Hosting a Custom Server

Installing

Enable Tools within your Steam Library. Mount & Blade II: Dedicated Server should appear on your list. Download and install it.

Hosting

Anonymous hosting is not supported. You will have to create a server token by going in-game first.

Generating a Token

Launch Mount & Blade II: Bannerlord multiplayer and log into the game lobby:

Open the game console by pressing ALT + tilde key (~):

Type customserver.gettoken in the textbox and press enter:

Your token has been generated and saved under your Documents\Mount & Blade II Bannerlord\Tokens folder:

If you are planning to host the dedicated server on the same computer where you installed Bannerlord, this is all you have to do. But if you are planning to host using a different computer, please copy this token file to the target computer’s Documents\Mount & Blade II Bannerlord\Tokens folder. There is also one other alternative method shown in the Launch Arguments section below.

Beware that the generated token is tied to your Bannerlord account. Any abuse would be traced back to the user who originally generated the token. We recommend keeping it private, and not sharing it with other people.

Also remember that your token expires after 3 months due to security reasons at which point you can replace it by generating a new one.

Server Administration

You can administrate your server by typing commands in your server’s console (that opens up when launching the server).

By typing list and pressing enter, you will get all the available commands in the dedicated server:

For example, to get a simple server running, you can type the following commands into your console:

By executing these commands, you will make your custom server visible and accessible to all players.

With the ServerName and GameType commands, you are simply setting the name of your server and setting your game mode.

With the start_game command, you are starting to host your server. Your server becomes visible to all players. Any player who enters your server will wait in the intermission state.

With the start_mission command, your server will switch into mission mode and players will be able to play the game.

You can also use the shorthand start_game_and_mission instead of the two commands.

Tips & Tricks

Configuration Files

Instead of executing commands one at a time with the server console, you can specify a configuration file to run on initialization, which will have its contents executed line by line.

You can find sample configuration files within the Native module directory (Modules\Native\ds_config_*.txt). Note that currently, your own configuration files must also reside within this same directory to be found by the server. See the launch arguments section below for how you can specify a configuration file to be run.

Launch Arguments

There are a few particularly useful launch arguments at the moment:

/dedicatedcustomserverconfigfile [configuration_file_name] Specify a configuration file to be run as seen in the Configuration Files section above.

/dedicatedcustomserverauthtoken [authentication_token_contents] When the token is passed through the launch argument, a local file containing the token is not required.

/DisableErrorReporting Disables the Crash Uploader popup and automatic error reporting.

/LogOutputPath [output_path] Sets the log output directory of the server. Path should be in double quotes.

Log Files

By default, log files for the custom server can be found in your ProgramData directory on Windows (%programdata%\Mount and Blade II Bannerlord\logs).

Automated Battle Count

By using the command set_automated_battle_count before enable_automated_battle_switching, you can set the number of missions to be played before the server shuts down.

For example, set_automated_battle_count 10 will have the server play 10 missions and shut down. If you would like to have an unlimited number of missions, set it to -1.

Helper Modules

We supply the optional DedicatedCustomServerHelper module to help server hosts. There are several submodules within for distinct purposes. For the server side modules to be usable from the outside, you will need to make TCP port 7210 accessible as well.

Note that although the module is optional for server hosts, if you as the host do load the module, the players will also need to have it loaded. Otherwise, a mismatch in modules will prevent players from joining.

Administration Web Panel

This module launches a web panel to interact with your custom server, through a general management page and a terminal page:

You can find the URL for the web panel in your server console once it has been initialized.

The web panel is password protected by the server’s configured AdminPassword option. By default, this option is left blank, so be sure to change it to a secure password.

If you do not want the web panel to be accessible from outside the local network or machine, and also do not need the map download feature below, you are free to block TCP port 7210 from external access.

In-Game Map Downloads

We also present a way to allow players to download your server’s map files through an in-game panel. As the server host, there are some conditions you must ensure to get this functioning:

For the players to be able to open the download panel, they will need to launch the game with the DedicatedCustomServerHelper module loaded. Now, they can right click on a custom server list entry, which will open a context menu with the option to open the download panel for the server. Once a map is successfully downloaded, there is no need to restart the game, they should be able to join your server as is.

Note that this feature is intended to support simple use cases. This is not a module manager feature, and will not be able to support maps that require other assets (ModuleData, Prefabs, etc.) spread throughout a given module. Only the SceneObj directory contents are transferred between the server and the client.

FAQ

Does Steam need to stay open for hosting?

No. You only need Steam for keeping your server files up to date. You are free to copy your server files to some other computer to host it. But we strongly recommend you to use it with Steam in order to keep it up to date. Unlike Warband, currently, any older versions of the server files will be incompatible with our system.

Are you planning to add support for other game platforms?

Yes.

What if I don’t want to use any game platform to retrieve the server files, will there be any other option?

Right now, Steam is the only way to download it. We are planning to add it to other game platforms and are also discussing using a Docker host for distributing the server files in the future.

Will you provide Linux support?

Yes. In fact, we are using Linux servers on our backend, but the system requires further development to make it publicly available.

Will my server be accessible by everyone?

Yes, your server will be accessible by everyone unless you make it password protected.

How many servers can I host?

There is a limit to the number of servers you can host simultaneously. Currently, you can host up to 5 servers.

My server is available on the list but players can’t join it. What is wrong?

By default, dedicated servers are using UDP port 7210. You must have a visible (public) IP address on the Internet as well as the aforementioned port being accessible.

What are the hardware requirements?

It depends on the game mode and the player count. With the default configurations, we are hosting our games:

But, for instance, you can always host a siege mode with less players on a 2 core machine as well.

You can also try to host a very small game with a single core machine as well but you might get some spikes during the game.

What are the bandwidth requirements?

It depends on the player count. By default, we are sending 60 packets to each player and each packet is less than 1.5 kilobytes. For most configurations, any dedicated server provider should be able to provide a sufficient network connection.

Is there any modification support?

Yes!

What about anti-cheat with modifications?

Anti-cheat is disabled for modified games. Note that any player who has modified their game will not be able to join the official servers.

Will there be an in-game administration panel for quicker and easier administration?

We are planning to make one.