Counter-Strike: Global Offensive

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Counter-Strike: Global Offensive
Counter-Strike: Global Offensive cover
Valve Corporation
Hidden Path Entertainment
Release dates
Windows August 21, 2012
macOS (OS X) August 21, 2012
Linux September 22, 2014
Counter-Strike: Global Offensive at Wikipedia
Counter-Strike 1999
Counter-Strike: Condition Zero 2004
Counter-Strike: Source 2004
Counter-Strike Online (series)
Counter-Strike: Global Offensive 2012

Key points

Steam Workshop integration.

General information

Official game blog
Counter-Strike Wiki
Steam Community Discussions


Source DRM Notes Keys OS
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macOS (OS X)
All versions require Steam DRM.

Essential improvements[edit]

Skip intro videos[edit]

-no-browser disables server video ads.

Increase performance[edit]

The game has some compatibility issues with older operating systems such as Windows 7 due to the outdated graphics stack (WDDM).[3]
Change operating system[citation needed]
  1. Back up your files and programs.
  2. Go to Microsoft site.
  3. Select at will the type of transition to Windows 10.
  4. Upgrade to Windows 10 or reinstall from scratch.
  5. Download and install the latest drivers for your configuration, in particular the video card.
  6. Turn off the transparency of the desktop interface in the system settings in the personalization color section.
  7. You can also turn on the game mode in the system settings to ensure a higher priority of the game in automatic mode.


This action is the cornerstone of stability and smoothness of the gameplay, as Windows 10 has more advanced basic elements that the game requires.
Additionally, you can disable fullscreen optimizations to reduce FPS drops and improve response time through the properties of the launch file in the compatibility section.
Enable DirectX 9Ex mode
  1. Open Steam.
  2. Go to launch options CSGO.
  3. Enter -d3d9ex and save.
  4. You can also add additional commands to increase FPS -high +fps_max 0.
Since March 2019, the DirectX 9Ex functionality has been returned to the version of this CSGO engine. [2]
Support for this renderer is available starting only from Windows Vista and newer for Windows 7/8/8.1/10.
Perhaps a negative effect for users of video adapters from AMD, to disable it, you must use the command -nod3d9ex.
You can also disable the function of HPET which is a technology of high-precision timer in the motherboard.
This can sometimes cause performance problems.
You can keep timer resolution manually.
Disable HPET[3]

Method 1:

  1. Tap on the Windows-key, enter cmd, right-click cmd.exe in the results listing and select to run the command prompt with administrative privileges.
  2. To enable HPET as the only timer run the command bcdedit /set useplatformclock true
  3. To disable HPET in Windows run the command bcdedit /deletevalue useplatformclock
  4. Restart your computer.

Method 2:

  1. Search "Device Manager" on your PC.
  2. Scroll down to "System Devices" and open the sub-menu.
  3. Scroll to "High Precision Event Timer" and click it.
  4. Click "Actions" at the top of the window, and from that pop-up menu, click "Disable".
  5. Restart your computer.

Increased Stability (32-bit Operating Systems)[edit]

CS:GO can crash when loading the next map if you're on a 32-bit operating system. To address this, you'll need to edit a txt file.
The crash is caused by going over 4 GB total memory usage, which isn't possible for a 32-bit OS.
setting.mem_level[citation needed]
  1. Go to <Steam-folder>\userdata\<user-id>\730\local\cfg
  2. Open video.txt.
  3. Find setting.mem_level and replace "1" with "0"
  4. Launch the game, and load several maps in a row to make sure it worked.


Turning down settings such as shadow or model resolution can also help to prevent CTD's.

Make current custom community server joinable[edit]

CS:GO won't broadcast the server you're connected to if you're playing on a community server.

Use the cl_join_advertise 2 command[4]

Host 128 tickrate servers[edit]

By default self-hosting a server will always launch in 64 tickrate.

Use the -tickrate 128 command line argument[1]

Config Generator[edit]

Special singleplayer map that allows you to configure settings that aren't normally accessible via in-game UI.

Game data[edit]

Configuration file(s) location[edit]

System Location
Steam <path-to-game>/csgo/cfg/
It's unknown whether this game follows the XDG Base Directory Specification on Linux. Please fill in this information.

Save game cloud syncing[edit]

System Native Notes
Steam Cloud
Approx. 1.5 GB available.

Video settings[edit]

In-game video settings.
In-game video settings.
Graphics feature State WSGF Notes
Widescreen resolution
Use Widescreen Fixer to scale HUD.[5] Hit indicators are not properly visible.
Hor+. HUD scales correctly after the Panorama UI update.[6][7]
4K Ultra HD
Interface scales poorly.
Field of view (FOV)
Default 90°. Hor+.[8] Can be set with the command fov_cs_debug if the server allows cheats.
Borderless fullscreen windowed
No resolution scaling support (must use native monitor resolution).
Anisotropic filtering (AF)
Up to 16 samples.
Anti-aliasing (AA)
FXAA and up to 8x MSAA
OGSSAA and SGSSAA can be utilized through anti-aliasing compatibility bits 0x000000C1 under Nvidia Profile Inspector.
Vertical sync (Vsync)
Double Buffering, Triple Buffering, Off.
60 FPS and 120+ FPS
By default, menus are locked to 120 FPS and gameplay is at 300 FPS. This can be changed with the fps_max and fps_max_menu commands in the console.[9]
High dynamic range display (HDR)

Input settings[edit]

In-game keyboard/mouse settings.
In-game keyboard/mouse settings.
In-game gamepad settings.
In-game gamepad settings.
Keyboard and mouse State Notes
Mouse acceleration
Can be enabled/disabled and customized.
Mouse sensitivity
Mouse input in menus
Mouse Y-axis inversion
Controller support
Full controller support
Doesn't load controller configurations by default. Every time the game is booted, lines exec controller.cfg and exec controller.360.cfg has to be written on console.
Controller remapping
Controller sensitivity
Controller Y-axis inversion
Additional information
Button prompts
Controller hotplugging
Haptic feedback
Steam Controller only.
Simultaneous controller+KB/M
Steam Input
Steam Input API support
Official controller preset(s)
Steam Controller button prompts

Audio settings[edit]

In-game audio settings.
In-game audio settings.
Audio feature State Notes
Separate volume controls
Overall game volume and separate music slider.
Surround sound
5.1 surround sound, 4 speaker surround.
Closed captions
Mute on focus lost
"Silence the audio while the game window is in the background" check box. Also includes option to only play received mic chat on focus loss.


Language UI Audio Sub Notes
Brazilian Portuguese
Simplified Chinese
Traditional Chinese


For more information, see the "Source Dedicated Server" section of the Source engine article.

Multiplayer types

Type Native Notes
Local play
LAN play
Use Offline with bots mode and set sv_lan 1 in the console. [10]
Online play

Connection types

Type Native Notes
Direct IP
Open the console (~) and use connect followed by the IP and port.[11]


Protocol Port(s) and/or port range(s)
TCP 27014-27050
UDP 3478, 4379-4380, 27000-27030
This game does not support Universal Plug and Play (UPnP) for automatic port configuration.

Issues unresolved[edit]

Surround sound[edit]

Reportedly other issues with surround sound with the Logitech G35.[12]

Issues fixed[edit]

"An issue with your computer is blocking the VAC system. You cannot play on secure servers."[edit]

See the official Steam support page here

FPS drops and/or stuttering[edit]

Exclude CS:GO folder from your anti-virus[citation needed]
Update Realtek audio drivers[13]
Disable HRTF in the audio menu[citation needed]
Install the game on SSD[14]

Game crashes with window "Wait for the program to respond"[edit]

Need use 4GB patch[15]
  1. Go to NTCore site [4].
  2. Download the 4GB Patch.
  3. Open archive and run 4g_patch.exe.
  4. Select executable file of game csgo.exe for patch.
Despite the actions for patching the launch file of the game, this does not lead to a VAC ban account.[citation needed]
It is also possible to increase the performance of the game due to the increase in the address space after the patch.
Delete appcache

If you get this error message without have used any 3rd party applications, this quick fix should solve your issue.

  1. Shut down Steam.
  2. Go to <Steam-folder>.
  3. Delete the folder appcache.

Game changes microphone gain at launch[edit]

Modify configuration file[16]
  1. Go to the configuration file(s) location.
  2. Open config.cfg.
  3. Find the line voice_mixer_volume, it should be near the bottom of the file. If the line doesn't exist you may create it.
  4. Set the value to whatever you prefer your mic volume to be, I set mine to .5 which translates to 50% gain.


Removing the line does not work.
This will set a fixed value, and might not be a solution for people who are using dynamic gain which Windows (or other applications) automatically adjusts.
Disable exclusive control of microphone (Windows)[17]
  1. Right click on the speaker icon located at the tray bar.
  2. Select Recording devices.
  3. Double click on your microphone in the newly opened window.
  4. Go to Advanced and untick Allow applications to take exclusive control of this device.


Most applications ignores this, and many users are reporting that it isn't working.

Game crashes without error message when loading into a server[edit]

Reduce in-game resolution[citation needed]
  1. Before joining a server, set your resolution in-game down to the next lowest setting (e.g, if you're running 1920x1080, go down to 1776x768).
  2. Once you get in, set your game resolution back to whatever you normally use. You don't need to use this workaround again until you restart the game.

Failed to find and connect to an acceptable dedicated server[edit]

Windows Firewall[citation needed]
  1. Open the firewall and enable the following:
  • steaminstall
  • steam
  • hl
  • hl2
  • steamTmp
  • csgo
Adjust your maximum acceptable ping to official servers[citation needed]
  1. Type mm_dedicated_search_maxping "150" in your game console.


You might want to add the above command to your autoexec.

Error 55[edit]

Opt out of the Steam beta client[18]
  1. Open the Steam menu at the top left in the Steam Client and click on Settings.
  2. Click Account at the left hand of the window.
  3. Go to the 'Beta participation' (It will say 'Steam Beta Update' if you are opted in) and click Change....
  4. Open the drop-down menu and change it to None - Opt out of all beta programs.
  5. Click OK.
Re-enable the Steam service[19]
  1. Exit Steam.
  2. Type C:\Program Files (x86)\Steam\bin\Steamservice.exe /Install at the Run prompt.
  3. Restart Steam.
Delete ClientRegistry.blob and AppUpdateStats.blob[20]
  1. Go to <Steam-folder>.
  2. Delete ClientRegistry.blob and AppUpdateStats.blob.

Purple and black broken textures[edit]

A generic fix for this issue can be found on our Source engine page.

Some maps are way too dark on Intel HD GPUs[edit]

Maps using ambient occlusion (e.g. de_lake, de_canals, ar_baggage) can be very dark on Intel HD Graphics.

A generic fix for this issue can be found on our Source engine page.

Crashes of the game / FPS drops and/or stuttering of sound / var value jumps[edit]

[21] [22] Problem visualized here

Add launch parameter in Steam cl_disablehtmlmotd 1
Delete csgo.exe from Steam\Steamapps\common and "verify integrity of game files" in properties of the game on Steam
Check whether all options in properties>comaptibility of csgo.exe are unchecked

30 FPS cap after Win10 Anniversary Update[edit]

Some people report that games run worse (not only CS:GO). It is also known that the AU update broke graphics card drivers. Should be noted that an update for the game was released which added a warning for users who have XboxDVR enabled.

Disable Game Bar
  1. Open the Settings App
  2. Select the "Gaming" section
  3. Set "Record game clips, screenshots, and broadcast using Game Bar" to off

Microphone not working[edit]

Visit the archlinux Wiki[citation needed]

Game crashes since Danger Zone Update on Linux[edit]

Unplug the Xbox Controller

Other information[edit]


Technical specs Supported Notes
Direct3D 9 D3D9Ex by default since 4/22/2019 update[24].
OpenGL 2.1 OS X and Linux only.
Shader Model support 3
Executable 32-bit 64-bit Notes
macOS (OS X)


Middleware Notes
Physics Havok Heavily modified variant.
Audio Miles Sound System Version 9.3k. Uses Phonon3D for HRTF. Alternatively snd_legacy_surround="1" forces use of DirectSound (which makes posibility of injecting custom dsound.dll of e.g. DSOAL (with its own HRTF or w/o if alsoft.ini unpresent), IndirectSound, Creative Alchemy. [27]
Interface Panorama[25] Scaleform[26] Panorama
4.2.23 Scaleform is no longer used in latest updates
Multiplayer Steamworks

Console commands[edit]

Games running on the Source engine can utilize Source Engine Console Commands for various tasks.
Enabling the console in Source games[citation needed]
  1. Launch the game.
  2. From the main menu select Help & Options.
  3. Select the Game Settings menu item.
  4. Click the arrow next to Enable Developer Console (~) so that it says Yes.
  5. Click Back.


Press ~ to open the console. You might need to rebind your console key if not using a US keyboard.
Some commands may first require you enabling sv_cheats. You can do so with sv_cheats 1.
Many servers will not allow you to play with cheats enabled, or will disable them upon entering the server.

Command line arguments[edit]

View this Steam Support Article regarding launch options as well as the relevant Valve Developer wiki page for further information and a list of useful Source engine launch options.
Example of an advanced autoexec.
Enabling a launch parameter[citation needed]
  1. Find the game in your Steam Library.
  2. Right-click the game name.
  3. Select Properties.
  4. Select Set Launch Options....
  5. Input your selected launch options and separate each command with a space.
  6. Press OK.
  7. Launch the game.
Command Output
-novid Skip intro videos.
-no-browser Disables video ads.
-console Launch console at start.
-high Set csgo process to high priority.(obsolete)
-threads x Sets the number of threads your machine has.(obsolete)
-nod3d9ex Turns off some DX9 extensions for performance boost.
-freq x OR -refresh x Set your refresh/hz.
-nojoy Disables joystick support.
+exec autoexec.cfg Executes the autoexec.cfg (file containing commands).

System requirements[edit]

Operating system (OS) 7, 8.1, 10
Processor (CPU) Intel Core 2 Duo E6600
AMD Phenom X3 8750
System memory (RAM) 2 GB
Hard disk drive (HDD) 8 GB
Video card (GPU) 256 MB of VRAM
DirectX 9.0c compatible
Shader model 3.0 support
Windows XP and Vista were previously supported, but as future updates for this game and Steam occurred; the support was dropped, even with retail copies.
macOS (OS X)
Operating system (OS) 10.7 (Lion)
Processor (CPU) Intel Core Duo 2.0 GHz
System memory (RAM) 2 GB
Hard disk drive (HDD) 8 GB
Video card (GPU) ATI Radeon HD 2400
Nvidia GeForce 8600M
A 64-bit operating system is required.
Operating system (OS) Ubuntu 12.04
Processor (CPU) Intel Dual Core 2.8 GHz
AMD Dual Core 2.8 GHz
System memory (RAM) 4 GB
Hard disk drive (HDD) 8 GB
Video card (GPU) ATI Radeon HD 2600/3600
Nvidia GeForce 8600M/9600GT
OpenGL 2.1 compatible
Sound (audio device) OpenAL compatible
Other Graphic Drivers: Nvidia 310, AMD 12.11
A 64-bit operating system is required.


  1. 1.0 1.1 Command Line Options - Valve Developer Community
  3. [1]
  4. "cl_join_advertise 2" lets your friends join the community server you are playing on without an invitation.: GlobalOffensive
  5. HUD Scaling in Multimonitor Setups - Steam Users' Forums (retrieved)
  6. [2] - last accessed on September 20, 2018
  7. They Actually Updated This Game For Us!! - Counter Strike: Global Offensive - last accessed on September 20, 2018
  8. Field of View - Valve Developer Community
  9. New 120Hz Games Report
  10. Counter Strike Global Offensive - How to play a LAN game
  11. Any way to use a server browser? - Steam Users' Forums (retrieved)
  12. Static Sounds (G35 Surround) - Steam Users' Forums (retrieved)
  13. Potential fix for those experiencing FPS lag and stuttering: Updating your RealTek drivers: GlobalOffensive
  15. The application does not respond - CS: GO freezes here's a fix: GlobalOffensive
  16. CSGO changing your windows mic boost level? here's a fix: GlobalOffensive
  17. kyoukidotexe commented on Why does CS:GO automatically change my mic volume when I start the game?: GlobalOffensive
  18. CS:GO update for late 10/3/12 (10/4/12 UTC, 1.20.1.x) MEGATHREAD - Steam Users' Forums (retrieved)
  19. Incomplete Installation (#) Errors - Specific Error Messages - Knowledge Base - Steam Support
  20. Error 55 yes if have switched beta versions 2 times now. - Steam Users' Forums (retrieved)
  21. How To Stop CS:GO From Crashing Fix 2018
  22. The same metod helped for fixing FPS issues
  23. 23.0 23.1 Counter-Strike: Global Offensive » Release Notes for 5/25/2016
  24. Counter-Strike: Global Offensive » Release Notes for 4/22/2019
  25. Counter-Strike: Global Offensive A New Horizon Update
  26. News - Counter-Strike: Global Offensive Update Released
  27. DirectSound enabling in CS GO