Counter-Strike: Global Offensive Authoring Tools

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Authoring Tools

The Counter-Strike: Global Offensive Authoring Tools, also known as the Counter-Strike: Global Offensive 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 CS:GO version of the Source Engine.


The SDK is available on Steam to Counter-Strike: Global Offensive owners with Prime Status running Windows. The Prime Status has to be bought through CS:GO or Steam, or by having bought CS:GO before it became free to play. Players who have been awarded Prime from reaching rank 21 or higher are not given the SDK.

Downloading and Installation

To install the CS:GO SDK click here or:

  1. Open the Steam window.
  2. Click on the LIBRARY tab and then the TOOLS tab.
  3. Double-click on the Counter-Strike Global Offensive SDK entry.
  4. The CS:GO SDK 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).

What's included?

The package includes:

  • Hammer, the Source level editor (Hammer v4.1, Build 7385)
  • Suite of command line compiling utilities, such as studiomdl and map compiling tools
  • Updated Face Poser (Valve Face Poser v1.0, Build Date: January 17, 2017)
  • Example maps and Prefabs

Where do I go from here?