Install Modifications on DayZ

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To install Mods on your DayZ Server might be a bit tricky sometimes, therefore we would like to explain it to you in a step-by-step Tutorial.

Steam Workshop

Most of the Mods can be found in the DayZ Steam Workshop:


First, the desired Mod needs to be subscribed in the Workshop, so the Files are getting installed (and updated as well) automatically via Steam

Start the Launcher

As soon as the Mod got installed on your Computer, you can start the Game by selecting "Play DayZ"

As soon as the Launcher is started, you can check the installed Mods.
Each Mod-entry can be extended and by clicking on the three Dots on the right, you can navigate to the Folder, where Steam has installed the Mod-Files

Upload Mods

The folders are named after the respective mod and need to be uploaded to the Server manually via FTP How to use your server's FTP into the main Folder of the Game


Important! The keys are also required for the server!
If there is no "Keys" Folder available in the Mod, the Mod cannot be used on the Server. The Files within the "Keys" Folder of the Mod, need to be uploaded into the "keys" Folder of the Game on the Server.



The first part of installing the Mods on the Server is now done, but at the moment the Server doesn't know that those Folders need to be loaded while starting the Game.
To make sure the server loads this mod at startup, add the name of the folder in the field "Additional mods"

After all the Mods are added into the mentioned input field, you can save the settings and after a restart, the Game will load the Modifications while starting up.


Important! If you want to use several mods, it is necessary to separate them with a " ;".

Some of the Mods might need some special changes within the Config/.xml files, so always have a look at the Installation instructions from the developers of the Mods. Keep in mind that a syntax error in the files can crash the server.

Server Mods / Serverside Mods

This kind of mod does not require to be downloaded client-side, only server-side. The installation process is fairly similar:
You do not have to activate these mods, the installation process will make the server to use the mod automatically.

  1. Instead of moving the whole mod to the server, just open the main mod folder, it should contain different folders Addons, Keys, and other files.
  2. Move the content of the Addons Folder from the mod to the Addons folder in the server, as well as the rest of the matching folders between the mod and the server.

Do not put anything from the keys folder into the server, this is very important

  1. Installation ready! Now every player joining the server will have to select "ignore" when the launcher asks what to do with the server mod, it will still be listed on the requirements to join the server but no further action will be needed.

Please remember that some mods may have specific installation instructions, missing one step can prevent the server to start correctly