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Installing Steam Workshop Mods and Maps to your Unturned Server

Last updated: 12/14/18
written by  Nodecraft Staff

Subscribe to Mods and Maps on Steam Workshop:

Subscribe to the workshop content normally. Let the content download to your Steam installation of Unturned on your local computer.

If you're going to use the automatic workshop download method described below, you will need to note the Steam Workshop ID numbers for each mod you want to install. Write them down as you subscribe to them in the Workshop.

An example of where to find the Steam Workshop ID number for each mod is shown in the picture below.

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You can also pull up a list of all the mods you've subscribed to, if you enter the Steam Workshop, and click "Browse", then "Subscribed Items", as shown below. This list won't show the Steam Workshop ID number though; you will need to click on each one and wait for the workshop page to load in order to see the Steam Workshop ID number for each mod as shown in the picture above.

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Automatic Download Method:

In order to use the automatic workshop ID download method, you must navigate to the unturned folder, which is inside the server folder in the main directory of the file manager. Then you must edit the file WorkshopDownloadIDs.json and add the Steam Workshop IDs to the file.

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If this is the first time opening this file, it will be empty except for two square brackets.

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Add Steam Workshop IDs:

Using the list of Steam Workshop IDs that you made while subscribing to them, add them one by one to the WorkshopDownloadIDs.json file. Put each ID number on it's own line. Add a comma after each ID number, except for the last ID number needs no comma at the end.

Do not remove the square brackets, the file must start with an open square bracket, and end with a closed square bracket.

Here's an example picture showing 4 Steam Workshop ID numbers added to the file.

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When you're finished making edits, click the blue "save" button in the upper right corner.

Start the Server:

When you start your server next time, you will see in the console tab of the control panel that the Steam Workshop mods are being downloaded, and installed automatically. If you look, you will see the confirmation message shown below match the 4 Id's added in the picture above. Using this method, the game automatically sorts the mods into the correct folders (maps into "Maps", other items into "Content" in the /server/unturned" directory).

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(the red block is the server IP, which we covered up for this picture)

Manual Method of Installing:

Given how easy the automatic method is for installing mods, we're only including this method in case you are using mods that are not carried in the Steam workshop for Unturned.

Copy Files to your Server:

Navigate to the folder server/unturned/workshop on your server.

Inside you will see a Maps folder and a Content folder.

Upload mods to the appropriate folder: maps go into "Maps", and items/vehicles/objects go into "Content".

If the non-Steam Workshop mods will not load, contact the author of the mods for more assistance with how to properly load them.

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