SDK Beta

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There is a Source SDK Beta available now.


  • Particle Editor, Material Editor, and Commentary Editor are now included in the Source SDK
  • Updated SDK source code for Orange Box mods
  • Added example particle system files to SDK content


  • Updated Linux binaries and makefiles for dedicated servers and server plugins
  • The Faceposer phoneme editor now pops up a warning message when a phoneme cannot be saved
  • Fixed crash in 'splitskybox.exe'

Known Issues

  • SDK shaders have not yet been updated for Orange Box games
  • New editors can be accessed by adding ‘-tools’ to the launch options for Orange Box games or mods utilizing the Orange Box engine

Getting the Source SDK Beta

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Modifying a Steam shortcut to launch SDK Beta

To run this beta version you will need to add -beta sdk to your command line when you start Steam. This can be done by opening up the Windows shortcut you use to launch Steam and adding -beta sdk right after Steam.exe. Please report any bugs or issue you find in this article.

Important: You should also disable Steam from running automatically when Windows starts, to prevent it from running the non-beta SDK. To disable Steam from running automatically:

  1. Open the Steam window.
  2. Choose Settings from the File menu.
  3. Click on the Interface tab.
  4. Uncheck the Run Steam when Windows starts option.

Note: Be sure to run the game you wish to edit before running the SDK, to make sure you have the latest updates.