Dwarf Fortress Remote server is available for Windows, Mac and Linux, and supports Dwarf Fortress version 0.43.05.

If you have any problems with installation or connection, visit the support page. We strongly recommend to use free DFRCT application to test your connection before purchasing DF Remote.

These downloads include Dwarf Fortress 0.43.05 + DFHack + Remote Server in one convenient package. A 64bit operating system is required.


macOS

Use dfhack script to launch.
Read what to do if it refuses to start.


Windows

Use Darf Fortress.exe to launch.
Read about firewall configuration.


Linux

Use dfhack script to launch.
 

How to Connect

In DFHack console window, execute remote connect command, and scan the displayed QR code with the iOS app to configure connection. A firewall prompt may appear, make sure to allow Dwarf Fortress to accept connections.

You can activate and deactivate Remote with remote on and remote off commands. It is recommended to relaunch Dwarf Fortress to continue playing locally after deactivating Remote.

How to Play

If you have not played Dwarf Fortress before, you can visit Dwarf Fortress Wiki and read a tutorial or another one, and then use in-app help if needed.

And finally, if you like the game, consider supporting Bay 12 Games.

Existing Dwarf Fortress

Download a server package for your game version and unpack into the game folder, replacing any existing files.

Use Dwarf Fortress.exe on Windows or dfhack script on Mac and Linux to start the game.

Existing Dwarf Fortress + DFHack

It is recommended to use a separate Dwarf Fortress installation for Remote to avoid any possible incompatibilities with other plugins and scripts. If you still want to proceed, make sure you have DFHack version 0.43.05-r3 (64 bit).

Download and unpack the following package. Copy the plugin file for your operating system and DFHack version to hack/plugins folder inside your Dwarf Fortress folder.

Start Dwarf Fortress and execute remote-update command in the DFHack console. This will download and install the remaining components; close and restart Dwarf Fortress once it finishes.

You can easily run DF Remote Server in a Docker container with the following command:

docker run -dp 1235:1235/udp mifki/dfremote

Or if you want to set a password:

docker run -dp 1235:1235/udp -e DFREMOTE_PWD=... mifki/dfremote

Digital Ocean Host your server for $5-$10/month

Below are the instructions how to host a DF server on Digital Ocean for as low as $5-$10/month.

  1. Sign up for a DigitalOcean account. By using this link you will receive a $10 credit. Then go to Create Droplet page.

  2. "Ubuntu 16.04 x64" (or later version) should already be selected. Below, choose $5 or $10 droplet size. Larger options are only useful if you want to run several DF Remote servers as the game uses a single CPU core only anyway. Select a datacenter region closest to your location.

  3. Under "Select additional options" section, choose "User data" and paste the following code in the text field:

    #!/bin/bash
    curl -s http://assets.mifki.com/dfupdate/cloud-init.sh | bash -s

That's all, create a droplet. You will be redirected back to a droplet list and after some time will see an IP address which you should specify in DF Remote iOS app (Manual Configuration tab) to connect. Note: the installation may take about 5 minutes before you will be able to connect.

Vultr Host your server for $5-$10/month

Below are the instructions how to host a DF server on Vultr for as low as $5-$10/month. Vultrs provides somewhat better performance than Digital Ocean.

  1. Sign up for a Vultr account.

  2. Go to Startup Scripts tab and add the following script:

    #!/bin/bash
    curl -s http://assets.mifki.com/dfupdate/cloud-init.sh | bash -s

  3. Go to Deploy New Instance page and select a location closest to you. Change Server Type to "Ubuntu 16.04 x64" (or later version). Choose $5 or $10 size and the startup script you just created.

That's all, click Deploy Now button. You will be redirected back to a server list and after some time will see an IP address which you should specify in DF Remote iOS app (Manual Configuration tab) to connect. Note: the installation may take about 5 minutes before you will be able to connect.

Other cloud providers

Most cloud hosting providers support specifying "User data" or a startup script. Choose Ubuntu version 16.04 or newer and use the following script:

#!/bin/bash
curl -s http://assets.mifki.com/dfupdate/cloud-init.sh | bash -s

DF Remote Server contains a mechanism to simplify the installation and to update itself. If automatic update fails, you can install or update DF Remote Server manually.

Download and unpack dfremote-latest package. Then copy the plugin file for your operating system and DFHack version to hack/plugins folder, and the remote folder to hack/lua folder inside your Dwarf Fortress folder.