How to Add Admins to a TF2 Server

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How to Add Admins to a TF2 Server
Valve's Team Fortress 2 features a cast of larger-than-life characters. (Getty Thinkstock)

Team Fortress 2, commonly called TF2, is a multiplayer first-person shooter video game produced by Valve Software. The multiplayer capabilities of the game require the existence of a server to handle access from players, who may play the game over a local network or the Internet. The management functions of the server are organized by a system called SourceMod. One of the functions of SourceMod is to control access rights to the administrative functions of the server and the game. The users who have administrator rights are termed “Admins.”

Skill level:
Moderately Easy


  1. 1

    Locate the “Addons” directory of your TF2 server directory structure. Below this, find the sourcemod directory and then look in this directory for a “configs” directory. Enter this directory to find two files called “admins_simple.ini” and “admin_levels.cfg.”

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    Open both admins_simple.ini and admin_levels.cfg. The second file is only needed for reference because it lists all the admin level codes that can be assigned to a user.

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    Enter records in the admins_simple.ini file for each user who will have admin rights. Each user is identified either by his Steam ID, IP address or player name. The player name option is not recommended as it requires a password to be hard coded into the file as an additional parameter to the administrator permissions line. To find a user’s Steam ID, ask her to enter “status” in her console and she will see her Steam ID as part of the response. An IP address should be preceded by an exclamation mark (“!”). Enter the identifier (either a Steam ID or IP address) in double quotes.

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    Add admin levels to the new record. The admin level element of the record should follow the identifier and be separated by at least one space. The admin level indicator should also be contained in double quotes. You can see the available admin level codes by referring to the admin_levels.cfg file. Some level codes allow that user to have a group of rights in the game. Each line in the admins_simple.ini file should contain one admin level code. The admin level code may be preceded by a rank number. This is a number from 1 to 99. Higher numbers outrank lower numbers. Administrators with a higher rank may exercise their rights over a lower ranked administrator but not vice versa. The rank precedes the level code within double quotes and is separated from it by a colon, for example “99:z”. Save the updated admins_simple.ini file.

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    Issue the command “sm_reloadadmins” in the server console (without the quotes). This will reload the program making the changes to the admins take effect. A permitted administrator may now access the admin menu from his console by entering the command “sm_admin” (without quotes).

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