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Subscribed to a map, but where is it?
By Ryuke [TBM α]
How to test workshop maps you've subscribed to locally.
0. Why do I Even Need This Guide?
Workshop map files are stored in a very different directory than the rest of TF2's resources. If you're here you've been trying to test the map through the Create Server button, and haven't been able to find the map.

Create Server's map selection dialog and the console's partial name matching algorithms only work for maps in the correct directories inside your TF2 folders, so you'll have to do a little more work than that.
1. Make Sure You're Subscribed To The Map
An obvious first step, but not one to be missed.
Navigate to the TF2 section of the workshop. On the right below your queue is a control panel that shows your avatar and has a pulldown menu. Pull the menu down and click Subscribed items.

From there it'll show you a list of every map you're subscribed to. If your map is on the list congrats, you're subscribed.

Don't navigate away from this page just yet, it'll be helpful in a later step.
2. Getting the Numerical Identifier.
Getting the map to load through the console requires an identifying number.
It will follow the pattern
map workshop/000000000

You can find that number in one of two ways. Either you can find the map in the workshop and copy the end of the URL, or you can locate the file on your computer.

URL Method
If you did step one and still have the page open simply click the link for the map you're interested in testing. If you're in a browser you can simply go to the address bar, it'll look like this at the end:
The end bit is all you want.
Write whatever your number is down or copy and paste it, and then move on to the final step.

File Browser Method
All of the map files you download from the workshop are stored in their own folder on your harddrive. Locate your Steam installation folder, then navigate to
Inside that will be a number of folders equal to the number of things you're subscribed to.
Find out which of the folders contains the map you want, in my example that folder is
Write whatever your number is down or copy and paste it, and then move on to the final step.

I have no business reading this guide method
If you pay attention to the console spew when you start up the game you can pick out the number.

Determine which is the map you want to get the number from, mine is vault1990, so that's this line
[TF Workshop] Got updated information for map [ workshop/vault1990.ugc614857587 ]
The only part we care about is right after UGC:
Write whatever your number is down or copy and paste it, and then move on to the final step.
3. Put it all together!
Now that you have your identifying number, boot up tf2. Open console (usually by pressing the ~ key)

Drop the number after the slash:
map workshop/
My example is 614857587, so mine would look like:

Press enter, and it should load.
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Ryuke [TBM α]  [author] Sep 22 @ 6:38pm 
Kermi if you want your friends to join you you have to be either connecting to a server or hosting a server that is open to the internet. By default most routers have a firewall built in, and this prevents people from randomly connecting to your computer whenever they want. You'd be better off finding a "how do I host a server" guide, as that is beyond the scope of this guide.:1questmute:
Kermi Sep 22 @ 5:10pm 
ok it worked, now i can play n the map but my friends cant join me. any ideas?
u are die Jul 15 @ 5:39pm 
it nice and helpful
Asinix Apr 21 @ 10:03pm 
This stuff should really be the click of a button...
IndigoSpace Mar 26 @ 4:11pm 
Thanks for the help!
Ryuke [TBM α]  [author] Mar 26 @ 8:44am 
You press ~ , top left of your keyboard. If it doesn't open you need to enable it, you do that by clicking the normal options button on the main page of tf2 (the gear with no plus). From there you go to the keyboard tab which on my computer is the default tab, and then press the "Advanced..." button. Make sure the Enable developer console box is checked, then press okay.
IndigoSpace Mar 25 @ 8:28pm 
How do you get the console open?
TemplarBox Jan 15 @ 4:41pm 
I'm still confused...
Ryuke [TBM α]  [author] Oct 30, 2018 @ 8:15pm 
You must let the map download, it doesn't happen instantly.
ultrabun Oct 30, 2018 @ 5:04pm 
Wait it just unfroze.. Thanks for all of this!