I wanted to know whether there are needed of any cfgs(configuration) like live.cfg, knife.cfg, clan.cfg and other kinds of cfg needed for counter strike global offensive or not?. In counter strike 1.6 we need those kinds of cfgs in order to play clan but as I'm a newbie in CS GO so I want to know about it. Any help would be much appreciated... :)

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The server configuration files for Counter Strike Global Offensive differ from what you're used to with previous Source-based dedicated servers. The basics are covered in this article on Valve's website however I will cover the basics here;


This covers the basic settings applied for each of the different game modes available in Counter Strike: Global Offensive. These settings are loaded when the server starts and applied whenever the game mode is changed.

You should not change this file manually as it will be replaced automatically by the updater in the event you patch your server after Valve have released an update, but you can use it as a basis for making changes by understanding the file hierarchy and applying it to the next configuration file:


When you first install the CSGO dedicated server, this file is called gamemodes_server.txt.example and will need to be renamed. This has the same structure as the gamemodes.txt file and must remain in this structure to be read correctly. In this file you can define any custom settings you want and you can take any of the individual settings from gamemodes.txt and re-define them here in this file. When your game server is started the settings present in this file will override those loaded from the gamemodes.txt file. This is also one location that you can define your map cycle.


This file is executed before the first map starts and can continue any individual server variables that you could otherwise provide from the command line.


This is your server settings file, and contains information like your server name, rcon password, maximum number of players, etc. If this file does not exist, the game server will not start.

This is not the limitation to all of the files you can create or use, however it is an overview of the ones that are required for the game server to start up to a point where people can connect and play. There are many websites that will cover each available setting in detail and even a couple of configuration file generators that will make the changes for you. As always before making changes to any configuration file, make sure you back up your existing ones first, so you can roll back any changes that you make in the future.

  • Thanks for your answer but still i'm little bit perplexed that inorder to play clan, i don't need of clan.cfg or not? Jan 23, 2013 at 9:50
  • If it's not on the above list, it's not "needed" for the server to run. In CS:GO things like clan name are inherited from Steam - any individual settings can be set in any of the above files.
    – kalina
    Jan 23, 2013 at 9:52
  • In cs go, the clan name inherited from the groups name that we have joined(You are right). Thanks for your help...:)) Jan 23, 2013 at 10:00

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