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How to Install a Custom Map in Conan Exiles

Last modified on Sep 2, 2022 in conan

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When playing vanilla Conan Exiles, playing the normal maps may become tiresome. Due to vanilla having static maps, the developers can focus on adding more details, but some players may desire something new. Thankfully, custom maps are available from the Steam Workshop, allowing you to change your server’s map. Installing a custom map can be quite tricky at first, so we have created this Apex Hosting guide to ease you through the setup process.

Choosing a Map

  1. From Steam, head to the Conan Exiles workshop page.
  2. Locate the custom map of your choosing.
  3. Press Subscribe to begin downloading the map.
    Conan Map Subscribe
  4. Check the URL or description of the page for a mod ID, we will need this soon.
    Conan Map ID

Once the workshop content is fully installed through Steam, you can start Conan Exiles and wait for the launcher to open!

Preparing the Files

From here, you will need to upload the map’s mod file. For a more in-depth guide on installing mods, visit our page here.

  1. Go to Manage > Browse Local Files until a window opens.
    Conan Map Steam
  2. At the top of the file manager, press the Steamapps option.
    Conan Map Browse
  3. Proceed to workshop > content > then select the folder named 440900.
  4. Here, there will be a folder with numbers depending on each mod.
    Conan Map Numbers
  5. Open the folder based on your mod ID from earlier.
  6. Locate the .pak file, as we will need this shortly.


Uploading the World

  1. Navigate to your Apex Server Panel, then stop the server.
  2. Proceed to the FTP File Access, then log in.
  3. Access the ConanSandbox folder, then the Mods folder.
    Conan Map Path
  4. Press upload in the top-left.
  5. Drag + drop your custom map’s .pak file.
    Conan Map Upload
  6. Once at 100%, return to the FTP File Access.


Loading the World

  1. Proceed back into the ConanSandbox > Mods folder.
  2. Create or edit the modlist.txt file.
  3. Inside, add an asterisk (*), followed by the .pak file name.
    Conan Map Mods
  4. Press Save once complete, then return to the main panel page.
  5. Access Customizations on the left-hand side, then locate Default Server Map
  6. In the dropdown, begin to manually type the following:
  7. /Game/Mods/MapName/MapName

  8. Replacing both “MapName” parts, enter the map name ID. This is often the name of the .pak file, but may be in the workshop description.
    Conan Default Map Field
    E.g. Savage_Wilds

  10. Press Enter to submit the manual text into the field.

Once the mod is uploaded and the map is ready, return to the main panel page and start up the server for use!

Common Issues

The map is not loading:
There are many reasons that the map may not be loading. Ensure that the modlist.txt file is properly filled out and that the .pak file is inside of the /ConanSandbox/Mods/ folder or it will not work. Once done, try to restart once again and see if anything changes.

I see a custom map logo, but the world isn’t correct:
Oftentimes, this occurs because the custom world was not properly set within the customizations area. Each map has a unique name that must be entered. If you are unsure, try the name of the .pak file. Otherwise, check the workshop page’s description to see if it specifies a map name.

It seems to work, but I can’t join:
If you are unable to join, we recommend checking for errors that you may receive. New players may receive an error that they don’t have the required mods installed. To fix this, players can check the option to download mods automatically or download them manually. Once complete, restart the game and try again.

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