How to create Half-Life Dedicated server


Hardware Requirements

Clarify: the system requirements vary depending on how many players you have on your server.

CPU – Depends on the number of clients. At least P2 266 for hosting a full game, the more the better. 400MHz recommended.

RAM – Minimum 64 MB, 128 MB recommended.

Clarify: bandwidth also depends on the number of clients. At least 512kbps upstream recommended.

How to create Half-Life dedicated server using SteamCMD

a. Setup

  • Create a folder on your system drive: C:\Half-life
  • Download SteamCMD for Windows from this link.
  • Extract the contents of the zip file to the folder you just created.

b. Fetching Server Files

  • Create a file named FetchServerFiles.bat and insert the following code:
@echo off
start "" steamcmd.exe +login USER PASS +force_install_dir "C:\Half-life" +app_update 90 validate validate +quit
  • Run FetchServerFiles.bat to fetch the server files from Steam.

c. Starting the Half-Life Dedicated Server

Below is an example of a Windows Batch (.bat) file for running a Half-Life Dedicated Server (HLDS) with the specified format:

@echo off
start "" "C:\Half-life\hlds.exe" -console -game <game/mod folder> +maxplayers 16 +map <map> -ip <your ip> +port 27015
  • Create a batch file named StartServer.bat and paste the command above
  • Here’s an explanation of the components in the script:
  • start: This is the Windows command to start a separate window to run a specified program or command.
    • "C:\Half-life\hlds.exe": This is the path to the HLDS executable (hlds.exe). Replace C:\Half-life\ with the actual path to your HLDS installation.
    • -console: Opens the server console.
    • -game <game/mod folder>: Specifies the game or mod folder. Replace <game/mod folder> with the actual folder name.
    • +maxplayers 16: Sets the maximum number of players to 16. Adjust the number as needed (between 2 and 32).
    • +map <map>: Specifies the initial map to load. Replace <map> with the desired map.
    • -ip <your ip>: Specifies the IP address to bind to. Replace <your ip> with your actual IP address.
    • +port 27015: Sets the server port to 27015. You can adjust the port number if needed.
  • Save this script as a .bat file and run it to start your HLDS server. Make sure to replace the placeholders with the actual values for your server setup.
  • Run StartServer.bat. The first time you start the server, it might take up to 10 minutes to load.

And that’s it! You’ve successfully set up Half-Life Dedicated Server

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