This tutorial will cover the process of installing a
Half Life 2 game server on CentOS 6 System.
Step 1: Installing the prerequisites
In order to set up our Half Life 2 server, we’ll need to install SteamCMD (Steam’s game server client) and it’s requirements.
On a 32 bit CentOS installation:
yum install glibc libstdc++
On a 64 bit CentOS installation:
yum install glibc.i686 libstdc++.i686
That’s all SteamCMD requires (the libraries required to compile C++ code and execute it).
Lastly, for this step, we’ll install a Linux utility called
screen which allows us to keep the game server running even after we disconnect from our SSH prompt.
yum install screen
Step 2: Setting up SteamCMD
Moving on – for security purposes, we will be creating another user to run the gameserver. Execute the following:
useradd -m gameserver
Before we drop our root privileges, we need to open up some base ports to allow players to connect.
iptables -I INPUT -p tcp --dport 27015 -j ACCEPT iptables -I INPUT -p tcp --dport 27020 -j ACCEPT service iptables save service iptables restart
Now, log in as your new user account:
The next step will be downloading the libraries needed for SteamCMD:
mkdir SteamCMD cd SteamCMD wget https://steamcdn-a.akamaihd.net/client/installer/steamcmd_linux.tar.gz
And extract the archive:
tar xvf steamcmd_linux.tar.gz
Now that SteamCMD is installed, we can move forward to installing the game server.
Step 3: Installing and configuring Half Life 2
Executing the above command will allow Steam to self-update. One updated, you will see the
Steam > prompt. You will then log in to the Steam Server:
Next, install the
force_install_dir ./halflife2 app_update 238430 validate exit
The above command will install Half Life 2’s server file to the directory specified above within your SteamCMD Directory.
The next step would be to configure the server:
And open up your text editor to
Add the following:
// Half Life 2 configuration hostname "Half Life 2 Server"
Change the contents between the double quotes to your desired host name.
The next and final step would be to start the server:
Step 4: Running the Half Life 2 game server
Follow the steps below to start the server:
cd /home/gameserver/SteamCMD/halflife2/ screen ./srcds_run -game hl2mp +port 27020 +map dm_lockdown +maxplayers 8 -autoupdate
This concludes our tutorial. Thank you for reading.