Half-Life Dedicated Server Toolz

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HLDS Toolz Logo as seen in version 3.3.1

Half-Life Dedicated Server Toolz, also known as "HLDS Toolz" is a Half-Life server utility written by Travis Troyer (aka degraz). It lets you hide and rename your servers, edit .CFG files, edit mapcycles, and edit the MOTD all in one program, in any modification for Half-Life. The last and final version, 3.3.1 was released on May 29th, 2000 and it is cited to work with Half-Life version and up, meaning it will still work on Steam; albeit, to a limited extent. There is noted problems running the program on Windows XP, 2000, NT, and ME which were never fully resolved.



Download HLDS Toolz 3.3.1‎ (file size: 1.35 MB, MIME type: application/zip)



The official website was taken down sometime during the month of May in 2003 and has been showing a hidden-blank page ever since. The website's HTML source is still available on the current site; however, it is being hidden using JavaScript. You may view the page as it was prior to May of 2003 by disabling JavaScript and visiting the website.


The .MPS file format is a format used for the program's map cycle handling. It is formatted and parsed exactly the same way as mapcycle.txt is done through the Half-Life Dedicated Server.


Version 3.3.1

Released on May 29th, 2000, one day after version 3.3, fixed an issue involving a program crash when opening a file with the CFG Editor.

Version 3.3

Released on May 28th, 2000. Complete official changelog:

* Fixed bug in which users on Windows NT or Windows 2000 machines would receive a dialog asking for the location of 'hlds.exe' before most functions.
* Titlebar of each window will now dim when window does not have focus.
* Fixed various problems with file location settings in options.
* Fixed problem with filename display in the window caption of the CFG Editor which caused the filename to not be displayed in some cases.

Version 3.2

Released on January 1st, 2000. Complete official changelog:

* Fixed bug which caused HLDS Toolz to crash when started on some user's systems.
* Choose whether HLDS Toolz is shown in Taskbar, System Tray, or both.
* Improved method to hide/unhide servers.
* Small problems with text selection in CFG Editor fixed.
* Now supports opening CFG Files through the command line.
* Includes option to associate HLDS Toolz with .cfg extension.
* Other small code improvements and bug fixes.

Version 3.1

Released on August 9th, 1999. Complete official changelog:

* All Servers Listed, and May Be Hidden, From System Tray Menu
* Game Selection for CFG Editor - Sets default dir for saving/opening CFG files
* Maps for the selected game now appear in the Insert menu in the CFG Editor
* Code Optimizations for Faster Execution
* Other simple bug fixes.

Version 3.0

Released on July 23rd, 1999. This version added the ability to rename/hide all server running on your computer.

Version 2.0

Released on June 23rd, 1999. This version restored prior removals in lieu of the latest Half-Life update release. It also included bug fixes, the CFG Editor, and an improved interface.

Version 1.1

This version was released on June 4th, 1999 in response to the latest version of Half-Life, which at the time was This version disabled almost all functionality that was added in the first version including server renaming, server status and the server map feature.

Version 1.0

Released on May 16th, 1999, this initial release added extra functionality to the original "HLDS Hide" program such as server renaming, server status and a server map feature.

Prior to Version 1.0

"HLDS Hide" which is seen as the precursor to HLDS Toolz was released on April 5th, 1999 on the first version of the Half-Life Dedicated Server Toolz website, which at the time was hosted on Angelfire.

External Links

Half-Life Dedicated Server Toolz Website (Must disable JavaScript to view)