How to Open and Use the Console in Stellaris

The basics.

Using cheat commands in Stellaris can help you get better at the game, make gameplay more interesting and allow you to skip parts of the game you don't enjoy. Cheats are executed via the console - essentially a text box that you can type commands into. Below we have explained how to open and use it.

To open the console in Stellaris, all you need to do is press the ` key - it's usually located under ESC. If your keyboard doesn't have that key, or that key isn't working for you, here are other ways you can open the command console:

  • ~
  • SHIFT + 2
  • SHIFT + 3
  • ALT + 2 + 1

To use the console, simply type in a cheat code and hit ENTER. An example is planets, typing this command into the console and hitting enter will instantly print a list of all planets and the amount of each in your game. You can find a list of all cheat codes on our cheat list.

Console Guides for Other Games

Check out these guides if you'd like to find out how to open the console in other games:

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