Breaking news: Artifact: Guide

esports news and guides
Sections

CS:GO - How to open the command console

How to get started with the devoloper console in CS:GO.

Picture of Ed Thorn

About Ed Thorn

Ed joined Metabomb in May 2017 and puts together many guides across the site.

In this article we have detailed how you can open the command console in CS: GO through the settings menu.

If you want to play Counter Strike: Global Offensive competitively, then you’ll want access to the developer console in order to enable a few hidden tools.

To newcomers this will sound pretty ridiculous as you’d expect any game to be ready to go from the moment you install it.

While this is technically the case, CS:GO is a competitive shooter that provides you with unparalleled freedom when it comes to personalising your experience. Enabling the developer console is the first important step to making the game truly your own.

Essentially, enabling the developer console will allow you to input certain commands. Hit enter on a command and you may be able to see how many FPS your PC is churning out, change the colour and size of your crosshair on the fly and even alter the appearance of the minimap and where it’s positioned on screen. It’s staggering how many options the developer console opens up to you!

While we’re not diving into the specifics of console commands in this article, we’ll be talking you through how to see it in-game, as this can frankly be a challenge in itself - especially if you’re brand new to CS:GO.

How to open the developer console in CS:GO

Here’s a simple step by step guide to help you open the developer console through the options menu in-game.

  • Once you’ve launched CS:GO, you’ll be brought to a main menu screen.
  • Click the “Options” button and then head on over to the “Game Settings” screen.
  • Scan through the list until you see the “Enable Developer Console” option and set it to “Yes”.
  • Now that you’ve done this, make sure you click “Apply” at the bottom of the screen before moving on.
  • Click “Options” again, but this time, select “Keyboard and Mouse” settings.
  • Search for the “Toggle Console” option, click on it and bind it to the key you’d feel most comfortable with. Try and avoid clashing it with another if possible, as this’ll make life much easier!
  • Again, click “Apply” before closing the options screen and heading back to the main menu.
  • Nice, all done.

If you’ve followed these instructions precisely, just press the button you’ve bound the console to and it’ll bring it up regardless of whether you’re in-game or not.

More popular CS:GO guides:

Why would you want to open the console?

As we’ve mentioned above, entering commands into the developer console is one of the main ways you’ll be able to customise the game to fit your playstyle. You can customise practically every aspect of the game’s appearance to make eliminating enemies that little bit easier for you.

Here’s a quick snippet of what’s possible:

  • Complete crosshair customisation.
  • You can change many aspects of the minimap.
  • Character model bob and gun position can be altered.
  • You can view all sorts of in-depth stats to determine how well your PC is running the game.
  • It’s one of the main ways to control practice games as you can enable and disable bots, hit registration and more.

Of course there are many, many more things you can achieve with the command console, so it’s vital you learn how to open it up and get used to using it.

Comment on this article

  • There are no comments on this article yet! Could you be the first to post one?

Artifact

A

Artifact

Artifact: Guide

Our continuously updated guide to everything you need to know about Artifact.

2 A
A

Artifact

Artifact: How to get a beta key

Every currently known method of obtaining a key for the November beta.

A
A

Artifact

Artifact: Item Shop guide and Item list

How the shopping phase works in Artifacts, with a list of items available

A
A

Artifact

Artifact: The Dota Card Game guide

Our continuously updated guide to everything you need to know about Artifact.

2 A

Call of Duty

C

Call of Duty

Call of Duty Blackout: How to get the Ray Gun

Everything you need to know about locating and spawning this powerful weapon.

C
C

Call of Duty

Call of Duty Blackout: Dark Ops Challenges guide

Every Dark Ops challenge we know of so far, with insight into completing them all.

C
C

Call of Duty

Call of Duty Blackout: How to unlock characters

Every unlockable character in COD Blackout and what you need to do to unlock them.

C
C

Call of Duty

Call of Duty Blackout: Best Perks guide

Everything you need to know about the Perks available in COD Blackout.

C

CS:GO

C

CS:GO

CS:GO - Best Sniper Rifles 2018

Everything you need to know about sniper rifles in CS:GO.

C
C

CS:GO

Ex6TenZ and SmithZz reported to be leaving G2

Two players from 3DMAX predicted to take their place.

C
C

CS:GO

Dimasick joins Gambit

The fifth and final member to be revealed soon.

C

Destiny 2

D

Destiny 2

Destiny 2: Ascendant Challenge guide

How to complete each week's Ascendant Challenge in the Dreaming City.

D
D

Destiny 2

Destiny 2: Ascendant Challenge guide

How to complete each week's Ascendant Challenge in the Dreaming City.

D

Hearthstone

H

Hearthstone

Hearthstone: Rastakhan's Rumble guide

UPDATE! Nine new cards added to the list overnight!

H
H

Hearthstone

Hearthstone: Overkill Keyword guide

Everything you need to know about Hearthstone's new keyword.

H
H

Hearthstone

Discard Warlock deck list guide - Hearthstone (Rastakhan's Rumble)

Early theorycraft thoughts on the latest attempt at making Discard Warlock work.

H
H

Hearthstone

Odd Mage deck list guide - Hearthstone (November 2018)

Our guide to playing Odd Mage in the latest Boomsday meta.

H
H

Hearthstone

First Hearthstone card reveal stream begins at 10:00am PT today

Tune in for your first big batch of card reveals from the Rastakhan's Rumble set.

H

League of Legends

L

League of Legends

Riot announces ten partner teams for League's new European Championship

Fnatic, G2, Misfits and more confirmed as permanent partners in the new European league.

L
L

League of Legends

League of Legends: Neeko guide - Abilities, Stats, Skins and Lore

Everything you need to know about the next LoL champion.

L
L

League of Legends

League of Legends: Neeko guide

Everything you need to know about the next LOL champion.

L
L

League of Legends

Ashe: Warmother comic announced for League of Legends

Learn more about the origins of the popular LOL champion

L

Overwatch

O

Overwatch

The Overwatch League's Hangzhou Spark team show off their colours

Newcomers deliver a colourful new look for the League.

O
O

Overwatch

Latest Overwatch patch adds Ashe to the game

A handful of hero nerfs and buffs are also live now.

O
O

Overwatch

Overwatch League reveals team colours for the Chengdu Hunters

First of eight new teams for 2019 show off their in-game branding.

O
O

Overwatch

Overwatch World Cup “acts as a bridge” to the Overwatch League, says League Commissioner

Guxue cited as one to watch from this year's nail-biting BlizzCon finals.

O
O

Overwatch

Latest Overwatch Developer Update introduces new hero Ashe

Gunslinging damage hero now available to test on the Overwatch PTR.

O

PUBG

P

PUBG

PUBG Mobile: Royale Pass guide - Season 4, Rewards, Missions and Ranks

Everything you need to know about PUBG Mobile's Royale Pass.

P
P

PUBG

PUBG: The best weapons in the game (PC, Xbox One)

Our guide to packing the very best weapons within each category.

2 P
P

PUBG

PUBG Corp and StarLadder announce the PUBG Europe League

First European PUBG esports league to begin in January 2019.

P
P

PUBG

PUBG: Mid-Autumn Festival Guide: Skins, start and end dates

Our complete guide to the new Mid-Autumn Festival that's live in PUBG now.

P
P

PUBG

PUBG: Mid-Autumn Festival Guide: Skins, Start and End Dates

Our complete guide to the new Mid-Autumn Festival coming to PUBG.

P