Space Engineers is a sandbox game set in space and on planets. The dedicated server component can be run as a Windows Service using FireDaemon Pro, which allows you to start the dedicated server automatically at boot prior to login, start multiple instances of the dedicated server and more. This HOWTO will show you how set it up. You can also use FireDaemon Fusion to manage FireDaemon and other Windows services via a web browser.

Space Engineers Setup Under FireDaemon Pro

First download and extract SteamCMD. The download is small (< 2 MB).

Go to the directory where you installed SteamCMD and create a shortcut to "SteamCMD.exe". Next edit the properties of the shortcut and in the target box, at the end of it (with a space before the following), put:

+login anonymous +force_install_dir "C:\Space Engineers" +app_update 222840 validate +quit

The Target box should now look like:

C:\SteamCMD\steamcmd.exe +login anonymous +force_install_dir "C:\Space Engineers" +app_update 222840 validate +quit

Now click the shortcut you created and let it run to download the Space Engineers server files. It might take a few hours to update everything. You should also run the shortcut every week or so to grab the latest server updates. Make sure to stop your server first.

Download and install FireDaemon Pro into the directory of your choice, typically C:\Program Files\FireDaemon.

Next start the FireDaemon GUI from the desktop shortcut. Click on the "Create a new service definition" button in the toolbar (or type Ctrl+N) and enter the information into the fields as you see below. Adjust the paths to suit your installation. Note the required parameters.

Executable: The path to your SpaceEngineersDedicated.exe file. The path specified in this HOWTO is C:\Space Engineers\DedicatedServer64\SpaceEngineersDedicated.exe.

Working Directory: The directory containing the SpaceEngineersDedicated.exe file. The path specified in this HOWTO is C:\Space Engineers\DedicatedServer64.

Here’s the full parameter list you should have:

  • -console: skips the GUI configuration and goes straight to the console

While no other options are required, you may override the existing configuration file with a variety of command line options. Learn more about these options at the Space Engineers website.

Now click on the Settings tab. If you DON'T want to see your dedicated server running, uncheck the Interact with Desktop check box & select “Hidden” from the “Show Window” dropdown. You must run Space Engineers as the user you installed it as. In the Logon Account field type your username (e.g. Administrator) and then enter the user's password twice in the Password and Confirm fields. You can change the Process Priority to allocate more CPU time to the dedicated server or specify which CPU or core the dedicated server will run on (in the case of multi-processor, hyperthreaded or multi-core CPUs).

Now click on the Lifecycle tab. Uncheck Graceful Shutdown as Space Engineers doesn't respond to it.

Now click OK to finish setup and start your Space Engineers server!