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Creating a "server.cfg" file for your Arma 3 Server

Arma 3 does not provide a server.cfg by default. If you want to change the configuration of your Arma 3 server, you will need to create a file manually, and then set a startup parameter on the server control panel to load that file on startup.

Naming the Configuration File

By default, the Nodepanel will automatically look for a file called server.cfg, so for sake of brevity we recommend naming the file to this.

However, you don't need to name the file server.cfg. The name of the file can literally be anything.

Since you tell the game exactly which file to look for and load using a startup parameter for the game, you can actually name the config file whatever you want. This allows you to have more than one config file, and quickly switch between them simply by changing the parameter on each startup. You can have a config file tailored to a specific mission, a whole series of missions, configs for training missions, for serious gameplay, etc.

You should avoid spaces in the file name, so use things like underscores if you want multiple "words" for the file name, such as the following:


Content of the Config File

We recommend reading through our article Configuring your Arma 3 Nodecraft Server for an example server.cfg as well as information on other settings.

If you want to include comments in the config file, put double slashes at the start of the line (//) and everything beyond the double slashes will be skipped by the game. Leaving notes is always a good thing, in case you forget why a specific setting is in the file. You could also use the comments to list specific missions the config file is intended to be used with, and other things.

Activating the Config File

As mentioned earlier, by default the Nodepanel will automatically load server.cfg automatically as -config=server.cfg has been added as a startup parameter

You can customize your own startup parameters by clicking on the Game Settings page of your Nodepanel. You will see a white box labelled "Params:"

Arma 3 Custom Server Arguments

In the box, enter the command:


Then click the "Save" button. If you have more than one startup parameter, each should be added to it's own "params" box. Click the plus sign in a circle at the right end of the box to add more boxes for parameters.

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