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For [[Take On Helicopters]] see [[Mission Editor: Debug Console (Take On Helicopters)]]
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See [[Mission Editor: Debug Console (Take On Helicopters)]] for [[Take On Helicopters]].
  
{{GVI|Arma 3|0.54}}
 
  
Debug Console is an editing tool giving designer ability to check various states and execute custom code on the fly.
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{{GVI|Arma 3|0.54}} The '''Debug Console''' is an editing tool that provides scenario designers with the ability to observe variables and to execute code on the fly.
  
 
[[File:A3 console mission.jpg|thumb|Debug Console in pause menu]]
 
[[File:A3 console mission.jpg|thumb|Debug Console in pause menu]]
 
[[File:A3 console editor.jpg|thumb|Debug Console in editor]]
 
[[File:A3 console editor.jpg|thumb|Debug Console in editor]]
[[File:debug_console_history.jpg|thumb|Debug Console History (10 slots history accessible via Page Up and Page Down keys)]]
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[[File:debug_console_history.jpg|thumb|Debug Console History (10 slots, accessible via {{KeyboardShortcut|Page Up}} and {{KeyboardShortcut|Page Down}})]]
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=== Access ===
 
=== Access ===
 
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While playing a mission from the editor, the console is immediately available in pause menu. In the old [[2D Editor]] map screen, you can open it by clicking the "Debug Console" button or with {{KeyboardShortcut|Ctrl|D}}. In Eden editor it is available under <tt>Tools > Debug Console</tt>.
While playing a mission from the editor, the console is immediately available in pause menu. In old [[2D Editor]] map screen, you can open in by clicking on "Debug Console" button or using <tt>Ctrl+D</tt> shortcut. In Eden editor it is available under <tt>Tools -> Debug Console</tt>.  
 
 
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In multiplayer the debug console is available by default only when MP preview is started from [[Eden Editor]], and is only available to the host who started it. In all other cases debug console needs to be explicitly enabled with either editor attribute or  ''enableDebugConsole'' param (see below). It is worth noting that when debug console is configured for admin access, it is only available for [[server.cfg#Logged_In_Admin|logged in]] admin, [[server.cfg#Voted_In_Admin|voted in]] admin is treated just like any other user in this respect.
 
In multiplayer the debug console is available by default only when MP preview is started from [[Eden Editor]], and is only available to the host who started it. In all other cases debug console needs to be explicitly enabled with either editor attribute or  ''enableDebugConsole'' param (see below). It is worth noting that when debug console is configured for admin access, it is only available for [[server.cfg#Logged_In_Admin|logged in]] admin, [[server.cfg#Voted_In_Admin|voted in]] admin is treated just like any other user in this respect.
  
 
=== Configuration ===
 
=== Configuration ===
The console is automatically available in missions running from editor. If mission designer wishes to enable it elsewhere, he can achieve it in one of the 3 ways:
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The console is automatically available in missions running from editor. If mission designer wishes to enable it elsewhere, he can achieve it in one of the three ways:
  
 
* Using mission config param. You can add ''"\a3\functions_f\Params\paramDebugConsole.hpp"'' [[Arma 3 Mission Parameters|mission parameter]], where server host / admin can choose whether or not he'll allow debug console.
 
* Using mission config param. You can add ''"\a3\functions_f\Params\paramDebugConsole.hpp"'' [[Arma 3 Mission Parameters|mission parameter]], where server host / admin can choose whether or not he'll allow debug console.
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<syntaxhighlight lang=cpp>enableDebugConsole = 1;</syntaxhighlight>
 
<syntaxhighlight lang=cpp>enableDebugConsole = 1;</syntaxhighlight>
 
<blockquote><u>Possible values</u>:<br>0 - Default behavior, available only in editor<br>1 - Available in SP and for hosts / logged in admins in MP<br>2 - Available for everyone</blockquote>
 
<blockquote><u>Possible values</u>:<br>0 - Default behavior, available only in editor<br>1 - Available in SP and for hosts / logged in admins in MP<br>2 - Available for everyone</blockquote>
* Using Eden attribute <tt>Debug Console</tt>, available in <tt>Attributes -> General -> States -> Debug Console</tt>
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* Using Eden attribute <tt>Debug Console</tt>, available in <tt>Attributes > General > States > Debug Console</tt>
 
* Using global/mod config param, for example:
 
* Using global/mod config param, for example:
 
<syntaxhighlight lang=cpp>enableDebugConsole = 2;</syntaxhighlight>
 
<syntaxhighlight lang=cpp>enableDebugConsole = 2;</syntaxhighlight>
  
 
==== Whitelisting Multiple Users ====
 
==== Whitelisting Multiple Users ====
Since {{GVI|arma3|1.71}} it is possible to let more than 1 person access debug console in Multiplayer. This is done by defining <tt>enableDebugConsole</tt> param as [[Array]] and adding UIDs of whitelisted users to this array, for example:
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Since {{GVI|arma3|1.71}} it is possible to let more than one person access debug console in Multiplayer. This is done by defining <tt>enableDebugConsole</tt> param as [[Array]] and adding UIDs of whitelisted users to this array, for example:
 
<syntaxhighlight lang=cpp>enableDebugConsole[] = {"81273982178973213", "3749832749732749", "7492374983274234"};</syntaxhighlight>
 
<syntaxhighlight lang=cpp>enableDebugConsole[] = {"81273982178973213", "3749832749732749", "7492374983274234"};</syntaxhighlight>
 
All users with UIDs matching the added UIDs will be able to access debug console in Multiplayer. Additionally, server host will also be able to use debug console, as well as any logged in admin on dedicated server.
 
All users with UIDs matching the added UIDs will be able to access debug console in Multiplayer. Additionally, server host will also be able to use debug console, as well as any logged in admin on dedicated server.
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==== Order of Precedence ====
 
==== Order of Precedence ====
# [[Arma 3 Mission Parameters | Mission param]] is checked. If is not defined then...
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# [[Arma 3 Mission Parameters | Mission param]] is checked. If it is not defined then...
 
# [[description.ext]] param <tt>enableDebugConsole</tt> is checked. If is not defined then...
 
# [[description.ext]] param <tt>enableDebugConsole</tt> is checked. If is not defined then...
 
# [[Eden]] attribute option is checked. If not defined then...
 
# [[Eden]] attribute option is checked. If not defined then...
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=== Features ===
 
=== Features ===
 
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{{Informative|You can clear large amounts of text from the expression field or a watch field by selecting the field and pressing {{KeyboardShortcut|Ctrl|A}} and then {{KeyboardShortcut|Del}}.}}
{{Informative | Did you know that if you accidentally pasted a large amount of text in either watch field or exec field, to clear the field at once select the field and press <tt>Ctrl+A</tt> to select all and then <tt>DEL</tt> to clear }}.
 
 
* '''Expression field'''
 
* '''Expression field'''
** Value is saved when console is closed and restored again upon return
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** The expression is saved when the debug console is closed and restored again upon return.
** Since {{GVI|arma3|1.73}} comments marked by '''//''' are ignored
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** {{GVI|arma3|1.73}} Comments with <tt>//</tt> are supported (use {{KeyboardShortcut|Shift|Enter}} to start a new line).
 
** The expression can be executed by one of the following buttons:
 
** The expression can be executed by one of the following buttons:
 
*** Local - execute on player's computer using [[remoteExec]] to [[call]] given code.
 
*** Local - execute on player's computer using [[remoteExec]] to [[call]] given code.
*** Global - execute on all computers using [[remoteExec]] to [[call]] given code. Enabled only in MP
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*** Global - execute on all computers using [[remoteExec]] to [[call]] given code. Enabled only in MP.
*** Server - execute on server only using [[remoteExec]] to [[call]] given code. Enabled only in MP
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*** Server - execute on server only using [[remoteExec]] to [[call]] given code. Enabled only in MP.
 
*** Performance Test - See: [[diag_codePerformance]]
 
*** Performance Test - See: [[diag_codePerformance]]
  
 
* '''4x Watch field'''
 
* '''4x Watch field'''
** Value is saved when console is closed and restored again upon return
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** The expression is saved when the debug console is closed and restored again upon return.
** When code is taking too long to evaluate (>0.003s), the background turns orange and the value is not saved
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** When the code is taking too long to evaluate (>0.003s), the background turns orange and the value is not saved.
** Watch fields execution paused when user edits the watch expression, and resumes on change of focus or enter key
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** Watch field execution is paused when the user edits the watch expression and resumed on change of focus or when pressing {{KeyboardShortcut|Enter}}.
  
 
* {{GVI|arma3|1.73}}[[File:Arma3 Debug ExecutionResult.jpg|thumb|right|Execution result field]] '''Execution result field'''
 
* {{GVI|arma3|1.73}}[[File:Arma3 Debug ExecutionResult.jpg|thumb|right|Execution result field]] '''Execution result field'''
** The execution result field shows result of local execution of the expression code
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** The execution result field shows result of local execution of the expression code.
** In MP the execution result field shows remote result for server execution  
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** In MP the execution result field shows remote result for server execution.
  
* '''Buttons''' (All of the following buttons close the pause menu and open some another window)
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* '''Buttons''' (All of the following buttons close the pause menu and open another window)
 
** '''[[Spectator Mode|Spectator Camera]]'''
 
** '''[[Spectator Mode|Spectator Camera]]'''
 
** '''[[Arma 3: Splendid Camera]]'''
 
** '''[[Arma 3: Splendid Camera]]'''
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=== Utilities ===
 
=== Utilities ===
In order to access [[Arma_3_Utilities]] from debug console, type <tt>utils</tt> in the debug console and press local exec. Or to go directly to utility of your choice type <tt>utils N</tt>, where N is the number of the utility in the list. For example <tt>utils 2</tt> will take you to config browser.
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In order to access [[Arma 3 Utilities]] from debug console, type {{Inline code|utils}} in the debug console and press local exec. To go directly to the utility of your choice use {{Inline code|utils n}}, where <tt>n</tt> is the number of the utility in the list. For example {{Inline code|utils 2}} will take you to config browser.
  
 
=== See Also ===
 
=== See Also ===
 
* [[Debugging Techniques]]
 
* [[Debugging Techniques]]
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[[Category:Mission_Editor|Debug Console]]
 
[[Category:Mission_Editor|Debug Console]]
 
{{GameCategory|arma3|Editing}}
 
{{GameCategory|arma3|Editing}}

Revision as of 14:26, 17 January 2021

See Mission Editor: Debug Console (Take On Helicopters) for Take On Helicopters.


Arma 3 logo black.png0.54 The Debug Console is an editing tool that provides scenario designers with the ability to observe variables and to execute code on the fly.

Debug Console in pause menu
Debug Console in editor
Debug Console History (10 slots, accessible via Page Up and Page Down)

Access

While playing a mission from the editor, the console is immediately available in pause menu. In the old 2D Editor map screen, you can open it by clicking the "Debug Console" button or with Ctrl + D. In Eden editor it is available under Tools > Debug Console.

In multiplayer the debug console is available by default only when MP preview is started from Eden Editor, and is only available to the host who started it. In all other cases debug console needs to be explicitly enabled with either editor attribute or enableDebugConsole param (see below). It is worth noting that when debug console is configured for admin access, it is only available for logged in admin, voted in admin is treated just like any other user in this respect.

Configuration

The console is automatically available in missions running from editor. If mission designer wishes to enable it elsewhere, he can achieve it in one of the three ways:

  • Using mission config param. You can add "\a3\functions_f\Params\paramDebugConsole.hpp" mission parameter, where server host / admin can choose whether or not he'll allow debug console.
  • Using following Description.ext param, for example:
enableDebugConsole = 1;

Possible values:
0 - Default behavior, available only in editor
1 - Available in SP and for hosts / logged in admins in MP
2 - Available for everyone

  • Using Eden attribute Debug Console, available in Attributes > General > States > Debug Console
  • Using global/mod config param, for example:
enableDebugConsole = 2;

Whitelisting Multiple Users

Since Arma 3 logo black.png1.71 it is possible to let more than one person access debug console in Multiplayer. This is done by defining enableDebugConsole param as Array and adding UIDs of whitelisted users to this array, for example:

enableDebugConsole[] = {"81273982178973213", "3749832749732749", "7492374983274234"};

All users with UIDs matching the added UIDs will be able to access debug console in Multiplayer. Additionally, server host will also be able to use debug console, as well as any logged in admin on dedicated server.

Mod support

Since Arma 3 logo black.png1.71 it is possible to configure debug console availability with a mod param enableDebugConsole. This param is checked if no debug console option is set in the mission. If a server admin would like to make debug console available for a group of trusted people, he can create a custom mod, for example with:

enableDebugConsole = 2;

Then sign it and distribute between trusted people. This way anyone who has this custom mod signed with correct signature, will be able to connect to the server and use debug console. Array of UIDs is also supported here.

To whitelist (multiple) users with a mod, if enableDebugConsole has already been defined, use the delete keyword:

delete enableDebugConsole;
enableDebugConsole[] = {"81273982178973213"};

Order of Precedence

  1. Mission param is checked. If it is not defined then...
  2. description.ext param enableDebugConsole is checked. If is not defined then...
  3. Eden attribute option is checked. If not defined then...
  4. Global/mod param enableDebugConsole is checked.

BattlEye Filters

Debug Console uses Remote Execution. If you wish to exclude Debug Console execution from BE Filters, add this to your remoteexec.txt !="BIS_fnc_debugConsoleExec \[[0-2],\{.*\}\]"

Features

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  • Expression field
    • The expression is saved when the debug console is closed and restored again upon return.
    • Arma 3 logo black.png1.73 Comments with // are supported (use Shift + Enter to start a new line).
    • The expression can be executed by one of the following buttons:
  • 4x Watch field
    • The expression is saved when the debug console is closed and restored again upon return.
    • When the code is taking too long to evaluate (>0.003s), the background turns orange and the value is not saved.
    • Watch field execution is paused when the user edits the watch expression and resumed on change of focus or when pressing Enter.
  • Arma 3 logo black.png1.73
    Execution result field
    Execution result field
    • The execution result field shows result of local execution of the expression code.
    • In MP the execution result field shows remote result for server execution.

Profile Saving

The debug console automatically saves each field as you go, Even after game restart. These can also be access using profileNamespace getVariable with the following code:

  • Expression Field

profileNamespace getVariable "rscdebugconsole_expression";

  • 4x Watch Field

profileNamespace getVariable "rscdebugconsole_watch1"; profileNamespace getVariable "rscdebugconsole_watch2"; profileNamespace getVariable "rscdebugconsole_watch3"; profileNamespace getVariable "rscdebugconsole_watch4"; Using the same variables you can also clear or change the fields.

Utilities

In order to access Arma 3 Utilities from debug console, type Template:Inline code in the debug console and press local exec. To go directly to the utility of your choice use Template:Inline code, where n is the number of the utility in the list. For example Template:Inline code will take you to config browser.

See Also