How to Fix the “Incompatible Version Error” in Valheim?

If you have tried joining a Community Server recently in Valheim, you might get the Incompatible Version Error as soon as you try to connect. You might end up getting this error ever so often. Since the game is based on P2P hosting, there’s a high chance this is due to an incompatibility issue on the host’s end. In any case, here’s how you can fix this error quickly.

Valheim’s quick rise to fame has led to an explosion in its player base. Consequently, there are thousands of active dedicated community servers in the game at any given point. Therefore, you might not be able to join a few due to this particular error. Here’s how you can fix it on your end in Valheim.

Fix Incompatible Version Error

valheim incompatible version error

Whenever you see the incompatible version error in Valheim, it might be because you are attempting to connect to a server whose host has a version of Valheim that is outdated. Therefore, the server owner needs to close down the server and update the game. You will then be able to join the server on your own.

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If that does not fix the issue, you might need to force the update on your own by following these steps:

  • Install CMD
  • Create a file called Update.bat
  • Open a drop-down and click on Edit file with Notepad.
  • Add the following lines in the file:
    • [SteamCMD directory] + login anonymous + force_install_dir [Valheim installation directory] + app_update 896660 validate + exit
  • Run the file

This should force the game to update.


Updating the game should fix the Incompatible Version error in most cases. If you still are unable to do so, you might need to re-install the game completely. Having any other Valheim related issues you want us to cover? Let us know in the comments down below?

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