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 Cross-Platform Installation
- 5 Windows Scripts
- 6 Linux Scripts
- 7 Known issues
- 7.1 ERROR! Failed to install app 'xxxxxx' (No subscription)
- 7.2 32-bit libraries on 64-bit Linux systems
- 7.3 Login Failure: No Connection
- 7.4 SteamCmd startup errors
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 (Half-Life):
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 a private beta version of NS2:
app_update 4940 -beta [beta name] -betapassword [beta code] validate Where [beta name] is the name of the private beta branch and [beta code] is the password for the private beta branch (i.e. the code you would enter to get access to a private beta in the game properties).
- Example: install and validate CS 1.6:
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.
Note: Items marked as Beta below may require -beta beta as part of their app_update argument... ex. +app_update "90 -beta beta"
Note: You HAVE to use anonymous Account for some IDs. (e.g. CSS will not work with your normal Steam Account)
|Server||ID||Extra Command Line options|
|HLDS for Half-Life and Counter-Strike 1.6||90|
|Counter-Strike: Condition Zero dedicated server||90||+app_set_config "90 mod czero"|
|Deathmatch Classic 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 dedicated server||90||+app_set_config "90 mod gearbox"|
|Ricochet dedicated server||90||+app_set_config "90 mod ricochet"|
|Team Fortress Classic 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|
|Natural Selection 2 dedicated server||4940|
|Serious Sam 3 dedicated server||41080|
|Nuclear Dawn dedicated server||111710|
|Red Orchestra: Ostfront 41-45 Windows dedicated server||223240|
|Red Orchestra: Ostfront 41-45 Linux dedicated server||223250|
|Red Orchestra 2: Heroes of Stalingrad and Rising Storm Windows dedicated server||212542|
|Killing Floor Windows dedicated server||215350|
|Killing Floor Linux dedicated server||215360|
|Left 4 Dead 2 dedicated server||222860|
|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|
|Blade Symphony Beta dedicated server||228780|
|Source SDK Base 2006 MP dedicated server (i.e. Fortress Forever)||205|
|Source SDK Base 2013 MP dedicated server||244310|
|Half-Life Deathmatch: Source dedicated server||255470|
|Pirates, Vikings, and Knights II dedicated server||17575|
+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
It is possible to choose the platform for which SteamCMD should download files, even if it isn't the platform it is currently running on. This is done using the
@sSteamCmdForcePlatformType variable. (Yes, those are two "s"es at the beginning of the variable name.) For example, to download the Windows CSGO dedicated server on Linux, you can run the following command:
./steamcmd.sh +@sSteamCmdForcePlatformType windows +login anonymous +force_install_dir ../csgo_ds +app_update 740 validate +quit
or use the following script:
@ShutdownOnFailedCommand 1 @NoPromptForPassword 1 @sSteamCmdForcePlatformType windows login anonymous force_install_dir ../csgo_ds app_update 740 validate quit
The supported values are
SteamCMD Guardian 1.2
View and download here: http://pastebin.com/BRUbsGQh
Linux Game Server Managers
by Daniel Gibbs
The Linux Game Server Managers are command line tools for quick, simple deployment and management of various dedicated game servers using SteamCMD.
Various Server are supported including:
- Half-Life 2: Deathmatch
- Counter Strike
- Counter Strike: Source
- Counter Strike: Global Offensive
- Team Fortress 2
- Left 4 Dead 2
- Day of Defeat: Source
- Red Orchestra: Ostfront 41-45
- Killing Floor
Full list of servers and instructions: http://danielgibbs.co.uk/scripts
GitHub Repo: https://github.com/dgibbs64/linuxgameservers
SteamCMD Guardian 1.2
The following script was tested on Debian Wheezy.
View and download here: http://pastebin.com/hcpMpmaZ
To make this script work, we need a location. Preferrably you created a user (e.g. steam) with it's own home directory (/home/steam) and are logged in as it via SSH, tty or using su.
- Make the file.
- Paste in the code
- Modify the code, add at least 1 game to the
- Close the file with + , followed by and concluding with + .
- Give the file execute rights for the user
chmod u+x ./updateserver.sh
- Run the file
The file will auto-download SteamCMD, update it and install all chosen games (up to 4). Run the file again to update the games.
ERROR! Failed to install app 'xxxxxx' (No subscription)
Some servers require you to login (most don't). If you get the 'No subscription' error you will need to enter your steam username and password to allow authentication to the steamCMD system. It is a good idea to create a new Steam username just for the server as the username and password displays as clear text.
steamcmd +login <username> <password>
32-bit libraries on 64-bit Linux systems
Since SteamCMD is a 32-bit binary, a few 32-bit libraries are required.
The following error may occur:
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 derived distributions (Ubuntu, Mint, etc.)
apt-get install ia32-libs
Ubuntu 13.10 "Saucy"
As of Ubuntu 13.10 the ia32-libs package is deprecated. Use this instead
apt-get install lib32gcc1
Debian 7 "Wheezy"
The follow error may occur:
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
you can also use:
dpkg --add-architecture i386 apt-get update apt-get install libc6-i386 lib32gcc1
to avoid installing unrequired 32bit packages.
Red Hat and derived distributions (RHEL, Fedora, CentOS, etc.)
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" and "SteamUpdater: Error: Steam needs to be online to update. Please confirm your network connection and try again.". This is usually fixed by checking "Automatically detect settings" in IE (Internet Explorer) through the lan settings in the Internet option menu.
1. Open Internet Explorer (IE)
2. Click on Tools > Internet Options
3. Click on the "Connections Tab"
4. At the Bottom, you should see "Local Area Network (LAN) Settings".
5. Check the first box "Automatically detect settings"
6. Hit ok, and apply. Try running the SteamCMD again, if it still doesn't work. try lowering your "Internet Security level zone" to medium or lower. You can find that in the "Security" tab in "Internet Options".
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 root).
It fixes only with changing ulimit parameter up to 2048:
ulimit -n 2048. It may cause error (no permission), so you may need login as root to change the parameter.
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.
In most instances you will get a warning message however it will not stop SteamCMD from running.