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DescriptionEdit

As in most Valve games, the console can be used to quickly change settings both on the client and the server.

Alien Swarm shares commands with other of Valve's Source Engine games, such as "sv_cheats", "map", etc. All of the Alien Swarm specific commands use the prefix "asw_".

A full list of console commands common to all Source Engine games can be found here: Console Command List.

Getting StartedEdit

To enable the console, navigate to the Options -> Keyboard/Mouse menu and check the option labeled "Enable developer console". The keybind to open the console can be changed in this same menu. By default it is bound to tilde (~).

To automatically apply commands whenever the game is started, create an autoexec.cfg file in:

<INSTALLPATH>\Steam\SteamApps\common\alien swarm\swarm\cfg\

However, autoexec.cfg won't work with certain commands that reset everytime a new map is loaded, such as:

mat_disable_bloom 1
r_shadows 0

To have the aforementioned commands work, edit newmapsettings.cfg, which is located in the same folder, instead.

To edit the .cfg file, open the file in a word processing application, such as notepad, and place within any console commands that are to be automatically executed. Save the file and restart Alien Swarm for any changes to take effect.

Client-side CommandsEdit

Client-side commands will take effect in any game the player joins or hosts. These commands only affect the person whose client they are used on. None of these commands require "sv_cheats" to be enabled.

PerformanceEdit

Disable the film grain effect, which may improve performance on some machines.

mat_grain_enable 0

Disable the third person popup window present while the Adrenaline slow motion effect is running.

asw_spinning_stim_cam 0

Remove the camera shake on melee damage.

asw_camera_shake 0

CustomizationEdit

Turn off the auto-reload feature so that the player must initiate the reload process manually. This can make fast reloading easier, at the cost of a higher chance of being caught with no shot ready.

asw_auto_reload 0

Display a fast-reload bar floating under the marine when reloading.

asw_fast_reload_under_marine 1

Always display other marines health bars.

asw_marine_labels_cursor_maxdist 550

Change the color of light emitted by the SM75 Combat Flares. The three following commands correspond respectively to the amount red, blue, and green light emitted.

asw_flare_r # (Replace # with any value 0-255.)
asw_flare_b # (Replace # with any value 0-255.)
asw_flare_g # (Replace # with any value 0-255.)

Open a menu that will allow the player to chose custom music to be played during Adrenaline slow motion sequences.

asw_pick_stim_music

EmotesEdit

Bind a key to display an emote icon over the marine's head. With the exception of the "out of ammo" and "anime smile" emotes, all of these can normally be accessed through the radial communications menu.

bind <key> "cl_emote #"

Replace # with one of the following:
0 - Medic!
1 - Out of ammo
2 - Smile
3 - Hold position
4 - Follow me
5 - Be careful
6 - Anime smile
7 - Ready?

Voice ChatterEdit

Enable additional automatic conversation between marines.

asw_realistic_death_chatter 1
asw_hear_from_marine 1

Bind a key to a specific voice sample. Some of the following commands cycle through or produce a random voice sample from a preset list of voice samples each time they are activated.

bind <key> "cl_chatter #"

Replace # with one of the following:
-1 - miscChat1
 0 - acknowledge1
 1 - miscChat2
 2 - acknowledge2
 3 - miscChat3
 4 - friendlyFire1
 5 - incoming1
 6 - moveOut1
 7 - holdPosition1
 8 - requestAmmo1
 9 - noAmmo1
10 - requestMedic1
11 - reloading1
12 - sentryReady1
13 - announceAmmo1
14 - announceMedkit1
15 - thanks1
16 - what1
17 - callSarge1            (Cannot be said by Sarge.)
18 - callJaeger1           (Cannot be said by Jaeger.)
19 - callWildcat1          (Cannot be said by Wildcat.)
20 - callWolfe1            (Cannot be said by Wolfe.)
21 - callFaith1            (Cannot be said by Faith.)
22 - callBastille1         (Cannot be said by Bastille.)
23 - callCrash1            (Cannot be said by Crash.)
24 - callFlynn1            
25 - callVegas1            (Cannot be said by Vegas.)
26 - announceSupplies1
27 - announceAmmoSupplies1
28 - terminalLocked1       (Cannot be said by Techs.)
29 - requestTechCrash1     (Cannot be said by Crash.)
30 - requestTechFlynn1     
31 - requsetTechVegas1     (Cannot be said by Vegas.)
32 - holdingPosition1
33 - northCovered1
34 - southCovered1
35 - eastCovered1
36 - westCovered1
37 - front1
38 - rear1
39 - requestWeld1
40 - requestUnweld1
41 - requestShootDoor1
42 - announceUnweld1
43 - announceWeld1
44 - announceBiomass
45 - objectiveComplete1
46 - warn1
47 - warnShieldbug1
48 - shootBehind1
49 - warnParasite1
50 - requestParasite1
51 - warnEggs1
52 - warnGrenade1          (Cannot be said by Wildcat.)
53 - requestHostile1
54 - tauntSwarm1
55 - doorBreached1
56 - marineDown1
57 - scream1
58 - scream2
59 - scream3
60 - screamFire1
61 - goodJob1              (Cannot be said by Faith, Jaeger, or Wolfe.)
62 - activateStims1
63 - hurry1                (Can only be said by Sarge, Vegas, and Wildcat.)
64 - goodKillJaeger1       (Can only be said by Sarge.)
65 - goodKillConrad1       (Can only be said by Jaeger.)
66 - goodShotWildcat1      (Can only be said by Wolfe.)
67 - niceShotWolfe1        (Can only be said by Wildcat.)
68 - heroCrash1            (Can only be said by Wildcat.)
69 - heal1                 (Can only be said by Medics.)
70 - medsLow1              (Can only be said by Bastille.)
71 - medsOut1              (Can only be said by Medics.)
72 - hacking1              (Can only be said by Techs.)
73 - hacking2              (Can only be said by Techs.)
74 - halfHack1             (Can only be said by Techs.)
75 - hackComplete1         (Can only be said by Techs.)
76 - hackComplete2         (Can only be said by Techs.)
77 - movement1             (Can only be said be Crash.)
78 - surrounded1           (Can only be said by Techs.)
79 - mineDeployed1         (Can only be said by Officers.)
80 - synupCola1            (Can only be said by Techs.)
81 - synupCola2            (Can only be said by Medics.)
82 - cantStand1            (Can only be said by Crash.)
83 - nervousBreakdown1     (Can only be said by Bastille.)
84 - harmsWay1             (Can only be said by Medics.)
85 - dontBlameMe1
86 - steadyNow1            (Can only be said by Bastille.)
87 - painkillers1          (Can only be said by Bastille and Crash.)
88 - tequila1              (Can only be said by Vegas.)
89 - drinking1             (Cannot be said by Vegas.)
90 - aahhMan1              (Can only be said by Vegas.)
91 - screwThatTequila1     (Can only be said by Vegas.)
92 - hellYeah1             (Can only be said by Vegas.)
93 - youGotItWolfe1        (Can only be said by Vegas.)
94 - whoCares1             (Can only be said by Vegas)
95 -                       (Unused)
96 - doingHere1            (Can only be said by Crash.)
97 - miscChat4             (Can only be said by Bastille, Jaeger, and Sarge.)
98 - takeItEasy1           (Can only be said by Medics.)
99 - reluctantAgreement1
100 - takeItEasy2          (Can only be said by Medics.)
101 - youStillBreathing1   (Can only be said by Jaeger.)
102 - crazy1               (Cannot be said by Sarge and Wolfe.)
103 - swarmDroneClaws1     (Can only be said by Sarge.)
104 - watchYourMouth1      (Can only be said by Crash and Sarge.)
105 - isItDead1            (Can only be said by Crash.)
106 - gettingUgly1         (Can only be said by Crash and Sarge.)
107 - tauntSwarm2          (Can only be said by Wildcat and Wolfe.)
108 - shootEmUp1           (Can only be said by Jaeger, Sarge, Wildcat, and Wolfe.)
109 - imYourHeroCat1       (Can only be said by Wolfe.)
110 - wildcatWolfeBanter1  (Can only be said by Wildcat and Wolfe.)
111 - takingBets1          (Can only be said by Vegas.)
112 - fortuneFavoursVegas1 (Can only be said by Vegas.)
113 - ehJaeger1            (Can only be said by Sarge.)
114 - needADrink1          (Can only be said by Jaeger and Sarge.)
115 - rememberCetiEpsilon1 (Can only be said by Jaeger.)
116 - timeInHell1          (Can only be said by Jaeger and Sarge.)
117 - anotherForMeWolfe1   (Can only be said by Wildcat.)
118 - wildcatWolfeBanter2  (Can only be said by Wildcat and Wolfe.)
119 - wildcatWolfeBanter3  (Can only be said by Wildcat and Wolfe.)
120 - imUnstoppable        (Can only be said by Wolfe.)
121 - wildcatWolfeBanter4  (Can only be said by Wildcat and Wolfe.)
122 - wildcatWolfeBanter5  (Can only be said by Wildcat and Wolfe.)
123 - miscChat5            (Can only be said by Bastille, Sarge, and Wolfe.)

Default LoadoutsEdit

The default weapon and equipment loadout of a particular marine can be changed via the following commands. Default loadouts also apply to any bots added by a player.

For either of the primary or secondary weapon slots use:

asw_default_primary_MARINENUMBER #
asw_default_secondary_MARINENUMBER #

Replace # with one of the following:
0 - Assault Rifle
1 - Prototype Assault Rifle  (Tech only)
2 - Autogun                  (Special Weapons only)
3 - Vindicator               (Officer only)
4 - Twin Pistols
5 - Advanced Sentry Gun
6 - Heal Beacon              (Medic only)
7 - Ammo Satchel
8 - Pump-action Shotgun
9 - Tesla Cannon
10 - Precision Rail Rifle
11 - Medical Gun             (Medic only)
12 - Personal Defence Weapon
13 - Flamer Unit
14 - Freeze Sentry Gun
15 - Minigun                 (Special Weapons only)
16 - Marksman Rifle
17 - Incendiary Sentry Gun
18 - Chainsaw
19 - High Velocity Sentry Cannon 
20 - Grenade Launcher

For the offhand item slot use:

asw_default_extra_MARINENUMBER #

Replace # with one of the following:
0 - Personal Healing Kit
1 - Hand Welder
2 - Combat Flares
3 - Laser Trip Mine
4 - Tactical Heavy Armor
5 - Damange Amplifier
6 - Hornet Barrage
7 - Freeze Grenades
8 - Adrenaline
9 - Tesla Sentry Coil
10 - Electric Charged Armor
11 - Proximity Incendiary Mines (Officer only)
12 - Flashlight Attachment
13 - Power Fist Attachment
14 - Hand Grenades
15 - Nightvision Goggles
16 - Smart Bomb

For all three commands replace MARINENUMBER with one of the following:
0 - Sarge
1 - Wildcat
2 - Faith
3 - Crash
4 - Jaeger
5 - Wolfe
6 - Bastille
7 - Vegas

Server-side CommandsEdit

These commands are specific to the dedicated server or player hosting the game. They affect all players joining the match.

Some of these commands require sv_cheats enabled. Playing in offline mode will bypass this requirement and allow any of these commands to be used. To create an online game with cheats enabled, the host must follow these steps:

  1. Create a game.
  2. Quit to main menu.
  3. In the console, type "map lobby".
  4. In the console, type "sv_cheats 1".

GameplayEdit

Enter the following command into the console before other players connect to enable Alien Swarm 2k4-style skill point distribution. It is not well balanced or supported though, so be careful!

asw_custom_skill_points 1

Ignore the usual two player requirement to start an online game. Experienced players may do this if they want to try completing a mission by themselves, either for a personal challenge, or as part of the unofficial Rambo Challenge.

asw_ignore_need_two_player_requirement 1

Enable first person view. The first command enables first person mode, the second hides the marine from view, and the third changes the camera controls to be more FPS-like.

firstperson
asw_hide_marine 1
asw_controls 0

Force hordes to spawn using a Left 4 Dead-esque director. Excellent for adding an additional level of difficulty.

asw_horde_override 1
asw_wanderer_override 1

The following commands can be used to further tweak horde spawns:
asw_horde_interval_max #      (Replace # with any number. This sets the maximum time between each horde spawn.)
asw_horde_interval_min #      (Replace # with any number. This sets the minimum time between each horde spawn.)
asw_horde_size_max #          (Replace # with any number. This sets the maximum amount of enemies in the horde.)
asw_horde_size_min #          (Replace # with any number. This sets the minimum amount of enemies in the horde.)
asw_horde_class asw_ALIENTYPE (Replace ALIENTYPE with an alien type such as parasite, shieldbug, etc. This sets the alien type that the horde will spawn.)

Hosting ToolsEdit

Restart a mission without a vote.

asw_restart_mission

Kick a player without a vote.

users    (Use this command to generate a list of user IDs.)
kickid # (Replace # with the ID of the user to be kicked.)
kick #   (Replace # with the name of the user to be kicked.)

Change the hosted game type from public to friends-only or vice versa.

make_game_public
make_game_friends_only

BotsEdit

Bots are computer controlled marines that function exactly like those found in the singleplayer offline mode. Bots can be added by any player while in the lobby. They cannot be added to a game in progress. Bots will not prevent additional players from joining a game; they do not take up a real player slot. Bots will automatically be kicked to make room for real players as they join the game. A bot added to a game with only one live player will bypass the usual two player requirement to start a game.

Bots may be ordered to "Follow me" or "Hold position" by any player in a game, however only the player that added the bot can control their equipment usage and/or swap to directly controlling them.

Bots are added or removed with the following commands:

cl_selectm # -1 (-1 will add a bot to the first open marine slot. Replace -1 with either 0, 1, 2 or 3 to fill that specific slot, slots must be filled progressively.)
cl_dselectm #   (Remove a bot from the game.)

In either case, replace # with one of the following:
0 - Sarge
1 - Wildcat
2 - Faith
3 - Crash
4 - Jaeger
5 - Wolfe
6 - Bastille
7 - Vegas

To quickly remove all bots from a game, bind the following command:

bind <key> "cl_dselectm 0; cl_dselectm 1; cl_dselectm 2; cl_dselectm 3; cl_dselectm 4; cl_dselectm 5; cl_dselectm 6; cl_dselectm 7; cl_dselectm 8"

Camera HacksEdit

Main article: Camera Hacks

Go to the camera hacks page to see visual demonstrations of alternate camera views enabled via the console.

Cheat codesEdit

Main article: Cheat codes

Go to the cheat codes page to see visual demonstrations of unfair gameplay enhancements enabled via the console.

Raw Console CommandsEdit

Main article: Raw Console Commands

An unformatted list of console command specific to Alien Swarm that will slowly be integrated into this page and into other articles such as Strategy, Introduction to Mapping, and Source Developer Kit.

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