Console Useful Controls

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This is a list of common console commands and cvars that are of use to Dark Mod mappers and developers for testing etc. It is in order of key words and meaning. The console can be called by hitting "CTRL+ALT+~" ("CTRL+ALT+Key left of number 1" in general, e.g. "CTRL+ALT+^" on a German keyboard).


  • Where a cvar or command is followed by a 1 (parameter) it can be taken that it is enabled by 1 and disabled by 0 unless otherwise stated. N indicates a range of values.
  • The current value of a cvar can be shown by entering its name without a value.
  • Parameters can be toggled between values by preceding the control with 'toggle' and following it with eg, 1 0. Example : toggle r_showtris 3 0
  • Controls can be bound to keys to be used in-game, including the toggle command, eg, bind "v" "toggle r_showportals 1 0"
  • Many controls can be included in the file Doomconfig.cfg in the darkmod folder so they are automatically effective.
  • Some controls are disabled on exit from a map; others are permanent until manually changed.

Command Description
noclip Player flies through everything.
notarget AI will not know the player is there.
invisible AI will not see the player, but can still hear him.
inaudible AI will not hear the player, but can still see him.
god Player cannot be harmed.
killmonsters Removes all AI from a map.
tdm_show_loot Shows loot items through walls for a short time.
g_dragentity 1 Aim at entity and hold attack control then pull back.
pm_noclipspeed N Changes the speed of player noclip movement.
g_fov N N=angle of field of view, eg, g_fov 30 = zoom in to restrict field of view to 30 degrees. Default = 90.
g_showEntityInfo 1 Show info about near entities (as box with classname).
com_showfps 1 Show fps to test performance.
g_frametime 1 Timing info for each frame, see Profiling.
r_showPrimitives 1 Show info about number of drawcalls and tris/shadow tris rendered.
r_showskel 1 Shows skeleton in-game with joint names.
g_showCollisionModels 1 Shows collision models. Use g_maxShowDistance N to increase the distance where they are shown to.
r_showtris N (1) Shows triangles being rendered directly.
(2) Shows overdrawn tri's.
(3) Shows all tri's in scene, direct and indirect.
r_showportals 1 Shows all portals in scene (red=closed,green=open). If your portals don't show up they are most likely not sealing.
r_showlightcount 1 Using colours, shows the number of lights hitting a surface, black = 0, red = 1, blue = 2... etc.
seta tdm_showsprop 1 Shows the volume of sounds heard by AI.
tdm_ai_showbark 1 Gives the def name (not the soundshader) of barks used by AI.
tdm_ai_showalert 1 Shows the AI's current alert total and alert state.
tdm_ai_showdest 1 Shows the AI's current path destination.
bind "f1" "_impulse27" Pressing F1 shows the AAS regions.
timescale 2 Double speed, good for testing pathing, 1 = normal speed, 2 = double, 0.5 = half speed. To have an effect, the "Uncapped FPS" setting must be Off.

Spawning entities

Command Description
spawn atdm:weapon_blackjack Spawns blackjack in front of the player. Look up if entity gets spawned under the floor.
spawn atdm:weapon_shortsword Spawns a sword.
spawn atdm:ammo_broadhead Spawns one arrow.
spawn atdm:ammo_broadhead inv_ammo_amount 50 Spawns 50 arrows (one entity with 50 ammo). Similar technique can be used for other ammo types.
spawn atdm:ammo_firearrow
spawn atdm:ammo_gasarrow
spawn atdm:ammo_mossarrow
spawn atdm:ammo_noisemaker
spawn atdm:ammo_ropearrow
spawn atdm:ammo_waterarrow

With the TDM console you can press tab after typing something to autocomplete. For example spawn atdm:<tab> will cycle through the various spawnables. You can also add additional spawnargs using the following syntax: spawn classname [key value] [key value] ....

Diagnostic information

Command Description
listEntities lists all current entities followed by a count.
countEntities displays a count of entities by class. TDM 2.03+
condump [unwrap] filename.txt Writes the text content of the console to text file filename.txt (you can use any file name). If optional keyword unwrap is used, full lines from the console will be stitched together with the following line. Useful when exporting long file paths from the console, that have been broken up by its width limit. TDM 2.03+

See Also

Cvars in The Dark Mod