How To Join A CS2 Community Server [Surf/Bhop/PUG/Zombies]

September 30, 2023
How To Join A CS2 Server

Are you getting bored playing competitive CS2 all the time? Perhaps you want to play on a Surf or Bhop server like the gamers you have seen on YouTube? Or maybe your friend just started their own CS2 server, and they want you to join.

Whatever the reason, in this post I'll show you 3 methods on how you can join a CS2 server. Don't worry, it's not as hard as you think!

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How To Connect To A CS2 Server's IP Address

If you have an IP address (it looks something like this then you can actually connect directly to it. This is great if you don't want to connect through the browser.

We actually have a handy video on this method, you can watch here.

This method means we do need to allow the developer console. That way, we can type in connects to connect to the IP and Port.

This is the preferred method for most people who play on modded servers.

  1. First, you need to allow the developer console. Click on the settings cog button from the main menu
  2. Make sure you're on the "Game" tab and look for "Enable Developer Console (~)". Set it to YES.
  3. Now go back to the main menu and press the tilde key on your keyboard (~). This is usually located under your escape key on your keyboard.
  4. It should now pop up with a command window that looks like some kind of log. Simply type 'connect' and then press enter to join. Replace our server IP with the server address you want to join.

This is a very easy way to connect to a server as you don't need to dig through 10,000 game servers.

How To Connect To CS2 Using A Steam Direct Link

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A direct link is a hotlink that you can simply click to instantly join a CS2 server. You will often see these on Discord and gaming community websites.

They look like this: steam://connect/

You don't need to launch the game or anything first. This will automatically start Steam, find the IP address and location, then connect you to the server.

There are bugs with this method, such as the black screen bug, so this is only meant for the laziest of gamers.

How To Join A Server From The Steam Client

How To Join A Server From The Steam Client

Joining a CS2 community server through the Steam client is also possible, however this is the last resort. This is by far the slowest way to join a server's IP address.

  1. Load your Steam client.
  2. Click view in the top bar.
  3. Click servers.
  4. Go to the tab favorite/history. Or, if you will, you can find the server's name.
  5. Click add a server (if you are in the favorite tab).
  6. After you have clicked it, a window should open showing a bunch of server names. If nothing shows up, check the filters at the bottom of the window and click refresh.
  7. Click Change Filters and select the game Counter Strike 2.
  8. If you want to search for a specific server, then look for the "Tags" section at the bottom of the screen. Make sure it is set to include and type your tags as shown above. Try and stick to a simple word such as ghostcap, surf, bhop, ze etc.
  9. Once you find the server you want to join, simply double-click.


By now, you should know everything you need to know about joining a CS2 server. Compared to casual and matchmaking, community servers are the best way to make friends.

Although it might be difficult to navigate when you're first connecting, after you have joined a few game servers and get familiar with the console, everything will be much easier.

If you get stuck at any time, simply join our Discord, ask in #tech-support and wait for an answer!


When we started playing online games with our friends, we knew we needed a good game server. But finding one that delivered what gaming communities need was harder than we thought. That's why we decided to start our own game server network.
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