Left 4 Dead 2 with more than 4 players – Tutorial

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You are only able to play Left 4 Dead 2 with 4 players like Left 4 Dead 1. But of course its stupid to limit a LAN party to only 4 person to play Left 4 Dead. I Thought s and figured out how to play Left 4 Dead 2 with more than 4 survivors!

Left 4 Dead only has 4 characters, but the game engine supports up to 12 player slots. You only need to open them so other players can connect to the game. Because I didn’t find any tutorial for beginners, I tried to make my tutorial as easy as possible.

I think you want to host a LAN game from the game itself without using a dedicated server. For this you will have to start the game with the following parameters:
-console -sv_lan 1 -sv_allow_lobby_connect_only 0
Using steam you can enter these parameters into the game start options; if you use a cracked version you can start the game with a shortcut to the exe.

Here a screenshot from a self made exe and a german Windows Version:
Left4Dead2 Shortcut

If you haven’t already done so, you should start the game and type into the console:
bind „F12″ „toggleconsole“
Now you can always open the console with F12.

If you want to host a game you have to type
map MAPNAME
for MAPNAME you will have to choose one oft he maps (you will get a list automatically)

All Clients have to enter the game with
connect IP
(for IP they have to enter your IP)

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1) Installation of the Mods

Now we will come to the problem to play Left 4 Dead 2 with more than 4 players:

At first you will have to install Metamod:Source & Sourcemod

Firstly download Metamod:Source. It has to be unzipped to the game folder; for Left 4 Dead 2 this is “\left4dead2\” which can be found in the install folder. If there is already a folder “addons” you are right because the “addons” folder from the Metamod:Source zipfile has to be copied to this folder so it gets integrated into the existing one.
Because Left 4 Dead has to recognize the mod, you have to copy a .vdf file to the addon folder (e.g. „\left4dead2\addons\“). You can download this .vdf file from this page by selecting Left 4 Dead 2 as your game.

The most important Mod is the second Mod; the Sourcemod. This mod is able to use a lot of plugins but only runs if Metamod:Source is installed. Download the mod from the source above and copy the files from the zip file to your gamefolder, so that this addon folder gets integrated into the existing one.

2) Installation of the Sourcemod-Plugins

Now you have installed 2 mods, but to play Left 4 Dead 2 with more than 4 Survivors or infected you will have to install 3 Sourcemod Plugins:
[EXTENSION] Left 4 Downtown (To override the amount of playerslots to 18)
[L4D] Extra players (to create additional bots)
[L4D] Director Controller (All4Dead) (This is a admin tool; I am not sure if you really need it)

You can download the plugins by clicking the links, scrolling down and there click on the file (You don’t need to be registered). If there are several Versions download the newest which is for Left 4 Dead 2! The zip file from „Left 4 Downtown“ you should unzip into „/left4dead2/addons/sourcemod/“ like it is said in the readme.txt. The folders will be integrated into the existing ones.
The „.smx“ files of „Extra players“ and „All4Dead“ you have to copy to „\left4dead2\addons\sourcemod\plugins\“.
Now you can start the game and go on ingame with the setup!

3) Ingame Setup

Before the next step you have to start a map and return to the main menu! otherwise Sourcemod will not be active and you will get „unknown command“!

Following commands you have to enter to the ingame console!
Before starting a map you will have to enter in the main menu:
l4d_maxplayers 18
to the console. So you have used Left4Downtown to unlock 18 playerslots. I think this will be enough (more isn’t possible). It’s very important to set „sv_allow_lobby_connect_only 0″, because the steam-lobby isn’t able to .
Now you can start a game with „map MAPNAME“. After loading you still only see 3 other survivors; not enough for more than 4 players to join. You have to press ESC, go to the console and enter
sm_l4dbot
This will create a survivor bot named „I am no real“ which stands in front of you if you haven’t left the start area yet. This player will do nothing and gets kicked after 30 seconds; but the bot will stay and we have an additional survivor which can be played by other players! Creating bots will also work if you haven’t overrided the playerslots, but nobody will be able to control them!

If you need more players you just have to repeat the sm_l4dbot command!

Sometimes players arent possible to get control of their charakter. When this happens you have to set „sv_cheats 1“ and make the player type „sb_takecontrol“ to the console!


47 Antworten auf „Left 4 Dead 2 with more than 4 players – Tutorial“


  1. 1 Botello 07. November 2010 um 15:19 Uhr

    thank you very much !!

  2. 2 Anon 04. Juni 2011 um 11:19 Uhr

    i bow my head,
    thank you very much

  3. 3 ViruS 13. Juni 2011 um 18:05 Uhr

    Hi, this works only for the original game?

  4. 4 Administrator 14. Juni 2011 um 19:17 Uhr

    no, it also works quite fine with cracked versions! of course i dont know if it will work with each version, but actually it doesnt matter if you own the game or not ;)

  5. 5 That Guy 26. September 2011 um 19:00 Uhr

    YOU ARE F***ING AWESOME

  6. 6 Elexandro 13. November 2011 um 0:45 Uhr

    How do I add power to the slots and appears in the lobby? And PQ only enter 4 players I add more bots do not enter more than 5 players.por what?

  7. 7 Administrator 30. November 2011 um 10:39 Uhr

    Sorry, i have no idea how to use this for a steam lobby. I think you can only use this for connecting via console. because of this you have to set „-console -sv_lan 1 -sv_allow_lobby_connect_only 0″

  8. 8 Brandon 05. Dezember 2011 um 3:08 Uhr

    OMH!!!! thanks very much!!!!!

  9. 9 Rob 27. Dezember 2011 um 20:14 Uhr

    Why when i spawn some of thoose bots, they disapear, i go out of safe house, and i make l4d_maxplayers 18 command, and sometime, when i write in console sm_l4dbot, one bot appears, and other disappears. So what to do ? please help!

  10. 10 Administrator 29. Dezember 2011 um 14:54 Uhr

    Sorry, i dont know what went wrong. Bots will always disappear when you enter a saferoom and they are not controlled by a player.
    You should only spawn bots before leaving the saferoom. Otherwise the game will spawn them in these little rooms you normally spawn in when you got killed.

  11. 11 DAMN 04. Februar 2012 um 15:38 Uhr

    I CANT SPAWN BOT!!!

  12. 12 brad 16. April 2012 um 20:43 Uhr

    i cant get it on i did everything can you tell me single hand

  13. 13 brad 16. April 2012 um 20:48 Uhr

    because when i try it say unknown command and i really want more bots and people but i cant get it is there sometihng i did wrong can you do it withought being in a looby plz i really need those bots

  14. 14 brad 16. April 2012 um 20:59 Uhr

    and by the way im using a craked version and i dont know how to connect to looby but nice to everyone

  15. 15 Administrator 17. April 2012 um 13:39 Uhr

    If you get an „unknown command“, I think you did not start a map and returned to the main menu. You have to do this for activating Sourcemod.
    I dont know if it is even possible to use a lobby with a cracked version; at least not the official steam lobby. With a cracked version you have to manually connect to an IP.

  16. 16 brad 18. April 2012 um 0:37 Uhr

    how do i do it manually mister can you tell me step by step or

  17. 17 bradyosh 18. April 2012 um 0:46 Uhr

    if i got to use it manually than wait oh and im not sure how to combined the addons to the other addons

  18. 18 bradyosh 18. April 2012 um 1:07 Uhr

    so what know

  19. 19 brad 18. April 2012 um 20:23 Uhr

    what i do next

  20. 20 Administrator 18. April 2012 um 23:19 Uhr

    sorry, i do not understand what you want to know. if you want to know how to manually connect to a LAN game, just look at my tutorial above. if you want to know how to use addons, you should also look at my tutorial above.

  21. 21 bradyosh 19. April 2012 um 1:16 Uhr

    ir umm when i use the shortcut to the exe i cant get it like to start with that it says it needs a specified folder and you know in the tutorial it said combined them with the addons from the meta mod zipfile i mean it said unzip does that mean exract?

  22. 22 bradyosh 19. April 2012 um 1:20 Uhr

    and man i guess i just stck on the installation thing

  23. 23 Administrator 19. April 2012 um 23:08 Uhr

    yea, you have to unzip the addon folder next to the existing addon folder in left4dead. this will integrate the new elements into the old addon folder.
    To quote myself:

    It has to be unzipped to the game folder; for Left 4 Dead 2 this is “left4dead2” which can be found in the install folder.
    If there is already a folder “addons” you are right because the “addons” folder from the Metamod:Source zipfile has to be copied to this folder so it gets integrated into the existing one.

    i think there is everything written in my tutorial. If you dont understand it because my english is too bad, i apologize. but i am not able to do better, sorry.

  24. 24 brad 20. April 2012 um 20:34 Uhr

    well i copied the file from the zip file into the addons folder when it says merge the two files do that mean integrated and im just going to tell you all my problems as you can see i donloaded the new verzion of dowtown is that the right donload i should do anyway the installation if i can just get those two files to work i can get this over with. with the bots and everything i always thought about having more bots in the game but i guess that problem is keeping me from having it. but anyway the metamod vdf i put that in the addons folder or the metamod folder i got the a4d and exraplayers on but not the mods or plugins when i return to main menu and type in maxpkayers 18 does not work so does my sm cheats :(

  25. 25 vasil 21. Juli 2012 um 7:17 Uhr

    Creating bots will also work if you haven’t overrided the playerslots, but nobody will be able to control them!`

    HOW i check this and haw i fix ?

  26. 26 Administrator 27. Juli 2012 um 9:27 Uhr

    It is everything in this tutorial. With Left4Downtown you are able to override the number of available playerslots up to 18.

  27. 27 j 19. September 2012 um 22:13 Uhr

    hi there good sir, i hope its not too late to ask.. but first of all, thank you very much for the tutorial. i got mine to work..but the problem is, my game crashes.. any idea why it crash? i played with additional 6 bots. but after a few mins, it crashed to desktop..

  28. 28 Administrator 20. September 2012 um 10:39 Uhr

    I have no idea why it crashes, this could happen for multiple reasons. My game used to crash when i used an nighly build of sourcemod instead of the stable build. If you did this you should probably change back to the stable build.

  29. 29 rodasapc 31. Oktober 2012 um 0:20 Uhr

    Wouldn‘t i need to use some command to make metamod run?

    This isn‘t working for me.

  30. 30 dsadsa 09. November 2012 um 17:17 Uhr

    Are you supposed to copy the whole Left4Downtown to sourcemods or just the files in it?

  31. 31 Administrator 18. November 2012 um 19:30 Uhr

    Sorry, i can not remember. But there should be a readme file in the .zip archive which could tell your more!

  32. 32 latavion423 04. Januar 2013 um 5:49 Uhr

    hi, uhh it works just fine. The Problem is that everytime i type 14d_maxplayers 18 it doesnt appear. So do i have to start a game and then type it or should i type it as soon as im atthe main menu? Even if i start a game and then go back to main menu my l4d2 closes out. Help me fix this or if you think you know how to fix it. – Thank You

  33. 33 Administrator 06. Januar 2013 um 23:59 Uhr

    It should work when you start a map and then return to main menu. Back in main menu you have to open the console and enter „l4d_maxplayers 18″.

  34. 34 Anjas 23. April 2013 um 8:19 Uhr

    work like acharm thanks :) )

  35. 35 Jeremy 03. Mai 2013 um 1:56 Uhr

    I know this thread is old but I figured I would still ask. How possible do you think this same mod would be to do for Borderlands 2? It makes me frustrated that their are now 6 characters but only 4 can play at a time.

  36. 36 Administrator 03. Mai 2013 um 15:53 Uhr

    Sorry, I have never played Borderlands 1 / 2. I have no idea how to play with more than 4 players in this game.

  37. 37 dave 19. Mai 2013 um 19:54 Uhr

    i‘m sorry, but can you make a youtube video on how to do this? because some of the things i cannot find and i‘m not sure if it’s because on windows 8 things are a little different or if i‘m just not looking in the right place, but it’s greatly appreciated if you do.

  38. 38 Random1 21. Mai 2013 um 10:12 Uhr

    I‘m having some trouble with this. I followed the instructions and got the mod to work but people can‘t join me when I host a local server. Is there something else I‘m supposed to do? Any help will be appreciated.

  39. 39 Administrator 27. Mai 2013 um 11:21 Uhr

    @dave: Steam should be exactly the same on Windows 8 like it is on Windows 7 / Vista / XP. Im am sorry, but at the moment i do not have the time for making a youtube video.

    @Random1: If you enter all the console commands the others should be able to join. Make sure all PCs have an IP in the same subnet and have started the game using a shortcut with the following parameters (like written on the beginning of this article):
    -console -sv_lan 1 -sv_allow_lobby_connect_only 0

  40. 40 Gufron 29. Mai 2013 um 4:21 Uhr

    sorry, i followed exactly like you told.

    when i type „meta list“ on console.
    always appear „no plugin loaded“

    when i type the direction folder on „metaplugins.ini“
    this „addons/sourcemod/bin/sourcemod_mm“
    now its said „failed to load plugin“

    pleaase i need heelp..

  41. 41 Administrator 14. Juni 2013 um 10:37 Uhr

    Sorry, i have no idea how to help you. Make sure that you started a map once to get all the mods activated. If this does not work i can not give you further advice.

  42. 42 Adam 15. Dezember 2013 um 0:37 Uhr

    I‘ve followed the tutorial EXACTLY but NO MATTER WHAT I DO. It constantly spams me with „unknown command“!! I‘ve tried over a dozen times and tried so many different ways! GAROUINSDFGUIBHYSDFGYUHBJSDFRGKYUABHSDFGYUKASBHJDFRG

  43. 43 Master 05. April 2014 um 20:11 Uhr

    Same problem here… Has someone a solution?

  44. 44 gu 29. Dezember 2014 um 19:30 Uhr

    i followed the tutorial completely but the game never recognizes the „l4d_maxplayers 18″ command, i started a campaign before entering it and still…
    am i missing something? do i have to register the plugins somewhere for sourcemod to realize they existence?

  45. 45 vince 31. Mai 2016 um 13:56 Uhr

    All bots spawn correctly.
    I tried to play this online via hamachi but a 5th player cannot join due „server is full“.
    I added bots one by one but nothing happened.

  46. 46 muhammad wasim ahmed 11. August 2016 um 22:37 Uhr

    thanks men.. i bow my head front of u ..

  47. 47 dani 12. August 2016 um 8:44 Uhr

    Why is it always crash whenever i got out of the safe house

    Does the patch/mod needs to be update?

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