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Trying to Share steam library folder to a friend so he does'nt need to download games

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Posted · Original PosterOP

For the record, I want to lead off that this is NOT me trying to do some piracy shenanigans.

Goal: Trying to share my extensive steam library files here in Texas to a friend of mine in California through the power of the internet. The reason behind this is that he made a compact build and game storage is a bit tight for him so I figured since we relatively have the same games I should be able to give him access by somehow mapping the drive folder to his computer and boom were off to the races.

Problem: I have tried a somewhat back end version of using sftp with the use of a program called sftpnetdrivefree. I got as far as my friend having the drive maped and steam being able to detect it and create a library. But when he tried installing a game (ex: we both own castle crashers so I told him to download that game) the game just keep trying to install and eventually crashed steam.

What I'm asking/ trying to figure out: Is there a way that I can us a file transfer protocol through stfp or https where all my friend would have to do is type an ip or domain in the windows file explore to get access to the files and then map it so that steam can recognize it as a drive on the pc? Thanks in advanced.

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what exactly is the end goal here?

if he does not have the space he could just redownload the games directly from steam when he wants to play a specific one.

The speed is gonna be the same as loading from you and the game is going to be up to date right away.

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Google tried something similar with Stadia and even they are having problems trying to get it right.


Your friend would be better off getting a cheap hard drive and storing the library locally. Even if both of your connections had symmetrical gigabit download/upload speeds, I don’t see this working properly for your friend.

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