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Garry's Mod game server
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This image runs a Garry's Mod Server.

The container optionally uses unionfs-fuse to make a union filesystem layering /gmod-volume over /gmod-base, where the server is installed.
/gmod-volume is exposed as a docker volume.
This allows you to customize the server and/or run multiple servers with different configs without needing a copy of the (~3GB) base server for each one.
Any file you put in /gmod-volume will override the files in /gmod-base, and attempting to write to any file in /gmod-base that doesn't exist in /gmod-volume will instead copy it to /gmod-volume and make the changes there (Copy-On-Write).
You can also create a in the volume to customize what happens when the server is started (for instance, you may want to automatically update it, or use a more sophisticated crash detection system).

Using unionfs-fuse requires the container to be run with --privileged=true and the environment variable UNION to be set.


Start a server on port 27015 without using the union filesystem:

docker run -d -p 27015:27015/udp suchipi/gmod-server

Start a server on an automatically allocated port, mounting the contents of /home/srcds/gmod-1 over the internal base:

docker run --privileged=true -d -P -e UNION=1 -v /home/srcds/gmod-1:/gmod-volume suchipi/gmod-server


You can set the environment variables MAXPLAYERS, MAP, GAMEMODE, G_HOSTNAME, and ARGS to change the startup arguments to the srcds_run command. For example:

docker run -d -P -e MAXPLAYERS=32 -e MAP=gm_flatgrass -e GAMEMODE=my_cool_gamemode -e G_HOSTNAME="My awesome gmod server" -e ARGS="-insecure +exec something.cfg" suchipi/gmod-server

The Source Engine doesn't seem to find out which port it's actually running on, so it tells the master servers that it's running on 27015 (or whatever -port you specified at runtime) even if you assign with -p dynamically. I've explored several potential solutions to this but the bottom line is that the Source Engine Dedicated Server wasn't really set up with this type of NATing in mind (or maybe, for that matter, any type of NAT). If you want this piece to work properly, you should probably just use the same port on the docker host as within the container.

Dockerfile is available on github (I didn't set up automated builds because the image is >3GB)

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