I have played CS:GO on a lower than 5 ping rate. Do you believe it?
Yes it’s possible when you run the game on a personal server.
Steam allows you to host CS:GO on a personal server by modifying settings like tick rate, number of players, base map, game rules, etc.
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This page shows you how to host CS:GO on a personal dedicated linux server.
Table Of Content
- CS:GO Server System Requirements
- Affordable Hosting For CS:GO Server
- Setup CS:GO Environment In Ubuntu/CentOS Server
- Run CS:GO
- Join CS:GO Server
- Run CS:GO In Background Session
- Set Hostname and Password in CS:GO Server
- Change CS:GO Tick Rate
- How to Update CS:GO On The Dedicated Server
- Low Ping CS:GO Gameplay
First we need a server.
I had used the EC2 t2.micro server from AWS that has 1 GB RAM, 1 CPU, and 40 GB disk space.
This specification was enough for me to play a competitive match including me with my 9 other friends.
However, if you are planning to build a server for more players, It will be better if you choose at least 2GB of RAM or higher.
CS:GO Server System Requirements
- RAM: 2 GB Minimum - 4 GB Maximum
- CPUs: 2 Minimum
- Disk Space: 40 GB (Recommended)
- Bandwidth: Unlimited (Recommended)
- Operating System: Linux (CentOS, Ubuntu)
Usually, CS:GO can be installed in 15 - 20 GB disk space but due to frequent game updates and space used by OS(Operating System), 40 GB is recommended.
Affordable Hosting For CS:GO Server
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- RAM: 2 GB
- Disk Space: 40 GB
- Bandwidth: 2 TB
- 30 days money back guarantee.
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Setup CS:GO Environment In Ubuntu/CentOS Server
First, login to the server with a root user account then install the libraries that support steamCMD.
SteamCMD also known as steam console client which is a command-line version of steam client. It allows the installation and upgrade of a dedicated server.
Step 1: Install library package
Step 2: Create a seperate user “steam” for running CS:GO.
Switch user to “steam”
Step 3:Create an installation path directory where we will download SteamCMD.
Downloading and Installing SteamCMD
Step 4: Download the latest version of SteamCMD.
Step 5: Extract the downloaded file.
Step 6: Run SteamCMD script file.
This file will download the update from steam which looks like
After that, the updated steam will provide you the cmd prompt as shown below.
Step 7: Login using a steam account here.
Replace your userID and password with your steam credential.
Step 8: Set your CS:GO dedicated server install directory.
Step 9: Finally, download and install CS:GO on the server.
You will see “Success! App ‘740’ fully installed” as below.
Enable TCP and UDP Ports on Server
In order to connect the game server, TCP and UDP ports should be allowed to all the players from the server.
You can find this option in your network setting. If you are unable to do this, contact your hosting provider for help.
Register CS:GO Game Auth Token ID
In order to run the game, you need your steam token ID. Without a token ID, you won’t be able to host a game.
Your steam account should be qualified for generating token ID.
Check here for the requirements and get your token ID.
Follow below picture to generate your auth token ID.
You will generate a token ID similar to this X38F6E71A3B8G6FE08354AF5BE078.
A command should be entered on the server inorder to run the game.
There are specific commands to run games in different modes
This means you have to enter individual commands to run Causal, Competitive, and Deathmatch Mode.
For different modes, you need to change the game_mode value.
Casual = game_mode 0
Competitive = game_mode 1
Deathmatch = game_mode 2
Replace “YOUR AUTH TOKEN” in the below command and enter.
CASUAL GAME MODE
COMPETITIVE GAME MODE
DEATHMATCH GAME MODE
You will see the public IP of your game server after executing the above command.
Join CS:GO Server
Launch the steam application on your PC and open CS:GO.
There are two ways you can join the game server.
First, connect through the game console.
For that enable the developer console.
Now, go back to the dashboard and open the console using “~” keyword and type “connect < your-ip-address >”.
Second, adding server IP to your favorite list.
For that, go to the Community Server Browser.
Click on the favourite tab.
Add your server IP and connect it.
Run CS:GO In Background Session
Your game will be disconnected or stopped when you log out from the server.
It is not possible to host the game logged in 24x7 on the server.
Therefore, we will host the game in a background session. So that the game won’t stop even if you logged out from the server.
For that, we will install a screen application on the server.
Install Screen In Ubuntu
Install Screen In CentOS
After installation, create a new session named “csgo” by typing:
Now run the game host command. In my case, I am running competitive game mode.
When the game is hosted successfully, you can detach the screen session by pressing the keys at the same time.
Now you are out of that session. To see the running background session type
You will get the output like this:
Where 7166 is the screen ID and csgo is the name of the screen.
To rejoin the detached screen type:
Set Hostname and Password in CS:GO Server
In this section, we will configure the server’s hostname and password. This adds security to the server.
Edit the autoexec.cfg file and add your hostname and password that you want.
Refresh your favorite list and check the Hostname. You will see the changes as mine as shown below.
This “CS:GO advanced configuration” article can be helpful for you in order to customize the game.
Change CS:GO Tick Rate
Tick rate collects the information of incoming player data and events which help to calculate the performance of the game and send data to players.
This allows players for better game performance. You can get more knowledge about the tick rates here.
You can change the tick rate of the game simply, adding some commands in the autoexec.cfg file.
Edit the file located in csgo/cfg/autoexec.cfg and add the following line.
How to Update CS:GO On The Dedicated Server
Usually, CS:GO provides updates every week or in a month. In this case, you can’t run the game on the server without updating it.
To update the game, run the command from above steps 6 to 9.
Low Ping CS:GO Gameplay
The best way to get the lowest ping is by hosting the game near to your region. Additionally, try to get a server from a well-known hosting provider.
You can also use a VPN and select the region where the game is hosted to reduce the ping rate.
Well, we have come to the end of this guide.
I have tried my best to cover the topics on how to host a CS:GO on a personal dedicated server.
I hope you were able to set up your server.
If there are any queries you have please let me know in the comment below.