If you want to play CS:GO like a pro, you really should activate the Developer-Console. In this console, you can easily make your game experience better. So in this article, I want to show you some useful tricks/commands!
The Developer Console doesn’t just show you information about how much damage you dealt with your enemy or how much you received after you died… No, it is much more powerful!
Let us start with ‚how do I open the Console?’
To activate the Console in CS:GO, you need to go into CS:GO, and under “Game Settings,” you can see “Enable Developer Console”… Just tick the box (if you haven’t done it already)
In the next step, you can change the hotkey to make it more comfortable for you to open the Console. To change the hotkey, click “Control Settings,” if you scroll down there, you can see a box named “Change Key to open/close the Developer Console” – click it and press a useful Button that you like to use
ATTENTION: You should choose a key that you can open and close the Console quickly, but it never should happen by accident!
What’s the use of the Developer Console?
You can find a Developer-Console in almost every game… You can quickly change some game settings or show some more information about the game itself or in the game when you play some matches.
In CS:GO, you can see how many damages you gave to your enemy. To see that, you need to open the Console (via the hotkey you chose earlier) after you died. So you can see if you hit the enemy with a grenade or if you killed in a 1vs1 you can see if the fight was close or not. You can call your Team, and it could be beneficial for them to know how low the enemy could be. In case it’s the only enemy alife with only 1 HP, the pressure of your mates would be a little bit smaller as it would be if they think he has a full life.
Private Lobby, other Maps or different Gamemodes
The developer console is helpful to play or to do training with your friends on an own hosted server. What Commands you can use to make better training with the Console will be listed a little bit lower on this article!
Settings like Crosshair or “Buy-in Scripts”
With this Console, you can make the Overlay of your game a little bit better. You can easily change the color of your crosshair and your life. You can make some automatic buy-ins, or you can choose on which site you want to wear your weapon. Cool, isn’t it?
How to load Maps on your server with the console?
Let’s come to the commands… it’s essential to be the admin/owner of the server to load maps. But if you play with friends in a private match, I’m quite sure you are all ready. On some servers, you have to verify yourself by typing in the password.
To load a Map, you have to type, map, and the map-code. For Dust 2, for example, you write, map de_dust2” and hit enter.
To get a better view of the already existing gamemodes / maps, I will list all pre-created settings here:
de_dust2, de_train, de_inferno, de_dust, de_aztec, de_nuke, de_dust, de_dust2
Arsenal: Arms Race
de_lake, de_stmarc, de_sugarcane, de_bank, de_safehouse, de_shorttrain
What does this shortcut mean?
_se: this map was reworked, so it has less in-air particles and fewer sounds so that they are useable for competitive games
_de: this is Bomb Defusion and Demolition Maps
_cs: means these maps are for the Hostage Rescue game mode
_ar: are only for Arms Race
_gd: this is maps for cooperative “Guardian-Mode,” where you have to defeat several bot waves.
Create a ”Buy-in script”
To clarify the meaning, let us first explain that a “bind” or even an “alias” is nothing more than a macro on a keyboard. If we press a certain key we set for it before, a program or a game like Counter-Strike: Global Offensive automatically performs a task.
The Developer Console allows us to create such purchase binds. So we can buy our complete equipment at the beginning of a round with just one touch and have more time for tactics and consultation.
This works best with tools such as the CS-GO multi-key generator (external link). Here we first select the key on which we want the binding. All we have to do now is select our weapons, equipment and grenades, and we get a code that we can insert into the console.
Bind and Alias in detail
Incidentally, this does not just work when buying. With the command “bind <key> <commands>” or “alias <name> <commands>” we can execute several commands in succession.
For example, if you want to practice on a private server, you can copy this code:
“alias training” sv_cheats 1; sv_infiniteammo 2; give weapon_flashbang; give weapon_hegrenade; give weapon_smokegrenade; give weapon_ak47 “”
and from now on you only need to type “training” in the console and after you hit enter, all the commands will be done afterward.
Cheat with the Developer Console
Yes, there are cheats in CS: GO that we can use right from the beginning. These include, for example, some commands that give us infinite ammo or life on private servers, or that allow us to move freely through any walls. Here is a short list of the most important commands:
“God” – Gives us immunity to damage
“Gods” – Gives each player immunity to damage
“Sv_infinite_ammo 1” – No reloading necessary
“Sv_infinite_ammo 2” – Unlimited magazines
“Noclip” – flight mode where we can walk through all the walls
“R_drawothermodels 0” – Hide all players
“R_drawothermodels 1” – normal state
“R_drawothermodels 2” – See all players through walls
“Sv_grenade_trajectory” – marks the trajectory of a grenade
“Sv_showimpacts” – Marks bullet holes (blue is server-side, red is client-side)
“Give” – Gives us a weapon along with the weapon code
Please note: All commands of the console can not replace weapons or equipment that you already carry. That means you have to drop an AWP to give you an AK-47.