Console is a function of World of Warcraft game engine that allows access to an in-game console. Once the console feature is activated, the gamer can access it by pressing the (grave accent or "backtick", not apostrophe) key while in game. The console allow players to change game client settings by hand, such as those related to graphics and sound. However, most of those functions are readily available via the game menus.
Running the client with the
-console flag enabled
There are a few ways to run the client with the
-console flag enabled:
Use the "Run..." dialog (Windows)
- Press + . This will open the "Run..." dialog.
- Click "Browse..."
- Browse for the Wow.exe file in the WoW folder (wherever that might be). After picking the Wow.exe file, the contents of the box will be something like this,
"C:\Program Files\World of Warcraft\Wow.exe"or
"C:\Users\Public\Games\World of Warcraft\Wow.exe".
- Leave the quotation marks there if they are there and add
-consoleafter the trailing quotation mark (if there are no quotation marks, just add it at the end). The contents of the box will now look like this,
"C:\Program Files\World of Warcraft\Wow.exe" -consoleor
"C:\Users\Public\Games\World of Warcraft\Wow.exe" -console.
- Click "OK".
Use the command window (Windows)
- Navigate to the WoW folder. The fastest way to get there is to right-click the WoW shortcut and click "Open file location" (Windows Vista or 7) or click "Properties" then "Find target."
- With the mouse pointer pointing at an empty spot in the folder, press and hold then right-click to open the context menu, and click "Open command window here".
- When the window opens, type
wow -consoleand press .
Edit the existing shortcut (Windows)
- Right-click the WoW shortcut and click "Properties".
- In the "Target" box, add
-consolewhile preserving any quotation marks that may be there. This must be placed after the quotation mark.
- Click "OK".
Using the Terminal application (Mac)
- Open the Terminal application (usually found in /Applications/Utilities/Terminal.app)
- Type "open" followed by a space (do not press return)
- Drag the "World of Warcraft Launcher" application onto the flashing cursor in the Terminal window
- Type "--args -console" Your command line should now look something like this: open /Applications/World\ of\ Warcraft/World\ of\ Warcraft\ Launcher.app --args -console
- Press return
- The WoW launcher will open; press Play
- Once the login screen appears, press the "`" key (or whichever key you have bound to the console)
Accessing the console with non-English keyboard layouts
The game appears to not recognizeif the keyboard layout requires a modifier for that key, an example being the German layout, where this key is + .
A workaround is to set your keyboard layout to US. To do this, assuming you use Windows 7, go to control panel, region and language, keyboards and languages, change keyboards and add the US keyboard, use the language bar to set it as current language. Now start WoW with the
-console flag, then hit "the key above Tab" (German layout: ) to open the console.
Afterwards, you can set your layout back to the default and remove the US layout.