Authoring Tools/SDK (Left 4 Dead)

From Valve Developer Community
Revision as of 10:07, 12 May 2009 by JeffLane (talk | contribs) (initial L4D Authoring Tools page.)
(diff) ← Older revision | Latest revision (diff) | Newer revision → (diff)
Jump to: navigation, search
Under construction.png Note: The content on this page is placeholder, as the features described are not yet available.

The Left 4 Dead Authoring Tools, also known as an SDK, is a set of software utilities that allow you to create your own levels, campaigns, common Infected, and other gameplay elements. They include versions of Source SDK tools that have been updated to work with the Left 4 Dead version of the Source Engine.


The Left 4 Dead Authoring Tools are freely available on Steam to all owners of the PC version of Left 4 Dead.

Downloading and installation

To install the Left 4 Dead Authoring Tools:

  1. Open the Steam window.
  2. Click on the Tools tab.
  3. Double-click on the Left 4 Dead Authoring Tools entry.
  4. The Left 4 Dead Authoring Tools will download to your computer via Steam.
  5. Once it has been fully installed, you will be able to launch it in the same way you installed it (from the Tools tab).

You can also create a desktop shortcut by right-clicking on the Left 4 Dead Authoring Tools entry and clicking Create desktop shortcut from the context menu.

Note.png Note: For the Authoring Tools to function correctly, it is important that your installation of Left 4 Dead is fully up-to-date. You can make sure of this by running the game before launching the Left 4 Dead Authoring Tools. Simply launching the game then quitting after you get to the main menu is sufficient.

Where do I go from here?

Bugs and issues