Welcome to the 7 Days to Die game server setup guide. This tutorial is designed to help tech enthusiasts and gamers deploy and operate their own private game servers on a standalone server in Hong Kong. Through this guide, you will learn how to configure a server from scratch, install necessary software, and launch the 7 Days to Die game world.


Before starting, please make sure you have the following resources:

  • A standalone server located in Hong Kong, ensuring it has a stable network connection.
  • Adequate server management knowledge, including but not limited to Linux command line operations, network configurations, and security settings.
  • SSH access to the server.

Server Configuration and Environment Preparation

First, you need to connect to your server via SSH. Once connected, please follow these steps to configure your server environment:

sudo apt update
sudo apt upgrade
sudo apt install screen wget unzip

These commands will update your server system and install basic software required for running 7 Days to Die.

Installing SteamCMD

7 Days to Die is installed and updated through SteamCMD. To install SteamCMD on your server:

mkdir ~/steamcmd
cd ~/steamcmd
wget https://steamcdn-a.akamaihd.net/client/installer/steamcmd_linux.tar.gz
tar -xzvf steamcmd_linux.tar.gz

Installing 7 Days to Die Server

To install the 7 Days to Die server using SteamCMD:

./steamcmd.sh +login anonymous +force_install_dir ../7dtd +app_update 294420 validate +quit

This command will install the 7 Days to Die server in a directory called 7dtd. The installation process may take some time.

Configuring the Game Server

After installation, you need to configure the server for game use. First, enter the 7 Days to Die server installation directory and edit the configuration file:

cd ~/7dtd
nano serverconfig.xml

In this file, you can set the server name, password, game world options, etc. After completing the configuration, please save and close the file.

Starting the Server

Finally, use the following command to start your 7 Days to Die server:

cd ~/7dtd
screen -S "7DTD Server" ./startserver.sh -configfile=serverconfig.xml

This command will start the server in a new screen session, allowing the server to continue running even if the SSH session is closed.


By now, you have successfully set up your own 7 Days to Die private game server on a standalone server in Hong Kong. Now, you can invite your friends to join your server and enjoy the survival adventure together. If you encounter any issues, please refer to the 7 Days to Die official forum or contact your server provider for support.