. Options are resetHolesMode on or resetHolesMode off
treeRegrowMode off Regrow 10% of cut down trees when sleeping. Options are treeRegrowMode on or treeRegrowMode off
allowBuildingDestruction on Allow building destruction. Options are allowBuildingDestruction on or allowBuildingDestruction off
allowEnemiesCreativeMode off Allow enemies in creative games. Options are allowEnemiesCreativeMode on or allowEnemiesCreativeMode off.
allowCheats on Allow clients to use the built in debug console. This only disables console commands, it has no effect on mods such as the Ultimate Cheat Menu. People can still grief your game. Options are allowCheats on or allowCheats off.
saveFolderPath Allows defining a custom folder for save slots, leave empty to use the default location.
targetFpsIdle 5 Target FPS when no client is connected.
targetFpsActive 60 Target FPS when there is at least one client connected.
configfilepath Changes the config file path used by the server
realisticPlayerDamage off Realistic Player Damage (On/Off), this allows the game to be more PvP based. Damage to other players will be increased dramatically, depending on the weapon.

Dedicated Server List[edit | edit source]

Here is a list of The Forest Dedicated Game Server Providers and their price per slot/player. These Game Server providers allow you to rent an The Forest Game Server from them.

Host Name Price per Slot\Player* Minimum Slots Location(s) Control Panel Notes Last Update
AscendServers ($0.59) 10 Slots Min USA, Canada, UK, France, Germany TCAdmin Panel Instant Setup, No Branding, FTP / File Manager Access, Configurable Options, Advanced DDoS protection, Mod Support 2018-01-30
Nitrado Depends on slot amount 4 Slots Min Argentina, Germany, Great Britain, Turkey, USA (Los Angeles, Miami, New York) Custom Solution Instant Setup, No Branding, FTP / File Manager Access, Configurable Options, Advanced DDoS protection, Phone Support, Free Daily Backups, Free Game-Switch to 100+ other games 2018-05-20
CitadelServers ($0.48) 10 Slots Min USA, Canada, UK, France, Germany, Poland, Singapore, Australia, Italy TCAdmin Panel Instant Setup, No Branding, FTP / File Manager Access, Configurable Options, Advanced DDoS protection, Mod Support 2018-01-30
EUGameHost.com ($0.43) 10 Slots Min The United Kingdom, France, Germany, North America, East Coast America TCAdmin 2.0 Panel Instant Setup, No Branding, FTP / File Manager Access, Configurable Editor, Advanced DDoS protection ( 480Gbps Anti-DDoS Game, Mod Support 2018-02-16
LogicServers.com ($0.62) 10 Slots Min London, UK - Stockholm, SE - Nuremberg, DE - Montreal, CA - New York, US - Los Angeles, US - Dallas, US - Chicago, US TCAdmin2 Panel Instant Setup, Advanced DDoS Protection, Mod Support, TCAdmin Control Panel, 24/7 Support, High Performance Servers, Free location swap anytime, Full FTP file access, Backup & Restore functionality, Easy to use Configuration Editor, Custom command lines, Easy one-click updater, 4 Ghz+ processor with SSD/NVMe storage, Voice servers availablem, 48 hour refund 2019-09-12
GamePlayNetworks Varies 8 Slots Min Dedicated to United Kingdom Custom Solution Instant setup, No Branding, 7 days full refund guarantee, 24/7 technical support, Overclocked Dedicated Servers 5Ghz as standard, DDoS protection, Easy server configuration, server backups, mod support, FTP / File Manager Access.
Gameservers.com ($1.05) Private

($1.10) Public

8 Slots

Min

20+ locations including, USA, Canada, UK, NL, France, DE, Italy, Poland, Russia, Japan, South Africa, Australia and more. Custom

Solution

Instant setup, No Branding, 5 day satisfaction full refund, 24/7 technical support, High performance dedicated servers, Worldwide network, DDOS protection, Easy setup with server settings editor, Mod support, Clan Pay ,Free location swap anytime, FTP / File Manager Access, Voice servers available. 2019-1-13
GTXGaming ($0.94) 16 Slots Min USA, Canada, UK, France, Spain, Sweden, Germany, Russia, Australia TCAdmin2 Panel Instant Setup, No Branding, FTP / File Manager Access, Configurable Options, Advanced DDoS protection, Mod Support 2018-05-03
Vilayer ($1.90) 20 Slots min Worldwide locations TCAdmin Panel Instant Setup, FTP / File Manager Access, Configurable Options, Advanced DDoS protection 2018-01-30
Needaserver ($0.94) 8 slot minimum Worldwide locations TCAdmin Panel Instant Setup, FTP / File Manager Access, Configurable Options, Advanced DDoS protection 2018-15-05
Pingperfect Varies 8 slot minimum USA (New York, Atlanta, Texas, St Louis, Kansas City, Chicago, Los Angeles, Seattle) Canada, Brazil, UK, France, Germany, Netherlands, Russia, Australia, Singapore, South Africa TCAdmin 2.0 Panel Instant Setup, FTP /File Manager Access, Configurable Options, Advanced DDOS protection, Mod Support, 24/7 Support, Discounts available, Phone Support, Daily backups, swap to any other game with a support ticket 2018-25-06
ServerBlend Varies 10 slot minimum USA (Dallas, Texas

Canada (Montreal)

France

Germany

TCAdmin 2.0 Panel Instant setup, Cancel anytime, 14 day satisfaction refund, 24/7 technical support, High performance dedicated server, Optimised network with low ping, DDOS protection, Easy setup with server settings editor, Public Pay ,FREE transfer service, FREE Enjin premium for 45 days 2018-03-11

Update history[edit | edit source]

Version Changes
v1.08 DS - In game browser, fixed server request timing out before fetching all available servers (decoupled server data fetching from UI element creation, improved time to create UI elements, lowered refresh rate of the UI grid when adding new rows)

DS - Fixed issues with config file parameter

v1.06 DS - Fixed interval timer counting time while no player is connected

DS - Fixed time calculation precision issue causing time to no longer getting properly accounted for at some point

DS - It is now possible to choose whether clients are allowed or not to use the built in debug console, either with the "allowcheats <on|off>" entry in the config file or "-allowcheats" command line parameter

v1.0 Fixed walkie talkies not working correctly on dedicated servers
v0.68 (DS) It is now possible to join a server through Steam’s server browser as well as through the “Join game” menu of the friend list when a friend is already connected to it
v0.67 (DS) Fixed tree regrowth

(DS) Fixed water collector not working

(DS) Fixed Kick and Ban features, admin commands now also supports kicking, banning and unbanning by name

v0.65 (UI) Fixed DS browser scrollbar mess + improved perfs

(DS) Fixed animal pool not getting cleaned up properly when leaving the game to title screen, leaving further runs with no visible animals when playing as client

v0.64 DS – Fixed tree regrow, allow building destruction, allow enemies in creative settings getting overridden on game start
v0.63 (DS) Fixed issue where enemy weapons could cause error spam

(DS) Fixed turtles behaviour on dedicated servers.

(DS)Teeth now appear in dedicated server games

(DS) Fixed issues with incorrect material count on custom structures

(DS) Fixed invalid password message not showing in some sessions when attempting to join with the wrong password.

(DS) Fixed some issues with attempting to load regular multiplayer games into dedicated server games

(DS) Fixed issues where errors would spam after exiting boss fight and attempting to load into server

(DS) Fixed enemies sometimes getting stuck in burning animation on dedicated server games.

(DS) Added network configuration diagnostic to help admins

v0.62 off>, vegetarianMode <on|off>, resetHolesMode <on|off>, treeRegrowMode <on|off>, allowBuildingDestruction <on|off>, allowEnemiesCreativeMode <on|off>

(DS) New command line options: -veganmode, -vegetarianmode, -resetholesmode, -treeregrowmode, -allowbuildingdestruction, -allowenemiescreative

(DS) Added -configfilepath <filePath> command line option, if target file doesn’t exists it tries to create it with the default values

(DS) New admin commands: /treeregrowmode <on|off>, /allowbuildingdestruction <on|off>, /allowenemiescreative <on|off>

(DS) Fixed catapult not working at all in dedicated servers

v0.61 (DS) Fixed issues with repairing custom foundations

(DS) Connected players in dedicated servers should now be correctly listed

(DS) Dedicated Steam server authentication added, allows performing security checks

(DS) No longer attempting to hook with the Steam client, it is no longer needed to worry about launching the game first to have a server running on the same machine as the one running the game

v0.60 (Optimization) Completely removed motion blur cpu cost when running a dedicated server

(Dedicated Server) Clients now know the game was saved server side, and see a “Server is saving the game” message if saving takes too long

(Dedicated Server) Dedicated server can now be downloaded, installed and launched without the steam client (see -nosteamclient option in guide)

(Dedicated Server) Limited autosave time to 15 minutes minimum, and set default time to 30 minutes.

(Dedicated Server) Autosave is now triggered instantly when the last player leaves the server

(Dedicated Server) Autosave is now only active if there are players connected to the server

(Dedicated server) Fixed some spamming enemy errors in dedicated servers

(Optimization) Reduced overall cpu usage when enemies are enabled on a dedicated server

(Multiplayer) Added “Experimental” text to dedicated server source buttons in game browser to clarify the current state of the feature

v0.59b DS – When attempting to connect to a server that is not configured correctly, players will now receive an error message and be returned to title screen

DS – Player list in game now shows amount of players in game

DS – Fixed basic fires not lightable by clients after loading into games

DS – Added a version check to servers. This will inform players if the dedicated server they are attempting to join is from a different release than the current build they are using. Players who see this message should make sure their game is up to date, or alternatively try a different server as server may not be up to date

DS – Connecting to a dedicated server now shows a client connecting message during the initial stages

DS – Join server button on dedicated server has been renamed from ‘new’ to ‘join’

DS – Prevented dedicated server from saving quality presets

v0.59 Added experimental support for players to host their own dedicated servers

Added new dedicated server tool (downloadable via tools menu in steam)