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I’m running a dedicated Team Fortress 2 server on my LAN to which I can connect through my TF2 client’s console. However, it does not show in my TF2 client’s server browser. When I go to Servers > LAN, it just says “There are no servers running on your local network.”

What could be the problem and how do I solve it?

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Found the solution: In /home/tf2server/hlds/gameserver/orangebox, put a file called steam_appid.txt whose sole contents are



This also fixes « Loadout unavailable on dedicated TF2 LAN server ».

UPDATE: Found out there there are a couple more reasons why this can happen.

  1. On the machine where you are running the Steam server, you also have the Steam client installed. Solution: Uninstall the Steam client. (Source:
  2. When you start the Steam server, you are specifying an IP address. Solution: Leave out the +ip parameter. (Source:
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