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Dawn of War II: Developer Console

Most games nowadays have a developer console, where you can type in different commands to change the characteristics of the game. Dawn of War 2 is no exception. Except it took me quite a while to find it. It turns out that you have to load Dawn of War 2 with the "-dev" flag before you can use the developer console. Just add the flag to your Dawn of War 2 shortcut. To make it easier for you, I've attached a pre-made shortcut for you. This shortcut points to the C: drive. If you've installed the game to a different drive, just change the shortcut.

To activate the developer console, press Ctrl-` (backquote).

Attached File: Dawn of War II - Developer.lnk (1 KB)

Chieh Cheng
Thu, 26 Feb 2009 08:57:16 +0000

By the way, there are two different consoles. When you press Ctrl-`, you get a console with a gray background and a "SCAR]" prompt. But if you press ` (backquote) by itself, you get a black console with a "]" prompt. You can switch back and forth between the two. I'm not sure what the difference is yet.

Chieh Cheng
Thu, 26 Feb 2009 22:25:41 +0000

To do this in Steam:

  1. Right click on the Dawn of War II game in Steam
  2. Click on "Properties"
  3. Click on "Set launch options..."
  4. Type "-dev" into the text field.
  5. Click "OK"
  6. Click "Close"

Chieh Cheng
Mon, 09 Mar 2009 07:03:14 +0000

Hmmmm. Am I the only one having trouble with the whole developer tag thing?

Im not sure what I'm doing wrong. (I've downloaded your shortcut, doesn't work...As in, doesnt recognise as a DOWII file in any way)

Ehh. All you need to do is add "-dev" (no quot. marks) to the end of DOW2 ?

Fri, 17 Apr 2009 05:30:13 +0000

So, what codes can we use with that console?

Sun, 16 May 2010 21:31:53 +0000

This page has some commands that work. You can add to the page as you find more commands:

Dawn of War II - Console Commands That Work

Chieh Cheng
Mon, 17 May 2010 19:40:57 +0000

What if your not using steam how are you suppose to do this?

Mon, 06 Dec 2010 04:50:49 +0000

pretty sure you can just add the -dev to the end of the 'target' box in your desktop shortcut if not using steam.
so: blahblahfilepath\DOW2.exe -dev

im using steam but that technique is how you usually add things like '-dev' (called parameters) to the launch of a program

Thu, 30 Dec 2010 22:30:48 +0000

where can i find Flag? i don't see any flag in my DOW2-Chaos Rising Folder or DOW2.

Tue, 08 Feb 2011 12:54:40 +0000

sorry for double post...

can you put example.. cuz in my steam Dawn of War 2 properties had only 2 bars the "Target" and "Start-in" i dont have Win7 at this time cuz my cousin borrow it... and i use only Window XP :( please put Example...

Tue, 08 Feb 2011 13:02:01 +0000

Flag is command-line arguments for the program that you are trying to execute. Put the arguments at the end of the text in the "target" field.

Chieh Cheng
Tue, 08 Feb 2011 17:44:23 +0000

Every time I add the "-dev" tag to the steam launch options bar the game crashes on start, what has gone wrong? do I need to add this tag to the expansion as well?

Sat, 12 Feb 2011 16:59:49 +0000

Adding -dev to Retribution also crashes on start. I'm adding it to steam... I've tried adding it to other places as well, but there doesn't seem to be any other place to add the switch to in Win7 for a system-recognized game.

Fri, 11 Mar 2011 02:45:47 +0000

I've added the -dev tag to my Steam startup options for DOW2, I load the game just fine and start a mission, but I still can't access the developer console. Ctrl ` and nothing happens?. Is there anything I'm missing? I don't have to use our above shortcut if I'm playing the game through Steam do I?

Sat, 30 Apr 2011 14:35:00 +0000

Type ~ instead of that other thing.

Also (For chaos rising/type the ones for the tomes about 50 times each/make sure you copy the line in an unabridged version): See attached


Attached File: stuff.txt (4 KB)

Wed, 04 May 2011 05:13:56 +0000

' opens the console for global view
ctrl + ' opens it whilst playing a mission

Wed, 06 Jul 2011 11:26:11 +0000

i m using v2.1 and its a cracked version the 1 having doth dow 2 games i cant use steam and i dont have any folders in steam so some how i camn bring up the console by adding -dev in properties and target folder but i also ge t this command unexpected symbol near\ for wargear commands i hav no interest in going online but i just wanna unlock all wargears and since i have the cracked version i cant even add it in steam list i hav to add it as a non steam game the only directory i hav is the 1 where the game is and not in steam if camn could any 1 plz tell me how to use the mod in the cracked v2.1 i m using it vil b great help as i am going frustriated finding out solutions

Sat, 16 Jul 2011 18:00:02 +0000

To, Vincent

I have several ideas, though im not sure about them:
1: you could buy the game (probably not likely that you would want to{but i think its on special right now}).
2: you can download cracked steam (not sure).
3: (my most likley to work idea,though still not likely) right click on shortcut to game, find where it goes, open my computer, search that adress and see if the files are in there?

it's kinda hard to know seeing as i dont have cracked dow2, so sorry if my idea's suck.

innocent (not for long) bystander
Tue, 06 Sep 2011 10:37:52 +0000

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