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How to Add Plugins to a CS:GO Server

Last modified on Mar 3, 2022 in csgo

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When playing Counter Strike: Global Offensive, you may feel that the base-game is lacking or stale. Thankfully, you are able to install Sourcemod and Metamod plugins, allowing you to alter your CS:GO experience. From aesthetic changes such as changing the joining sound to completely changing the gameplay, CS:GO plugins are widely available for use. It can be a bit tricky to get plugins, so we have created this Apex Hosting guide to guide you through the process.

Downloading Plugins

  1. Proceed to the SourceMod plugins page.
  2. If needed, use the search options at the top to find a plugin.
  3. CSGO Plugin Search
  4. Once located, click on a plugin to open its page.
  5. Look for a download link or the Get Plugin button at the bottom.
  6. CSGO Plugin Download
  7. Save the file to a safe location for later.


Installing Plugins

Before proceeding, ensure you have SourceMod and MetaMod installed on your server as seen on this guide. Once set up, you can proceed:

  1. Navigate to your Apex Server Panel, then stop your server.
  2. Proceed to the FTP File Access, then log in.
  3. In the FTP, proceed to the csgo folder, then addons, then sourcemod.
  4. CSGO Plugin FTO
  5. From here, create or locate the plugins folder, then enter it.
  6. CSGO Plugins
  7. In the top-right, press upload, then drag + drop your .smx plugin files.
  8. Once all files are at 100%, start the server.
  9. CSGO Plugin Upload

Your server should now boot up with your desired plugins!

Common Issues

My plugins aren’t appearing in-game:
Make sure that the .smx files themselves are uploaded directly into the proper filepath. If they are uploaded anywhere else other than the /csgo/addons/sourcemod/plugins folder, then they will not load.

I can’t find the file path in the FTP:
Oftentimes, this occurs because Sourcemod and Metamod have not been properly installed. These are needed for plugins to properly load on the server. Ensure you have followed our guide for getting this installed, then try once more.

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