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Clearing Cached Steam Addons on Your Garry's Mod Server

Why should I remove the cached content?

You may be asking yourself, "Why do I need to clear/remove the cached Steam addons on my server?" The most likely reason is: SSD usage of your server. Simply removing an addon from your Steam Workshop collection does not remove the addon from your server completely. Garry's Mod caches things heavily, so sometimes the cache needs to be cleared. Your current collection could only have 50 addons in it, but if you've been trying out many different collections on your server, you very well could easily have HUNDREDS of addons cached on your server. Yikes.

Thankfully, there's two different methods you can use to remove the content and free up your SSD space.

Method 1: Removing the Cache Files

If there's work on your server that you want to keep at all, so you don't have to start over, this is the method you want. There will be three different locations in the file manager with folders or files that need to be deleted.

Which folders and files to delete

These are the three things you're going to delete:

  • The /srds folder in /garrysmod/cache NodePanel's File Manager showing the /garrysmod/cache/srds Garry's Mod folder

  • The /4000 folder in /steam_cache/content The NodePanel's File Manager showing the /steam_cache/content/4000 folder for Garry's Mod

  • The appworkshop_4000.acf file in /steam_cache The NodePanel showing the /steam_cache/appworkshop_4000.acf file for Garry's Mod

All three must be deleted for this method to work! You should notice the SSD free up a considerable amount of space within a few seconds.

Restart the server

After you've deleted those, restart your server. This will get rid of all unused files while re-downloading only the things that are currently in use by your Steam Workshop collection.

Method 2: Fresh Install

Another option you could choose would be to simply start your server over from scratch. Our Nodecraft Control Panel has the ability to do this very easily, located in the One Click Installer!

One Click Installer

On the right hand side of the Nodecraft Control Panel, click on the "One Click Installer" page. Then, select the green "SteamCMD: Verify File Integrity" button The NodePanel's One Click Installer showing the SteamCMD: Verify File Integrity button for Garry's Mod

Select the "Fresh Install" option, and then click the "Install" button. The NodePanel's Fresh Install option in the One Click Installer for Garry's Mod

Viola! You have a brand new installation of the game! And hopefully far less SSD usage!

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