Blog - February 5, 2024

How to edit your INI configuration file for Palworld

You may want to change your game’s configuration file for a number of reasons. In most cases, this is a step towards downloading or tweaking a mod. But stay Palworld, you need to access and change the INI configuration file to change the private server’s settings.

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Read on to learn how to edit the INI configuration file in Palworld.

Palworld server INI configuration file location

The most important part of editing game files is making sure you’re in the right location to do it. I assume you’re trying to access the configuration files for a private server, which means you’re playing Palworld on Steam because private servers are not yet available for Xbox.

Tip:

Palworld is an early access game so game content is subject to change. Therefore, this article may need to be updated with future updates and launches of the game.

The INI file you must access to change your private server’s settings is called PalWorldSettings.inican be found by navigating to:

  • This PC > Local Disk > Program Files (x86) > Steam > steamapps > common > PalServer > Pal > Saved > Configuration > WindowsServer

Once in WindowsServer, you will find PalWorldSettings.ini at the bottom. Depending on your display settings, you may not see “.ini” at the end of the file name, but the Type tab will always show it as a Configuration Settings file.

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Click on PalWorldSettings and open it with whatever program your PC suggests (Windows Notepad is fine). All that matters is the text contained in the INI file. Theoretically, that text could even be copied and pasted from Facebook Messenger, which wouldn’t make a difference. When you open PalWorldSettings, you will see an empty file with no text. That is normal. Friend maybe import everything from scratch, but there is an easier way.

How to set up and edit Palworld private server INI file

As long as by Palworld the server is active, the PalWorldSettings file is empty because the game, by default, has no settings for its own server. But the default server installation has an INI file.

Copy and paste default server settings from their INI file to the file for our private server, then edit as desired. To find the default server settings INI file, navigate to:

  • This PC > Local Disk > Program Files (x86) > Steam > steamapps > common > PalServer

Tip:

For first timers, you will prefer ‘Config Editor’ over ‘Text Editor’. The ‘text editor’ is for more experienced moderators or fit users as it allows for more direct improvements and changes.

This is the same file path we used above; it stops sooner. In PalServer, you will see an INI file named DefaultPalWorldSettings. Open this file, but do not change anything here—copy and paste the text into another file.

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Open DefaultPalWorldSettings (again, Notepad is fine), select all the text and copy with Ctrl + C. Then close the file. Navigate to the WindowsServer folder containing the PalWorldSettings INI file and open it with Notepad. Then use Ctrl + V to Paste the text we copied from default settings to this file. If you still have the PalWorldSettings file open from when you previously located it, you don’t need to navigate back and reopen the file—you can switch tabs via Notepad.

Once you have pasted these default server INI settings into PalWorldSettings, you are ready to make changes to customize your dedicated server in Palworld. The amount of text may seem intimidating, but you’ll quickly notice that all the text says something that is either true or false and is set to a value of 1.00. You can use Notepad to change True to False or 1.00 to 2.00 (double the value). It’s that simple.

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For those who haven’t done this, this may sound scary. But don’t worry; Changing the INI configuration file is simple and does not require any previous editing or coding experience. Once you know which files to access, editing the configuration file is no different than changing settings in the game’s menu.

Tip:

It is essential to have the ability to revert to default settings or a good balance you found with previous parameters or settings. Therefore, you should backup your PalWorldSettings.ini file. To easily undo or return to a previously liked server setting.

How to change Palworld private hostname in the INI file

One of the first things you may want to change is your server name. Doing so only takes a few seconds. At the bottom of all the text we copied into PalWorldSettings you will find the line:

  • ServerName=”Default Palworld Server”

Change the text in those quotes will change your server name. For example, you could edit it to say:

  • ServerName=”Worst server ever chosen”

That’s how your server will now be displayed in by Palworld menu. A good general rule is to avoid very long server names and only use numbers if you spell them out.

How to set a password for a dedicated server

Just passed ServerName configuration text, you will see empty quotes where the description can be placed and immediately followed by a space for Administrator and Server Password. These options are useful if you want your server to appear in by Palworld Community Server Menu but don’t want anyone to join. By default, the quotes for each configuration block are empty and adding any text inside will generate a password.

How to change the above rule Palworld dedicated server

If you scan the INI file, you’ll see most of the text clearly states what it affects and then has the value 1.000000 after the equal sign. Changing any value in your dedicated server is as simple as changing this number. There are decimals after the number one because the value is multiplied, with one being the default value set by the developer.

For example, changing “PlayerDamageRateAttack=1.000000” to “PlayerDamageRateAttack=1.730000” will cause all players in your server to deal 1.73 times more damage than normal. There are a lot of decimal points so you can fine-tune to very specific values. However, you can just change the first two decimal places if you want your numbers to represent a percentage (1.56 means the player deals 56% more damage than normal ).

This same logic applies to any setting that uses numbers in the INI file. You can change any True to False or vice versa to completely customize how your dedicated server works.

Tip:

Once you have created the desired settings, restart the server to experience your changes. Restart it, launch your server and enjoy.

So there you have it. You know everything you need to edit your INI configuration file for Palworld. Good luck!