The Steam Console Client or SteamCMD is a new tool to install and update dedicated servers using a command line interface. It only works with games that have switched over to the SteamPipe content system. Eventually all Steam games will switch from HLDSUpdateTool to this.
- 1 Downloading and Running SteamCMD
- 2 Downloading an app
- 3 Automating SteamCMD
- 4 Example Batch Code for Windows
- 5 Known issues
Downloading and Running SteamCMD
1. Download the SteamCMD Update Tool
- If you are running a 64-bit Linux distro, you will probably have to install 32-bit libs. See here how to do this.
2. Extract the contents to a directory
- Note: Do not extract the contents of the updater tool to the regular Steam Client folder or to the HLDSUpdateTool folder.
- Linux: type
tar -xvzf steamcmd_linux.tar.gz
- Linux: type
3. Launch SteamCMD for the first time
- Open a command prompt in that directory and start SteamCmd
- Windows: type
- Linux: type
- Windows: type
The program will automatically update and enter you in to a
Steam> prompt. Type
help for more information.
To download most game servers, you must login anonymously
If logging in anonymously doesn't work for that particular game, you will have to log in with a Steam Account
Enter your password. Then check your e-mail for your Steam Guard access code and enter it (you'll only need to do this once per computer).
You should see a message stating that you have successfully logged in with your account.
Downloading an app
1. Start SteamCMD and set your app install directory. (note: use forward slashes for Linux and backslashes for Windows)
- Example: cs_go directory in the current directory:
2. Install or update the app. <app_id> is the Steam Application ID. To also validate the app add
validate to the command. To participate in HLDS beta testing add
-beta beta to the command. To participate in SRCDS beta testing add
-beta prerelease to the command.
- Example: install and validate CS:GO:
app_update 740 validate
- Example: install and validate beta version of HLDS (CS 1.6):
app_update 90 -beta beta validate
- Example: install and validate beta version of CS:S:
app_update 232330 -beta prerelease validate
- Example: install and validate CS:CZ:
app_set_config 90 mod czero app_update 90 validate
3. Once finished, type
quit to properly log off of the Steam servers.
This is the known list of servers that require steamcmd to install. Any listed extra command line options need to be before the app_update line.
Note: The + and quotes in the extra command line options aren't needed when using automation as detailed in a later section.
|Server||ID||Extra Command Line options|
|HLDS for Half-Life and Counter-Strike||90|
|Counter-Strike: Condition Zero **Beta** dedicated server||90||+app_set_config "90 mod czero"|
|Deathmatch Classic **Beta** dedicated server||90||+app_set_config "90 mod dmc"|
|Day of Defeat dedicated server||90||+app_set_config "90 mod dod"|
|Half-Life: Opposing Force **Beta** dedicated server||90||+app_set_config "90 mod gearbox"|
|Ricochet **Beta** dedicated server||90||+app_set_config "90 mod ricochet"|
|Team Fortress Classic **Beta** dedicated server||90||+app_set_config "90 mod tfc"|
|Counter-Strike: Global Offensive dedicated server||740|
|The Ship dedicated server||2403|
|Garry's Mod dedicated server||4020|
|Serious Sam 3 dedicated server||41080|
|Nuclear Dawn dedicated server||111710|
|Red Orchestra: Ostfront 41-45 dedicated server||223240|
|Red Orchestra 2: Heroes of Stalingrad and Rising Storm dedicated server||212542|
|Killing Floor Windows dedicated server||215350|
|Killing Floor Linux dedicated server||215360|
|Team Fortress 2 dedicated server||232250|
|Day of Defeat: Source dedicated server||232290|
|Counter-Strike: Source dedicated server||232330|
|Half-Life 2: Deathmatch dedicated server||232370|
+app_set_config 90 mod czero,dod.
There are two ways to automate SteamCMD. (replace
./steamcmd.sh on Linux)
1. Add commands to the command line. Examples:
steamcmd +login anonymous +force_install_dir ../csgo_ds +app_update 740 validate +quit
To install a specific game mod for HL1, such as Counter-Strike: Condition Zero:
steamcmd +login anonymous +force_install_dir ../czero +app_set_config 90 mod czero +app_update 90 validate +quit
For a game that requires logins, like Killing Floor
steamcmd +login <username> <password> +force_install_dir c:\KFServer\ +app_update 215350 validate +quit
2. Create a script.
- a. Put your SteamCMD commands in a text file. Example:
// update_csgo_ds.txt // @ShutdownOnFailedCommand 1 //set to 0 if updating multiple servers at once @NoPromptForPassword 1 login <username> <password> //for servers which don't need a login //login anonymous force_install_dir ../csgo_ds app_update 740 validate quit
- b. Run SteamCMD with the
steamcmd +runscript csgo_ds.txt
Example Batch Code for Windows
::=======================:: :: SteamCMD Guardian 1.2 :: :: ckynick254 :: ::=======================:: set programname=SteamCMD Guardian 1.1 ::=======================:: :: SET YOUR VARIABLES! :: ::=======================:: set servername= set username= set password= ::=======================:: :: Your folder :: :: Replace after = :: ::=======================:: set runcmd=E:\Games\ ::=======================:: :: End of variables :: ::=======================:: :: This will keep the window clean and easy to read @ECHO off :: Sets the title of the window title %programname% - %servername% :: Clears the window incase there is anything there cls COLOR 1f CD %runcmd% :: Prints to the window what we are doing ECHO %programname% has been started! :start ECHO. ECHO. ECHO ############################################################## ECHO # Dedicated Server # ECHO # 1 - Half-Life: Deathmatch and Counter-Strike # ECHO # 2 - Counter-Strike: Global Offensive # ECHO # 3 - Nuclear Dawn Dedicated Server # ECHO # 4 - Red Orchestra Dedicated Server # ECHO # 5 - Red Orchestra 2: Heroes of Stalingrad Dedicated Server # ECHO # 6 - Killing Floor Dedicated Server # ECHO # 7 - Team Fortress 2 Dedicated Server Beta # ECHO # 8 - HELP! # ECHO # 9 - Exit # ECHO ############################################################## ECHO. ECHO. :: Delete variable %A% SET "A=" SET /P A=Set Your Choice And Press Enter: ECHO Loading ......... IF "%A%"=="1" set app=90 IF "%A%"=="2" set app=740 IF "%A%"=="3" set app=111710 IF "%A%"=="4" set app=223240 IF "%A%"=="5" set app=212542 IF "%A%"=="6" set app=215350 IF "%A%"=="7" set app=229830 IF "%A%"=="8" ECHO. IF "%A%"=="8" ECHO https://developer.valvesoftware.com/wiki/SteamCMD IF "%A%"=="8" ECHO. IF "%A%"=="8" PAUSE IF "%A%"=="8" goto start IF "%A%"=="9" EXIT :: This is a return point in case the server crashes or is closed :restart ECHO. ECHO (%date%)(%time%) %servername% is now ONLINE ECHO Watching %servername% for crashes... >> "%servername%.log" ECHO. >> "%servername%.log" ECHO (%date%)(%time%) %servername% is now ONLINE >> "%servername%.log" ECHO (%date%)(%time%) Watching %servername% for crashes... ::Start the actual update window start /wait steamcmd +login %username% %password% +force_install_dir %runcmd%%app%Server\ +app_update %app% validate ECHO (%time%) WARNING: srcds closed or crashed, restarting. ECHO. ECHO (%date%)(%time%) Crash or Close detected! ECHO %servername% is now restarting... >> "%servername%.log" ECHO. >> "%servername%.log" ECHO (%date%)(%time%) Crash or Close detected! >> "%servername%.log" ECHO (%date%)(%time%) %servername% is now restarting... ::Server crashed or closed, so we point it to the return point to start the server again GOTO restart
32-bit libraries on 64-bit Linux systems
Since steamcmd is a 32-bit program, a few 32-bit libraries are required, even if you already have their 64-bit versions installed.
The related error message looks like this:
steamcmd: error while loading shared libraries: libstdc++.so.6: cannot open shared object file: No such file or directory
The remedies are distribution-specific:
Debian and derivatives (Ubuntu, Mint)
apt-get install ia32-libs
If you get this error message:
The following packages have unmet dependencies: ia32-libs : Depends: ia32-libs-multiarch but it is not installable
E: Unable to correct problems, you have held broken packages.
do the following:
dpkg --add-architecture i386 apt-get update apt-get install ia32-libs
Red Hat and derivatives (RHEL, Fedora, CentOS)
yum install glibc.i686 libstdc++.i686
Don't forget to first enable the multilib repository.
pacman -S lib32-gcc-libs
Login Failure: No Connection
On linux servers, you may experience a "Login Failure: No Connection". This is related to missing iptables rules. You will want something along these lines:
iptables -A INPUT -p udp -m udp --sport 27000:27030 --dport 1025:65355 -j ACCEPT iptables -A INPUT -p udp -m udp --sport 4380 --dport 1025:65355 -j ACCEPT
The port list is found here: https://support.steampowered.com/kb_article.php?ref=8571-GLVN-8711&l=english
On Windows servers, you may experience "SteamUpdater: Error: Download failed: http error 0", this is usually fixed by checking "Automatically detect settings" in internet option lan settings.
SteamCmd startup errors
Ulimit linux startup error
Some users may get ulimit error (no permission/can not open file) while script is starting up. This error caused by low setting of -n-parameter of ulimit. SteamCmd uses standard command inside of shell-script to change ulimit automatically, but some servers may be protected from changing values to custom from different (set by administrator/root).
It fixes only with changing ulimit parameter up to 2048:
ulimit -n 2048. It may cause error (no permission), so you may need ask root-user to change parameter setting.
To check your setting: type ulimit -a, system will reply with many rows, you need to find one:
open files (-n) 1024
"1024" is the value of setting in system.