How to fix texture problems (pink squares) on Garry’s Mod

gmod textures error

gmod textures error

If you try to play Garry’s Mod right after you download and install it you’ll have a bad time. If you join a multiplayer map you will most probably see the whole map covered on bright fuchsia/pink and black squares and ERROR messages.

That’s because the map requires textures not included in the standard installation. It seems that most gmod maps depend on a lot of Counter Strike textures, and for some weird reason they are not included in the installation.

Solution: you need to manually download and install all those textures.

  1. Download this zip package, which contains all the most used textures. Wait a few seconds, close the ad, and download the file (~700MB).
  2. Find gmod installation folder. It should be somewhere, inside Steam’s folder. In my case, it was located at
    C:\Program Files (x86)\Steam\steamapps\common\GarrysMod\garrysmod\addons
  3. Create a folder named CSS Content Addon.
  4. Extract the zip contents to the folder created in the previous step.
  5. Done. You should now have a maps, models, … folders inside CSS Content Addon.

For the complete guide on how to install and configure gmod, have a look at Configure Garry’s Mod (the complete guide).