How to run Don't Starve Together a Windows Service with FireDaemon Pro.

Don't Starve Together

Don't Starve Together is a brutally hard co-op survival game.

Don't Starve Together screenshot

Don't Starve Together can be run as a Windows service using FireDaemon Pro. This allows you to start and run the dedicated server automatically when Windows boots and before login. FireDaemon Pro also allows you to start multiple instances of the game server, monitoring them and automatically restarting those instances in the event they crash. FireDaemon Fusion can also be used to manage your Don't Starve Together service, plus other Windows services via your web browser.

Don't Starve Together Dedicated Server Setup Under FireDaemon Pro

Please follow the steps below to set up a Don't Starve Together as a Windows service with FireDaemon Pro

Step 1: Download and Install SteamCMD for Windows

SteamCMD is a command-line version of the Steam Client. Its primary use is to install and update various dedicated servers available on Steam using a command-line interface.

  1. Create a folder on your system, for SteamCMD, C:\SteamCMD
  2. Download SteamCMD to this folder. A single ZIP file is downloaded.
  3. Extract the contents of the ZIP file into the folder. A single program file, steamcmd.exe, is extracted.
  4. Double-click steamcmd.exe. This will download SteamCMD and corresponding support files into the C:\SteamCMD folder.

Step 2: Download and Install FireDaemon Pro

  1. Download FireDaemon Pro installer
  2. Double-click installer and follow the installation wizard to complete the installation.
  3. For more information about installing FireDaemon, see the FireDaemon Pro Users Guide.

Step 3: Download and Install the Don't Starve Together Dedicated Server

Download the Don't Starve Together server files via the Steam SteamPipe servers. Go to the directory where you installed SteamCMD and create a shortcut to "SteamCMD.exe". In the shortcut, edit the properties and in the target box, at the end of it (with a space before the following), put:

+login anonymous +force_install_dir "C:\Don't Starve Together" +app_update 343050 validate +quit
SteamCMD Shortcut PropertiesThe game is currently 2.05GB.

If the server successfully downloads, the command window will close on its own. Otherwise, it will stay open and tell you what went wrong (most likely you don't have enough free disk space).

If you plan on running a public Don't Starve Together server, you must own a copy of the Don't Starve Together game and enter your cluster token. To generate this token, run the Don't Starve Together game and click Play. Open the developer console by pressing ~ (tilde). Enter the following:


This command will save a cluster token under "C:\Users\USERNAME\Documents\Klei\DoNotStarveTogether\cluster_token.txt". Copy this file to the cluster folder that you wish to use which by default is in "C:\Users\USERNAME\Documents\Klei\DoNotStarveTogether\Cluster_1".

Step 4: Set Up Don't Starve Together as a FireDaemon Pro Service

Double click the FireDaemon Pro icon on your desktop, then click on the New (i.e. +) button in the toolbar (or type Ctrl + N) to create a new service. Enter the information into the fields as you see below. Adjust the path names to suit your installation. Note the required parameters.

FireDaemon Pro Don't Starve Together Service Program Tab

Next, click on the FireDaemon Pro Settings tab:

FireDaemon Pro Don't Starve Together service settingsEnter appropriate values in the fields on the Settings tab as follows:

  • (Required) Job Type:  You must set the job type to "Global Job".
  • (Required) Logon Account: Enter the Windows account under which the game is to be run, e.g. the current user account.
  • Password / Confirm Password:  Enter the logon account's password twice.
  • (Optional) Interact with Desktop: If this setting is enabled (default), the game server's output messages can be seen in the console window on Windows Session 0. To switch to Session 0, it may be necessary to install FireDaemon Zero and ZeroInput. Alternatively, this setting may be disabled, in which case the game server's messages will be hidden.
  • (Optional) Priority: To allocate more CPU time to the game server, select a higher scheduling priority in this field.
  • (Optional) CPU Bindings: To run the game server on a specific CPU, specify the appropriate CPU in this field.

Next, click on the Lifecycle tab. Set Shutdown By to "Forceful Termination" and check "Console Program".

FireDaemon Pro Don't Starve Together lifecycle settings
Lastly, click the Save and Close (ie. the tick) button on the toolbar. If the service's Startup Type is set to Automatic or Automatic (Delayed-Start), it will start immediately.

Step 5: Verify that Don't Starve Together Dedicated Server is Running Correctly

The Don't Starve Together game server's status can easily be checked on the main FireDaemon Pro Services List - look for a Running Status value and a numeric Process ID (PID) value.

FireDaemon Pro Services listIf the service's Interact with Desktop setting is enabled, the game status can also be verified by switching to Windows Session 0 to view the game's messages.