How Do You Make a DayZ Private Server?


Heather Bennett

Are you a fan of the popular survival game DayZ? Have you ever wished to create your own private server where you can customize the gameplay according to your preferences?

Well, you’re in luck! In this tutorial, we will guide you through the process of setting up your very own DayZ private server.

Step 1: Gathering the Required Files

Before we begin, let’s make sure we have all the necessary files in place. Here’s what you’ll need:

  • DayZ Server Files: You can download these files from the official DayZ website. Make sure to choose the correct version that matches your game client.
  • SteamCMD: This is a command-line utility that allows us to install and update game servers. You can download it from the official SteamCMD website.

Step 2: Installing SteamCMD

To install SteamCMD, follow these steps:

  1. Create a new folder on your computer where you want to install SteamCMD.
  2. Navigate to the folder and download SteamCMD by clicking on the appropriate link for your operating system.
  3. Extract the downloaded file into the folder you created.

Note for Windows users:

If you are using Windows, you might need to allow SteamCMD through your firewall. To do this, simply click on “Allow access” when prompted by Windows Defender Firewall.

Step 3: Setting Up Your DayZ Server

To set up your DayZ server, follow these steps:

  1. Open SteamCMD by double-clicking on the “steamcmd.exe” file.
  2. Login to Steam by typing the following command and pressing Enter: login anonymous
  3. Install the DayZ server files by typing the following command and pressing Enter: app_update 223350 validate
  4. Navigate to the server installation folder by typing the following command and pressing Enter: force_install_dir C:\Path\To\Your\Server\Folder
  5. Start the DayZ server by typing the following command and pressing Enter: DayZServer_x64.exe -config=serverDZ.cfg -port=2302 -profiles=serverDZ -name=serverDZ


You can customize the server configuration options by modifying the “serverDZ.cfg” file located in your server folder. This allows you to tweak various gameplay settings such as loot spawn rates, player limits, and more.

Step 4: Port Forwarding and Firewall Configuration

In order for other players to connect to your DayZ private server, you need to configure your router’s port forwarding settings. Consult your router’s documentation or visit for detailed instructions on how to do this.

Add an exception to your firewall or antivirus software to allow incoming connections on port 2302 (or any other port you specified in Step 3).

Step 5: Sharing Your Server Details with Friends

Congratulations! Your DayZ private server is now up and running. To invite your friends to join, provide them with the following details:

  • Server IP Address: This is your public IP address, which can be found by typing “what is my ip” into a search engine.
  • Server Port: By default, DayZ servers use port 2302. If you specified a different port in Step 3, make sure to provide that instead.

Your friends can now launch their DayZ game client, open the multiplayer menu, and enter your server details to connect and join the fun!


In this tutorial, we’ve covered the step-by-step process of creating your own DayZ private server. From gathering the required files to configuring port forwarding and sharing server details with friends, you now have all the knowledge you need to dive into the world of customized DayZ gameplay. Enjoy!

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