I can't connect to my server

There are a few things that could be going on here...

Your server isn't running

First things first: is your server running?

If not, hop on and start it!

Your server is generating its world

Your server needs to generate its world when it first starts up. This can take anywhere from 5-30 minutes, depending on the size of your world. Larger worlds will take longer to generate.

You can track what the world generator is doing by visiting your server's Logs while your server is starting up.

You're connecting through Steam and it says 'Server is not responding'

There's a known bug with 7 Days to Die that stops the Steam connection popup from working sometimes. If the popup shows 'Server is not responding', try connecting to your server in-game using its IP address and port on the 'Connect to server' screen.

Your server is set to 'Private' or 'Friends only'

There's another bug with 7 Days to Die that means sometimes people can't connect to your server unless your ServerVisibility is set to Public.

Try changing your ServerVisibility to Public and try again. If you're able to connect, that's awesome! But only sort-of-awesome, because you'll have to keep your server public. The good news is you can set a password for your server to restrict who can join.

Something else

Did somebody say 7 Days to Die bugs?

There's yet another bug which can also cause connection issues. There's one last weird workaround you can try. Edit your server's Configuration and update the ServerDisabledNetworkProtocols setting. The default value is SteamNetworking. Delete that, so the setting is blank. Then save your configuration and restart your server.

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