If you’re reading this article, chances are that you want to create a Dota 2 server on Windows. The steps in this guide will work on Windows 8 and Windows Server 2012. Dota 2 requires a Aklweb host instance with at least 15GB of free disk space.
Step 1: Prerequisites for SteamCMD
The first thing we’ll be doing today is creating a directory for the game server manager. Do this by right clicking on your desktop, and clicking new folder. Rename it to
SteamCMD, as it will be the folder we’ll be using in this example.
Enter the directory and open up your favorite web browser. Download
https://steamcdn-a.akamaihd.net/client/installer/steamcmd.zip by putting it into your address bar and hitting enter.
Move the contents of the compressed archive (
.zip file) into the folder you’ve created on your desktop.
Now, as Dota 2 requires
srcds (Source Dedicated Server), we will download it from
Move the executable to
C:\Windows\system32. This will ease execution later.
Step 2: Configuring SteamCMD
Now, we’ll need to execute the
steamcmd.exe executable. Double-click it and allow it to update for a few moments. Once you see the
Steam> prompt, you may continue.
login yoursteamusername yoursteampassword into the prompt and hit enter. If you have Steam Guard enabled, you will need to check your email for the Steam Guard code.
Step 3: Installing Dota 2
This step is relatively simple – begin by executing the following in your Steam prompt:
force_install_dir dota2 app_update 570
Now, separate from your Steam prompt, open up a Command Prompt window by pushing
Windows Key + R and entering
Go to the Steam directory you created on your desktop. Run the following in the command prompt window:
cd "/steamapps/common/dota 2 beta/game/dota" copy /windows/system32/hldsupdatetool.exe srcds.exe
Great job – you’ve installed Dota 2.
Step 4: Starting Your Dota 2 Server
Great job so far, in this step we will start the Dota 2 server. Open up a Command Prompt window, and execute the following:
cd "/steamapps/common/dota 2 beta/game/dota" srcds -console -game dota +map dota
Congratulations – you have successfully created a Dota 2 server on Windows. All you have to do is get on and play!