The console is an important aspect of Counter-Strike: Global Offensive, especially if you intend to participate in Competitive Matchmaking in CS:GO or third-party matchmaking services like FaceIT and ESEA. You will need the console for a lot of cool stuff in the game. But, if you have not enabled the console in Counter-Strike: Global Offensive, you will need to do so first. Here’s how.
How to Enable Console in Counter-Strike: Global Offensive
The console is not enabled by default out of Valve’s concern for players who might type in something wrong in it and accidentally mess things up, from a minor settings change to complete obliteration of the game.
Most competitive players have their own config that’s carefully hand-tailored to fit their every need and may include visual solutions that are FAR from the default ones, for example. But, anyway, here’s how to enable and open it – please do it at your own discretion. At least back up the config files before making any edits.
When you are in the main menu, find the Settings cog. When you reach the Settings, go to “Game Settings”. Now all you have to do is to find the “Enable Developer Console” option, which you need to toggle so that it has a positive value. Then hit Apply. And that’s it!
You can also change the keybind for opening the console in case the default button ( `~ ) is problematic for you and you accidentally hit it too much (you could be killed in-game by the time you toggle it off), or you just want to bind it to something more useful. You can easily do this in the “Keyboard and Mouse” settings by finding the “Toggle Console” entry in the list.
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Until next time!