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How to Connect to a 7 Days to Die Server via FTP

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7 days to Die FTP Server


The ability to manage your 7 Days to Die server files allows you to install mods or upload worlds, leading to improved gameplay experiences. There are other features you can tweak or implement, which is mainly done in the File Transfer Protocol (FTP) system. This area contains all the server files, from general settings to backend data. Navigating through the directories to accomplish your goals can easily become overwhelming, as there’s a lot of them. Fortunately, our panel simplifies the entire process for you to quickly access and edit your files. This also includes downloading and uploading anything you want, but is limited due to our system’s design. However, there’s another method to do this, allowing you to transfer large documents. Keeping everything in mind, we’ve created this Apex Hosting tutorial to show you how to make an FTP connection on your 7 Days to Die server and where important files are located.

7 Days to Die FTP Connection

7 Days to Die FTP Server

As hinted above, there are two methods for establishing an FTP connection. The first way is using our online panel to quickly access the files, as it only requires your Password to login. Using this allows you to download, upload, or edit most documents. The only drawback is being unable to transfer large amounts of data, as our system is limited. Bypassing this leads into our second method, an external program to make the connection. This requires you to use key pieces of information to access your files, such as the IP Address, Port, Username, and your password. Unfortunately, most of these programs don’t allow you to directly edit them, forcing you to download them before tweaking their properties. In other words, use the first method for easy management and the second for transferring huge files. Review the subsections below to learn more about each possible way to make an FTP connection and where important documents are found.

Online Panel

The best way to smoothly access your game files is using our built-in system. Our user interface is designed to be as simple as possible, which even has an editor to efficiently make changes on your documents. However, remember that you’re unable to download or upload large files. This is indicated by a missing “Download” button for it, but can also mean it’s not compressed properly. The panel itself has options to help you manage these files for transferring, if needed. Although, some types aren’t accessible and require you to manually edit them. Regardless of this, server owners using our online panel will accomplish most of their tasks without problems. The instructions below will guide you through the process to make an FTP connection.

  1. Head towards your Apex server panel, then click FTP File Access at the top left corner.
    7 Days to Die FTP
  2. Enter your password into the text box and press the Login button.
    7 Days to Die FTP Login
  3. Afterward, you can now view, download, upload, or edit the game server files.
    7 Days to Die Server Files

    Important: Make sure you’re using the correct Server Profile for this process.


External Program

Using third-party services like FileZilla or Cyberduck allows you to directly access the server files, which is an alternative method to try out. These programs are mainly used by owners transferring worlds or collections of mods. Additionally, each one is completely free and safe-to-use since they’re industry standard tools. However, you’ll need to download files before editing them since most applications don’t have a built-in editor, unlike our online panel. Review the steps below to learn how to use an external FTP program.

  1. Start by downloading an external program, such as FileZilla, then install it.
    7 Days to Die FileZilla
  2. When it’s finished, open the application to prepare for the connection.
  3. Navigate to the FTP File Access area from your server panel.
  4. Proceed to copy the following: FTP Address, Port, Username, and Password.
    7 Days to Die FTP Info
  5. Return to the third-party program, then enter this information accordingly.
  6. Continue to press Quickconnect or a similar button to establish a connection.
    7 Days to Die FileZilla Connect
  7. If successful, you’ll notice the game server files available for you to manage.


Important Files

7 Days to Die Important Files

While attempting to navigate through the FTP system, you may start to feel confused regarding what files to manage. Due to this, review the information below to understand where important documents are located. These can range from installing mods, uploading existing worlds, or advanced generated saves. Although, you’ll have to create a “Mods” folder to begin that particular process. As for general setting tweaks, entering the Config Files and Customizations sections from the main panel is where you can do that. This is for your convenience, but you’re also permitted to edit the actual file, serverconfig_apex.xml, instead.


7 Days to Die Saves Folder

The first directory you’ll want to note is …/Saves, as this contains your server’s world files. Additionally, this area is where you can upload other saves if you want. Make sure to not remove this folder since that’d delete all in-game progression. Following this, many owners decide to download this directory from an external program to create a localized backup of their world.


7 Days to Die GeneratedWorlds Folder

Another area for loading worlds is through the …/GeneratedWorlds directory, which requires you to manually transfer files inside of it. This is the same folder you have stored in your local game files, making it easier to follow along when uploading an advanced world. However, this process requires you editing the serverconfig_apex.xml file to ensure everything gets properly loaded.


Common Issues

Unsuccessful FTP Connection

An extremely common occurrence is being unable to establish an FTP connection on your server. This is likely caused by using incorrect login credentials, so double-check your Password. If you’re using an external program, verify all the FTP File Access information is valid when entering it in the application. This includes the Address, Port, Username, among your password. However, on rare occasions the issue is a direct result of poor internet connection and/or speed.

Unable to Transfer Files

In cases where you’re attempting to upload or download large files, it’s best to use a third-party service such as FileZilla to do that. This is due to the service bypassing our system’s limitations, allowing for bigger transfers. However, combining this with a zipping tool like WinRAR or 7zip will prevent any hiccups along the process. These programs compress all your files into a single document, ready for any transfer type. Our built-in panel has this ability, which can be used to help you download or upload anything.

My Data is Missing

When uploading files on the server, make sure you’re using the correct Server Profile. This is a relatively new feature from our panel, allowing you to store multiple instances of your documents in separate directories. In other words, you can have many different games saved in the FTP system. Using the wrong one for any transfers will seem like the files disappeared or never got uploaded. Although, if these documents aren’t zipped, it can explain some missing data since this does happen occasionally.

Useful Links

Additional FTP Information
How to Install Mods on 7 Days to Die
Transferring an Existing World to 7 Days to Die Servers
Uploading Advanced Generated World in 7 Days to Die

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