How to Install Maps in "Garry's Mod"


"Garry's Mod" is a sandbox game with no predefined goals running off the "Source Engine." The game gives you tools to create anything you want in the game similar to LEGO blocks in the sense that you can building anything you want inside the game. To buy and use Garry's Mod you need to own a "Source Engine" game, some of them popular titles by Valve such as "Half Life 2," "Counter-Strike Source" and other Source games. Once you own Garry's Mod you can add maps created by other users and play in their creations.

  • Double-click on the map you want to install. Click "Extract" and select the location you want to extract the folder to.

  • Open the new folder. Look for a file called "Read-Me." If you locate the file, double-click on it and open it up. Read the file and the instructions on it, and follow the instructions on the Read-Me file, as the map will require these instructions for it to work correctly. If your folder does not have a file called "Read-Me" then you can continue installing the map normally; locate the file that has the name of your map and ends in ".bsp." This is the actual map.

  • Locate your "Garry's Mod" save file. For Windows 7 and Vista users, click on "Start," "Computer" and "OS (C:)." Windows XP users click "Start," "My Computer" and "C:." All users keep clicking through "Program Files or Program Files (x86)," "Steam," "steamapps," "{STEAM_ACCOUNT_NAME}," "garrysmod," "garrysmod" and "maps." Leave the "maps" folder open. The "{STEAM_ACCOUNT_NAME}" folder will be the actual name of your steam account.

  • Drag the map file into the "maps" folder you just opened. Your map is now installed. Once you open a new game of "Garry's Mod" you will see the name of the map on the map list.


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