How Do I Setup a Private Conan Server?


Scott Campbell

Setting up a private Conan server can seem like a daunting task, but with the right guidance and tools, it can be a breeze. In this tutorial, we will walk you through the process step by step, ensuring that you have all the necessary information to get your private server up and running smoothly.


Before we dive into the setup process, let’s take a moment to go over the requirements:

  • A dedicated machine or virtual server: You will need a separate machine or virtual server to host your private Conan server. It is recommended to use a machine with sufficient resources to handle the server load.
  • An internet connection: Your private Conan server needs to be accessible via an internet connection so that players can connect to it.
  • Conan Server software: You will need to download and install the Conan Server software on your hosting machine. This software allows you to manage and configure your private server.

Step 1: Downloading and Installing Conan Server

The first step in setting up your private Conan server is to download and install the Conan Server software. Follow these steps:

  1. Visit the official Conan website at and navigate to the Downloads section.
  2. Select the appropriate version of Conan Server for your operating system (Windows, Linux, or macOS) and click on the download link.
  3. Once downloaded, run the installer and follow the on-screen instructions. Make sure to choose an installation directory that suits your preferences.

Step 2: Configuring Your Private Server

With Conan Server installed, it’s time to configure your private server. Follow these steps:

  1. Locate the Conan Server configuration file on your hosting machine.

    The default location for this file is typically in the installation directory.

  2. Open the configuration file using a text editor of your choice.
  3. Modify the necessary settings according to your preferences. This includes specifying the server name, port number, maximum player count, and other administrative options.
  4. Save the configuration file once you have made all the desired changes.

Step 3: Port Forwarding (If Required)

If you are hosting your private Conan server behind a router or firewall, you may need to set up port forwarding to allow incoming connections. Follow these steps:

  1. Login to your router’s admin console.

    This is usually done by entering your router’s IP address in a web browser.

  2. Navigate to the port forwarding section. The exact location and terminology may vary depending on your router’s make and model.
  3. Add a new port forwarding rule. Specify the internal IP address of your hosting machine and the port number used by Conan Server.
  4. Save and apply the changes.

Step 4: Starting Your Private Server

You’re almost there! It’s time to start your private Conan server. Follow these final steps:

  1. If you are on Windows:
    • Open a command prompt.
    • Navigate to the installation directory where Conan Server is installed.
    • Type the command “conan-server” (without quotes) and press Enter.
  2. If you are on Linux or macOS:
    • Open a terminal.
    • Type the command “./conan_server” (without quotes) and press Enter.

Step 5: Connecting to Your Private Server

Congratulations! Your private Conan server is now up and running.

To connect to it, follow these steps:

  1. Launch Conan Exiles on your gaming machine.
  2. In the main menu, click on “Play Online”.
  3. Select the server browser option.
  4. Filter the server list by name or IP address. Enter the details of your private server to find it in the list.
  5. Select your server from the list and click Join.

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