How to install Mods on your Valheim Server

Ready to enhance your Valheim adventure?
Learn to install BepInEx, the gateway to a realm of mods that can customize and elevate your gaming experience. As you start the server and confirm the successful installation through the logs, envision a Valheim server uniquely tailored to your preferences.

Follow our guide to seamlessly integrate your first mod into the Valheim Dedicated Server, opening up a world of possibilities for a truly personalized gameplay experience. Let’s dive in!

Install BepInEx

BepInEx is the go-to modding framework for Valheim. You need to have it installed on your server to run mods that rely on the BepInEx Unity Modding system.

  1. If you haven’t already, begin with creating a Valheim Dedicated Server on Steam.
    Find instructions on how to do this here, before proceeding to Step 2.
  2. Download BepInEx from a known mod database, such as Thunderstore: BepInEx.
  3. Go to the folder in which you installed the Valheim Dedicated Server.
    Most common path:
    C:\Program Files (x86)\Steam\steamapps\common\Valheim dedicated server
  4. Open the BepInEx .zip file you just downloaded.
  5. Extract the contents of the folder BepInExPack_Valheim into the root Valheim Dedicated Server folder that you opened in Step 3.
  6. Now, start the server by double-clicking the start_headless_server.bat file.
    You will see the following logs if BepInEx was correctly installed:
  7. Viola! You have successfully installed BepInEx.

Install Mods

  1. If you don’t have BepInEx installed, make sure to follow the instructions above before proceeding to Step 2.
  2. Use Thunderstore or another mod database of your choice, and pick a mod you wish to install. For this guide, we are going to install the popular mod BetterArchery.
  3. Open the mod .zip file, in this case:, and then open the plugins directory of your server: Valheim Dedicated Server/BepInEx/plugins.

    Drag and drop the BetterArchery folder from the .zip file into the “plugins” folder:
  4. Now, start the server by double-clicking the start_headless_server.bat file.
    You can verify if the mod was successfully installed by checking the logs.
  5. Done! You have installed the first mod on your Valheim Server.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

Q: Are there easier ways of installing mods for my Valheim Server?
A: Yes, some hosting providers offer a one-click mod solution, which is a much easier option than manually installing mods. DatHost: Valheim Server Hosting offers this feature:

Q: What are the advantages of using BepInEx for modding in Valheim?
A: BepInEx serves as a robust modding framework for Valheim, providing a stable platform for the implementation of various mods. It enhances the modding experience by offering a unified system for developers and players alike.

Q: Where can I find reliable sources to download BepInEx for Valheim?
A: You can download BepInEx from reputable mod databases like Thunderstore or NexusMods. Ensure you are obtaining it from a trustworthy source to avoid potential issues.

Q: What steps should I take if I encounter issues during the BepInEx installation process?
A: If you face problems during installation, double-check that you followed the installation steps correctly. Ensure you are using the correct version of BepInEx compatible with your Valheim server version. Additionally, refer to community forums or support channels for assistance.

Q: Can I install multiple mods simultaneously on my Valheim server?
A: Yes, you can install multiple mods on your Valheim server. After successfully installing BepInEx, follow the mod-specific installation instructions for each additional mod you want to add to your server.

Q: Are there any compatibility concerns between BepInEx and certain Valheim server configurations?
A: Compatibility issues are rare, but it’s advisable to stay informed about updates and check the compatibility of the BepInEx version with your Valheim server version. Refer to the official documentation and community forums for the latest information.

Q: What precautions should I take before installing mods on my Valheim server? A: Before installing mods, ensure that you have a backup of your Valheim server files. This precautionary measure helps prevent data loss or complications in case any issues arise during the mod installation process.

Q: Can I install mods on a Valheim server without any impact on the gameplay experience for players?
A: The impact on gameplay depends on the specific mods installed. Some mods may only affect server-side elements, while others can influence the gameplay experience for all players. Always check mod descriptions and user reviews for insights into potential impacts.

Q: How often should I update BepInEx and installed mods on my Valheim server? A: Regularly check for updates to both BepInEx and your installed mods. Updates may include bug fixes, new features, or compatibility improvements. Keeping everything up-to-date ensures a smoother and more enjoyable modded Valheim experience.

Q: Can Xbox players on my server use mods?
A: No, unfortunately, Valheim mods are not compatible with Xbox.