Deploy a Terraria Server with One-Click Apps

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Terraria One-Click App

Terraria is a two-dimensional sandbox game in which players explore the world, collect resources, build structures, and battle enemies in procedurally generated environments. In Terraria a player begins by digging for ore, and the further they dig the more adventure they find. Multiplayer mode can be either cooperative or PvP.

Hosting your own Terraria server gives you control over the world, the players, and the objectives. Your world, your rules.

Deploy a Terraria One-Click App

One-Click Apps allow you to easily deploy software on a Linode using the Linode Cloud Manager. To access Linode’s One-Click Apps:

  1. Log in to your Linode Cloud Manager account.

  2. From the Linode dashboard, click on the Create button in the top left-hand side of the screen and select Linode from the dropdown menu.

  3. The Linode creation page will appear. Select the One-Click tab.

  4. Under the Select App section, select the app you would like to deploy:

    Select a One-Click App to deploy
  5. Once you have selected the app, proceed to the app’s Options section and provide values for the required fields.

The Terraria Options section of this guide provides details on all available configuration options for this app.

Terraria Options

You can configure your Terraria One-Click App by providing values for the following fields:

Field Description
Steam Username Your Steam username. Steam Guard must be turned off. Required.
Steam Password Your Steam password. Required.
World Name The name of the Terraria virtual world. Advanced Configuration.
Server Password The server’s password, if you would like to make the server password protected. Advanced Configuration.
Message of the Day The message of the day text that is displayed whenever a player logs on to the server. Advanced Configuration.
Difficulty Level The world difficulty level. Advanced Configuration.
Maximum Players The maximum amount of players allowed on the server. A number from 1-255. Advanced Configuration.
Port The port number that the game server listens on. Advanced Configuration.
Seed A random seed used by the world generation algorithm to create a unique world. For example: qazwsx123. Advanced Configuration.

Linode Options

After providing the app specific options, provide configurations for your Linode server:

Configuration Description
Select an Image Debian 9 is currently the only image supported by the Terraria One-Click App, and it is pre-selected on the Linode creation page. Required.
Region The region where you would like your Linode to reside. In general, it’s best to choose a location that’s closest to you. For more information on choosing a DC, review the How to Choose a Data Center guide. You can also generate MTR reports for a deeper look at the network routes between you and each of our data centers. Required.
Linode Plan Your Linode’s hardware resources. Your Terraria server should be sized based on the amount of traffic you are expecting on your server as well as the game play performance you are looking for. We recommend using a 8GB Linode as the smallest plan to ensure good performance of your game server. If you decide that you need more or fewer hardware resources after you deploy your app, you can always resize your Linode to a different plan. Required.
Linode Label The name for your Linode, which must be unique between all of the Linodes on your account. This name will be how you identify your server in the Cloud Manager’s Dashboard. Required.
Root Password The primary administrative password for your Linode instance. This password must be provided when you log in to your Linode via SSH. It must be at least 6 characters long and contain characters from two of the following categories: lowercase and uppercase case letters, numbers, and punctuation characters. Your root password can be used to perform any action on your server, so make it long, complex, and unique. Required.

When you’ve provided all required Linode Options, click on the Create button. Terraria should install between 5-15 minutes after your Linode has successfully provisioned.

Getting Started after Deployment

After Terraria has finished installing, you will be able to access your server by copying your Linode’s IPv4 address from the Linode Cloud Manager and then connecting to it within the game.

Caution
You must disable Steam Guard to connect to your Terraria server. If you don’t disable Steam Guard, you may be locked out of your account and will need to reset your password. To disable Steam Guard, navigate to the Steam Preferences menu, then open the Account pane. Click on Manage Steam Guard Account Security, then click on Turn Steam Guard off.

To find your Linode’s IPv4 address and connect to it:

  1. Click on the Linodes link in the sidebar. You will see a list of all your Linodes.

  2. Find the Linode you just created when deploying your app and select it.

  3. Navigate to the Networking tab.

  4. Your IPv4 address will be listed under the Address column in the IPv4 table.

  5. Copy the IPv4 address.

  6. Open Terraria, then click Multiplayer.

  7. Click on Join via IP.

  8. You will be prompted to select a character, or create a new one if you don’t have any characters. Select or create a character.

  9. Type in your IP address, then click Accept.

    Enter your Linode's IP address.

  10. You will be prompted to enter in your Terraria One-Click App’s port. If you did not specify a different port in the advanced configuration section, use port 7777. Click Accept.

    Enter the Terraria server's port

    You will be connected to the server.

Software Included

The Terraria One-Click App will install the following required software on your Linode:

Software Description
Terraria Game server.
LinuxGSM A command line tool for the deployment and management of Linux game servers.
UFW Firewall utility. Port 7777, unless otherwise specified, will allow outgoing and incoming tcp and udp traffic.
Fail2ban Fail2Ban is an intrusion prevention software framework that protects computer servers from brute-force attacks.

More Information

You may wish to consult the following resources for additional information on this topic. While these are provided in the hope that they will be useful, please note that we cannot vouch for the accuracy or timeliness of externally hosted materials.

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