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Guide to Local Play (LAN) in Dota 2 - [Old Client]
By Wyk
A quick picture tutorial to help you setup a local lobby in Dota 2.

As of the First Blood Update for Dota 2, Local Play support has been added to the game allowing users to create and join local lobbies on the same home or cafe network. As expected, these lobbies will provide local pings just like any other game on a local area network.

However, at the moment, Dota 2 will still require you to have authenticate with the Dota Network in order to access this feature. This basically means that you will still need an internet connection to be able to access the feature but you will be able to play without any server issues.
Hosting A Local Game
You can create a Local Lobby in Dota 2 in exactly the same way as you would host any other lobby. You will need to go to the "Play Tab" from the top bar ..

.. and then click on "Create Lobby" on the left hand side.

You can now find a new tab under the tab that allows you to create a "Local Lobby". Click on it to host your lobby.

As the host of a local lobby, you will need to be on a comparatively stronger computer to support the game and the rest of the players connecting to you on your network. A dialog box will pop up in the game reminding you of the same. Press "Create" to continue.

You will now be taken to your familar lobby screen which works exactly similar to that of any other lobby except for a few given changes.

As the games are locally hosted, they are currently NOT eligible for support on Dota TV and other network features. If you visit the "Settings" tab of you can see that these features are disabled.

Once you have your settings ready and the rest of the players joined in, press Start and enjoy your game of Dota with friends and your circle.

You can see that the lobby now offers you a game with no delay. You will be able to disconnect and reconnect to the game too just like online lobbies.

NOTE: Local Lobbies, like other default lobbies, are privately hosted games and are will NOT give you any battle points or wins on your match making and you are also NOT eligible for any item drops.
Finding A Local Game
If you are not the host on your network but someone intending to join a game, you can find all the available local games listed under the new "Local Lobbies" tab in the "Find A Lobby" sub-tab of the Play section.

Click "Join" to enter the game. Local lobbies may also be password protected. You can get that from your local host.
All matches played on a local server are automatically stored as replays on the PC of the lobby host. You can find the replays in the following folder.


All replays are saved in .dem format along with their match-id. You can share them with your friends.
This is the first release of Local Play on the Dota 2 client. This walkthrough has been revised to suit the same. The guide will be constantly updated with any future updates to the system.

For any further queries, feel free to buzz me on my Facebook[] or follow me on Twitter.

You can find a translated version of the guide in Russian below.

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KravSwaga Mar 6, 2022 @ 10:28am 
7 years later and we still can't have spectators in a local game :-/
D3LTA Aug 25, 2015 @ 7:37am 
you are the smartest man i ever met in Mars
76561198140580319 Jun 7, 2015 @ 9:28am 
We don't have internet connection at school, but we love dota, please let us do LAN play without internet.................................................
Tonin Jan 17, 2015 @ 5:42pm 
Lan without internet connection!Thats what I want!Dota developers please fix offline playing!
76561198090088120 Jan 15, 2015 @ 3:34am 
pls let us do LAN games without internet connection WTF
Mysterion Oct 17, 2014 @ 12:10pm 
We are currently experiencing connection problems when my friends and I created a game lan. We assume that after a failed upgrade occurs and ask that you please do the repair as soon as possible
VR.Matrix Sep 8, 2014 @ 11:57pm 
BUGGGED. FIX PLEASE ... Allow us to play anything else besides all pick and actually have the bots load please. would be awesome. tried on multiple computers now
VR.Matrix Sep 8, 2014 @ 11:55pm 
Local Lobbies are so ridiculously buggy ... Seriously with how big this game is you'd think they'd be able to get the bots to join correctly at least... such a hassle each time can only do all pick...
Zennock Sep 8, 2014 @ 7:10pm 
Thx Man! I always wanted to play LAN cause my internet sucks! Plus and Farourited!
Shippuden Aug 31, 2014 @ 9:51am 
can i play dota 2 lan , without internet ? :D: