Counter-Strike: Global Offensive Authoring Tools

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Authoring Tools

The Counter-Strike Global Offensive Authoring Tools, also known as an SDK, is a set of software utilities that allow you to create your own levels, and other gameplay elements. They include versions of Source SDK tools that have been updated to work with the CSGO version of the Source Engine.


The CSGO Authoring Tools Beta is freely available on Steam to all CSGO Beta Testers.

Downloading and Installation

To install the CSGO Authoring Tools - Beta:

  1. Restart Steam if it's currently running.
  2. Open the Steam window.
  3. Click on the LIBRARY tab and then the TOOLS tab.
  4. Double-click on the Counter-Strike Global Offensive Beta - SDK entry.
  5. The Portal 2 Authoring Tools will download to your computer via Steam.
  6. Once it has been fully installed, you will be able to launch it in the same way you installed it (from the Tools tab).

What's included?

The package includes:

  • Updated Hammer, the Source level editor
  • Suite of command line compiling utilities, such as studiomdl and map compiling tools
  • Updated Faceposer
  • Tutorial maps

Where do I go from here?

  • If you want to learn about how to create content for the Source Engine in general, the main page of the Source SDK documentation is a good place to start.