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How to Upload a Custom World to a Terraria Server

Last modified on Sep 2, 2022 in terraria

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When playing a Terraria server, using freshly generated worlds may become monotonous over time. Luckily, Terraria servers allow you to upload a custom world, so you can play any existing world. Whether you use it to play minigames, use a fancy world from online, or simply using your singleplayer world, all of this is possible with a Terraria dedicated server. Uploading a custom world can be tedious if you are unfamiliar with the instructions, so we have created this Apex Hosting guide to ease you through the upload process.

Locating your World

  1. From your computer, navigate to the following location:
    Windows: Documents\My Games\Terraria\Worlds

    MacOS: ~/Library/Application Support/Terraria/Worlds

    Linux: ~/.local/share/Terraria/Worlds

  3. Once in this folder, look for your desired world files.
    Terraria World Files
  4. Keep this file location open, as they will be needed shortly.


Uploading the Custom World

  1. Navigate to your Apex Server Panel, then stop the server.
  2. Proceed to the FTP File Access, then log in.
  3. From here, navigate to the saves folder, then the Worlds folder.
    Terraria World FTP
  4. Press Upload in the top-left, then drag + drop the world files into the right-hand side.
    Terraria World Upload
  5. Once the files are all at 100%, return to the main panel page.


Loading the World

  1. Scroll down the main panel page to the World section.
  2. Press the Change World button, then enter the name to match the files.
    Terraria World Name
  3. Press Change World again to confirm, then restart the server.

This should now load up the server using your desired world!

Common Issues

The server keeps generating a new world:
There are many reasons that this may occur, although a common cause is that the upload process was not properly completed, ensure that the .wld files are uploaded directly into the /saves/Worlds/ folder, as well as setting the exact name in the panel, not including the .wld ending of the file.

I cannot join the server after adding the world:
Oftentimes, this occurs if the world or your character was created in Journey mode. If your character is in Journey mode, create a new character with a different difficulty. If the character is in a non-Journey mode, create a new Journey character and try again.

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