FiveM is a very popular GTA V modification allowing for custom servers, meaning you can control, run, manage and share or make private, your very own Grand Theft Auto V servers. There are many pros and cons to this, but mostly pros. Let’s take a look here, at how you can connect to a custom FiveM server.
Connecting to a FiveM Server
FiveM has a good development team behind it, their framework allows for pretty much a flawless and seamless way to connect to FiveM servers, however, there are a few ways you can tailor the connection to a FiveM server, both server and clientside.
Here is the standard protocol template for connecting a FiveM server…
This is what is called a URI Scheme. A Uniform Resource Identifier allows you to register this protocol within Windows, making fivem: the protocol. These are pretty easy to setup, infact very easy and simple. You as a FiveM server admin, don’t even need to deal with URI schemes or registering the handles. We are just explaining here what they are and how they’re setup.
When a user installs FiveM, the FiveM installer automatically sets up the URI scheme registration within the Windows registry.
The connect part is the command sent to FiveM, so you’re effectively telling FiveM to ‘connect’ and the final part, IP is the IP address and port of the FiveM server to connect to.
Private FiveM Server
By default, your FiveM server will ping the masterlist, which means players can browse and join your server just from looking at the masterlist but you can prevent this from happening by hiding it from the masterlist, effectively making it a secret FiveM server.
To prevent your server from appearing within the FiveM masterlist, simply open up your server.cfg (configuration file) and removing the hash…
# disable announcing? clear out the master by uncommenting this
Removing the # before sv_master1 “” means your server will send a blank entry to the masterlist, thus removing it from the public listings.
Protecting your FiveM server
You can further protect your private FiveM server by simply adding a server password to it. So if your server is a development server or a private, friends-only server then you can simply get the user to enter the password, otherwise entry to the server is denied.
You could even go as far as creating a proxy-based server, but that is not for this helpful article.
Connect from Custom Game Launcher
Now you know how to connect to a FiveM server and have seen how it all works, you can now use Game Launcher Creator V2 to create your own custom FiveM server launcher for your gameworld.
You simply insert a button from the Object Tool Panel and select ‘Go to a Webpage’ and in the Action Parameters, you simply type in the connection URL as we described above.
Now when you distribute your custom game launchers, the user simply clicks the button and is able to connect directly to your GTA V FiveM server.
It really is as simple as that and we have thousands of users, using GLC V2 to create their own custom game launchers for their servers.