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Using the CS:GO Map Steam Workshop
By Jimo
I will give you instructions on how to download and play maps from the CS:GO Steam Workshop.
This guide will give you instructions on how to download and play maps from the CS:GO Steam Workshop.

Navigating the Workshop
The front page of the workshop lists maps which have received the most visitors and ratings from the community within the week. On the right side of the workshop there are several options to choose from. For example, you can browse through the top rated submissions of all time or through the most recent submissions. You can also search for a specific submission using the search bar.

If you scroll down further on the sidebar you'll see a list of filters you can apply such as game mode and map type.

Some maps will be listed as part of collection, also known as a map pack. To browse the workshop collections you can click the button located at the top of the page.

Downloading Custom Maps
Once you've found a map you'd like to try you can subscribe to it by selecting its thumbnail on the CS:GO Steam Workshop.

Before subscribing to the map you've selected it's a good idea to read the maps description and tags located on the workshop page. It's common for workshop authors to give specific details regarding their submission in these areas.

If you'd like to download the map click on the green Subscribe button.

You'll then receive a confirmation box letting you know the subscription has been successful. Subscribing to maps on the Steam Workshop will ensure that it remains up to date. Any author released updates will automatically be downloaded the next time you start CS:GO.

If you're currently playing CS:GO you'll need to restart the game before you'll be able to play any newly subscribed workshop maps.

If you'd like to delete and unsubscribe from a workshop map you can do so by visiting your subscriptions list. Locate the map you'd like to unsubscribe from and select the unsubscribe button.
Playing Custom Maps
Now that we've downloaded our custom map it's time to play it.

On the main menu of CS:GO click on Play. You can then choose either Find a Game, Play with Friends, Offline With Bots or Browse Community Servers. In this example I will be selecting Find a Game.

Once you're on the Find a Game screen you will then click on the Maps Workshop tab located at the top. This will pull up a list of workshop maps you've downloaded.

To begin playing all you need to do is click on the map you downloaded and then select Community Quick-Play at the bottom of the screen.

Once you've clicked on Community Quick-Play you will be able to choose from a set of compatible Game Modes. Once you've selected a Game Mode you will automatically be joined in to a server with the map you chose. The joining process may take a while depending on the size of the map. You will be able to invite friends through your Steam Friends list just like any other server once you're in the game.
Closing Notes
If you have any questions or comments regarding this guide please feel free to leave a comment below or get in touch with me on Steam or through my website[www.Jimo.co.uk].

You can also check out all of my other Steam Guides here.

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†MortalDestroy1✔ May 17 @ 6:41pm 
it don't download the map for me
NZM | FALLEN Apr 30 @ 6:55pm 
Hi there. Running a local dedicated server. How would I go about downloading the maps to the server? Since subscribing doesn't actually give a map file which I can transfer too.
Jimo  [author] Oct 27, 2013 @ 10:48pm 
I've updated this guide to fit a new format. It's much shorter now and should still contain all of the information it previously did.
REALLY REALLY DANK NUGGETS May 12, 2013 @ 5:52am 
Helpful guide, thank you for posting it!
FMPONE Apr 23, 2013 @ 10:40am 
Quality article Jimo :)
Jimo  [author] Apr 17, 2013 @ 11:33pm 
This guide was written with the intention to help new players discover the Steam Workshop. Getting new people involved with community projects is never a bad thing.
Trojan.MSI Apr 17, 2013 @ 11:14pm 
for full noobs...
A_Pacifist_Assassin Apr 15, 2013 @ 11:03am 
Some basic stuff is quite....ahem retard :P but nice guide though.
A player69™ kek Apr 14, 2013 @ 1:30am 
Perfect for people who don't know how to download maps :P
Nightmare ♔ Apr 13, 2013 @ 3:08pm 
do you like wee wee on your face