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HLA SDK/Launching Custom Maps

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Introduction

This tutorial will teach you how to launch custom maps made for Half-Life: Alyx.

Enabling the developer console

To start, we'll enable the developer console. This lets you type in various commands that will allow you to enter your maps.

First, right click Half-Life: Alyx in your steam library, and select "properties" from the drop-down menu that appears.

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Next, select "Set Launch Options" on the properties menu that is created.

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Finally, type "-console -vconsole" into the launch options, then hit "OK."

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Installing your level

Now we are going to install the level you've downloaded into the game. Open the properties of Half-Life: Alyx again and go to Local Files, then select "Browse Local Files."

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Now Navigate to \SteamLibrary\steamapps\common\Half-Life Alyx\game\hlvr and open a new file explorer window where you have your downloaded map file.

Drag the map file into the folder called "maps."

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Launching the map

Finally, we'll launch the map.

First, launch Half-Life: Alyx to the main menu, then press the ~ key. (it's above TAB)

A window called VConsole2 will appear.

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Type in the area labeled "Command" : map [map file name].

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Your map will now start loading and you'll be on your way to gaming.