Half-Life 2

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Simple Tut: How to load custom maps for Half-Life 2
By 𒌨 𒉡 𒍪
A simple tutorial explaining how to load custom maps into Half-Life 2, or any other source game or mod.
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Finding and placing maps
To load custom maps into Half-Life 2, you would need to download the map, of course. Good places to download these maps are places like GAMEBANANA.com and Garrysmod.com (if the map only has Half-Life 2 content in it). Once the map is downloaded, copy it to this folder C:\Program Files\Steam\Steamapps\common\half-life2\hl2\maps. This is the location for the maps if you have already "Steam-Piped" Half-Life 2 or any of the episodes.
Using and playing the map in-game
Then, start the game and press the tilde key (~) to open up the developer console. If the console does not come up, go to your options and go to the keybindings tab, and press the "Advanced" button. A small window opens up and check the box that says "Enable Developer console". Now you will be able to open the console.


Once you open the consiole, type in "map" and then put in the file name of the map after that (excluding the .bsp extension).

There you have it, now you can play any custom map for any specified Source game.
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24 Comments
hatinacatt Jan 14 @ 10:56am 
hi where do i put .vmf files?
Zanetti Nov 26, 2020 @ 2:24pm 
Is there a way to load maps in Half-Life Source?
𒌨 𒉡 𒍪  [author] Sep 15, 2020 @ 1:54pm 
Fixed. Sorry about that. I can't believe I made this guide over 7 years ago and nobody else told me about it before now.
𝚑𝚎𝚌𝚔𝚎𝚛 Sep 14, 2020 @ 2:12pm 
you typed in gamebannana.com , not gamebanana.com . I clicked the link and it sent me to a fake virus mcaffe site.
Osama Bin Ladeeznuts Apr 17, 2016 @ 7:57pm 
what command to open the stanley parable
NoBoi999 Jul 22, 2015 @ 8:31am 
oh okay thank you i have a mod
𒌨 𒉡 𒍪  [author] Jul 21, 2015 @ 5:37pm 
You would need to drop the map in steamapps/common/Half-Life/valve/maps/ and open the console and type it in the same way as shown above.
NoBoi999 Jul 21, 2015 @ 1:53pm 
what about half life 1
𒌨 𒉡 𒍪  [author] May 28, 2015 @ 4:27pm 
Oh, oops, sorry for the typos.
DaVince May 28, 2015 @ 3:00pm 
Oh, also, there are some typos in your post:
Seam-piped → Steam-piped
in- game → in-game
tilda → tilde