Arma 3: Debug Console

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For Take On Helicopters see Mission Editor: Debug Console (Take On Helicopters)

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Debug Console is an editing tool giving designer ability to check various states and execute custom code on the fly.

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


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 Ctrl+D shortcut. 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.


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:

  • 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 1 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 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 \[[0-2],\{.*\}\]"


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 Ctrl+A to select all and then DEL to clear


  • Expression field
    • Value is saved when console is closed and restored again upon return
    • Since Arma 3 logo black.png1.73 comments marked by // are ignored
    • The expression can be executed by one of the following buttons:
  • 4x Watch field
    • Value is saved when 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
    • Watch fields execution paused when user edits the watch expression, and resumes on change of focus or enter key
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    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.


In order to access Arma_3_Utilities from debug console, type utils in the debug console and press local exec. Or to go directly to utility of your choice type utils N, where N is the number of the utility in the list. For example utils 2 will take you to config browser.

See Also