How Do You Make a Private Server on TF2?


Angela Bailey

Have you ever wanted to host your own private server on Team Fortress 2? Creating a private server can be a great way to have fun with friends or practice your skills without any interruptions. In this tutorial, we will guide you through the process of setting up your very own private server on TF2.

Step 1: Downloading the Dedicated Server Files

To start off, you will need to download the dedicated server files. You can find these files on the official Team Fortress 2 website. Make sure to choose the correct version for your operating system.


If you are using Windows, download the Windows version of the dedicated server files. Once the download is complete, extract the files to a location of your choice on your computer.


If you are using Linux, download the Linux version of the dedicated server files. Open a terminal window and navigate to the directory where you want to install the files. Use the following command to extract the files:

$ tar -xvzf tf2_ds.tar.gz

Step 2: Configuring Your Server

After downloading and extracting the dedicated server files, it’s time to configure your server settings.

Server.cfg File

The server.cfg file contains various settings that determine how your private server functions. Open this file in a text editor and make any necessary changes.

  • RCON Password: Set a password that will allow you to remotely control your server using RCON commands.
  • Hostname: Give your server a unique name that will be displayed in TF2’s server browser.
  • Max Players: Set the maximum number of players that can join your server.
  • Map Rotation: Specify which maps should be included in the server’s map rotation.

Save the changes to the server.cfg file once you are done configuring the settings.

Step 3: Port Forwarding

In order for others to connect to your private server, you will need to set up port forwarding on your router. Open your router’s configuration page and locate the port forwarding settings. Forward port 27015 (or any other port you have set in your server.cfg file) to your local IP address.

Step 4: Starting the Server

To start your private server, open a terminal or command prompt window and navigate to the directory where you extracted the dedicated server files. Use the following command:

$ ./srcds_run -game tf -console -autoupdate +map [mapname] +maxplayers [maxplayers]

  • [mapname]: Replace this with the name of the map you want to start with (e.g., cp_dustbowl).
  • [maxplayers]: Replace this with the maximum number of players you want to allow on your server.

Your private server should now start up and be ready for others to join. You can monitor its status and make changes using RCON commands if needed.


Congratulations! You have successfully set up your very own private server on Team Fortress 2.

Now, invite your friends or practice your skills in a controlled environment without any interruptions. Enjoy!

Note: Remember to comply with Team Fortress 2’s terms of service and respect the rules of fair play while using your private server.

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