Setting up Counter Strike: Source on Debian

Updated on November 22, 2014
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In this guide, we will be setting up a Counter Strike: Source game server on Debian 7. These commands were tested on Debian 7 but they should also work on Ubuntu.

Before we get the CS:S files, we need to install a few packages. Log into the server as root and issue the following commands.

If you're running x64:

dpkg --add-architecture i386
apt-get update
apt-get install -y libc6-i386 lib32gcc1 lib32stdc++6 screen

If you're running x86:

apt-get update
apt-get install -y screen

If you get errors about "setting locales failed", then execute the following commands:

export LANGUAGE=en_US.UTF-8
export LANG=en_US.UTF-8
export LC_ALL=en_US.UTF-8
locale-gen en_US.UTF-8
dpkg-reconfigure locales

(Full credit goes to "Werner Fischer" for the locale commands)

When you get to the config screen press ENTER, select en_US and press ENTER. After that's done, restart your SSH session.

The next step is adding a user for CS:S to run under:

adduser steam

Follow the prompts to set a password for your user. Press ENTER to skip entering user information.

Now start a new SSH session to your server and log into "steam" with the password specified during the previous step.

Our next step is to download steamcmd and extract it:

mkdir ~/steamcmd
cd ~/steamcmd
tar -xf steamcmd_linux.tar.gz
rm steamcmd_linux.tar.gz

We're finally ready to download the CS:S files! Execute the following command and wait for the files to be downloaded:

./ +login anonymous +force_install_dir ~/css +app_update 232330 validate +quit

If the download fails, just re-execute the command to restart it. You can also re-execute the command to get any available updates. Once the download is finished, we should add a few basic things to our config file:

cd ~/css/cstrike/cfg
nano server.cfg

This file is your configuration file. I recommend adding:

hostname "Some server name here"
log on
sv_logfile 1

If you want your server to be private, add the following:

sv_password "passwordHere"

There are various resources on other websites for documentation on other variables. Once you're done editing it, you can save the file by pressing CTRL + X and then Y. After that, it's time to start the server.

cd ~/css
screen -S css ./srcds_run -game cstrike -console -port 27015 +maxplayers 24 +map cs_office

Congrats! Your CS:S server is now up and running!