How to Host a Valheim Dedicated Server with Docker on a Rock Pi X

How to Host a Valheim Dedicated Server with Docker on a Rock Pi X

I set out on a voyage to find a way to self-host a dedicated server at home on the cheapest x86 single-board computer with the Raspberry Pi form factor.

Valheim is all the rage these days, surpassing even Dota 2 with 500K peak players on February 21st, 2020 and crossing its 6 million sales mark just a few days back. As much as I'd like to proclaim myself as a non-conformist, I'm ashamed to say that I too, succumbed to Valheim's mysterious allure.

I picked up this game just over 3 weeks ago and the first thing I did, given my obsession with self-hosting, was to find the most cost-efficient way to host a dedicated server for it.

Disclaimer: I'm neither affiliated with nor sponsored by Radxa/Allnet, the manufacturer/distributor of the Rock Pi X. I bought the Rock Pi X with my own money and I'm writing purely to share my experience of running a dedicated server on it.

What is Valheim?

In case you've been living under a rock, Valheim is currently the hottest survival sandbox game on the market developed by the Swedish developer, Iron Gate Studios, comprising of a team of just 5 people. Valheim's peak players statistics on Steam at one point was second only to Counter Strike: Global Offensive (CS:GO), which is very impressive given that it's only in Early Access and has only been released for slightly over a month then.

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