Valve just released CS2 Workshop Maps for clients and server owners today, however there seems to be lots of confusion around how to use them. In this guide, ill show you exactly how you can play workshop maps in either your Counter Strike 2 dedicated, or start a match with your friends.
If you don't have a server, this is how you play workshop maps on CS2 by yourself or with your friends.
If you want to play by yourself, then you're done. But if you want to play with friends, there are some extra steps you need to take. Players can only connect to your CS2 server from a LAN network (until Valve fixes this). Luckily for us, you can create a virtual LAN over the internet.
I have a full guide here on how to connect to a CS2 server with the IP address you can send to your friends along with a video.
There are 2 different methods you can use for workshop maps. One is by loading a single map or creating a collection.
If you have a dedicated Counter Strike 2 server and just want to play a single workshop map with friends, it's really simple once you find the Workshop map ID. To find it, simply go to the workshop map you want to play on the Steam Website and look in the URL.
Let's use this map for example: https://steamcommunity.com/sharedfiles/filedetails/?id=3070288532&searchtext=bhop
As you can see, our map ID is 3070288532. Now simply go to your server and type this into the console:
If you want to have multiple maps, then you will need to create a collection. A workshop collection is simply a group of workshop items. You will also need to modify the startup command for your server.
Here is what you need:
Let's first create the collection.
Now that you have your Collection ID, It's time to modify your startup command. You will also need to get your Steam API key from here. Your startup command will look something like this.
srcds -game csgo -console -ip 192.168.1.89 +game_type 0 +game_mode 1 +map de_mirage
We need to add these 2 to the end of it
+host_workshop_collection YOUR-COLLECTION-ID -authkey YOUR-AUTH-KEY
So it should look like this in the end
srcds -game csgo -console -ip 192.168.1.89 +game_type 0 +game_mode 1 +map de_mirage +host_workshop_collection 125499818 -authkey SHUAUYQI72618247126JSNNJAI
After that, simply restart the server and all the maps will be available. Type ds_workshop_listmaps in your console to check. Be aware the first time you restart the server with a new collection, it will need to download all the maps, so just leave it without restarting the server and let it finish downloading the files. You can tell its downloading maps by the amount of CPU usage.
If you get stuck modifying your startup command, reach out to your host, and they will be able to change it for you.
We have seen multiple server owners complaining that once they add
+host_workshop_collection it still loads the default server start map. Even if you type
ds_workshop_listmaps, It would show the collection maps, but never load it. Previously we would simply wait, and it would fix itself eventually, but I've discovered a fix.
The issue here is the collection itself on Steams end. You will need to create an entirely new collection on the Steam workshop, add the maps you want to the new collection, and then use that collection ID. We are not sure if there is something that triggers this bug, but this is the way you can fix it for now.
By default, CS2 doesn't automatically update Workshop maps on your server (see here). This means you need to manually delete the maps to trigger downloading the map again.
To do this, shutdown your server and navigate to
Inside there is a folder called
workshop, delete it and then restart your server. If you anciently left your server on, then shut it down first and repeat the process. If the server is left on when you delete the workshop folder, the server will throw an error when you go to restart it again.
|Changelevel to an available workshop map by name|
|Dump workshop maps available on this server|
|Host a workshop map collection as a mapgroup|
|Get the latest version of the map and host it on this server.|
|When hosting a workshop collection, users can play other workshop map on this server when it is empty and then mapcycle into this server collection.|
Now you should be able to play CS2 Workshop maps on your server or with your friends. Just remember that this is early days and there may be changes or other methods that work better. If you get stuck, come and join the GhostCap Discord and get help from our community.