How to create a Garry's Mod server

Creating and setting up a server in the Garry’s Mod can be a daunting task for the average gamer. Especially if the user does it for the first time. This process has many details and should be done accurately. Therefore, many people are interested in how to create a server in Garry’s Mod game. Read this article to get a guide through creating your first server for Garry’s Mod.

Select server mode

Before creating a server, you need to choose which type of server you want to make. You can think up the mode yourself by combining plug-ins and settings, but it is easier to use already existing.

  • DarkRP. One of the most popular modes where you can choose to be a gangster or a policeman;

  • SandBox. A typical mode in which you can shoot/build with friends and just hang out;

  • Murder. A mode in which ordinary people will have to hide from the paws of a maniac. The detectives are here to help the citizens but each resident has a chance to collect 5 clues and get a gun for self-defence;

  • StarWarsRP. A DarkRP clone, but in Star Wars universe;

  • TTT. This mod is based on the classic mafia relations: Innocents vs. Traitors. The goal of the innocent is to survive, the goal of the Traitors is to kill everyone, and the Detectives to investigate the case. Here, everything goes according to the laws of various detective books or movies.

Getting started

For correct operation of the server, you will need to purchase hosting. The platform can also be launched on a personal computer, but this is not recommended even by developers since many people will not fit on the server and errors will constantly occur. Hosting services can be found on the Internet. However, for several games, a regular PC or laptop is also suitable. The main thing is a stable Internet connection and performance.

What is needed to create? First of all, a person needs a computer on a Linux or Windows operating system. You can use both 64 and 32-bit OS versions. Before you create a server in the Garry’s Mod, make sure that your operating system is working without errors.

Now, you will need:

  1. A Steam account. Log In if you have one already or register and purchase the Garry’s Mod;

  2. PuTTY (For Linux OS). PuTTY is a free and open-source terminal emulator, serial console and network file transfer application. This is necessary to get access to the server;

  3. WinSCP. The program makes it easy to edit and transfer various files to the site.

All these tools you can find and download on the Internet.

Installing the Garry’s Mod server

Before creating a server in the game, you have to download the SteamCMD utility. You can get it easily from the official Valve website. After downloading, you should unzip the archive. Once it’s done, follow the creating algorithm.

The algorithm for creating and installing a server:

  • Find the folder with the utility, press the Shift key and click the right mouse button;

  • In the appeared menu window click on "Open command menu". A black window with one line will appear. Here you should enter “steamcmd”;

  • After that, you must enter the command codes.

The very first one is “login anonymous”. The second is “force_instl_dirr”, and the path to the server. The third is “app_updt 4020 valid”. Remember that you can not put spaces starting from the second code. If everything was done right, the server will start loading. At the very end, you will need to enter the quit command. Done! Now you have a clean Garry's Mod server in your C:\garrysmod folder.

Before you add extra content and start playing, you should personalize your server a little by editing the configurations. This can be done either through the built-in console text editor like Nano or by using FileZilla.

So, this is how you create your own game server. The process is simple, so we believe you wouldn’t have any problems. Enjoy the game with your friends!