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Everything You Need to Know about CS:GO Autoexec

When you start out playing Counter-Strike: Global Offensive, everything in the game can seem strange and even miraculous. But then, once you get enough experience, you start seeing opportunities for changes and adjustments - these are possible through multiple game settings. Changes can help you feel more comfortable in shooting matches, make more kills, and get more victories. So, it is always a good idea to save your individual settings in a custom cfg file, named autoexec.

This article on DMarket is all about CSGO autoexec. What is it? How to create it? How to clear the settings? All the helpful info you need is here!

What Is CSGO Autoexec?

csgo autoexec

There are lots of things that happen in the background of the game. In fact, everything you see on the screen is an element of the game code, transformed into playing characters, weapons, and buildings. Everything comes from the code - lightning, physical properties of the objects on maps, the user interface, and lots of small in-game features. So, by changing that code you can change anything in the game.

Game developers from Valve know this perfectly well. Which is why they opened some parts of the game code to the community - just a small part that can’t ruin the whole product. Anyone in CS:GO can add something to the game code through the developer console. Also, players can set CS:GO launch options with the same effect. And practically, CS:GO config file is just another way to bring your changes into the game code. The difference is that the .cfg is a more reliable way to save your personal settings.

So, autoexec CSGO is a part of game code, saved in a file autoexec cfg. It contains your settings, which become active right after you launch the game.

csgo autoexec notepad

How to Make an Autoexec for CSGO?

The process is as easy as pie - you need to open the .cfg file in the game folder, make your changes in the code, and then save the file in the same folder but with the new name autoexec.cfg.

How to Run Autoexec in CSGO

Just creating the file may not be enough. You need to explain to the game from where it should take the custom settings.

  1. In the Steam Library, right click CS:GO
  2. Choose Properties in the menu
  3. Press the Set the Launch Options button
  4. Enter the command +exec autoexec.cfg
exec autoexec.cfg

How to Open CFG Files?

You may use almost any text editor - in fact, CS:GO config file is a simple text document, filled with the code. Of course, it is better not to get yourself confused with all those complicated commands. Using the free application Notepad++ - will divide the code into separate commande, so it will be easier for you to make changes.

How to Edit CFG Files?

Open the standard config.cfg with Notepad++ and edit the code in this application.

The difficult part here is - what to change in the game settings? The default config file consists of the standard console commands - the same pieces of code you enter in the developer console. So, you should know those commands quite well to understand what commands to keep in your autoexec and what values to type.

How to Make a CFG File?

If you want to start your autexec.cfg from scratch, just delete everything from the original config.cfg before re-saving.

Then again use our guide on CS:GO console commands to make your personal list of game settings. If you need something specific, take a look at the articles on the mouse settings or on FPS in CS:GO.

You also can create a blank .txt file in Notepad++ (it’s the easiest CS:GO autoexec maker) and then save it as autexec.cfg in the game folder.

If you want to clear the custom settings, just delete your CS:GO cfg file, and the game will use the default config.cfg.

However complicated various settings may seem, they are very helpful for competitive matches. Everything can be suited to your personal playing style - from the CS:GO crosshair to information on the in-game menu. Take your time to understand the available changes and then remove everything that prevents you from playing with flawless effectiveness.

Of course, no settings can improve your skills! Beginners to CS:GO should get some basic experience to understand which settings are good for them. And then, your custom autoexec may help you to get a much better CS:GO rank!

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Eugene Bozhenko
Eugene Bozhenko is an enthusiastic gamer and professional gaming journalist with 14 years of writing experience. Since 2007 he has been a member of the Ukrainian National Union of Journalists. Eugene has experience writing about culture, sports, modern technology and politics but gaming remains his long-term favorite topic.
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