Setting Up a Dedicated Server

Setting up a dedicated server for CS:GO (Counter-Strike: Global Offensive) allows you to have more control over the game environment, customize settings, and create a stable and reliable server for yourself and other players. This documentation will guide you through the process of setting up a dedicated server for CS:GO.

System Requirements #

Before setting up a dedicated server, ensure that your system meets the following requirements:

  • Operating System: Windows or Linux
  • Processor: Dual-core processor (Intel Core 2 Duo or AMD Athlon X2)
  • Memory: 4GB RAM or more
  • Storage: Sufficient disk space for CS:GO game files and server files
  • Internet Connection: High-speed, stable internet connection with adequate upload and download speeds

Steps to Set Up a Dedicated Server #

Install SteamCMD #
  • Download and install SteamCMD, a command-line tool used to download and update game server files. You can find the SteamCMD installer on the official Steam website.
  • Launch SteamCMD and it will automatically update to the latest version.
Login and Download CS:GO Server Files #
  • Launch SteamCMD and login with your Steam account by entering the following command:
    login anonymous
  • After successful login, download the CS:GO server files by entering the following command:
    app_update 740 validate
  • SteamCMD will start downloading the necessary files for the CS:GO dedicated server. This process may take some time depending on your internet connection speed.
Configure Server Settings #
  • Navigate to the “csgo” folder where the server files are located. By default, it should be in the SteamCMD installation directory.
  • Open the “server.cfg” file using a text editor.
  • Customize the server settings according to your preferences. You can modify parameters such as server name, game mode, map rotation, player limits, and other gameplay settings.
Port Forwarding #
  • Access your router’s settings and configure port forwarding to allow incoming connections to the server. CS:GO uses port 27015 by default, both for UDP and TCP protocols. Consult your router’s documentation or online resources for instructions on how to set up port forwarding.
Launch the Server #
  • Open SteamCMD and login with your Steam account (if not already logged in) using the command:
    login anonymous
  • Start the dedicated server by entering the following command:
    srcds.exe -game csgo -console -usercon +game_type [game mode] +game_mode [game mode] +map [map name] +sv_setsteamaccount [your Steam account token]
    Replace [game mode] with the desired game mode (e.g., casual, competitive) and [map name] with the initial map for the server. The sv_setsteamaccount parameter is necessary if you want your server to be VAC-secured. You can obtain the token from the Steam developer website.
Customize Server Configuration #
  • While the server is running, you can further customize the server configuration using the in-game console or by modifying the server.cfg file. Changes made during runtime will not persist after a server restart.

Congratulations! You have successfully set up a dedicated server for CS:GO. Players can now connect to your server using the server’s IP address and the correct port.

Remember to regularly update your server files to ensure you have the latest game patches and security updates. Additionally, consider implementing server plugins and mods to enhance your server’s functionality and provide additional features for players.

Note: This documentation provides a general overview of the process to set up a dedicated server for CS:GO. For more detailed instructions and troubleshooting, refer to official CS:GO documentation, community forums, or online tutorials specific to your operating system and server configuration.

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