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How to Set up a Palworld dedicated server on Linux



This script is going to be updated, make sure to watch the youtube videos above to be up to date to the last scripts / tutorial.


  • This script is based on Debian 12 and Ubuntu 23.10, it might work with other distros it might not, please don´t come to my discord for support, I won´t have time to adapt this script for all the distros out there.
  • The game is in ealry access, this script will help you install your own dedicated server on Linux but it will not solve all the problems related to the game itself.
  • I try to simplify the execution of the tasks / commands, however you might need to be a little bit familiar with Linux in general to run this script.
  • I also won´t cover any problems related to networking, you are on your own when it comes to open the ports of your router or make sure you don´t have any firewall blocking you to connect on your own server. Google is your friend for fixing those common issues.


Make sure you have a fresh Debian 12 / Ubuntu 23.10 server up and running with a SSH access.

Update and upgrade everything:

apt update && apt dist-upgrade

On Debian, innstall SteamCMD with all the dependencies:

apt install software-properties-common && apt-add-repository non-free && dpkg --add-architecture i386 && apt update && apt install steamcmd

On Ubuntu, innstall SteamCMD with all the dependencies:

apt install software-properties-common && apt-add-repository main universe restricted multiverse && dpkg --add-architecture i386 && apt update && apt install steamcmd

Install sudo and create a new user steam:

apt install sudo && useradd -m steam && passwd steam

Log in as steam:

sudo -u steam -s

Go in the steam home folder:


Install the Palworld dedicated server via SteamCMD:

/usr/games/steamcmd +login anonymous +app_update 2394010 validate +quit

Testing your steam folder structure:

if test -d /home/steam/.steam ; then clear ; echo "You have a .steam folder - FOLLOW THE SCRIPT"; else clear ; echo "YOU DONT HAVE A .steam FOLDER, PLEASE USE THE SPECIFIC SCRIPT"; fi


  • If you don´t have a .steam folder in /home/steam/, please switch to this specific tutorial

Fix server log errors by creating symlinks:

cd ~/.steam && ln -s steam/steamcmd/linux32 sdk32 && ln -s steam/steamcmd/linux64 sdk64

Launch server for creating configuration files:

cd ~/.steam/steam/steamapps/common/PalServer && ./PalServer.sh -useperfthreads -NoAsyncLoadingThread -UseMultithreadForDS

Copy server settings file in the right directory then edit the settings as you wish (details in YouTube video):

cp DefaultPalWorldSettings.ini Pal/Saved/Config/LinuxServer/PalWorldSettings.ini && nano Pal/Saved/Config/LinuxServer/PalWorldSettings.ini

Setup a service to automize the management of the server

Make sure all the command below are executed as root.

1. Setup the maintenance script for server backups and updates (watch the videos for more details).

Create the maintenance script, make it executable and give it the right user permissions:

wget https://raw.githubusercontent.com/A1RM4X/HowTo-Palworld/main/palworld-maintenance.sh -P /home/steam/ && chmod +x /home/steam/palworld-maintenance.sh && chown steam:steam /home/steam/palworld-maintenance.sh

Create the backup folder and give it the right permissions:

mkdir -p /home/steam/Palworld_backups && chown steam:steam /home/steam/Palworld_backups

Download the Palworld service file:

wget https://raw.githubusercontent.com/A1RM4X/HowTo-Palworld/main/palworld.service -P /etc/systemd/system/

Enable and start the service file (watch the videos for more details):

systemctl enable palworld.service && systemctl daemon-reload && systemctl start palworld.service

2. Backing up and restoring server data localy

Stop the palworld server before restoring the backup

systemctl stop palworld.service

Delete the previous server data! ATTENTION! Make sure you have a backup before doing this!

test -d /home/steam/.steam/steam/steamapps/common/PalServer/Pal/Saved && rm -rf /home/steam/.steam/steam/steamapps/common/PalServer/Pal/Saved

Select the backup you want to restore (check video on YouTube for details) and extract it

tar -xzvf /home/steam/Palworld_backups/Palworld_MODIFY-DATE-HERE.tar.gz -C /

Verify all went well

if test -d /home/steam/.steam/steam/steamapps/common/PalServer/Pal/Saved ; then clear ; echo "RESTORATION SUCCESS" ; else clear ; echo "RESTORATION FAILED" ; fi


1. Manual Restart / Backup / Stop the palworld server

Restart, backup & update the server by using this command systemctl restart palworld.service

Stop the server by using this command systemctl stop palworld.service

2. Transferring / copying server configuration files from a server to another server

Log in the new server and make sure you have executed the whole tutorial for having a server up and running.

Log in root in the old server, then SCP transfer the file in the new server (more details in the youTube video):

scp /home/steam/Palworld_backups/Palworld_MODIFY-DATE-HERE.tar.gz IP_ADRESS_NEW_SERVER:/home/steam/Palworld_backups/

Then follow the Backing up and restoring server data localy here.

3. No .steam folder on my debian server

Some users reported not having the same folder structure on their Debian/Ubuntu installation. To fix the issue, use this tutorial.

Source: https://github.com/A1RM4X/HowTo-Palworld?tab=readme-ov-file

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