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Published January 20, 2024       3 minute read

Installing and Managing Mods on Your Unturned Server

This comprehensive guide provides step-by-step instructions on how to find, install, and manage mods on your Unturned server. It includes tips for ensuring compatibility and smooth gameplay, as well as troubleshooting common issues with mods.

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Playing Unturned in its original form can become repetitive due to the static nature of its maps. However, the game’s integration with Steam Workshop offers a solution by allowing players to incorporate unique, player-created maps and mods. This introduces fresh gameplay elements and experiences. For those unfamiliar with this process, we have developed a guide to simplify the installation of these workshop maps and mods, making it easier for players to customize their Unturned adventures.

Finding and Choosing Mods for Unturned

To find content for your Unturned server in the Steam Workshop, start by visiting the Unturned Workshop page.

NOTE: the id for this mod is “3093069128” as you can see in the screenshot below

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Automatic Installer

In the this part you will need to go over to Servers > Default. Once in this folder you will need to edit the WorkshopDownloadConfig.json file and input the id in the File_IDs array. Let’s do a quick recap:

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Once the process is done, you should see something along these lines presented below with your installed mods in the console. Image 1

Issues you might encounter

Issue with Mods Not Installing

If your mods aren’t installing, first check for error messages in the server’s startup console. Mods that are outdated due to recent Unturned updates may fail to install. In this case, try redownloading the mods or look for updated versions as alternatives.

Problem with Custom Maps Not Loading

Should a custom map fail to appear, verify that the Commands.dat file is correctly formatted. Alternatively, go to the server panel’s “Customizations” tab and try leaving the map name field blank in the dropdown menu. Then, recheck the Commands.dat file and restart your server.

Server Crashing Issues

Server crashes might occur due to issues with custom maps. If unsure, attempt to unload the custom map and restart the server. For servers with manually installed maps or mods, consider removing these additions and then attempting to restart the server.


Mods are a fantastic way to enhance the gameplay experience in Unturned. By carefully selecting, installing, and managing mods, you can greatly enhance your server and offer a unique and enjoyable experience for players. Remember to always backup your server before making any changes, and don’t be afraid to experiment with different mods to find what works best for your server. Happy modding!

Unturned’s modding community is vibrant and constantly evolving, and with the right approach, your server can become a part of this exciting world. Whether you’re looking to add simple aesthetic changes or overhaul the gameplay, the possibilities are endless. Dive into the world of Unturned modding, and see how it can transform your gaming experience!

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