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Where to install an addon on Gmod?

imgDavid (NordaHL) Creator of this doc
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The question is often asked. Unfortunately, sometimes, it is concluded that there is a bug when you can just simply install the addon to the location which it is intended. We will take for example a simple script such as the Compass

I) Unzip file compass-zworld-afterlife.zip.
II) Copy the files extracted to the folder Garry's Mod : \Steam\steamapps\common\GarrysMod\garrysmod\addons

III) After installation restart your server (Garry's Mod)
💡 Avoid the use of commands to reload scripts after installation. A restart is preferable, this has already solved the installation problems and it is clean.

⚠️ Never install your addons in the Lua folder at the risk of making bad handling and break your Gmod, that can cause a malfunction of your server and installed addons :\Steam\steamapps\common\GarrysMod\garrysmod\lua