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How to Open Ports for DOTA 2 Using Port Forwarding

DOTA 2 is an amazing game, only let down by the problems players sometimes experience with their connection to the game servers. An unreliable connection can make multiplayer games a frustrating experience, and (worse) can cost you the game.

There are some ways to make your connection to the DOTA 2 servers more reliable, though. One way is to enable port forwarding for DOTA 2. Forwarding your ports will make your connection faster and more stable, and isn’t too difficult to do. To help you, we’ve put together a guide on how to do it.

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Ports Needed To Run Dota 2

To forward your ports for DOTA 2, you’re going to need to need to know which ports the game uses. Here they are:


TCP: 27015-27030,27036-27037
UDP: 4380,27000-27031,27036
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How to Enable Dota 2 Port Forwarding

The basic process for enabling port forwarding for DOTA 2 is straightforward. You need to log in to your router, and tell it to forward the ports that the game uses.

In order to do that, though, you will need some pieces of information first. So first up, collect the following and make a note:

  • Your router’s IP address.
  • The IP address of your PC.
  • The TCP and UDP ports for DOTA 2. Actually, you’ve already got those, they are in the list above.

Now we can forward our ports. If you’re having trouble finding the IP addresses you need, though, head over to our guide on How to Forward Ports on your Router for Online Games, There, we go through this process in more detail, and show you how to find these addresses.

Now we forward our ports, in the following way:

The process for forwarding a port is generally:

  • Load a web browser on your PC or console.
  • In the address bar, paste or type the IP address of your router. Hit go.
  • Now you should see the configuration menu for your router. Every router is different, but somewhere in there you should see ‘port forwarding’.
  • In the port forwarding menu, you’ll need to enter the information you’ve collected. So, put your console or PC’s IP address in the relevant box.
  • Then add the ports you want to forward for DOTA 2.
  • Hit apply, and then re-start your router.

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Frequently Asked Questions

How do I open ports for gaming?

Find the port forwarding section of your router.

Tap on Port Forwarding.

Enter the IP address of your router in the correct box.

Put the TCP and UDP port numbers of specific games in the boxes in your router.

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Does Dota 2 use UDP or TCP?

Dota 2 uses UDP primarily for its real-time gameplay, but it can also use TCP for some sensitive tasks, which require a bit less latency.

How do I change ports in Dota 2?

You will need to modify some network settings on your device.

Head to the port forwarding section.

Enter your PC or gaming console’s IP address in the appropriate box.

Write the TCP and UDP ports of Dota 2.

Restart your router to apply the changes.

How to add Dota 2 to the firewall?

Adding Dota 2 to your firewall will help to communicate with the internet without any issues. Here’s how you can do it:

Go to “Windows Security” in the search bar and open the “Windows Security” app.

Click on the “Firewall & network protection” option.

Under the “Firewall & network protection” settings, click the “Allow an app through firewall” option.

If you have enabled the User Account Control (UAC) feature, a window may pop up asking for permission to make changes. Click on “Yes” to proceed.

You’ll find a list of apps in the “Allowed apps” window. Look for Dota 2 in the list. If it is not there, click on the “Change settings” button at the window’s top right corner.

You will now add Dota 2 manually:

Click on the “Allow another app” button. A new window will appear.

Click on the “Browse” button. Find the folder where Dota 2 is installed. By default, it should be something like “C:\Program Files (x86)\Steam\steamapps\common\dota 2\dota.exe”.

Select the “dota.exe” file and click on “Open”>Add in Add an app button.

In the “Allowed apps” window, make sure the checkbox next to Dota 2 is ticked for both “Private” and “Public” network settings. Save and enjoy!

Does opening ports reduce lag?

Port forwarding will not affect your internet speeds or cause lags. Instead, the activity you perform with open ports does. For example, if you play any game requiring greater bandwidth or remote live camera activities, your internet would lag, depending on the ISP.

Which API to use for Dota 2?

You can use the OpenAI Dota 2 API. It will allow developers to retrieve match details, and player statistics, build applications, leverage analysis and much more.

How can I improve my Dota 2 connection?

Shutting down all background Windows updates and applications.

Using a VPN could help to improve your Dota 2 connection.

What is the port for Dota 2 port Mikrotik?

Dota 2 uses 27015 by default for both TCP and UDP protocols. MikroTik routers are typically used for network management and routing. This would make the configuration a bit different; let’s find out:

For Dota 2 on a MikroTik router, you’ll need to access the router’s management interface and then do the following:

Open your web browser, enter your MikroTik router’s IP address in the address bar, and log in.

Navigate to the “IP” menu and select “Firewall” from the sub-menu.

Tap the “NAT” tab in the Firewall settings>Add new rule.

In the “General” tab, write “Dota 2 Port Forwarding.”

In the “Action” field, select “dst-nat” to perform destination network address translation.

Select TCP or UDP port depending on your preference, or choose “both”.

In the “Dst. Port” field, enter the Dota 2 port number, typically 27015.

In the “In. Interface” field, select the interface that connects to your Dota 2 game server or the device running Dota 2.

In the “Dst. Address” field, enter the IP address of the device running Dota 2.

Click on the “Action” tab.

In the “Action” field, select “dst-nat.”

In the “To Addresses” field, enter the IP address of the device running Dota 2.

You’re good to go.