CS:GO console — How to open it and troubleshooting guide

Developer Console is one of the most useful tools in CS:GO. Unfortunately, it is known for having many bugs and issues… and that's why we decided to create this article! We've put together a few step-by-step guides, and a list of frequently asked questions to the most common issues players have with the console in CS:GO, so that you can use this handy tool at its full potential.

How to open console in CS:GO?

First, we'll look at a matter that a large portion of new players has trouble with — how do you even open the console in CS:GO? 

To use the console in CS:GO, you must first enable it in the game settings:

  1. Launch CS:GO
  2. Click on the gear wheel on the left side of the screen (Settings menu)
  3. On the top bar of the settings menu (the one to the left of the search bar) select Game
  4. Find “Enable Developer Console (~)” — It should be the fifth position from above
  5. Change the “Enable Developer Console (~)” setting from “No” to “Yes”

From now on, every time you press the tilde (~, that key to the left of 1), the Developer Console will open. However, if you press the tilde key again while the console is on, the console will disappear.

Opening CS:GO console with another key

If you have trouble opening the console with tilde or want to use a different key, follow these instructions:

  1. Launch CS:GO
  2. Click on the gear wheel on the left side of the screen (Settings menu)
  3. On the top bar of the settings menu (the one to the left of the search bar) select Keyboard/Mouse
  4. Scroll down to UI Keys
  5. Change the Toggle console setting using a key of your choice

This method can also be helpful for macOS hardware users. As you may know, there is no tilde on the Macintosh keyboard, so in this case, you might be forced to use another key if you want to open the Developer Console in CS:GO.

You can also change the key bind for opening your console by typing a single command; here's how:

  1. Open the console
  2. Type bind (key of your choice) toggleconsole. For example; if you want to open console with F3, you type “bind F3 toggleconsole”
  3. Confirm the command by pressing Enter


Now, let's look at the most common problems CS:GO players have with Developer Console. There are quite a few of them, but none without a solution!

What can I use CS:GO console for?

The Developer Console is the text-based input/output interface in CS:GO. It allows you to control global game settings with the use of text commands. 

How to turn off console randomly popping out during a match?

A known bug is the console opening randomly during a match, which can be very frustrating. When this happens to you, quickly go to Game Settings and set “Enable Developer Console (~)” to “No” — that should fix it.

Why can’t I open CS:GO console?

The most common reasons for the Developer Console not opening up are:

  • Disabled access to the console in the game settings
  • Console toggle set to another key

Check your game settings and try the ways we presented above. If that doesn't work, try uploading a different config or contact Steam Support.

Is there an option to recover all console settings in CS:GO?

If you have a copy of your old config, you can recover all your settings and data by swapping the config in your game files. If you don't have a copy of your old config, there's really not much you can do; unless you played with a well-known player's config, which you can easily find on the Internet. 

Why the console turns off when I start typing?

The disappearing console problem may be caused by using a non-English keyboard. This problem often occurs with Russian players who use Cyrillic characters. Before turning on the game, change the keyboard language setting to English (preferably American English); it may seem inconvenient, but that’s how it looks for a large portion of CIS players. For now, there is no other way around it.

Such a problem may also happen when you bind the console toggle to a key you use when typing a command. In that case, you should consider changing the bind or copy and paste commands that may cause the console to close.

What does the “quit smoking” command do?

The “quit smoking” or “quit job” prank is one of the most popular ones in the gaming community. Players still fall for it and wonder why it kicks them out of the game after typing these commands. Well, it is just due to the word quit — whatever you “quit,” by the mere presence of this keyword, it will always throw you out of the game.


Whatever you need the console for, we hope this article has solved your problems, and you can now enjoy using this great tool. Consider checking out our other articles, like the one about sv_cheats commands you can type into your Developer Console to make your gameplay experience more interesting.