Windows dedicated server

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This is a setup guide that allows you to install a basic Team Fortress 2 Windows dedicated server. In the below example the server is installed onto the C drive in a folder called 'hlserver'.

Download and install the SteamCMD Tool

It is recommended you create a separate user to install and run game servers. It is also recommended you use the non-beta version of the steam client, otherwise it won't locate steam libraries

  • Download
  • Unzip to a directory, for example 'c:\hlserver'.

Create a steamcmd script

  • Create a file called tf2_ds.txt in the folder where you install the tool, i.e. 'c:\hlserver'
  • Edit the file with this text:
@ShutdownOnFailedCommand 1
@NoPromptForPassword 1
login anonymous
force_install_dir c:\hlserver\tf2
app_update 232250

If you want to opt in to the prerelease version of the TF2 dedicated server, add this line before the app_update line:

beta prerelease

Create an updating batch file

  • Create a file called update.bat in the folder where you installed the tool, i.e. 'c:\hlserver'
  • Edit the file with this text:
steamcmd +runscript tf2_ds.txt

Start the download/update

  • Run the update.bat to start the download, may take several hours as dedicated server content is currently 5.0GB
  • You may need to run the file *multiple* times until the message "Success! App '232250' fully installed." displays.

Create/Update server files

  • Create a file called server.cfg in 'C:\hlserver\tf2\tf\cfg'
  • Edit the file with these details:
hostname "Your_Servers_Name"		//The Name of your Server that players will see
sv_password ""				//Leave empty if you do not want a password
rcon_password "Your_Rcon_Password"	//Password to enable rcon access from the console
mp_timelimit 30 			//Round Timelimit
mp_maxrounds 10				//Maximum Rounds Playable before map change
sv_allowupload 1			// Allow clients to upload customization files (Optional Line, Used for Sprays)
sv_allowdownload 1			// Allow clients to download files (Optional Line, Used for Sprays)
net_maxfilesize 15			// Maximum allowed file size for uploading in MB (Optional)

An example with more cvars (console variables) can be found in Example Server.cfg for TF2 dedicated server.

  • Create the files motd.txt and mapcycle.txt in 'C:\hlserver\tf2\tf\cfg'
You may want to use the motd_default.txt and mapcycle_default.txt as references
  • Create a file called pure_server_whitelist.txt in 'C:\hlserver\tf2\tf\cfg'
It is advised that you copy and paste the contents of the pure_server_whitelist_example.txt file into your file first, and then apply any modifications you may want

Create a batch file to run the server

  • Create a file in 'C:\hlserver\' called tf.bat
  • Edit the file with this text:
srcds.exe -console -game tf +sv_pure 1 +map ctf_2fort +maxplayers 24
  • Run the file tf.bat to start your server

Other command line options

Some other common command-line options for TF2 are:

  • +ip - Bind to a specific IP. By default, listens on all network interfaces
  • -port 27015 - Bind to a different port (27015 is the default)
  • -strictportbind - If a server is already running on the specified port, stop the server from running
  • +randommap - Use instead of +map to select a map at random
  • +servercfgfile - Which tf\cfg\ file to execute on map change, defaults to server.cfg
  • +mapcyclefile - Which tf\cfg\ file contains this server's mapcycle, defaults to mapcycle.txt. Will also look in tf\
  • -replay - Executes replay.cfg and adds an additonal slot for the replay bot, but removes it from the player count.

Easier way!

You can install TF2 server easily with useful instalation tool by vojmar212



1) Download (!1123&authkey=!AKEI_th9vK0FMdw&ithint=file%2c.exe)

2) Install

3) Generate server.cfg here:

4) Put server.cfg to C:\tf2-server\tf2\tf\cfg

5) Forward your ports or use hamachi


Installing plugins:

1) Put plugin.smx to C:\tf2-server\tf2\tf\addons\sourcemod\plugins 2) Restart server

Sourcemod and Metamod will be installed automaticly!

External links

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