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How To Set Up A Terraria Server For Free [Steam]

Last updated: May 14, 2022

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Terraria is an awesome game but playing it on your own is fairly limited in terms of the fun you could be having if you were playing with a group of buddies.

Working together with your friends to slay the endless enemy creatures and bosses is what puts Terraria ahead of the rest in terms of craft and survive titles like Minecraft and RUST.

Luckily, if you have a copy of Terraria that you bought through Steam you can set up your own server for free.

Terraria Steam Hub Screen

The big downside with this method (rather than renting from a dedicated Terraria server hosting company) is that the host will need to keep their computer on 24/7.

Another slight drawback is that the connection to other players won’t be great, especially when more than 1 additional player joins – domestic internet packages are just not geared up for mass uploading.

Free Terraria Server Using Steam

Terraria Installed on SteamUsing Steam’s built-in friends and community networks you can quickly launch a dedicated server on your own computer and sent invitations to your friends.

It’s free as long as you all have a copy of Terraria that you have purchased or activated through Steam.

I will show you how this is possible using the guides below.

How To Set Up A Steam Terraria Server

Fire up your copy of Terraria, assuming you are the host. If you are not going to be the host then get that person to follow this guide.

On the main title screen (the one with all of the options like “Single Player” and “Multiplayer” choose the Multiplayer option and then “Host & Play”.

Multiplayer then Host & Play

1. Your character & world

Next, choose your character to use or put a new one together for this server to start afresh.

Multiplayer Create Character

You will now be asked to choose a world to play on, choose a favorite of yours or create a new one from scratch to mix things up.

Terraria World Creation Screen

2. The multiplayer mode

This next section will ask you how you will want to play the Terraria game, allowing you to restrict who can join and play with you.

Terraria Multiplayer Rules

Choose the appropriate option from the list:

  • Friends Only – this mode will only allow people on Steam who already know you to join your server without an invite
  • Invite Only – again, only people you know will be able to join you but you will have to invite them first (safest)

3. Password protect your server

Terraria Password Protect Server Screen

This last step is to choose a password for your server to restrict access.

This step is optional and by entering nothing at all your server will be without a password and anyone who can see it will be able to join.

Joining A Steam Terraria Server

The easiest way to join a Terraria server set up using Steam is to receive an invite from the host through the Steam chat system.

If this isn’t an option (maybe the host is too busy!) then you can take a few different routes:

Join a friends only Steam Terraria server

From the main title screen click the “Multiplayer” option, then choose “Join via Steam” to launch the friend’s overlay.

Terraria Join via Steam

Choose the friend that is hosting the session (they should be glowing green and be displaying the fact they are playing Terraria).

Next to the host’s name will be a dropdown where you can choose to “Join Game”.

Now you need to select the character you want to play as from the screen or play as a new one.

If the server is password protected then you will now need to enter the password when prompted.

Join an “invite-only” Steam Terraria server

When you have been sent a server invitation you should see a popup on the bottom right-hand side of your screen from Steam.

Clicking on this notification will launch Terraria and take you straight to the character setup screen so that you can join the game.

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