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How to Install tModLoader Mods on your Terraria Server

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Terraria Server Mods


After playing vanilla Terraria for some time, you may find it becomes less appealing over time. Whether it’s the desire for new soundtracks, weapons, or just aesthetic features, it can leave server owners wanting more than the base game can provide. This is solved with tModLoader, a version that allows various mods to be installed to your dedicated Terraria server. From an in-game mod browser to automatic installation for players joining a server, this version simplifies the modding process. This is made even easier with Apex Hosting’s version dropdown menu, allowing you to easily install tModLoader and jump right into the action. With this in mind, we have created this tutorial to guide you through the necessary steps to install mods onto your tModLoader Terraria server.

tModloader Server Installation

  1. Navigate to the Apex Server Panel, then log in.
  2. At the top of the page, use the stop button to turn off the server.
  3. Scroll down to the Game File section, then open the dropdown.
    Terraria Modloader Version
  4. Locate and select Terraria (tModLoader).
  5. Follow the prompts to configure and restart your server.


tModLoader Singleplayer Installation

Unlike most client-based modifications, tModLoader is available for download directly on the Steam store and will handle all of the setup for you.

  1. Visit the tModLoader Steam Page.
  2. Here, click the Install Now button.
    Terraria Modloader Steam Install
  3. Follow the prompts until it is fully installed.


How to Download Terraria Mods

  1. Launch the downloaded tModLoader game from Steam.
  2. Proceed through any first-time prompts until you are at the main menu.
  3. Select the Mod Browser option, then locate the desired mod.
    Terraria Modloader Download
  4. Choose to download the mod or download with dependencies, if applicable.
  5. Once done, return to the main menu and enter the Mods section.
  6. Ensure any mods you wish to use are enabled, then press “Reload Mods”.
    Terraria Modloader Enable


Installing Mods on a tModLoader Server

  1. Near the bottom of the Mods page, click the Open Mods Folder button.
    Terraria Modloader Open Folder
  2. Locate the desired mod file(s) ending in .tmod.
    Terraria Modloader Files
  3. Visit the Apex Panel, then enter the FTP File Access in the left-hand menu.
  4. Proceed to /.local/share/Terraria/ModLoader/Mods/.
    Terraria Modloader FTP
  5. Here, upload any mod files, as well as the enabled.json file.
  6. Once 100% uploaded, return to the main panel page and restart the server.
  7. Terraria Modloader Upload



Once all of that is complete, the server will have started up with your desired mods and be available for joining. As long as the mods are enabled server-side, any player who joins the server will automatically download the mods and be able to immediately join. With access to many mods, your Terraria gameplay can be completely revised with new features, gear, music, and more. If you wish to add or remove mods, you can simply remove all server mods and re-upload the files directly from your singleplayer game once again. This will prevent the hassle of needing to manually edit the enabled.json file, as tModLoader will create one for you when running singleplayer. With this new information in mind, you can install whichever mods you desire and enter the world of modded Terraria!

Helpful Links

tModLoader Steam Page
tModLoader Github

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