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Hosting a terraria server for PC


In this guide, you will be able to host a PC terraria server as well as keeping it alive without having to be logged in all the time. Before you start, make sure you meet the requirements and have a basic understanding of Linux, if you have issues or are stuck on a step you can ask for help in our support server.


  • You have a Linux VPS (Debian/Ubuntu).
  • You are logged in as root or have a user that can use sudo.
  • You know how to establish an SSH connection or use an SSH client.

Don't know how to connect to your server? Check out this guide

Installing required packages

I recommend that you should be logged in as root before executing these commands to ensure everything goes smoothly.

apt update && apt upgrade -y 
apt install sudo curl wget file unzip zip -y


You may get a popup like the one below, use the arrow key to click yes to proceed.


Creating a user for terraria

For security purposes, terraria should not be running under the root user. We will create a new system user and group with home directory /opt/terraria that will run the terraria server:

useradd -r -m -U -d /opt/terraria -s /bin/bash terraria

We are not going to set a password for this user. This is a good security practice because this user will not be able to log in via SSH. To login to the terraria user, you’ll need to be logged in to the server as root or user with sudo privileges.

Before starting with the installation process, make sure you switch to the terraria user.

sudo su - terraria

Creating the Directory

If you plan to both versions of the server running I would recommend creating a folder for them to make sure the files do not conflict.

mkdir PC
cd PC

Getting the server files

Please download one of the server files from below.


wget -O


Don't see the version you are looking for? you can grab the server files from this website

Using the files

Please run the commands below:

unzip -q
cp -R 1*/Linux/* ./ 
chmod +x TerrariaServer.bin.x86_64 
rm -rf 
rm -rf version_number_downloaded_goes_here
chown -R terraria:terraria /opt/terraria

Running the server

Run the command below to get started.


Connecting to the server

You should grab the IP of your server which can be found using the command below if you do not know it.

dig +short


If the command above fails, try this command and copy the output as that is the IP of your server.


Copy the IP and open terraria up, go to servers and click add a server and under Server Address put the server's IP in and click Done.

servers add_server

Keeping your server alive


Screen is one way of keeping your server running in the background without having to keep your SSH session open.


screen does not boot on load or write logs to the disk automatically, reboots would kill the screen due to only being a virtual session.

To start your server with screen, first, make sure you have screen package installed.


You should've installed screen from the start of the guide. In the eventuality that you do not have screen package installed, please use the command below and make sure you're using root or sudo. You can install screen using the one-liner below:

sudo apt update && sudo apt install screen -y


Make sure you are using root if you are still on the terraria account use exit, then execute the commands after you are done you should use the command listed to switch back to the terraria account sudo su - terraria.


You can then start your server by using the command below:

screen -S terraria -L 

This should create a session you can safely leave without fear of it shutting down when you leave, You can leave the screen via CTRL+AD from this session so your Server is still online when you leave.

You can re-attach to the running screen by running screen -r terraria and either issue commands or shutdown the server via CTRL+C.