Release v23.6.0

This release adds 2 new game servers Counter-Strike 2 and The Front as well as a rework of alerts.

Counter-Strike 2

The with release of Counter-Strike 2 Valve has made available a Linux dedicated server. However, there are a few caveats currently.

Firstly, Valve has not officially announced CS2 community game servers and are still listed as “coming soon”, which is why CS2 server currently seems incomplete (but working). So, treat CS2 server as a “work in progress”.

Secondly, the dedicated server is currently only available via the game client. This means that the whole CS2 game client is downloaded (33GB) with the game server as well as a requirement to log in to a Steam account and add CS2 to the account to download the server. I recommend creating a new Steam account just for your game server, check out the docs for info about Steam accounts. When Valve changes to using the anonymous server appid I will update the server. Update: anonymous login is now available

CS2 replaces CS:GO so the LinuxGSM CS:GO server will be will be deprecated in a future release.

I have also noticed there are not many community Counter-Strike 2 servers currently available on the server list with it mostly being filled with fake servers. Hopefully, Valve tidy things up soon, and community servers fully return.

Alert changes

I have refactored alerts to improve the consistency, look (new colours), and wording of alerts. New alerts can also be enabled (statusalert) to trigger when a server is started, stopped, and restarted as well as new alerts for backups and wipes (Rust). Game icons have also been added to supported services. The More Info button is now hidden if unused and Game Tracker links have been removed.

Legacy Code and Deprecation

In this release, most code used for legacy purposes has been removed. This is mostly allowing old settings from _default.cfg to continue to work. Most of the legacy code is around 2-3 years old and users should have now migrated to new setting names by now.

I have also decided to deprecate Last Oasis. This is due to the game being abandoned, the game server no longer functioning properly, as well as abysmal user reviews. From time to time game servers that are broken and unused will be removed as each game server takes time to maintain with problematic game servers often taking up a disproportionate amount of time.

Mailgun has also been removed as an alert type as it is now a paid service as well as stats showing for a long time it was completely unused.

UI Updates

I spend a lot of time thinking about the user experience of LinuxGSM and am slowly working on improving the consistency, look, and feel of LinuxGSM as well as streamlining code development. It is a surprisingly difficult task and requires careful consideration. Over the next few releases, you might notice small UX changes to various areas of LinuxGSM. In this release, I have reworked sleep timers to allow me more control of the timing of what is displayed on the CLI. LinuxGSM should feel faster in places or provide more time to read messages when required.


Development servers running containers

The LinuxGSM Docker image continues to improve the more it is being used. The docker containers have massively helped me with development as I am now able to quickly deploy and run all 130+ servers, allowing me to identify servers that have broken (I hate the discord alert sound now) as well as test code across all game servers at the same time.

If you want to try it out you can check out LinuxGSM docker at Docker Hub.

LinuxGSM Discord Bot

Did you know that LinuxGSM has its own discord bot? You can use it to query your game server as well as the Steam master server. This allows you to check your game server can be seen from the internet. Join the LinuxGSM Discord server to try it out.


Thank you to everyone who sponsors the project. I have had a recent uptick in new sponsors that have decided to support my development work. If you would like to sponsor me please visit my GitHub Sponsors page. It is also now possible to use sponsors via Patreon from GitHub Sponsors.

And finally as always, thank you to everyone who takes the time to help and support the project.

Release v23.5.0

Hello Everyone. In this release, I focused on under-the-hood features and bug fixes.

This update will force a restart of your game server to deal with a change in how LinuxGSM uses tmux. The monitor command will pick up this and restart as required. If there are any issues with your game server a full reboot of your server will clear it.

Highlights include

Migrate stats to GA-4: Google sunset Universal analytics which I used to gather the stats that you can see on the stats page. GA-4 does improve how stats are gathered behind the scenes. As servers are upgraded stats will start to re-populate on the page. Please opt into stats as they are always interesting to see. A new stat that is gathered is if the serve is running on docker, KVM or bare metal.

Vintage Story has had a refactor and is now using .net rather than mono.

Tmux handling has been refactored to improve “uniqueness” It’s quite a technical change but in summary helps prevent linuxgsm from picking up the wrong tmux session in certain scenarios. For more technical info see the PR.

Lock files have been refactored to allow monitor to better understand the state of the game server. Ensuring monitor will not run if other commands such as backup, debug and update are already running.

A long-standing issue with SteamCMD and Gold source games such as CS 1.6, not download reliability now has a fix in place to handle such a problem. So hopefully no more trying many times to get downloads to work.

Post Scriptum has been renamed from pstbsserver to just psserver. Any one using this game should re-download Linuxgsm with its new name.

There have also been a whole bunch of quality-of-life fixes and refactoring to keep up with any changes in how the game servers work.

A reminder that docker containers are now officially supported so give them a try.

Full release details and commits can be found on github

Release v23.4.0

This release mainly focuses on fixing and refactoring a number of servers that have broken due to major changes in their configuration. For example Rising World migrated to the Unity engine or Arma Reforgers config changes. As well as updating The Isle to use evrima branch by default. I have also integrated what I hope to be a permanent fix for the goldsrc engine steamcmd downloads bug that has plagued us for years. A special thanks to a community member of The Isle for their guidance on the rework of the server.

Since the docker containers have been released I have managed to spin up all game servers across my servers (Sponsored by OVHCloud and Linode) which has allowed me to identify and fix various (sometimes breaking) bugs mainly on lesser-used game servers. I will now have all the servers permanently running to speed up development and identify breaking changes when inevitable changes cause issues.

As always thank you to everyone that supports the project by contributing code, supporting others, or sponsoring me.

  • feat: add header to serverlist.csv by @dgibbs64 in #4231
  • feat(rw): migrate rising world to unity engine by @dgibbs64 in #4261
  • feat: game server config migration by @dgibbs64 in #4262
  • fix(ti): Update config using evrima branch by @dgibbs64 in #4263
  • feat: download appmanifest files for goldsrc games by @dgibbs64 in #4260
  • fix(armar): adapts game info to the new specification of server config by @Marcin648 in #4240
  • build(deps): bump github/issue-labeler from 3.1 to 3.2 by @dependabot in #4258
  • fix(armar): fix parsing new a2s config by @Marcin648 in #4268
  • fix: rework wurm server by @dgibbs64 in #4266
  • Fix(tmux): better tmux session handling for multiple instance on same server / user session by @cclecle in #3767

LinuxGSM Introduces Docker Containers (Finally!)

🐧🐳I am happy to announce LinuxGSM Docker Containers is ready for you to try out as a BETA test.

All the docker containers available are built using the specific dependency requirements for each game server.

For more info about how to deploy a LinuxGSM Docker container Docker Hub.

There are still a few things to finish off and proper documentation needs to be written. However the base containers are now working. Enjoy!

Release v22.1.0

This new release sees Arma Reforger and Project Cars 2 added as supported servers. As usual a whole bunch of fixes and improvements mainly from the awesome LinuxGSM community. Please see the list below to see all the changes.

As you can all tell this is another release that has taken time to come out. This is still due to ongoing personal commitments. I think its worth repeating I would like to thank everyone who is helping the project while I continue to get sorted out.

You all might like to know that LinuxGSM is now 10 years old after being started as a quick script at a LAN party to spin up a couple of server in 2012!!

  • fix(deps): add missing dep for distro-info by @h3o66 in #3732
  • fix(vh): log a message when the password is not set or to short by @h3o66 in #3738
  • fix(unt): resolve start parameter issues #2681 by @sharaga44 in #3733
  • refactor(core): move curl check to main file by @h3o66 in #3740
  • fix(av): fix port for config info by @h3o66 in #3826
  • fix(squad): fix variable for queryport by @h3o66 in #3824
  • fix(deps): change openjdk to version 17 for debian 11 by @h3o66 in #3825
  • fix(ns2): remove login by @h3o66 in #3759
  • fix(sdtdserver): monitor command fails by @parasyte in #3764
  • fix(ns2): change mods commandline by @h3o66 in #3760
  • feat(mods): CSGO Mods – Scrape latest version for GOKZ and MovementAPI by @mounten in #3841
  • fix (arma3server): prevent multiple loading mods failing due to accidental line termination by @deveyus in #3845
  • feat(new server): Project Cars 2 by @dgibbs64 in #3842
  • refactor: move steammaster check to info_game by @h3o66 in #3821
  • fix(tfcserver): Fix ip flag in _default.cfg by @jonahwh in #3859
  • chore: Set permissions for GitHub actions by @nathannaveen in #3849
  • fix(mcb): fix renaming whitelist to allowlist by @h3o66 in #3883
  • feat(mcb): allow to set hard a version for the server by @h3o66 in #3881
  • fix(ark): rework parsing of config by @h3o66 in #3878
  • feat(newserver): Arma Reforger by @h3o66 in #3871
  • fix(arma3): rework parsing of config by @Marcin648 in #3886

New Contributors

Release v21.5.0

The final release of 2021 sees new servers DayZ, The Isle, and Crafting Dead added as well as a whole load of fixes and improvements. For this release, most of the thanks have to go to community members who undertook most of the work for this one.

Over the past few months, I have been undertaking many changes including learning both Terraform and Ansible for my new job (with Docker and possibly Kubernetes in the pipeline) as well as going through the process of buying a house (I am now watching way too many homelab videos currently). As you can all imagine this has eaten up a lot of my time. However, learning new technologies and finally being able to settle down properly will allow me to grow and continue to improve LinuxGSM. For me, LinuxGSM continues to be a brilliant project with a great community. I look forward to the continued growth of LinuxGSM. Thank you all for your continued support!

What’s Changed

New Contributors

Release v21.3.2

v21.3.2 (2021-10-11)

? New Features

  • etl: update Enemy Territory: Legacy to 2.78 (#3609)

? Bug Fixes

  • pstbs: fix queryport from config (#3597)
  • details: steam port showing when unavailable
  • deps: missing dependency libsdl (#3590)
  • deps: steamcmd will be removed as a requirement is appid is missing (#3606)
  • telegram: resolve alert sending invalid json (#3605)
  • info: resolve distroversionrh error for some non English language (#3607)

Release v21.3.0

This update includes 3 new supported game servers, Last Oasis, Survive the Nights and Day of Dragons. There have also been significant refactoring of the info and dependency modules. Although a huge amount of difference should be noticed to you the changes make it much easier to add and update game servers.

With the info refactor a lot of work has been done to check each game servers port info is as accurate as possible meaning you will see improved port info in details with the ability to see if the port is listening.

For dependency refactor I have created a new system that uses csv files to get dependency requirements. Making them easier to add and update and less likely to be incorrect. This will also make it easier to add support for other distos.

A new alert type Gotify is now available along with the addition of stats to see which alert types are the most popular.

For the popular server, Valheim support for installing Valheim Plus has been added. Along with other most for Gmod and CS:GO.

Why did this Release take so Long?

I normally try to complete releases every couple of months. However, this year has been different. As some of you may know I recently got a new job, moved back to where I grew up and am in the process of buying a house. There has been a significant change in my life over the past year meaning development had temporarily slowed. It has been a very positive and busy year for me.

The other reason has been the code refactoring that although is vital for the future of the project (see technical debt), is slow going. But as this work is done it improves the development process for myself and others and improves the quality of LinuxGSM.

Thank you to everyone who has supported this release by either contributing code, sponsoring me or helping others. Without the support of the LinuxGSM community, the project would not be where it is today.

v21.3.0 (2021-09-26)

? New Features

  • newserver: Last Oasis (#3565)
  • newserver: Survive the Nights (#3427)
  • newserver: Day of Dragons (#3351)
  • info: refactor info modules (#3428)
  • install: dependency refactor (#3568)
  • alerts: add Gotify support to alerts (#3509)
  • stats: allow stats on which alerts are being used (#3550)
  • vh: add support for Valheim Plus mod (#3346)
  • mods: Added Dhooks, Movement API and Cleaner for GOKZ (#3511)
  • mods: More Gmod addons utilising the installer (#3401)

? Bug Fixes

  • ip: improvements to ip command usage (#3570)
  • arma3: resolve arma3 debug not working (#3409)
  • cod4: Improve servername and rcon password parsing (#3564)
  • mh: add config to startparameters (#3421)