Arma 2 Multiplayer

As you know, Gamespy, the system that has been handling the majority of the multiplayer in many of our games is shutting down. There is no reason to worry however, as there is another method to play online.

Games affected:

  • Arma 2
  • Arma 2 Operation Arrowhead
  • Arma 2 Combined Operations
  • Arma 2 Complete Collection
  • Arma X Anniversary edition
  • All the Arma 2 DLCs
  • Arma Cold War Assault
  • Arma Armed Assault
  • Arma Gold
  • Take On Helicopters


How to connect to server?

In order to connect to a server you need to know the its IP address and port. Usually, these can be obtained from the server host (in most cases, they would have a website with the server details). Once you know those, follow the steps bellow to connect:


1. Select Multiplayer.


2. Choose Remote.


3. Enter IP address of the server. Do not forget to change the port and then continue with OK


4. Select the server and click Join

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Yes and you have two options how to do that.


You can export servers from our web-based server browser:

Just choose the game, filter servers and press "Export to CSV".

Save the file and move it to the folder with the game.

For instance default Steam folder for Arma 2 will be here: C:\Program Files (x86)\Steam\SteamApps\common\Arma 2

Now start the game and you will see the servers in your in-game browser.


Or you can create hosts.txt file in your game folder and manually insert desired servers. For more info about hosts.txt please visit our Wiki here:

Please note that if you will add large amount of servers for Arma 2 you may experience performance issues in the Arma 2 main menu.

Arma 2 Multiplayer

Our web-based server browser provides Steam users with the possibility of directly connecting to an online server through simple browser-based system.

First of all, please open your Steam client, log in and then open your web browser and go to this site:

Now select the game you want to play in the browser.





Now edit the filters to find the server you want to join.

When you find the server you want to join just click on the blue "Steam" button right next to the server. Please note that you can see IP adresses and ports for all listed servers.

Click on 'Allow' in all the pop-up windows that will show up.

The game will start right after you confirm the last pop-up window. You will be automatically connected to the selected server.

Another way is to connect to the server directly (please note that you will have to chose this option every time you want to play multiplayer in a non-steam game).

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You do not have to be always online. You can launch the game with Steam in offline mode.

If you want to switch to the offline mode please click on Steam (top right corner in your Steam window).

Select "Go Offline..."

And restart your Steam client.

Please note that you will not be able to play multiplayer while in offline mode.

You can also switch auto-updating feature of the Steam off:

Right click the game in your Steam library.

Select "Properties"

Under the "UPDATES" you can change settings for automatic updates

Please note that most of the servers will run on the latest version of the game.

Arma 2 Game activation

Step 1: Make sure you have the Steam client installed

If you do not have Steam installed, please follow this link to download and install it.

Step 2: Run Steam as Administrator

  • Right-click on the Steam icon.
  • Click "Run As Administrator." If this choice is unavailable, you are already logged in as Administrator. In that case run Steam normally.

Step 3: Activating your game

Click on the Games tab in the menu in the top of the client.

Then select Activate a Product on Steam from the menu.

Click the Next button until you get to this screen:

There you can enter your CD key.
Then click Next again. Your game is now activated and you can download it the same way you download any game on Steam.

Please note that this will work only for Arma 2, Arma 2 Operation Arrowhead and all Arma 2 DLCs. Also, you can only activate your game on an account where the game has not been activated yet.

Arma 2 Steam

Run Steam as Administrator (right-click on the Steam icon and click on "Run As Administrator").

Install Arma 2.

Run Arma 2 once.

Install Operation Arrowhead.

Run Operation Arrowhead through Steam (Battleye will now install automatically).

If you wish, you can also install the Arma 2: Operation Arrowhead beta (for the purposes of running Mods etc.). It will appear as a separate item in your Library.

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Please go to 'Options' --> 'Controls'.

You can re-map any control on anything on your controller there. For example you can find 'look up' control and map it to any button or axis on your controller by simply clicking on the control and then pressing the button or axis you want the control to be mapped to.