Sid Meier's Civilization VI

Sid Meier's Civilization VI

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Civ 6 Debug Menu: How to use and Console Commands
By TheSewerDog
This is a guide on how to use the Civ 6 debug menu and console commands. I will add more info on the debug menu and console commands when I find new info on them. Please tell me if I need to fix something in the guide or add something, it helps a lot.
How to enable the debug menu
  1. Go to \Documents\My Games\Sid Meier's Civilization VI
  2. Open AppOptions.txt
  3. Then scroll down the file to find
    [Debug] ;Enable FireTuner. EnableTuner 0 ;Enable Debug menu. EnableDebugMenu 0 ;Set to 0 to disable audio. EnableAudio 1
    and then turn EnableDebugMenu 0 to EnableDebugMenu 1
How to use the debug menu
To use the debug menu, you have to press the ~ on your keyboard* and it should open the console to look like this

This is the console where commands are put in.

The 2 arrows on the left do 2 diffenent things. The up arrow brings the console log which holds code you have put in.

The down arrow brings down the Debug View menu, which has different options to choose from.
Debug View menu options
Frame Statistics: Shows graphic information on things like frame rate, resolution, and vram usage.

VFX Statistics: An option shows info on video effect processes like effects simulated.

Time of Day: An option to change the time of day in the game with a slider, when the time changes, so does the lighting effects (i.e sky), this would mainly be used for people who want to take screenshots with different sky lighting.

Camera: Shows info on y and x axis, zoom, tilt, and height of the camera.

Lua Statistics: Shows info on Lua code working with the graphics.

Memory: Shows what the vram is being used for.
Console Commands
Reveal All
Reveals and shows the entire map
Hello world
Log then says hello world back
* The tidle key (~) is not the key usually used for all keyboard formats, if you have a keyboard in the different format of an US International keyboard layout, your key might be in the same area as the tidle key in the US International keyboard layout, shown below.
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SMM23 Apr 2 @ 12:24pm 
Can't find the AppOptions.txt file.
rg1 Feb 15 @ 12:03pm 
does console+commands still work?
AhhDrrt Jun 25, 2018 @ 10:21pm 
For those of you using the Steam Linux version of Civ 6, the AppOptions.txt file is located under your home directory at .local/share/aspyr-media, NOT under
.local/share/Steam/steamapps/common/Sid Meier's Civilization VI as one would expect.
joe78man Jun 18, 2018 @ 10:40am 
With spanish keyboards press ñ
DrunkenCyclop Feb 13, 2018 @ 8:48am 
For AZERTY users, it's "§" or "!"
-DI- Blkbutterfly Dec 26, 2017 @ 3:08pm 
There is a new console command. For iPad/iOS users. See →
TheSewerDog  [author] Sep 19, 2017 @ 6:26pm 
That would be nice, but we don't know till we try.
Dredditor Sep 18, 2017 @ 6:29pm 
Ah that sucks. Maybe the devs will add a keybind modifier in the options if I ask them...
TheSewerDog  [author] Sep 18, 2017 @ 6:19pm 
I'm sorry but I do not know of a way to change the key for opening the console as there is no option nor file that I can find to change the key.
Dredditor Sep 17, 2017 @ 6:45pm 
is there a way to change what key it opens on? My tilda key is broken and thus doesn't work.