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Victoria 3 offers a debug mode (disabled by default) that allows the inputting of console commands. This page lists the codes that may be input into the Console Window, a special debugging window that may be accessed in non-ironman games while in debug mode by pressing Shift+2, ALT+2+1, Shift+3,§, ~, ^, °, ², or ` (key varies based upon keyboard layout). For QWERTY keyboards, the key is `. Otherwise, Shift + Alt + C may work if the prior combinations did not. Press the up or down arrow keys to traverse through previously executed commands. Press ⇆Tab after entering the beginning of a command to autocomplete it or display which commands contain the entered sequence. Many codes can be turned off by repeating the command, but sometimes reloading the save or exiting the game is necessary.

Debug mode[edit | edit source]

Debug mode is a set of game tools that allows the modification of game behavior outside of normal means. It includes:

  • Console Window (accepts console commands)
  • Debug Menus (including the GUI Editor, Script explorer and others)
  • Debug Info
  • Ctrl + clicking on a country on the map takes control of the country
  • Ctrl + alt + clicking on a state on the map takes the state
  • File watcher that automatically reloads changed files (including mods) into memory

Enabling debug mode[edit | edit source]

Debug mode can be enabled before launching the game and/or toggled in the game using mods. It can be disabled from the console, but can't be re-enabled after it's closed (unless with mods).

How to enable it:

Mods[edit | edit source]

There are a number of mods, like Free Console Access, which allow the toggling of debug mode between on and off, making it convenient to use the console and play, but this doesn't enable instant reloading of files. For modding, it's better to use both a mod and launch options.

Launcher[edit | edit source]

In the game Launcher:

  1. Switch to Game Settings on the left
  2. Scroll down to "Open game in Debug Mode" section and click Launch

Steam[edit | edit source]

On Steam:

  1. Right-click the game, open Properties
  2. Add -debug_mode to the Launch Options at the bottom
  3. Start the game

Windows[edit | edit source]

Without Steam, on Windows:

  1. Go to your Victoria 3 directory, "binaries" folder
  2. Right-click victoria3.exe and create a shortcut
  3. Right-click the shortcut, open Properties
  4. In the Target field add -debug_mode at the end (so it looks like this "...\victoria3.exe" -debug_mode)
  5. Launch the game using the shortcut

Disabling debug mode[edit | edit source]

To activate achievements again, disable all active mods and remove -debug_mode from launch options. After launching the game, make sure you have the correct checksum. It can be found in the right corner in the Main Menu.

Debug info[edit | edit source]

When debug mode is activated, some tooltips (especially on the map) will show debug info which is normally hidden during normal gameplay.

List of console commands[edit | edit source]

Command Description
3dstats Toggles 3D Stats
3dstats.EnableGfxZoneStats Toggles 3D Gfx Zone Stats
Adjacencies.Rebuild Rebuild all adjacencies
Application.ChangeResolution Change the resolution through the console
Browser.OpenURL [<url>] Opens up a browser with the provided URL
Camera.Debug Prints out camera debug information
Camera.Load Load camera position
Camera.Save Save camera position
Checksum.Log Log the game state checksums to the game log.
CrashReporter.DeleteCrashData Delete local crash dumps older than X days.
CrashReporter.SimulateCrash Simulates a crash (resulting in the game exiting).
Debug.Achievements.Lock [<key>] Locks an achievement again
Debug.Achievements.ResetAll Locks all achievements again
Debug.Achievements.ToggleDebug [<value>] Puts the achievements system in debug mode
Debug.Achievements.Unlock [<key>] Unlocks an achievements given the key
Debug.TextureMode [Name of debug mode] Enables a texture mode for debugging
Dockables.Create [Dockable name] Create dockable
Dockables.CreateUserLayout [Dockable layout name] Create a new user layout copy of current layout, with new name.
Dockables.DeleteUserLayout [Dockable layout name] Delete layout as user layout
Dockables.HideLayout Hide any shown dockable layout
Dockables.SaveUserLayout Save current layout to disk as user layout, optionally under a new name.
Dockables.ShowLayout [Dockable layout name] Show an existing (user) layout, hide current layout
Dockables.ShowManager Show dockable layout manager
GUI.AnimationTimeline.LogStats Dump stats of the GUI Animation Timeline system to the debug log.
GUI.ClearWidgets Clear dummy widget
GUI.CreateDockable [File name] [Widget name] [Dockable id. If doesn't exist, it will be registered] Create dummy dockable widget. With 0 arguments the file name will be gui/test_gui.gui, and the widget name will be test_window
GUI.CreateWidget Create dummy widget. With 0 arguments the file name will be gui/test_gui.gui, and the widget name will be test_window
Localization.ToggleIncludeKeyInLocOutput Includes the loc key in localization output
Localization.ToggleOnlyKeyInLocOutput Shows only the loc key in localization output
Localization.ToggleSkipDataSystemInLocOutput Don't run the data system at all in loc
Log.ClearAll Clears all logs
Log.ClearErrorLog Clears out the error log and resets the error count
Map.SavePNG [<map mode>] [<file name>] [<yes/no> Should render flat (optional)] Save a png of the map for a specific map mode. The only map mode which is known to work is "countries"
MapObjects.Debug Prints out map object debug information
MapObjects.GenerateGameLocators [<type>] [<filename> (optional)] Generates locators for the game's map objects
MapObjects.Painter.AddPosition Place a map object under the cursor
ModifierNode.Graph Open a graph view of the tick tasks
ModifierNode.List Open a graph view of the tick tasks
Music.PauseFactor Shows or sets the current pause_factor of the music system
Music.PlayTrack [<track name>] Plays the specified track
Music.Reset Resets the music system
Music.StopTrack Stops the currently playing track
PopsFileStorage.Sync Sync POP File Storage
Portrait.ClearCache Clears the portrait cache. Forces all portraits to refresh
Print.EventDebug Print event debug statistics, needs to set Debug.Events to collect statistics
RandomLog Toggles random logging
RandomLog.Dump [Frame count to dump, or * to dump all available frames (defaults to *)] [Target filename (defaults to random.log)] Dump random log data to a file.
SplineNetwork.SetAssetGenerationMode Sets mode for spline strips and anchors generation <naval/default>
SplineNetwork.ValidateSplines Validate the integrity of in-game spline system
Terrain.Regenerate Regenerates terrain bitmap
Threading.TaskThreadCount [The number of task threads] Set or get the number of task threads
TickTask.Graph Open a graph view of the tick tasks
TickTask.List Open a graph view of the tick tasks
add_approval [interest group name] [amount] [time] Adds an approval timed modifier to a given interest group, [amount] is optional (default=1), [time] in months and optional (default=1), e.g: add_approval ig_armed_forces 20(approval) 20(months) find group name in game/common/interest_groups
add_clout [interest group name] [amount] [time] Adds or removes clout of the interest group by changing their political strength with timed modifier, [amount] is optional (default=1), [time] in months and optional (default=1)
add_ideology [interest group name] [Ideology to add.] Add an ideology to a given interest group
add_loyalists [culture] [amount] Adds loyalists to culture by fraction of population
add_radicals [culture] [amount] Adds radicals to culture by fraction of population
add_relations Changes relations with country by a given value
add_war_support [country_tag] [amount] Alters wars support of country in ALL of their wars by amount
ai.debug [tag] dumps debug info for country
ai.goal [tag] [goal type] Checks ai goal
ai_evaluate_building [<building key> <state region key>] Prints AI debug data for selected state & building type.
ai_evaluate_interest [<strategic region key>] Prints AI debug data for selected strategic region declared interest.
ai_evaluate_production_method [<building key> <pm key> <state region key>] Prints AI debug data for selected production method in state for building type.
ai_evaluate_trade_route [<goods key> <country tag>] Prints AI debug data for selected goods & country trade partner.
annex [<country tag/id>] Annexes a country
annex_all Annexes all other countries
audio.cpu_info Shows current cpu usage
audio.list_events List audio event
audio.play_event [audio event] Play audio event
callstack Print the callstack
change_law Changes a Law to the specified key
changestatepop [state_id] [pop_type / all] [factor] Changes the pop size of the given pop type ( can be 'all' ) by at most the given factor. Will be capped by max employment for each pop.
check_pollution_level [state region tag] Print out pollution for specified state region
check_save Checks that saving and loading is consistent
clearlines Clear lines
clearspawnedentities Clears entities spawned with spawnentity command
coa_preview_window Open the Coat of Arms Preview Window
compound_nodeeditor Compound Node Editor
conquerall [country tag] Set all enemy provinces under our control.
crash Cause the application to crash
create_ai [self/all/tag] Creates AI for country or countries
create_building_history Creates a game-history compliant .txt file of all buildings in the world / state ID as well as their PM / subsidy configurations.
create_country [country definition] [country type] [culture] [state id] Creates a country
create_political_movement [<law type key>] Creates a political movement
create_pop_history Creates a dump in debug.log with a complete pop history
create_state_region_data Creates a game-database compliant .txt file of all state regions in the world and their provinces/resources
cthulhu ?
data_types_explorer Opens the data types explorer dockable
data_wrappers_stats [Filter] Prints statistics about data wrappers
date [date in format] Changes current date
debug [arguments] Various debugging actions. See console command arguments.
debug_lens_option toggles the cheat mode debug_lens_option
debug_mode Toggles debug mode
debugcharacters Creates a semi-colon delimited logfile with debug info regarding all characters.
debugcountrybudgets Creates a semi-colon delimited logfile with debug info regarding all countries and their budgets.
debugemployment Creates and appends a comma-delimited logfile with debug info regarding employment in the specified state ID.
debugmarkets Creates a semi-colon delimited logfile with debug info regarding all goods and markets.
debugpopconsumption Creates a semi-colon delimited logfile with debug info regarding all pops' consumption
debugpopwealth Creates a semi-colon delimited logfile of the current wealth status of all pops.
debugstates Write a semi-colon delimited logfile with debug info regarding all states.
debugterrainweights Prints out the number of
debugtheaters Write a semi-colon delimited logfile with debug info regarding all theaters.
deiron Disables Ironman mode
disable_ai [all/tag] Disables AI
disable_pop_growth toggles the cheat mode disable_pop_growth
disable_retooling toggles the cheat mode disable_retooling
drawcmdsviewer Draw Cmds Viewer
dump_data_types dumps the registered data types
enable_ai [all/tag] Enables AI
entity_editor Entity Editor Dockable
escalate [<amount>] Adds escalation to player diplomatic plays.
event [event name] [<country_tag/province_id>] Executes an event
explorer Shows an object explorer window
exportbuildings Write a semi-colon delimited logfile with all building type info
fastbuild toggles the cheat mode fastbuild (makes all constructions instant) (affects AI)
fastenact toggles the cheat mode fastenact (enactment of policies is instant)
fasthire toggles the cheat mode fasthire
fastinstitutions toggles the cheat mode fastinstitutions
fastinterests toggles the cheat mode fastinterests
fastmobilize toggles the cheat mode fastmobilize
fastresearch toggles the cheat mode fastresearch
fastrevolution toggles the cheat mode fastrevolution
fastsecession toggles the cheat mode fastsecession
fasttravels toggles the cheat mode fasttravels
find_unemployed Find and report all unemployed pops with an optional cutoff
fix_state_regions Fix state regions.
force_oos Make this client go out of sync in multiplayer
generate_province_center_objects generates a file with meshes in the center of each province
gfx.reloadtexture Reload textures select active gfx skin
gfx.texture_limit Set texture video memory limit in megabytes
gui_animation_editor GUI Animation Timeline Dockable
gui_editor Spawns gui editor
help [command name] Print out all console commands or a specific command description.
hq_show_id toggles the cheat mode hq_show_id
ignore_government_support toggles the cheat mode ignore_government_support
invalidate_character [character id] Invalidate the modifier on the character with the specified ID
invalidate_country [country id] Invalidate the modifier on the country with the specified ID
invalidate_ig [interest group id] Invalidate the modifier on the interest group with the specified ID
invalidate_state [state id] Invalidate the modifier on the state with the specified ID
io_stats Toggles IO Stats
io_stats.Reset Resets IO Stats
kill_character [character name] kills the named character
log_status Log Status Dockable
log_ticktask_performance Start outputing ticktask performance data to profiling.log
log_viewer Log Viewer Dockable
map_editor Toggle map editor
mapmode [mapmode] Switches to a given mapmode
measure_frame_time ["start" or "stop" measuring] Measures avg/min/max frame time and prints the result to debug.log once stopped
memory_stats Toggles Memory Stats
memory_stats.Reset Resets Memory Stats
minidump [file path] Creates a minidump
money [amount] Adds specified amount of money
net_debuginfo Print debug info about the networking layer
net_stats Toggles Net Stats
net_stats.Reset Resets Net Stats
norevolution toggles the cheat mode norevolution
nosecession toggles the cheat mode nosecession
observe start observing the game
own [province id/state region tag] [country tag] Change the owner of specified province or state region. The state region tags can be found in the list of state regions
particleeditor Particle Node Editor
permitmarginalizedingovernment toggles the cheat mode permitmarginalizedingovernment
pops_account_disconnect_steam Disconnect Paradox account from Steam
pops_account_login [email] [password] Login to a POPS Account
pops_account_logout Logout from a POPS Account
pops_account_status Show whether you are currently logged into POPS or not.
popstat Prints out amount of active pops.
portrait_editor Open the portrait editor
print_gamestate_modifiers Prints Gamestate Modifiers
province_borders [true/false] Toggles showing of province borders
pseudoLoc Enable/Disable Pseudo Localization on Text Widgets
recalc_cached_data Recalculate cached gamestate data.
release_mode Toggles release mode
reload [file name] Reloads assets
rendertype Reports what render backend is used
research Acquire technologies
save_game_analyzer Open the save game analyzer
screenshot Take screenshot
script_docs Prints script documentation
set_devastation_level [state region tag] [amount] Set devastation level in specified state region
set_pollution_level [state region tag] [amount] Set pollution level in specified state region
settings Spawns a settings GUI with an optional argument for an initially selected category
shader_editor Shader Editor Dockable
show_goals Show AI goals.
skip_migration toggles the cheat mode skip_migration
sleep Sleep for specified amount of milliseconds
social_addfriend [Context Index] [Account ID] Add a friend to friends list
social_debuginfo Print debug info about the social layer
social_joinroom [Context Index] [Room Name] [Nick Name] Join a chat room using the given social context
social_sendmessage [Context Index] [Room Name] [Message] Send a message to a chat room.
spawnentity [<entity name>] [<state> (optional)] Spawns specified entity at cursor position
spawnentity_at [<entity name>] [x] [y] [<state> (optional)] Spawns specified entity at xy-position
spawnline [<line name>] [<start position 'x,y,z'> (no spaces)] [<end position x,y,z> (no spaces)] Spawns specified line between 2 positions
spawnnotification [notificationtype] [<scopeindex>] Spawns notification of specified type.
swapchain.buffers Query/Set swapchain buffers
switchlanguage [language name] Reload localization files and switch language
tag [country_tag] Switch control to another country
testaipacts Test whether AI would dissolve current pacts
testevent [event name] [<country_tag/province_id>] Tests an event
testobjective [<subgoal key (optional)>] Tests objective triggered effects
texturelist Texture List
textureviewer Texture Viewer
time What time is it?
tools.skins Skin Editor
treatyport [<state region tag>] Takes treaty port in state region
tweak Spawns a tweaker GUI
update_distribution Updates garrison unit distribution in HQ of specified State ID
update_employment Transfers employees between buildings in the specified state ID.
validate_employment Print out unemployment in states.
validate_income Print out countries with income deficits.
validate_pops Ensures all pops have valid params and prints them to the error log otherwise.
version Shows current build information, put 1 as second parameter for long version
vsync Toggle main swapchains vsync
wagerate Get or Set a building's wage rate
yesmen AI will agree to all diplomatic proposals & sway offers from players

Console command arguments[edit | edit source]

Argument Value Description
Interest Group Name ig_armed_forces Armed Forces
ig_devout Devout
ig_industrialists Industrialists
ig_intelligentsia Intelligentsia
ig_landowners Landowners
ig_petty_bourgeoisie Petite Bourgeoisie
ig_rural_folk Rural Folk
ig_trade_unions Trade Unions
Debug Mode ai

References[edit | edit source]