Man pages sections > man6 > steamcmd

steamcmd - Command-line interface for Valve's Steam

steamcmd(6) Games Manual steamcmd(6)

NAME

steamcmd - Command-line interface for Valve's Steam

SYNOPSIS

steamcmd
for interactive mode, or either
steamcmd [+<action 1>] [+<action 2>] [...]
or
steamcmd +runscript <script>.txt
for automated mode.

DESCRIPTION

Steam (http://www.steampowered.com) is a software content delivery system developed by Valve software (http://www.valvesoftware.com). There is some free software available, but for the most part the content delivered is non-free.
 
The Steam Console Client or SteamCMD is a command-line version of the Steam client. Its primary use is to install and update various dedicated servers available on Steam using a command-line interface.

OPTIONS

Some of the most useful options:
+runscript
run an external script.
+login
user pass provide Steam credentials
+@sSteamCmdForcePlatformType windows
download Windows-only games on Linux
+app_update <n>
download game number <n>
+force_install_dir <dir>
install the game somewhere else than in ~/.steam/SteamApps/common
+quit
end steamcmd session. Without this the tool will remain in interactive mode.

SAMPLE USE

"steamcmd +@sSteamCmdForcePlatformType windows +login "$USER" "$PASS" +app_update 2310 +quit"
will dowload Quake1 in ~/.steam/SteamApps/common/Quake
The number can be found in the game page's url: http://store.steampowered.com/app/2310/ .
 

PATHS

The original runtime is stored in /usr/lib/games/steam .
 
A copy is made in ~/.steam/steamcmd the first time steamcmd is ran. steamcmd will then try to update itself each time it is started.
This copy will remain even after the steamcmd has been purged and must be manually removed.

SEE ALSO

/usr/share/doc/steamcmd/steamcmdcommands.txt.gz for a complete list of commands.

AUTHOR

Copyright © 2015 Alexandre Detiste <alexandre@detiste.be> This man page was written for the Debian project, but may be used by others.
2015-12-07 Debian Sid