Quake 3 Arena Console Commands
Type in the commands in the Quake 3 console (press ~ to bring down the console). You can also put these commands in your \demoq3\q3config.cfg file and they will be executed every time you start Quake 3.
There is a big list of commands and variable to play with in Quake 3. These are some of the more useful ones and interesting ones. Some of these can only be used while in "cheat" mode, and other settings may be locked on certain servers, to keep it a fair fight between players.
If you want to see the complete lists:
/cmdlist - will produce a list of commands
/cvarlist - will produce a list of console variables
You can also output this to a text file by typing
This will output the contents of the console to a text file in the Quake3/baseq3 directory.
Will produce a list of all currently bound commands.
One of the most basic commands, this will "bind", or assign a command to a particular key.
Usage: /bind " "
Example: /bind space "+zoom"
Will produce a chat message onscreen. Used with the /bind command, this is an easy way to set up chat messages.
Example: bind F5 say "ouch! that hurt!"
Do NOT abuse this command. Spamming servers with lots of useless chat is an easy way to get kicked off a server.
Allows you to send private messages to your teammates. VERY useful for Capture the Flag matches.
Example: bind I say_team "Defense: Incoming Enemy!"
Bind this command to a key to enter "team chat" mode. Anything you type after this command will only be sent to your teammates.
Will cause you to commit suicide. A handy way to lose a frag.
Quits the game.
/callvote [proposed vote]
This command can be used to propose changes on a server, and allow all the players on the server to vote on it. This can be used to change maps, game modes, settings, and even kick players if necessary. To vote on a proposed change, press F1 to vote "yes" and F2 to vote "no".
callvote map q3dm9
100 callvote kick sluggo
Show ip address of currently connected server. You might want to get the ip address of the server you are connected to, so you can send it to friends who want to play with you.
Will reconnect you to the last server you were connected to. Useful if Q3 dumps you to the main menu during a map change for no apparent reason.
/cg_draw2d (deafult: 1)
Will turn your HUD on and off (0=off, 1=on)
/cg_fov (default: 90)
Will alter your on-screen field of vision. Lower settings are more zoomed in; higher #'s give you a wider view, but can get skewed at anything above.
/cg_zoom fov (default: 22.5)
Will alter your FOV when in "zoom" mode.
/cg_drawFPS (deafult: 0)
Will display your framerate in the upper right of the screen. (0=off, 1=on)
/cg_drawGun (deafult: 0)
Will toggle your gun model on and off the screen. (0=off, 1=on)
/cg_drawTimer (default: 0)
Will display elapsed game time in the upper right of the screen. (0=off, 1=on)
/cg_gibs (default: 1)
This activates the splatter that is so much a part of shooters these days. Setting to "0" can help keep things clean in heavily trafficked games. (0=off, 1=on)
/cg_simpleItems (default: 0)
Will turn all items into 2D sprites. Can help improve performance on slower systems. (0=off, 1=on)
/cg_drawTeamOverlay (default: 0) Will toggle the very useful "team overlay" on your HUD, which will allow you to see the health, armor, and current selected weapon of all your teammates. (0=off, 1=on)
/cg_thirdPerson (0/1; default: 0)
/cg_thirdPersonAngle (0-360; default: 0)
/cg_thirdPersonRange (default: 40)
These three commands will allow you to play with Quake III's "third-person" view. Setting /cg_thirdPerson to 1 will activate the view, and /cg_thirdPersonRange will set how far behind you view your player from. /cg_thirdPersonAngle will rotate the camera around your player; set the angle to 180 and you'll get a good head-on look at your model.
Useful Server Commands
These are some useful commands you might want to use when running a server. Some of the variables require the map be restarted before taking effect; use the "/map_restart" command to accomplish this.
Will produce a list of current server settings.
Will load any map with your current server settings.
Will reload current map. You may have to use this command before various server settings can take effect.
Change or view the current server name with this command.
Will display or set the current game type:
"0" - free-for-all DM
"1" - Tournament 1-on-1
"2" - Single-Player
"3" - Team Deathmatch
"4" - Capture the Flag.
Example: /g_gametype "3"
Will display or set the maximum # of players on a
Example: /sv_maxclients "10"
Displays or sets the server time limit.
Displays or sets the server frag limit.
This command can be used to keep a server populated with random bots when empty. Bots are kicked when players join.
Example: /bot_minplayers "4"
Can be used to manaully add bots to a game.
Will kick any specified player from the game.
/g_gravity (default: 800)
Set or display the world gravity with this variable. (Lower number is less gravity.)
/g_speed (default: 320)
Set or display player running speed with this variable. Setting to 1000 will produce highly interesting results.