Guide – How To Start – Arma3 – Combat Game Server on Ubuntu Server 18.04

Arma 3 sends you to war – Experience true combat gameplay in a massive military sandbox. Deploying a wide variety of single- and multiplayer content, over 20 vehicles and 40 weapons, and limitless opportunities for content creation, this is the PC’s premier military game.

This is a quick deployment and ready-to-run image.
Simple and rapid installation. Easy to maintain.

How to create and connect to Arma3 Ubuntu

  1. To start the server, you need to enter the login and password from the Steam account (the game does not have to be purchased) in the configuration file.
  2. To connect, you need PuTTy application to connect via ssh. You can download it at the following link – Download.
  3. Run Putty, enter the VM address in the “Host” field, and click “Open” to connect.
  1. In the opened console it is necessary to enter a username and password that were specified while creating the virtual machine.
  1. Run the following commands to add your username and password from your Steam account:

> sudo su

> su steamuser

> nano /home/steamuser/lgsm/config-lgsm/arma3server/common.cfg

In the opened file, replace the values “your Steamlogin” and ‘yourSteampassword’ with your Steam account data.

There may be an error in the file, and there may be a letter “i” before the steamuser parameter, it must be removed (the correct view of the file is shown on the screenshot below).

To go to the desired line, use the arrows on the keyboard. To paste the copied text, use the right mouse button.

  1. Press Ctrl + X on the keyboard to exit the file. You will be prompted to save the changes to the file – press Y on the keyboard to confirm, and then Enter to overwrite to the same file.
  2. After editing the file, you should restart the server service, to do this run the following commands:

> systemctl arma3 stop

> systemctl arma3 start

When you run these commands on behalf of the steamuser, you will be prompted for a password from the account with which you connected to the VM. To skip entering the password, first enter the exit command.

  1. To configure the server, you should to change the user to steamuser and go to the server directory:

> sudo su

> su steamuser

> cd /home/steamuser

The list of commands can be found at the following link (section “Basic usage”):

https://linuxgsm.com/lgsm/hwserver/

  1. To connect to the server, start the “Arma 3” game on your PC. In the window that appears, go to the “Servers” tab and click the “Direct Connect” button.
  1. In the “Server name or address” field, enter the IP address of the VM. If the password was specified in the “server_config” file, enter it in the “Password” field. When finished, click the “Connect” button to connect.

Server update

If you were unable to connect to the server, you should update the server. To do this, connect to the VM through PuTTY and do the following:

> sudo su 

> su steamuser (If you haven’t run this command before)

> /home/steamuser

> ./arma3server update

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