How to Open and Use the Fallout 4 Console

A simple guide.

The console is a great utility that's avaiable on PC and Mac (Steam) versions of Fallout 4. Via the console, you can execute commands (cheats) that can change every part of the game - you can add items, spawn charcters, hide buildings, etc.

How to Open the Console

Opening the console is done with the press of a hotkey. The hotkey used to open the console in Fallout 4 varies based on your keyboard layout. The most common keys are:

  • ~ (tilde)
  • ' (apostrophe)
  • " (quotation marks)
  • ` (grave, the key underneath the ESC key)

If you've tried pressing all 4 of the above and none work, we recommend taking a look at your keyboard/mouse settings in the in-game settings screen to see which hotkey has been assigned. There is also a table of less common hotkeys (other keyboard layouts) at the bottom of this article.

How to Use the Console

Commands are simply words/sentences typed into the console that tell the game what to do. To execute a command, simply type it into the console and hit enter. An example of a command is player.resethealth, if you were to type this into the console and hit enter, your health would be restored to 100%.

Sometimes commands require arguments. Arguments are simply extra bits of information separated by spaces after a command.

The command player.removeitem removes an item from your inventory. In order to tell the command what item you remove, you need to specify an item id as an argument. The item ID for a flare gun is 001025ac, if you wanted to remove that from your inventory with a command, you'd type player.removeitem 001025ac. In the command player.removeitem 001025ac, the argument is 001025ac.

In our command list, there are many commands that require a target ID (reference ID). For help with these commands, please see our reference ID guide.

Less Common Keyboard Hotkeys

If the common hotkeys to open the Fallout 4 console aren't working on your keyboard, below is a table of hotkeys for other keyboard layouts.

Belgium ù
Canada è
Denmark Æ
Estonia ü
France ü
Finland Ö
Germany ^
Hungary ö
Iceland Æ
Italy \
Japan @
Norway ø
Portugal ç
Russia ё
Spain ñ
Switzerland ¨

Command Consoles in Other Video Games

Fallout 4 isn't the only game with a console that allows you to execute commands. Check out these related articles for games you probably play:


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