How to Install and Use SteamCMD

How to Install and Use SteamCMD

This is a brief tutorial on the basics of installation and usage of SteamCMD.

Windows

  1. Create a folder for SteamCMD.
C:/steamcmd
  1. Download the SteamCMD (Windows) Update Tool.
http://media.steampowered.com/installer/steamcmd.zip
  1. Extract the contents of the zip to the folder.

Linux

  1. Create a user for SteamCMD and login.
    Note: For security best practice, do not run SteamCMD a root.
adduser steam
su - steam
  1. Create a directory for SteamCMD.
mkdir /home/steam/steamcmd
cd /home/steam/steamcmd
  1. Download the SteamCMD (Linux) Update Tool.
wget http://media.steampowered.com/installer/steamcmd_linux.tar.gz
  1. Extract the contents to the directory.
tar -xvzf steamcmd_linux.tar.gz

Mac OS x

  1. Open Terminal.app and create a directory for SteamCMD.
mkdir ~/steamcmd
 ~/steamcmd
  1. Download the SteamCMD (OS X) Update Tool.
curl -O http://media.steampowered.com/client/installer/steamcmd_osx.tar.gz
  1. Extract the contents to the directory.
tar -xvzf steamcmd_osx.tar.gz

Running SteamCMD

Windows

Browse to the SteamCMD folder and click on steamcmd.exe.

steamcmdfolder

Alternatively Open a Command Prompt to start SteamCMD.

cd C:\steamcmd
steamcmd

steamcmdwindows

Linux

Open a terminal and start SteamCMD.

cd /home/steam/steamcmd
./steamcmd.sh

steamcmdlinux

Steam>

Mac OS x

Open Terminal.app and start SteamCMD.

cd ~/steamcmd
./steamcmd.sh

SteamCMD Max OS X

Available Commands

Type help for more information on the available commands.

help

A full list of commands can also be found here.

Login to SteamCMD

To download most game servers, you can log in anonymously.

login anonymous

Some servers require you to login with a Steam Account. To find out if your server requires a login see Dedicated Servers List.

 Note: For security reasons, it is recommended that you create a new Steam username just for SteamCMD.

 Note: A user can only be logged in once at any time.

login username

Next, enter your password.

If Steam Guard is activated on the user account check your e-mail for a Steam Guard access code and enter it. This is required first time only.

You should see a message stating that you have successfully logged in with your account.

Installing a Server

  1. Start SteamCMD and set your app install directory.
force_install_dir
  • Windows
force_install_dir c:\steamcmd\csgoserver
  • Linux
force_install_dir /home/steam/csgoserver
  1. Install the app by using a Steam Application ID or <app_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.
app_update  validate

Example for Counter Strike: Global Offensive

app_update 740 validate

Example for Team Fortress Classic

app_set_config 90 mod tfc
app_update 90 validate

Automating SteamCMD

SteamCMD can be automated to run tasks directly from the command line/terminal. This is very useful for running your own scripts.
Example for Counter Strike: Global Offensive

Windows

steamcmd +login anonymous +force_install_dir c:\steamcmd\csgoserver +app_update 740 validate +quit

Linux

./steamcmd.sh +login anonymous +force_install_dir /home/steam/csgoserver +app_update 740 validate +quit

Example for Counter Strike: Condition Zero

Windows

steamcmd +login anonymous +force_install_dir c:\steamcmd\csczserver +app_set_config 90 mod czero +app_update 90 validate +quit

Linux

./steamcmd.sh +login anonymous +force_install_dir /home/steam/csczserver +app_set_config 90 mod czero +app_update 90 validate +quit

Example for Killing Floor

Windows

steamcmd +login +force_install_dir c:\steamcmd\kfserver +app_update 215350 validate +quit

Linux

./steamcmd.sh +login +force_install_dir /home/steam/kfserver +app_update 215360 validate +quit

For more info about SteamCMD you see the SteamCMD article on the Valve Wiki.