How to open the map in CSGO

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There are several ways to customize your CS:GO experience by opening CS:GO maps for different purposes. For example, you might want to open maps to practice or play offline. Maybe you would even like to further customize your gameplay using the developer console. If so, this guide covers various tweaks for CS:GO cards for Microsoft Windows, macOS, and Linux.

How to open the map in CSGO

Follow these steps to open CS:GO Maps. You can skip to step 2 if you have already unlocked the Developer Console.



Step 1 – Enable Developer Console

To use the console, you must first activate it. Follow these steps to activate the console:

  1. Launch CS:GO and go to "Game Settings".
  2. Go to the Game tab.
  3. Enable "Enable Developer Console (~)" by selecting "Yes". You will find it at the top.
  4. Now go to the "Keyboard and mouse" settings.
  5. Press the "`" key or the tilde key to open your console. Note that the location of the keys may change from language to language.
  6. Alternatively, type "Toggle Console" in the search bar at the top of the screen. Click on the result to bind your preferred key.

For reference, you will find "`" under the Esc key for most standard English keyboards.

Step 2 – Give Commands to the Developer Console

The developer console has its own "language". So you can now load maps using the dev console via the "map" command such as "map de_dust2" without the quotes. Some CS:GO console commands are valid for other Valve games since CS:GO is based on the source engine.



This developer console has an auto-complete feature. For example, if you type "map de_" in the console, you can get a list of all "de_" Maps. Specifically, the cards are categorized as follows:

  • Cards with names ending in "_se" are modified versions of the base card for competitive play.
  • Cards starting with "cs_" are classified as hostage cards.
  • Cards starting with "de_" are demolition and defuse cards.
  • Cards starting with "gd_" are the guardian cards.
  • Cards that begin with "ar_" are Arms Race cards.

How do I open an empty CS:GO map?

To open an empty map in CS:GO, you must first create an empty game. To do this, see the following steps:

  1. Open CS:GO and click on the "Play CS:GO" button at the top.
  2. Click on the "Official Matchmaking" option in this menu.
  3. Choose the “Practice with robots” option.
  4. You can now select the "No bots" option at the top right.
  5. If you don't want anyone to join you, select "Friends must be invited" at the bottom left.
  6. Press Go to open the blank map.

How to open the CS:GO training map

Although you can try the official CS:GO training course, it might not be enough for you. If so, see the following subsections to use other drive maps.



Train using only the Dev. Console

To open a map for practice, you must first activate the developer console and create an empty game, as explained in the previous subsection.

After completing these steps, you can copy and paste the following console commands into your session:

sv_cheats 1; mp_limitteams 0; mp_autoteambalance 0; mp_roundtime 60; mp_roundtime_defuse 60; mp_maxmoney 60000; mp_startmoney 60000; mp_buytime 9999; mp_buy_anywhere 1; mp_freezetime 0; ammo_grenade_limit_total 5; sv_infinite_ammo 1; mp_warmup_end;

You have to type “;” to use multiple commands at once. Using these commands after loading the empty map will give you the following:

  • Enable cheats.
  • No team member limit or automatic team balancing.
  • A journey time set at 60 minutes.
  • Start your game with $60.
  • Remove freezing time at the start of rounds.
  • “Unlimited” shopping time from anywhere.
  • Infinite ammo without reloading.
  • Receive all five grenades at once.

Since the commands are self-explanatory, you can find them to throw other CS:GO commands into the mix by searching for “CS:GO Console Commands” on the web.

Train through running a .cfg file

It is also possible to create a .cfg file that contains the commands. You can run this file using the developer console. To create the file, follow these steps for Windows:


  1. Create a text file using Notepad or a similar application.
  2. Copy and paste the following commands into the file:
    // Config for server
    sv_cheats 1
    mp_limitteams 0
    mp_autoteambalance 0
    mp_roundtime 60
    mp_roundtime_defuse 60
    mp_maxmoney 60000
    mp_startmoney 60000
    mp_buytime 9999
    mp_buy_anywhere 1
    mp_freezetime 0
    ammo_grenade_limit_total 5
    sv_infinite_ammo 1
    mp_warmup_end
  3. Save the text file as “training.cfg”.
  4. Move the saved file to the following Steam directory:
    “SteamsteamappscommonCounter-Strike Global Offensivecsgocfg”
  5. Start an empty or offline map.
  6. Open the console and type “exec training“.

This will run the commands from your newly created training.cfg file. It is also possible to do this on a Steam Workshop card. You can also invite friends to a lobby like this. As for the bots, their console commands are:


  • //bot_add_t
  • //bot_add_ct
  • bot_kick
  • bot_stop 1
  • bot_freeze 1

How do I open the CS:GO minimap?

If your minimap has disappeared, you can make it reappear using the following command: cl_drawhud_force_radar 0

It is no longer possible to use the “drawradar” command to draw your radar. Usage should use the “cl_drawhud_force_radar 0″ console command instead.

Upgrade your minimap

As an add-on, you can use the following commands to modify and enhance your minimap experience:

cl_radar_always_centered 0; cl_radar_rotate “1”; cl_radar_scale 0.3; cl_radar_square_with_scoreboard “1”; cl_hud_radar_scale 1.15; cl_radar_icon_scale_min 1

These console commands:

  • Center your radar
  • Increase icon and radar size
  • Render the entire map to your minimap

How to open offline map in CS:GO

Opening an offline map is essentially like opening empty maps. To open an offline map in CS:GO, you need to create a session with bots only. To do this, see the following steps:

  1. Start CS:GO and press the "Play CS:GO" button at the top.
  2. Click on the “Official Connection” option here.
  3. Choose the "Practice with bots" option at the top right.
  4. Select "Friends must be invited" at the bottom left.
  5. Click "Go" to open the offline map.

Command to pave your way to skill

Using the tools and methods offered, such as training, empty cards and console commands, is a great choice for new players and old players. These cards will maintain your aim, recoil, reflex, pre-shot, and sharp grenade skills. They can also help improve teamwork by inviting friends over for productive sessions.

Which console command caught your eye the most? What aspect of your gameplay are you looking to perfect next? Let us know in the comment section below.

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