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What is the Developer Console and how can I use it to change game settings?

Important:

The ~ key will bring up the console for English/US keyboard configurations - for more information on changing the key used to open the developer's console please see the article linked below:

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What is the developer console?

The console is a text-based input/output interface to execute commands or change global settings in a game.

 

How do I enable the console?

Most Valve titles:

  1. Launch Steam and start the Valve game for which you wish to use the console.
  2. From the main menu select Options
  3. Select the Keyboard tab
  4. Click the Advanced button
  5. Check the box next to Enable developer console (~)
  6. Click Apply
Counter-Strike: Global Offensive:

  1. Launch Steam and start Counter-Strike: Global Offensive
  2. From the main menu select Help & Options
  3. Select the Game Settings menu item
  4. Click the arrow next to Enable Developer Console (~) so that it says Yes
  5. Click Back
  6. Once the developer's console option is enabled you will be able to use the ~ key to open the developer's console and type in commands to change game settings.

     

    What can I type into the developer console?

    The developer console is host to a vast variety of commands. Many of these commands have prefixes that offer a hint as to what they deal with:

    ai_
    single player AI
    bot_
    bot system
    cc_
    close caption system
    cl_
    multiplayer client
    demo_
    demo playback
    disp_
    terrain displacement maps
    dsp_
    audio DSP settings
    ent_
    entity control/debug
    fire_
    firing entity events
    fog_
    fog renderer
    g_
    single player game
    hltv_
    Half-Life TV
    host_
    host system
    hud_
    client HUD
    joy_
    joystick input
    log_
    logging system
    m_
    mouse input
    mat_
    material system
    mp_
    multiplayer game (server)
    nav_
    navigation graphs
    net_
    engine networking
    npc_
    single player game NPCs
    phys_
    physics system
    r_
    video renderer
    rcon_
    remote control access
    sk_
    player skill / difficulty
    snd_
    sound system
    sv_
    server settings (engine)
    v_
    client view
    vgui_
    VGUI
    voice_
    ingame player voice
    vprof_
    code profiler
    wc_
    WorldCraft/Hammer helpers

    A partial list of available commands can be found in the Valve Developer Community.

     

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