Terraria Stuck on Starting or Found Server Error, How to Fix?

The video game Terraria is an action-adventure sandbox. It is an open-ended word platformer that Re-Logic created and 505 Games released. It is a 2D sandbox game featuring single-player and multiplayer options. The gameplay focuses on exploration, building, crafting, combat, survival, and mining.

The game is praised for its timeless exploration-adventure gameplay, which is similar to video games like the Metroid series and Minecraft. Since its release, everyone has enjoyed the game because of its gameplay. However, some people are having issues with this as well, just like other video games. 

Some users have reported that whenever they are starting Terraria on Steam, they are either stuck on starting or facing a “Found Server” error. If you are also facing the same and not able to enjoy the game, then don’t we are here with the solutions. In this guide, we have shared different methods which will help you in solving the issue and enjoy the game without any problems. So, let’s start the guide, without wasting any time. 

Why You are Facing a “Found Server Error” in Terraria?


There are a lot of reasons why you are facing this issue. Some of those are mentioned below. 

  • You are not having a proper internet connection. 
  • Your Windows or Graphic Driver is not updated.
  • There are some corrupted files in the game.
  • The antivirus is interfering with the game files.
  • The game is not updated. 

How to Fix Terraria Found Server Error Issue? 

Here are some of the methods that we have listed through which you will be able to resolve the found server error issue.

1. Increase Players Spots/Reserves in the game 

The first method by which you can fix the Terraria server is by increasing the player spots or reserves. By using this method, many of the users were successful in fixing the problem. So, we will suggest you try this method to fix your issue. You need to follow the steps given below to do this. 

  • To host the game, you need to go to TerrariaServer.exe. Usually, it can be found in the installation folder of the game.
  • Now, write the desired map number, and then press enter. 
  • Enter the maximum number of players. It is entered as the number of players +1. Example: Press 4 and enter to select 3 participants.
  • Click enter after entering the port. Usually, it is 7777.
  • To automatically port forward, enter Y and then press enter.
  • Lastly, input the server password and then press enter.

2. Update the Terraria game

The next we will suggest you fix the issue is to update the game. If you haven’t updated your game for a long time, then it is time to do it. Not updating the game regularly, is also a reason for many problems. So, check for the updates, and if available download them. You can update the Terraria game, by using the following steps. 

  • Open the Steam Client
  • Go to the Library 
  • Click on the Terraria game.
  • If an update is available, you can see the Update option from the Terraria game page on the client.
  • Click on that to update the game to the latest version.
  • Once the game is updated, restart the game and check whether the issue is solved or not.

3. Using Steam Invite

The next method by which you can solve the issue is using the Steam Invite. This method will help to bypass the Terraria server problem and play multiplayer. For this method, you need to follow the steps given below. 

  • Open the Steam. 
  • Open the Terraria game.
  • Click on Multiplayer.
  • Select Host & Play. 
  • Now, click on Player.
  • Click on World. 
  • Select the Invites Only option.
  • Enter the optional server password. Then, click on Accept.
  • Go to Settings.
  • Click on Invite Friends. 
  • Now, select a friend you want to play with. 
  • Now, check whether you can play the game or not. 

4. Turn off the Windows Firewall

Another method by which you will be able to fix the problem is by turning off the Windows Firewall. The firewall also prevents files from operating if they detect any unusual activity. It can also get due to any mistake. We will advise you to see if the Windows Firewall is preventing your game from functioning on your PC or not. You can do this, with the help of the following steps.

  • Go to the Start Menu. 
  • Search for the Control Panel. 
  • Select Control Panel from the results. 
  • After it gets open, go to System and Security. 
  • Now, select the Windows Defender Firewall option.
  • On the left side of the screen, you will see an option to Turn Windows Defender Firewall on or off. Click on it. 
  • Now, the “Turn off Windows Defender Firewall (not recommended)” option will appear. Click on it. 
  • You need to do this both for the Public network as well as the Private Network. 
  • Click on OK.
  • After doing this, restart your PC and check whether now you can enjoy the game or not. 

5. Check the Internet Connection

The next method that you can try to try to fix the issue is checking the Internet Connection. To play the game without any problem, you should have a proper Internet Connection. You can check the speed of your Internet by doing an Internet Speed Test from any speed tester website. 

You can also try connecting to a different network connection to check the stability and speed of the Internet. If this also, doesn’t work then try restarting the router. For this, you need to follow the steps given below: 

  • Disconnect all the devices that are connected to your router. 
  • Then, turn off the router. 
  • After some time, turn on the router.
  • Connect your PC and other devices with it. 
  • Now, check whether your internet connection is stable or not. 

6. Restart the Device

The next method to solve the Found Server error issue is by restarting the device. Sometimes it happens that there are some issues in the device due to which problems are created in the game also. So, we will suggest you restart the device as it will help in fixing those issues, which will result in fixing the problems in the game.  

7. Update the Windows 

Another method that you can try to fix the “Found Server” error is by updating your Windows. You might be facing different problems because you are using the old version of Windows. So, we will suggest you check whether any Windows update is available or not. If available, then download it. To update your Windows, you need to follow the steps given below. 

  • Go to Settings on your PC.
  • On the left side of the screen, you will see a Windows Update option. Click on it. 
  • Now, click on check for updates. 
  • If any update is available, then you can see the download now option. Click on it. 
  • After the update is complete, restart the PC.

8. Disable Antivirus Protection 

The next method that you can try to fix the issue is by disabling the antivirus software. Antivirus software is also a reason why you are facing the issue. Because the game’s files are affected by antivirus software. Many users have attempted disabling their antivirus software, and they were successful in solving the issue. So, we will suggest that you try disabling the antivirus program to try and solve the issue.

  • Search for the Windows Settings in the search bar or press Win + I.
  • Click on Windows Security. 
  • Click on Virus and Threat Protection. 
  • Select Manage Settings. 
  • Now, turn off the Real-time Protection. 
  • After doing this, check whether now your “Found Server” issue is solved or not. 

9. Close the background apps

The next method we will suggest to solve the issue is closing the apps running in the background. Running numerous apps unnecessarily in the background is one of the reasons you are experiencing this problem. Because your system performance will suffer the more system resources are consumed. When you experience in-game lags, framerate decreases, stutters, etc., you might not notice it immediately. However, you will get a lot of benefits from this approach. To do this, you need to follow the steps given below. 

  • Press Ctrl + Shift + Esc or Ctrl + Alt + Delete to open the Task Manager. You can also search for Task Manager in the search box. 
  • Click on Processes and then check which task is consuming more.
  • Now, click on those task one by one and click on End Task. 
  • Do the same process for the game also. Also, do the same steps for the third-party apps that are consuming more resources. 
  • Once you have done this task, restart your PC. 

10. Update the Graphic Driver

Another method that you can try to resolve the issue is by updating the Graphic Driver. The PC needs the graphics driver to run the game without any problems. However, a lot of users fail to update their graphics driver, which results in these kinds of game-playing problems. As a result, we advise you to see if your computer’s graphics driver has been updated. By using the methods listed below, you can accomplish this task with ease.

  • Go to the Start Menu. 
  • Search for Device Manager. 
  • Click on the Device Manager search result. You can also press Win + X to Open Quick Access Menu and then click on Device Manager.
  • Select the Graphic Driver and then right-click. 
  • Now, the update driver option will appear. Click on it. 
  • Follow the on-screen instruction to complete the update. 
  • After the update is complete, restart the PC. 
  • Now check whether your issue is solved or not. 

11. Verify the Integrity of the Game Files

The next method that you can try to solve the issue is by verifying the integrity of the game files. Sometimes the game is stuck on starting issue or found server error issue can occur if some files are missing from the PC or it is corrupted. Due to improperly installed files, the game will not be able to launch in this situation. But since the game store has an integrated capability for scanning and fixing game files, this is not a difficult problem to handle. To accomplish this, you must follow a set of instructions that will help you to verify the game files’ integrity.

  • Open the Steam
  • Now, right-click on the Terraria. 
  • Go to the Properties. 
  • Select Local Files. 
  • Select Verify integrity of the game files. 
  • After doing this, check whether your issue is solved or not. 

12. Update the Network Adapter

If you still facing a stuck-on-starting issue or Found a Server Error problem, then the next method we will suggest you update the network adapter. If you are having an outdated network driver, then it can create a lot of problems. So, to update the network adapter, follow the steps given below.

  • Go to the Start menu.
  • Search for Device Manager. 
  • Click on the Device Manager search result. You can also press Win + X to Open Quick Access Menu and then click on Device Manager.
  • Double-click on Network Adapter. 
  • Right-click on the active networking device. 
  • Click on Update Driver. 
  • Select Search Automatically for drivers. 
  • If any update is available, then it will automatically download and install the update.
  • After the update is completed, restart the PC. 

13. Reinstall the Game

If you have tried all the above methods and still you are facing the problem, then we will suggest you reinstall the game. It is the last way you can use to fix this problem in your game. Many users claim that by reinstalling the game on their pc, they were able to resolve this problem. This is because all of the game’s files and settings will be removed from your computer when you uninstall it.

After that, when you reinstall the game on your PC, all the necessary files will be correctly installed, allowing you to resolve the problem. So, if none of the approaches above was successful for you, we advise that you try this. Make sure you restart the PC and remove all the game files from your PC after uninstalling the program.


The Terraria “Found Server Error” is not a big issue to resolve if you are following the right methods to resolve it. We hope that by this guide you were able to solve the problem. If you have solved it by any other method, then do share it with us in the comment section below. Also, for more such troubleshooting guides, do visit our website. 

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