It’s the one thing that every Counter-Strike: Global Offensive player from Silver to FPL has in common. Despite the community’s obsession with configs, autoexecs, and pro player settings, no one can ever remember where they’re saved. “Where do I save my config file, again?” has been uttered hundreds of thousands of times. Maybe millions.
Valve added to the confusion when they changed the default location some time ago, but WIN.gg has several guides on autoexec files, custom configs, and CSGO’s best settings. But where does a player actually save the files?
It’s that simple. But if you don’t know where to start, don’t know your SteamID, or have little experience with CSGO’s files, read on!
Placing your files in the folder above will work every single time. If a CSGO practice configuration or autoexec file doesn’t work, then at least the user knows that it’s in the right place.
Unless a player has two accounts that they want to share files, that path is where these files should always go. That option is discussed later, but files introduced in that way can be deleted permanently and is not recommended.
So how do you get to where the files are? Steam never tells players where to put their custom CSGO configurations, so here is the process step by step.
Steam has opened the Counter-Strike install folder, but this isn’t where the “userdata” folder is. Now that we’re here, though, it’s easy to get to. Right above the list of files is a file path that will look this:
Click “Steam.” This is where “userdata” lives, and its normally the last actual folder before Counter-Strike’s text files start. Find the “userdata” folder and open it.
“Userdata” will have one or more folders as shown above. Each is named with a number, and that number is a Steam Account’s unique SteamID.
What users should do next depends on how many folders they see:
Here is the easiest way for users to find their SteamID
Users should find the folder that matches their SteamID and continue opening three more in this order:
Make sure that you can see the file extensions .cfg and .txt. See the troubleshooting section below if the file extensions aren’t visible. Paste your configuration file or autoexec here and you’re all set.
First of all, this option isn’t recommended. If done like this, a clean install of CSGO will wipe everything in this folder. If saved in “userdata,” a user’s Counter-Strike settings, configs, and autoexecs won’t be deleted by a clean install.
If users accept this risk, we still only recommend placing practice configurations in the shared file:
To confirm the process worked, run the practice configuration command on both accounts. If successful, it should stay that way until Counter-Strike is uninstalled or reinstalled.
Besides the risk of losing the files, the more important reason configs should stay in the user’s file above is due to the order that CSGO uses when running them when the game starts.
It runs the generic config.cfg file, then any autoexec.cfg file, and then it checks the main CSGO directory. By placing files in the main CSGO folder, users risk overwriting their binds and settings.
Practice configurations are easy to troubleshoot. If typing “exec configname.cfg” into the console doesn’t execute the file, try these steps:
Fixing an autoexec is an entirely different process, but WIN.gg has a full guide on autoexec creation and management that can help new and returning players make sure their it runs properly.