Using RCON with your Project Zomboid Server

For an introduction to what RCON is, see this article.

Enabling RCON on your Project Zomboid Server

Once you have your Project Zomboid server created, there are only a few steps to enable and connect with RCON to send commands to your server remotely.

Open a Port for RCON

  1. Click "Manage" next to your server in the Command Center to open your server's page. Then click the gear tab at the top left and click "Port Forwarding".
  2. In the "Request Port" section, open the dropdown menu and select "Other". Don't change anything in the 2 text boxes.
  3. Make sure the Protocol is TCP.
  4. Click the "One to One" check box so it is checked.
  5. Click "Add Port". Your new port will be the last one in the list. Both private and public ports should be the same. If they are not, make a new port and make sure "One to One" is checked.
  6. Remember or copy the new port. You'll need it in the next steps.

Enable RCON

  1. Navigate to the Files tab in your server in Command Center.
  2. Navigate to and open the file /project-zomboid/?/Zomboid/Server/servertest.ini
  3. Around line 144, you'll see 2 options that deal with RCON.
  4. Set RCONPort= to whatever port you just created.
  5. Set RCONPassword= to whatever password you want. Use only numbers and letters.
  6. Save the file.
  7. Start or restart your server.

That's it! RCON is now enabled and ready to use. To learn how to connect with RCON, see this article. And as always, if you need any help, contact us with the chat bubble on the bottom right of the page.