How to Create a Counter-Strike 1.6 Server in Linux and Windows

June 20, 2023 Off By romas

How to Create a Counter-Strike 1.6 Server in Linux

Server Requirements:

To create a Counter-Strike 1.6 server in Linux, ensure that your computer meets the following requirements:

  • A Linux distribution installed (e.g., Ubuntu, Debian, CentOS)
  • Minimum 1 GB of RAM
  • Adequate storage space for game files and maps (approximately 1 GB)
  • Stable internet connection

Step 1: Downloading the Counter-Strike 1.6 Server Files

  1. Open a terminal on your Linux machine.
  2. Install the “hldsupdatetool” package by executing the following command:
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sudo apt-get install hldsupdatetool
  1. Create a new directory to store the server files:
bash
mkdir cs16_server

cd cs16_server

  1. Download the Counter-Strike 1.6 server files using the “hldsupdatetool” command:
bash
hldsupdatetool -command update -game cstrike -dir .

Step 2: Configuring the Server

  1. Navigate to the directory where you downloaded the server files:
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cd cs16_server
  1. Locate the “server.cfg” file in the server files directory and open it using a text editor.
  2. Customize the server settings in the “server.cfg” file according to your preferences. Modify parameters such as server name, password, game mode, and map rotation.
  3. Save the changes to the “server.cfg” file and close the text editor.

Step 3: Starting the Server

  1. Open a terminal and navigate to the server files directory:
bash
cd cs16_server
  1. Execute the following command to start the server:
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./hlds_run -game cstrike +maxplayers <max_players> +map <initial_map>

Replace “<max_players>” with the maximum number of players you want to allow on your server, and “<initial_map>” with the desired initial map.

  1. Your Counter-Strike 1.6 server is now running and ready to accept connections.

Step 4: Connecting to the Server

To connect to your Counter-Strike 1.6 server:

  1. Open Counter-Strike 1.6 on your computer.
  2. Open the game console by pressing the “~” key.
  3. In the console, type the following command to connect to the server:
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connect <server_ip>:<server_port>

Replace “<server_ip>” with the IP address of your server, and “<server_port>” with the port number on which your server is running (usually 27015).

  1. Press the “Enter” key to connect to the server.

Congratulations! You have successfully created a Counter-Strike 1.6 server in Linux.


How to Create a Counter-Strike 1.6 Server in Windows

Server Requirements:

To create a Counter-Strike 1.6 server in Windows, ensure that your computer meets the following requirements:

  • Windows 7, 8, or 10 operating system
  • Minimum 1 GB of RAM
  • Adequate storage space for game files and maps (approximately 1 GB)
  • Stable internet connection

Step 1: Downloading the Counter-Strike 1.6 Server Files

  1. Visit the official Steam website: https://store.steampowered.com/about/
  2. Click on the “Install Steam” button and follow the on-screen instructions to download and install Steam on your Windows computer.
  3. Launch Steam and create a new account (or log in if you already have one).
  4. Once logged in, click on the “Library” tab at the top and search for “Counter-Strike 1.6” in the search bar.
  5. Click on “Counter-Strike 1.6” from the search results, then click the “Install” button to download and install the game.

Step 2: Configuring the Server

  1. Navigate to the installation directory of Counter-Strike 1.6. By default, it is located in the following directory:
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C:\Program Files (x86)\Steam\steamapps\common\Half-Life
  1. Locate the “server.cfg” file in the server files directory and open it using a text editor.
  2. Customize the server settings in the “server.cfg” file according to your preferences. Modify parameters such as server name, password, game mode, and map rotation.
  3. Save the changes to the “server.cfg” file and close the text editor.

Step 3: Starting the Server

  1. Launch Steam and log in to your account.
  2. In the Steam Library, right-click on “Counter-Strike 1.6” and select “Properties” from the context menu.
  3. In the Properties window, click on the “Set Launch Options” button.
  4. In the Launch Options dialog box, enter the following command:
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-console -game cstrike +maxplayers <max_players> +map <initial_map>

Replace “<max_players>” with the maximum number of players you want to allow on your server, and “<initial_map>” with the desired initial map.

  1. Click “OK” to save the launch options.
  2. Click on the “Play” button in the Steam Library to start the server.
  3. Your Counter-Strike 1.6 server is now running and ready to accept connections.

Step 4: Connecting to the Server

To connect to your Counter-Strike 1.6 server:

  1. Open Counter-Strike 1.6 on your computer.
  2. Open the game console by pressing the “~” key.
  3. In the console, type the following command to connect to the server:
ruby
connect <server_ip>:<server_port>

Replace “<server_ip>” with the IP address of your server, and “<server_port>” with the port number on which your server is running (usually 27015).

  1. Press the “Enter” key to connect to the server.

Congratulations! You have successfully created a Counter-Strike 1.6 server in Windows. Enjoy playing with your friends and creating an exciting gaming community.