PlutoT6 Server & IW4Admin on Ubuntu 20.04

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  • This guide goes over the complete setup of a PlutoT6 server & IW4Admin on Ubuntu 20.04. Running Windows on a VPS or bare-metal server can be expensive with licensing costs and many server operators have a preference for Linux (myself included).

    As an example, this guide will go over the setup of a PlutoT6 Zombies server & IW4MAdmin. The same concepts should apply to multiplayer, however you will need to adjust your dedicated.cfg file accordingly.

    Before we start, I'd like to give a huge shoutout to @Minami for their original guide on setting up a PlutoT6 server on Debian. Many portions of their guide have been used to put together this guide.

    Prepare a VPS/Bare-Metal Server
    The first thing you need to do is have a VPS or bare-metal server ready to go with Ubuntu 20.04 LTS installed. We will not be using a desktop environment in this guide.

    The PlutoT6 server is not very resource intensive, however I recommend a server with at least 2 CPU cores & 4GB RAM for best performance.

    Login to the server as root, or become root with the below command. Note: To make things easier on yourself, it's best to just use a root user. Make sure you are securing your server using key-based authentication and implement a firewall solution, for example with UFW.

    sudo su

    Update apt cache and update all packages

    apt update && apt -y full-upgrade

    Install Wine

    dpkg --add-architecture i386 
    wget -nc
    apt-key add winehq.key
    add-apt-repository 'deb focal main'
    apt update
    apt install -y --install-recommends winehq-stable
    rm winehq.key

    Install .NET

    wget -O packages-microsoft-prod.deb
    dpkg -i packages-microsoft-prod.deb
    rm packages-microsoft-prod.deb
    apt update; \
      apt install -y apt-transport-https && \
      apt update && \
      apt install -y dotnet-sdk-3.1
    apt update; \
      apt install -y apt-transport-https && \
      apt update && \
      apt install -y aspnetcore-runtime-3.1

    Configure Wine

    echo -e 'export WINEPREFIX=~/.wine\nexport WINEDEBUG=fixme-all\nexport WINEARCH=win64' >> ~/.bashrc
    source ~/.bashrc

    Download the pre-compiled ZIP containing PlutoT6 server files & IW4Admin, unzip and create a shortcut
    Direct Download | Last Updated: 10/26/2021 | 1.24 GB

    apt install -y zip
    ln -s ~/T6-Server/Server/zone ~/T6-Server/Server/Zombie/zone
    ln -s ~/T6-Server/Server/zone ~/T6-Server/Server/Multiplayer/zone


    cd T6-Server/Plutonium/

    Create a server key on and set the server hostname & game of your choosing, then edit the file using nano


    Once you have pasted your key in the file, save the file by using CTRL + x and then y
    Now we need to make sure script executable.

    chmod +x

    We need to make the script executable.

    cd T6-Server/IW4MAdmin
    chmod +x

    Configure the dedicated_zm.cfg file for use with IW4MAdmin.
    We need to set an RCON password in the dedicated_zm.cfg file so that IW4MAdmin can access it.
    Navigate to the folder containing dedicated_zm.cfg

    cd T6-Server/Server/Zombie/main
    nano dedicated_zm.cfg

    In this file, set a RCON password.
    rcon_password "examplepassword"
    Exit and save with CTRL + x and then y.

    Almost there!
    Now you're ready to start the server. To make things easier, we'll run the PlutoT6 server & IW4Admin in screen sessions so we can easily return to them if needed and let them run in the background.

    Start the PlutoT6 server

    screen -S t6server
    cd T6-Server/Plutonium

    If all goes well, you should see the server start and after a few seconds you should see Heartbeat successful. messages in the console. Now, detach from this screen session using CTRL + a and then CTRL + d

    Start & configure IW4MAdmin

    screen -S iw4madmin
    cd T6-Server/IW4MAdmin

    IW4MAdmin will present you with a configuration prompt on the first startup. You can use this guide to configure it to your liking.
    The server IP should be set as, and you will use the same RCON password you added to dedicated_zm.cfg earlier.

    If all goes well, IW4MAdmin will start and connect to your sever. If enabled, the webfront will be accessible at, with being your VPS/bare-metal server's IP address.

    Finishing up
    You can now hop in-game and claim ownership of the server and generate credentials for use on the IW4MAdmin webfront (if enabled) To do so, join your game by finding it in the server list, or in the game console use the command connect, replacing with your VPS/bare-metal server's IP address.

    I hope this helps! If you run into any issues please drop a comment and I'll do my best to help out.

  • Damn, Nice Guide!

  • Nice timing man. I am struggling since hours to get the .net dependencies working. ๐Ÿ‘ ๐Ÿ‘ ๐Ÿ‘

  • Nice, thanks for the new guide ๐Ÿง™

  • Hey man thanks for the nice guide, very easy to follow. I have one problem. My server is running and I even get the heartbeat; the problem is that I can't join ingame. The game just stays in a loading loop, it is connecting to the server because when you try to connect using an invalid ip the game just doesn't do anything. It is also missing from the server list. I think there might be something wrong with the game files, wine or my configuration, do you know what this could be? I converted the script so the game should run a normal multiplayer (t6mp) instead of zombies. Maybe I did something wrong? Do you have a working config for t6mp?

    #Shell script for Plutonium T6 Multiplayer/Zombie Server on Ubuntu/Debian
    PAT=~/T6-Server/Server/Multiplayer #Game path
    KEY='SECRET' #Server key
    CFG=dedicated.cfg #Configuration file the server should use (default: dedicated.cfg)
    PORT=4976 #Server port (default: 4976)
    MODE=t6mp #Game mode ( Multiplayer / Zombie ) - ( t6mp / t6zm )
    wine .\\bin\\plutonium-bootstrapper-win32.exe $MODE $PAT -dedicated +start_map_rotate +set key $KEY +set net_port $PORT +set sv_config $CFG
  • @Sakul I think the problem is related to your connection ports, they are probably closed (4976-4977), if you host the server on your local network you can test to join it using connect localhost:4976 or connect localhost:4977, if all works correctly, i thinks it's your connection ports. If you use a VPS see to open your ports.

  • @axite Nice guide well done. The download is very nice!
    Do you have any VPS recommendation?

  • @Minami EDIT: Server now working. I fixed it by replacing the Plutonium folder of the .rar file with the one from my local pc. Guess yours is outdated or something.

  • @lResxt Personally I use Contabo, the prices are not very expensive.

  • @Minami This was one of the best websites I found when I did my research but I didn't want to use it because of the setup fees. You basically pay twice the price just because of the setup fees. Even with 3 months the setup fee alone is 5โ‚ฌ for me but I admit that you get a good hardware so I'll give it a try next time I try hosting. Thank you!

  • @Minami Do you maybe know how to get the DLC maps working? I added them to the maprotation and added all the missing map files to the zone folder, yet the server skips the DLC maps when they are next in the maprotation.

  • @Sakul I don't know, if you have the same configuration as here it should work. Or maybe you are missing some gamesettings. I don't think I can help you more ๐Ÿ™

    If it can help you here is the tree of one of my folder for zombie servers.

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  • Hello it's to say I did the steps and it doesn't work

  • Can you update download link please ?

  • @axite said in PlutoT6 Server & IW4Admin on Ubuntu 20.04:


    It doesn't have IW4Admin out of the box, but it does have the server files


    you can run the server on linux but the bad thing is the aggressive use of the cpu is there a way that when using wine the use of the % of the cpu is lower?

    because I uploaded a test server when the % is filled the cpu goes up causing lag and jerks to the players

    My discord in case you can help me

    Thanks !!

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