In this article we will be going over how to setup an Arma 3 Server on CentOS.
Notes: * This article assumes you are logged in to your server as
root. * Purchasing Arma 3 is not required for this tutorial.
Step 1: Prerequisites
- GCC Compiler for 32bit Systems
- Steam Client
The reason why we are installing a 32 bit GCC Compiler is because the Steam client is built to run on 32 bit systems.
sudo yum install glibc.i686 libstdc++.i686 gcc -y
Because the Arma 3 server does not run as a background process, we will need to run its process in a
sudo yum install screen -y
Now that all the prerequisites are installed, we can move to the next step, which is installing
Step 2: Installing SteamCMD and Arma 3
This step is slightly complicated. Please use caution.
The first step is to create a user account for SteamCMD. Let’s name it
sudo useradd steam && passwd steam su steam
The next step is to download the files required for
cd ~/ && wget https://steamcdn-a.akamaihd.net/client/installer/steamcmd_linux.tar.gz
Extract the files from the SteamCMD archive:
tar xvf steamcmd_linux.tar.gz
Execute the below command to update Steam.
Paste the following in the terminal (change
yourSteamUsername to your username)
Next, type your password, and if you have Steam Guard enabled, please check your email.
Finally, enter the following to install Arma 3:
force_install_dir ./arma3/ app_update 233780 validate exit mkdir -p ~/".local/share/Arma 3" && mkdir -p ~/".local/share/Arma 3 - Other Profiles"
The previous commands will essentially create the required directories and install Arma 3.
Step 3: Configuring Arma 3
This step will cover the setup and configuration process. For the purpose of this tutorial, we will be using a sample configuration which can be found below.
First, open up
/home/steam/arma3 by executing:
nano ~/arma3/server.cfg, then paste the following configuration into your text editor:
hostname = "My Arma 3 Server"; // Server Name password = ""; // Server Joining Password passwordAdmin = "demoPassword"; // Password to become an operator maxPlayers = 16; // Player Slots
This concludes the configuration process. Next, you will need to clean up the configuration by executing the following commands:
exit ssh steam@localhost
Step 4: Starting/maintaining the server
This simplest and final step is to start the Arma 3 Server.
cd /home/steam/arma3 screen -dmS arma3 ./arma3server -name=server -config=server.cfg
All that’s left for you is to get gaming!
This concludes our tutorial. Thank you for reading.