Ever since the release of Starbound 1.0 I’ve dove back into it. I love the procedurally generated worlds, the platformer boss fights and, of course, playing with others.
Starbound comes with a Linux client AND a dedicated multiplayer server, so it’s basically a given that I would be hosting one. Now, you can run it through Steam, but that gets cumbersome if you want to play, too. So I used steamcmd and a custom systemd file so I can start and stop the server automatically, or with a really intuitive (for a debian or Ubuntu user) command:
$ sudo service starbound start|stop|status
How did I do it? Simple! 
I usually put custom installed stuff in my
/opt directory, so I created a
/opt/steamcmd directory and pulled down the steamcmd binary from the Steam CDN.
You can find all of these steps on the starbounder wiki site although it’s a little dated (it’s from before they had a 64bit linux client).
cd /opt sudo mkdir steamcmd sudo adduser steam sudo chown steam:steam steamcmd su - steam cd steamcmd wget https://steamcdn-a.akamaihd.net/client/installer/steamcmd_linux.tar.gz tar -zxvf steamcmd_linux.tar.gz
By the end of this, you’ll have a useable steamcmd install, but with no games installed. So obviously, the next step is to
In the terminal, run
Which will put you inside the steamcmd prompt
login force_install_dir starbound app_update 211820 quit
This bit will take a while since it has to download all of the files, so open a new terminal and
Add a systemd config file
/etc/systemd/system create a file called starbound.service and put this information in it.
[Unit] Description=starbound After=network.target [Service] Type=simple WorkingDirectory=/opt/steamcmd/starbound/linux User=steam Group=steam ExecStart=/opt/steamcmd/starbound/linux/starbound_server Restart=always SyslogIdentifier=Starbound [Install] WantedBy=multi-user.target
The two fields you might need to customize here are the WorkingDirectory and the ExeStart paths. Since I have everything installed in
/opt/steamcmd/starbound these paths work for me.
Once the starbound steamcmd is installed, you can use
sudo service starbound start
to begin hosting a playable world! If you intend to host over a LAN or even on the internet, you’ll need to make a slight change to the starbound.config file in
Just change these three lines
"gameServerBind" : "::",
"queryServerBind" : "::",
"rconServerBind" : "::",
to your LAN IP. For instance, when I run
It shows my IP as 192.168.1.10. So my config file says
"gameServerBind" : "192.168.1.10",
"queryServerBind" : "192.168.1.10",
"rconServerBind" : "192.168.1.10",