Error Codes
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SteamCMD

SteamCMD can sometimes output errors when something goes wrong. Sadly Valve has never released an official list of what the error messages mean. Because of this, a lot of guesswork has been needed to figure it out. This page will highlight what we already know and info on researching what the error might mean in the hope that you can contribute to understanding SteamCMD errors.
SteamCMD uses hexadecimal numbers to give its current "state". Every time SteamCMD does something it changes its state. When SteamCMD fails it will output its has hexadecimal state, for example 0x202.

Codes

Error 0x202

Not enough disk space.
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Error! App '<appid_number>' state is 0x202 after update job.
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Reason
Not enough disk quota
Hex
0x202
Decimal/StateFlags
514
content_log_0x202.txt
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Text

Error 0x206

Unknown error, if you have any details please let us know
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Error! App '<appid_number>' state is 0x206 after update job.
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Reason
Hex
0x206
Decimal/StateFlags
518
Missing content_log.txt if you have experienced this error and have a log it please let us know.

Error 0x212

Not enough disk space.
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Error! App '<appid_number>' state is 0x212 after update job.
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Reason
​Not enough disk space
Hex
0x212
Decimal/StateFlags
530
content_log_0x212.txt
4KB
Text

Error 0x402

Connection issue with steam, you will need to wait for the steam servers to recover.
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Error! State is 0x402 after update job.
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Reason
Hex
0x402
Decimal/StateFlags
1026
Missing content_log.txt if you have experienced this error and have a log it please let us know.

Error 0x602

Unknown error, if you have any details please let us know
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Error! State is 0x602 after update job.
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Reason
Hex
0x602
Decimal/StateFlags
1538
Missing content_log.txt if you have experienced this error and have a log it please let us know.

Error 0x606

SteamCMD is unable to write to the disk. Normally caused by permissions issues. This issue was discovered when a directory that was linked using symlink did not have the correct permissions to allow SteamCMD to write to it.
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Error! App '<appid_number>' state is 0x606 after update job.
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Reason
Disk write failure
Hex
0x606
Decimal/StateFlags
1542
content_log_0x606.txt
2KB
Text

Error 0x2

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Error! App '<appid_number>' state is is 0x2 after update job.
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Reason
Hex
0x2
Decimal/StateFlags
2
Missing content_log.txt if you have it please let us know.

Error 0x6

No connection to content servers.
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Error! App '<appid_number>' state is 0x6 after update job.
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Reason
No connection to content servers
Hex
0x6
Decimal/StateFlags
6
content_log_0x6.txt
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0x3

1
Update state (0x3) reconfiguring, progress: 0.00 (0 / 0)
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0x5

1
Update state (0x5) validating, progress: 13.48 (1554089956 / 11530459441)
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0x11

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Update state (0x11) preallocating, progress: 8.53 (983870089 / 11530459441)
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0x61

1
Update state (0x61) downloading, progress: 1.11 (127644881 / 11530459441)
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0x101

1
Update state (0x101) committing, progress: 3.43 (395043827 / 11530459441)
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SteamCMD Logs

To get more info and output see the SteamCMD logs in ~/.local/share/Steam/logsor ~/.steam/logs. The most useful log is content_log.txt that will provide more information on errors.
If you have experienced an error we don't have logs for please provide them to us to assist in diagnosing the issue.

SteamCMD Hex Codes

SteamCMD uses hex error codes such as 0x202 which can be converted into decimal 514. You can use a hex to decimal converter to do this. Using the table below you can work out that the status messages. By doing a calculation. Find the highest number below the state 512 which is the first error. Then take the number away from the total 514-512=2 which gives you the last error. This can be done for any error
514-512-2=0
512 StateUpdateRunning , 2 StateUpdateRequired
StateInvalid
0
StateUninstalled
1
StateUpdateRequired
2
StateFullyInstalled
4
StateEncrypted
8
StateLocked
16
StateFilesMissing
32
StateAppRunning
64
StateFilesCorrupt
128
StateUpdateRunning
256
StateUpdateRunning
512
StateUpdateStarted
1024
StateUninstalling
2048
StateBackupRunning
4096
StateReconfiguring
65536
StateValidating
131072
StateAddingFiles
262144
StatePreallocating
524288
StateDownloading
1048576
StateStaging
2097152
StateCommitting
4194304
StateUpdateStopping
8388608
This table is from 2015 and is probably outdated now but it's the best we currently have.
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ulimit SteamCMD startup error

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./steamcmd.sh: line 17: ulimit: open files: cannot modify limit: Operation not permitted
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Some users may get a ulimit error (no permission/cannot open file) while SteamCMD is starting up. This error caused by a low setting of the -n parameter (number of file descriptors) of ulimit. Some servers forbid increasing ulimit values after startup (or beyond a limit set by root). This can be fixed by changing the file descriptor number ulimit:
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ulimit -n 2048
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ERROR! Failed to install app '<appid_number>' (No subscription)

The Steam account being used does not have a license for the required game.

ERROR! Password check for AppId <appid_number> returned error Failure.

The password for the branch is incorrect.

[S_API FAIL] SteamAPI_Init() failed; SteamAPI_IsSteamRunning() failed.

Ignore the error, do not do anything to attempt to fix it. It is a known error that has appeared ever since SteamPipe was introduced. It does not cause any issue and can be ignored.

Loading Steam API...Failed to init SDL priority manager: SDL not found

Ignore the error, do not do anything to attempt to fix it. It does not cause any issue and can be ignored.

CWorkThreadPool::~CWorkThreadPool: work processing queue not empty: 2 items discarded.

Ignore the error, do not do anything to attempt to fix it. It does not cause any issue and can be ignored.

Failed to set thread priority: per-thread setup failed

Ignore the error, do not do anything to attempt to fix it. It does not cause any issue and can be ignored.
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