I have a dedicated TF2 server set up for in-office breaks which our department uses to play together. We use tf_bot_quota_mode fill and tf_bot_quota 24` to make sure we have plenty of things to shoot and be shot by, even when only a few people are playing.

The bots have names picked randomly from a list. The list is enumerated on the TF2 Wiki.

Is there a simple way of modifying this list of names that are randomly assigned to bots?



In a vanilla server there is no way to edit bot names from a list as they are hardcoded into the game. The only way to change bot names in vanilla is to do this command:

tf_bot_add [count] [class] [team] [difficulty] [name]

Read about this command here.


I have found this plugin that allows you to edit a botnames.txt file to easily change the bot names.

Find it here, or on github.

Quck Start

If you have to, build botnames.smx. Then, put botnames.smx into your SourceMod plugins folder, and copy botnames.txt into addons/sourcemod/configs/. Edit botnames.txt to your liking: Comments start with // or #.


  • The plugin you mentioned looks promising, but doesn't include installation instructions. How do I take the .sf file they provide and get it working on my server? Sourcemod and metamod are already installed.
    – Martin
    Jun 6 '14 at 18:22
  • Have a look at this
    – Caleb
    Jun 8 '14 at 8:37
  • The updated link doesn't have installation directions either.
    – Martin
    Jun 9 '14 at 16:07
  • I have edited the post, please have a look
    – Caleb
    Jun 9 '14 at 21:22
  • Fantastic, thanks. Looking at the github page, I see this was the README file...now I feel dumb for missing that. :S
    – Martin
    Jun 9 '14 at 22:24

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