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Enabling Mods on a Dedicated Server

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To enable mods on a dedicated server, you will need to subscribe to the mods you wish to use on your own client (your PC) then copy the files to your server and enable them in the config_player.xml. This method is simple and does not rely on SteamCMD mod subscription. You can also acquire mods on the server side using SteamCMD, however the names of the folders SteamCMD downloads are incorrect and require manual renaming.

Downloading mods

Go the the Steam Workshop and subscribe to the mods you wish to use. Launch Barotrauma. It will download the mods and save them on your PC.

Navigate and Copy the Mod Folders

The Workshop Mods folder (where the mods installed from the Steam Workshop are stored) is located in the AppData folder, the same place in which the game stores the save files. The location of this folder depends on your OS:

Windows: %LocalAppData%/Daedalic Entertainment GmbH/Barotrauma/WorkshopMods/Installed

Linux: /home/[username]/.local/share/Daedalic Entertainment GmbH/Barotrauma/WorkshopMods/Installed

OSX: /Users/[USERNAME]/Library/Application Support/Daedalic Entertainment GmbH/Barotrauma/WorkshopMods/Installed

You will need to copy the mods you wish to have activated to the corresponding folder on your dedicated server, via RDP/FTP/SMB/SSH etc. depending on your server setup.

Enabling the Mods on the Server

After the mod files have been copied to the server, you still need to enable them. This can by done by editing the configuration file (config_player.xml) in the game's installation folder with a text editor (such as Notepad, Notepad++, Visual Studio Code, Sublime Text, Vim). The easiest way to do this is by configuration opening the file from your Barotrauma installation folder, finding the content packages section of the file, and copying it to the configuration file in the server's installation folder.

Example of the tist of enabled content packages in a config file.

Run the server again. The mods should now be enabled.

In-Game Dedicated Servers

Campaign Settings



Console Commands

Hosting a Dedicated Server

List of Config Files

Enabling Mods on a Dedicated Server

Tools & Modding
Editors XML Other

Submarine Editor

Official Guide to the Submarine Editor (Diving deeper)

Character Editor

Official Guide to the Character Editor

Creating mods

XML and how Barotrauma uses it

Content packages (Content types)


Installing mods

Publishing to Steam Workshop