How to Install SteamCMD on Your VPS

Updated on July 1, 2021
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This tutorial explains how to install SteamCMD. SteamCMD can be used to download and install Steam game servers, such as Counter-Strike: Global Offensive (CS:GO), ARK Survival Evolved, and many more. Some games require a paid subscription/purchase before you can download their configuration files. This guide has been tested on CentOS 7, Ubuntu 20 and greater, and Debian 8 and greater.

1. Update the System

One of the best practices when using Linux is to ensuring your server is always updated.


# yum clean all
# yum update -y
# yum upgrade -y

Ubuntu / Debian

# apt-get update -y
# apt-get upgrade -y

2. Create a User Account

It is best for your security to create a user account on the server to run SteamCMD.

# adduser steam

3. Install Required Libraries

Install the necessary libraries for SteamCMD.


# yum install glibc.i686 libstdc++.i686 -y

Ubuntu / Debian

# apt-get install lib32gcc1

3. Install Steam

Switch to the steam user.

# su -ls /bin/bash steam

Download SteamCMD.

$ wget
$ tar xf steamcmd_linux.tar.gz

Run SteamCMD. The Steam daemon will download and install all the necessary files.

$ ./ +quit


SteamCMD is ready to download and install server files.

Note: If you have Steam Guard enabled, you have to check your email for the code to login.