Tutorials/Setting up a server

This tutorial will show you how to set up your own server that is included on every installation of StarMade free of charge. The server may be installed on Windows, Mac, and Linux operating systems. The software is available in the client found here at the download page. There is no current custom server software to run a StarMade server.

Most home internet connections are not fast enough to run a StarMade server, nor are the computers powerful enough to host one. If you do not fulfill these requirements, you can still rent a StarMade server from The Smelter, the official StarMade server host. They offer powerful StarMade servers at an affordable rate.

Hosting for Players on Your Own Network (LAN)

On the computer where the StarMade server will be hosted:

  1. Find your LAN IP address
  2. The 192.168 will be the same, but the last two numbers will be different. Give this full LAN IP address to the other people connecting to your computer
  3. Run StarMade and select Start Dedicated Server


For all other computers connecting to you:

  1. Run StarMade and select Start Game
  2. Select the radio button beneath Multiplayer (Host:Port) and replace the current IP with the LAN IP found above. Be sure to keep the :4242 at the end of the IP. This is the port.

Hosting for Players over the Internet (WAN)

On your computer:

  1. Find your WAN IP address by visiting WhatIsMyIP.com, or Google "ip".
  2. Run StarMade and select Start Dedicated Server

For all other players, they will need to connect to you using your IP found in step #1, including :4242.

Hamachi

Hamachi makes hosting a server for LAN or WAN players a quick process.

  1. Download LogMeIn Hamachi (Recommended: Unmanaged Mode)
  2. After installation, create a new network with a name and password of your choice.
  3. All players that you want to connect to your network must also install Hamachi, then Join your network.
    • Note: Direct tunnels (green light) beside usernames is indicative of the strongest possible connection.
  4. Right-click the IP address beside the On/Off button at the top of the window and select Copy IPV4 Address.
  5. Run StarMade and select Start Dedicated Server
  6. You and other players must paste (CTRL+V) the IP address found in the step above into the Multiplayer section, followed by :4242
    • eg. 55.123.987.11:4242

Troubleshooting

Players can't connect 

Most likely a Port Forwarding or Firewall problem.

Should players be unable to connect to your server you can attempt changing the port that your server is running on from 4242 to something else, for example 25565. This can be done by starting the launcher, click "options" in the top-left of the launcher screen and selecting "Server port" and changing the value. I would recommend using 25565 as it is a commonly used port.

If problems persist and you are not able to solve the issue, simply rent a server from The Smelter, the official StarMade server host, and they will automatically set up a server for you. In addition, they have excellent support, should you require further assistance.

Official StarMade Server List

Attract more players to your server by adding it to the following StarMade server list(s):


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