How to Fix Valheim Incompatible Version

Having trouble with server updates? Here's how to fix the incompatible version bug in Valheim until an official patch update arrives.

Valheim, the new Early Access Viking survival game taking over Steam, has expectedly been experiencing a few bugs since launch. Aside from servers not showing up, one of the biggest issues players have been facing is a version incompatibility bug.

This is often encountered when players update the server version to a new one. Here's a quick guide to help you fix the incompatible version bug in Valheim.

How to Fix Valheim Incompatible Version

If you have updated Valheim, but your server gives you problems, it means that your game client has been updated but your game server hasn't.

To fix that, follow these steps:

  1. Save the entire "/Valheim/savedata" folder in a different path
  2. Update your server
  3. Copy the "/savedata" folder back to the Valheim folder

Note that you absolutely need to back-up your "savedata" or you will lose your game progress.

If you don't know how to update your server, then follow these steps:

  1. Download and install SteamCMD
  2. Create a folder for your dedicated server
  3. Create "update.bat" file inside this folder
  4. Open "update.bat" file in the Notepad
  5. Copy and paste the following text into the file:

C:\SteamCMD\steamcmd +login anonymous +force_install_dir C:\Valheim +app_update 896660 validate +exit

You can change the folder paths if they are different than what's outlined above. Once that's done, save the "update.bat" file and execute it.

If you did everything right, your server version and your game client should be compatible, and you can run the game.

That's all you need to know on how to fix incompatible version bug in Valheim. It's an issue that shoulder be fixed in upcoming patches, but until then, hopefully, this is a good workaround. For more Valheim tips and tricks articles, consider visiting our dedicated hub page via the link.


Sergey has been a freelancer in the video games industry for more than five years, writing for various publications around the world. His favorite games are MtG, Dark Souls, Diablo, and Divinity: Original Sin.

Games Valheim Genres ActionSandboxSurvival Platforms PC Tags guidevalheim guides
Published Feb. 23rd 2021

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