If you’re not using console commands in Counter-Strike: Global Offensive, you’re not making the most of one of the world’s most popular esports.
The PC platform allows more personalization options compared to console FPS games like Battlefield, Call of Duty, and Halo. Console commands are in-game commands you can use to add, tweak and replace in-game stuff like different mini-maps; additional information concerning your ping and tons more.
To use these, you’ll need to open up the command console. Press the “ ` “ key on your keyboard while in-game or on the CS:GO home screen. If nothing happens, go to your game settings and check the “enable developer console” box. Once the console is open, type in one of any of these commands.
This is the most useful command you’ll find in this list. It allows you to see a ton of information concerning your FPS (frames per second), ping, the tick rate of the server and more.
Enter “net_graph 1” into the console and you should see the information appear at the bottom right of your screen.
This command will help you maximize your frames per second. This will take away the restriction on your FPS, allowing you to reach the highest amount possible on your current PC.
After typing in the command “fps_max 0” to your console, you should see a difference in your FPS instantly. Hopefully, you can gather up those pesky frames you were missing and crush those toxic enemies.
You’ll find useful in-game. The radar can sometimes be misleading, you could see the red dot show up firing on the edge of the circle but they could be just around the corner or the other side of the map. This command will center the radar so you can see all of the maps. It will take a little getting used to, but it’s worth it.
Have you ever gone to pick up a weapon off the ground in spawn and opened up your buy menu? This helpful command will prevent your “use” key (mine is E) from opening up the buy menu but, it will still allow you to pick up the weapon.
So say goodbye to running out of spawn with the buy menu up and stumbling over the AK on the floor and cruise forward to your inevitable victory.
One of the newest console commands to be added in a recent update, this allows you to see your teammates weaponry and utility loadout above their heads, putting an end to that frantic search for a teammate who has a flashbang. Here’s what it looks like in-game.
This will help you counteract those noisy teammates or toxic deathmatch players who scream at everyone who try to be sociable. It lowers the voices of those in your lobby to a suitable level so that they can still be heard and it is not too loud that you can’t hear your game.
The owner of the server gains power to allow any users within their server to activate almost any client-sided or server-sided console command they please. Think of it like you’re about to open Pandora’s box.
This command allows you to see where your bullets go client-side (red) and where the bullets actually land server-side (blue). It can only be executed in offline servers or servers with sv_cheats 1 enabled.
sv_grenade_trajectory 1 and sv_grenade_trajectory_time 10
It’s like sv_showimpacts 1, but with your grenades instead. It’s good for grenade practice for executing pop-flashes, smoke directionality, and general grenade physics.
For the frag movie-makers out there, this one turns off the heads-up display (HUD) and shows only victims’ aliases in your clips.
This hidden nugget turns off the client-side bullet tracers from weapons such as the M4A4 and AK-47.
While watching demos, player model movements can be observed through multiple walls to view player behaviorisms. It’s mostly useful for viewing cases in the Overwatch system to convict wallhackers.
You can view what utility your teammates have for more efficient and more situational teamwork without having to ask, “What grenades do you have?”
This one’s a personal favorite. It mutes all of your annoying teammates who won’t stop talking during momentum-changing clutch situations.
This command brings up a small rectangular interface for demo-watching. It’s good for speeding up viewing, slowing down highlights, and manually loading demo files directly in your computer from third-party server hosts, such as FACEIT or ESEA.
You’re given “god mode.” You can’t be killed and you will not take damage from other players. It also requires sv_cheats 1.
It’s like god mode, but instead of not dying, you can go through walls, roofs, and the map skybox only if sv_cheats 1 is enabled.
This one makes your player commit suicide, but only with sv_cheats 1 on.
Exec is great for enabling private server configurations (.cfg files for practice, one-on-ones, etc.) that you can create or download from third-party websites. Make sure you download configs from safe and trusted sites. More on exec files here.
You can immediately leave any server without needing the extra clicks in the ESC menu.
This command closes your game entirely. Additionally, the “type quit smoking in console” joke told by trolls does the same exact thing, so don’t fall for that trick.
These commands won’t make you the next coldzera, but they might help you with the little things that really bother you over time.
Staff writer Jamie Villanueva contributed to this article.