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How to Create a GTA RP Server (FiveM)

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Hi all! Welcome to our new tutorial on I’m Luke and today I’ll show you how to make a GTA RP server.
It will take around 30-60 minutes (depending on your choice, if you want to use a server template or not).

This tutorial will explain how to create a GTA RP server based on FiveM without coding skills

To save a lot of time (and effort), you can use a finished framework like QBCore or ESX.

A framework typically includes essential features and systems commonly used in roleplay servers, such as character creation, job systems, vehicle management, economy systems, and various roleplay mechanics. It simplifies the development process by offering a set of predefined scripts and assets that can be tailored to the server’s specific needs. This allows server administrators to focus on fine-tuning the gameplay experience, adding custom content, and ensuring the server runs smoothly, rather than starting from scratch.


Requirements – What you’ll need

To set up a GTA 5 roleplay server on FiveM, you’ll need the following requirements:

  1. Server Hosting: You’ll require a server hosting service for FiveM. One option is to use a service like Zaphosting. Check our hoster overview here

  2. Database Server: You’ll need a database server, with MySQL being a commonly used choice. If you’re using Zaphosting, it’s usually integrated into the hosting package. A database server is responsible for saving all stats (like players, vehicles, houses, etc).

  3. Server Files: Obtain the necessary server files, which you can find either from specific sources or free alternatives. Alternatively, you can use a server template to simplify the setup process. Highly recommended.

  4. Visual C++ (if you’re installing the server on Windows): If you’re running your server on Windows, you may need Visual C++ installed. On Linux, you won’t need this.

  5. Server Name and Logo (Optional): You can choose a server name and create a server logo to personalize your server. If you need assistance with generating a server name or creating a logo, there are online resources and tutorials available.

While starting with a server template is recommended for a quicker setup, if you’re inclined to do it yourself, you can learn LUA scripting, which is not as challenging as it may seem. There are tutorials available to help you get started.

If coding isn’t your preference or you’re short on time, it is considered purchasing a full server preset to kickstart your server setup.

Choose which framework you want to use

The 2 main frameworks for FiveM servers are:

Which framework should I choose?

Both frameworks have been developed for 3+ years and are great. ESX boasts a wealth of scripts, while QBCore is a newer and moderner option. If you’re uncertain, we suggest conducting some research and testing to determine which framework suits your needs best.

We have created a comparison of those two frameworks here:

To use this element install or activate XStore theme

Use a FiveM server template for a quick start 💡

This will make life much more easier. 100% Promised!

We prepared some finished plug&play solutions for your server, so you don’t need to start from zero. We recommend using a pack instead of setting up your complete server (if you want to learn, it can be helpful though).

These server templates offer a lot for you, such as…

  • Complete jobs, plug and play
  • already built in maps
  • admin tools to administrate your server and players
  • Database is already pre-setup as .SQL downloadable
  • You save A LOT OF TIME

The good thing is: You do not have to start from 0 – the basics are inside here and it saves you hours of work.
+ You’ll have a Refund Guarantee.

Choosing a good Server Hoster (VPS/Dedicated)

One of the important decisions you’ll need to make when setting up your FiveM server is choosing the right hosting option. This decision plays a significant role in the performance, reliability, and scalability of your server. Two common hosting options for FiveM servers are Virtual Private Servers (VPS) and Dedicated Servers.

Most people start by renting a Zaphosting server. <- Click here to rent one.
If you prefer another host (which is OK), go for Ovh – they are the best option possible.

Attention: On OVH you have to set up the server by yourself, while Zaphosting has a Gameserver option (so everything is set up).

How to choose the right hosting

Virtual Private Server (VPS)

A Virtual Private Server (VPS) is a virtualized server hosted on a physical server. It provides a balance between affordability and performance. Here are some key points to consider when choosing a VPS:

  • Cost-Effective: VPS hosting is generally more affordable than dedicated servers, making it an excellent choice for budget-conscious server owners.

  • Isolation: Each VPS operates independently, providing isolation from other VPS instances on the same physical server. This isolation ensures that your server’s resources are not affected by other users.

  • Scalability: VPS plans often allow you to easily upgrade your server resources as your server’s needs grow, making it a flexible choice.

  • Managed or Unmanaged: You can choose between managed and unmanaged VPS hosting. Managed hosting includes technical support and server management, while unmanaged hosting gives you full control but requires more technical expertise.

Dedicated Server

A Dedicated Server is a physical server entirely dedicated to your FiveM server. Here are some considerations for choosing a dedicated server:

  • Maximum Performance: Dedicated servers offer the highest level of performance and resources since the entire server is dedicated to your needs.

  • Full Control: You have full control over the server, allowing you to customize it to your exact specifications.

  • Cost: Dedicated servers are more expensive than VPS hosting, making them suitable for large and resource-intensive FiveM communities.

  • Technical Expertise: Managing a dedicated server requires more technical expertise, so it’s essential to have the necessary skills or consider a managed hosting option.

When choosing between a VPS and a dedicated server, consider your budget, server performance requirements, and your level of technical expertise. Each option has its advantages, and the right choice depends on your specific needs.

Recommended Hosters

For the best hosting options for your FiveM server, consider the following recommended providers:

For a detailed comparison of VPS and dedicated hosting, check out our post on VPS vs. Dedicated Servers

How to download & install FiveM server files

  1. Create a new directory (for example D:FXServerserver), this will be your server folder
  2. Download the last server version of FiveM: artifacts server.
  3. Extract the files
  4. Download and extract cfx-server-data to a folder, for example to  D:FXServerserver-data.
  5. Create a server.cfg file inside the directory: server-data (this is an example: example server.cfg).
  6. Generate a new FiveM key from the keymaster:
  7. Adjust the key inside the server.cfg: sv_licenseKey "enteryourlicensehere".
  8. Start the server! You’re done.

If you use the pack from above, you don’t have to force all of the steps. It is important that the server has a correct key. If you want the server to be accessible from the outside, activate the ports, otherwise friends cannot join.

Once you’ve set up the server, you can start very fast your new server: Install ESX (everything is done with the pack already). To do this, you set up a database and run the .sql. Then you start ESX and have a base for your server.

How to upgrade your server with new mods (scripts)

Download the fivem mod you want and install it by doing this:

Step 1: Find and download your FiveM mod

First off, download the resource. You will receive a zip. or .rar file. The file might look like this:

This is a package of a script

As you can see on the screenshot, there is a folder in the package. This is your script.

Step 2: Drag & drop the folder to your “resources” folder

Open your server directory and double-click the resources folder. As you can see, there are all resources inside:

All scripts and fivem mods are in this folder

Drag & drop the script file (the folder above called eclipse_cad in this example) to this folder.

Step 3: Edit your server.cfg

When you’re done, open your server.cfg file and add

start scriptname

to your server.cfg. It should look like this then (example):

Your server.cfg should look like this

And you’re done. Wasn’t that hard, right? If your script requires importing a .SQL file, you also need to do this.

Restart your server

After you’re done, don’t forget to restart your server so your new fivem mods get loaded right away.

Yes, that’s basically it. It was’nt that hard to follow the steps, right? Start your server, test around and give yourself admin permissions. You’ll find a list of permissions and commands right here.

Your server needs new jobs, scripts or whole mods? You can download and maintain various jobs from the FiveM forum or buy some from our FiveM shop.

Create your GTA5 RP server today. We wish you a lot of fun with the GTA roleplay!


How much does it cost to create and run a FiveM server?

Determining the cost of a FiveM server hinges on factors like computational power and player capacity. Costs range from $5 for basic services to a potential maximum of $500 per month for premium resources. However, the average expenditure typically falls within the $15 to $50 per month bracket. This range offers a balance between performance and affordability for most server administrators. The baseline cost of $5 grants limited performance and player engagement, while the upper range covers comprehensive support and higher player limits. Budgeting wisely involves understanding the trade-offs within this cost spectrum. Ultimately, the cost of a FiveM server is influenced by the specific requirements and preferences of the server operator.

What CPU and RAM should my server have?

We recommend running at least 6 GB of RAM and a solid 4-core CPU.

Where to download Plug&Play server setups?

You can download FiveM server templates right here.

How can I get more players to join my server?

We have different tips for you. Read more about it here.

Is it allowed to run a GTA RP server?

Yes. But it is forbidden to earn money (and profit) from it as Rockstar Games has written on their page.

Read more about it here:

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