A Quick Fix for Hammer

Posted: June 3, 2013 by Kaemon in Kaemon's Rants, Mapping Tricks, News

So… In case anyone has still problems with Hammer (including lag caused by some of the early ways of fixing it, or lack of your custom files while mapping) that happened because of the patch that converted CS:S to VPK File Format, here is a really simple and fast way of fixing it:

Don’t open Source SDK. Just forget about it.
Instead, go to your new Counter-Strike Source folder (now inside of common), and once there, instead of going to cstrike (where you usually go to place maps, materials and models) go instead into the bin folder.
There you will find a Hammer.exe, use that one for opening Hammer and problem solved. Works on the first try, no lag, your materials and custom models should show, etc…

You are probably interested in creating a shortcut for it on your desktop or wherever you prefer.
The path usually should be something like this:

“C:\Program Files (x86)\Steam\SteamApps\common\Counter-Strike Source\bin\hammer.exe”

Hope is still of some use to someone… But most likely everyone that cared about fixing his Hammer has already done so. I was personally unable to work with the first laggy workarounds.

Luffaren is giving me a couple of screenshots of his upcoming map that I’m allowed to share. Will try to get a couple more and post them later this week.
I’m personally feeling like mapping a little… For my 2D Minigame :-s

  1. Luffaren says:


  2. Riperzz says:

    You need to opt in to sourcesdk beta first.

  3. Riperzz says:


  4. Riperzz says:

    Nwm you dont need to do that step anymore.

  5. Kaemon says:

    Riperzz wishing there was an (Edit) button… XD
    Luffaren, how come take 1 minute to post and you are not even on Steam?

  6. Luffaren says:

    I remember using my phone at that time, i always get a mail/notification whenever the blog updates.

  7. Hallucinogenic Troll says:

    Well I will give a big thanks to the guy who posted in pF forum about this (and Kaemon too to post in the blog).
    After taking a break in Mapping ZE because of my mg map, I will keep mapping my ze_Pokemon_Kanto.