Xcom 2 Key Bindings

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Keybind command is a command mapped to a key. It is done by editing <Steam install path>XCom-Enemy-Unknown[XEW]XComGameConfigDefaultInput.ini. Commands bound to keys are working even with disabled Developer Shell and Console.

Also bear in mind that if you have any DLCs installed, copies of various 'default' INI files are made in the My Games folder tree, but begin with 'XCom' instead of 'Default' (as in XComInput.ini instead of DefaultInput.ini). While they normally are updated automatically when you change the 'Default' versions, you may need to update these files manually as well if your key bindings don't seem to 'take'.

For a list of valid keys and gamepad buttons that can be bound, see UDN Three - Key Binds article. This also include descriptions and other examples of features such as key bind aliasing, chaining, the onrelease modifier, use of variables, toggles, and binding functions.

DefaultInput.ini sections[edit]

Alt key codes

It is necessary to put the command into correct section of DefaultInput.ini, because some commands work only in specific layer of the game - strategy or tactical. General commands may be in both sections, but should be in the section regarding the layer of execution.

  • Bindings for strategy are in [Engine.PlayerInput] section (lines 18-200 in XCOM EU).
  • Bindings for tactical are in [XComGame.XComTacticalInput] section (lines 201-330 in XCOM EU).
  • It is absolutely possible to add new lines at the end of the file, but always precede them with correct section name in brackets. In case a key has multiple bindings, the game executes only the last valid entry, so there's no need to edit old bindings.

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DefaultInput.ini entries[edit]

An entry in DefaultInput.ini looks like:
.Bindings=(Name='[Name]', Command='[Command]', Alt=True, bPrimaryBinding=True)

  • [Name] -- String, mapped key's name, can be alias like MyName (MyName is then used as command)
  • [Command] -- String, command(s):
  • Alt -- Boolean, modifier key (other modifiers are Control and Shift), can be omitted if not required
  • bPrimaryBinding/bSecondaryBinding -- Boolean, if the key is primary/secondary key, can be omitted

Commands and their syntax[edit]

There can be one or more commands written between quotes of Command=' entry. See Console Commands - XCOM:EU 2012 and Unreal Engine 3 Console Commands articles for available commands.
Square brackets in the following syntax descriptions indicate [optional component] and should be omitted whether the component is present or not.

  • Single command with or without parameters.
    • Syntax: command [parameters]
  • Multiple commands with or without parameters, known as chaining
    • Multiple commands are divided by vertical bar character.
    • Syntax: command [parameters] command [parameters] command [parameters]
  • Exec command
    • Exec command executes all commands inside specified text file located in <Steam install path>XCom-Enemy-Unknown(XEW)XComGameBinaries folder. MAC users may place the file into <Steam install path>/XCom-Enemy-Unknown/XCOMData/Binaries (needs verification).
    • Syntax: exec Filename.txt
    • The best is the file can be edited on the fly!
    • It is possible to use // for commenting.
    • Put each command on new line to be safe (one command - one line).
  • Any command can use onrelease key event.
    • Syntax: onrelease command [parameters]

Good to know[edit]

When Keybinds don't seem to be working, check for the wrong (angled) double-quotation mark characters like and in use, instead of the correct (vertical) '. Make sure to use the correct one, when enclosing the key's name and command(s). [This proved to be the problem preventing Mac users from getting Keybinds to work correctly.]

Best proven practice is putting new commands at the end of the file, so previous bind commands are overwritten. (No need to remove or disable them, as the last one overrides any earlier ones.) Don't forget to precede them with the correct section name in brackets.


Single command - tactical layer[edit]

  • HunkerDown action assigned to the 'B' key.

Single command with parameters - strategy layer[edit]

  • Gives one Skeleton Key after pressing F9.
  • Sell anything to see the key in gray market.

Multiple commands with parameters - strategy layer[edit]

  • Gives one Skeleton Key and creates alien base after pressing Alt + F9.
  • Revisit Mission Control to see the alert.

Multiple commands with onrelease - tactical layer[edit]

  • Removes fog of war and shows AIDebugAI info after pressing and holding down F9. Reverts to default view upon releasing the key.

Exec command - tactical layer[edit]

  • Executes MyBatchofCommands.txt after pressing F8.
  • The file can contain more commands and comments:

In this case only AIDebugAI is executed.

Key bind toggle trick - strategy layer[edit]

  • The 1st F12 key press executes commands defined in SlowMotion alias and sets F12 to NormalMotion.
  • The 2nd F12 key press executes commands defined in NormalMotion alias and sets F12 to SlowMotion.
  • Its purpose is to slow/normalize the time when scanning for UFO contacts.


(This section is taken from the Keybind commands thread on the Nexus XCOM Mod Talk Forum.)

Short example tutorial about increasing resources like money, elerium, alloys and weapon fragments to ease testing of strategic layer of the game.

  • Decide, if you want to mod EU or EW. Correct paths for PC are:
    • XCOM Enemy Unknown (EU)
    • XCOM Enemy Within (EW)
  • Open DefaultInput.ini in your favorite text editor and add lines below at the end of the file.
    • Save the file.
      (Make sure correct quotation marks are used. Must be straight ('). Curly/angled double quotes (” “) don't work.)
  • Create a new file in the Binaries folder and name it Strategy.txt.
    • Add any resource you would like to increase. Syntax is 'GIVE RESOURCE <Amount>'. Available resources and items are listed inside classes XGStrategyActor and XGGameData.
    • Strategy.txt can be edited while the game is running, so it's easy to change the amount of resources or comment lines to exclude resources not needed. The amount can even be negative (use minus sign).
      (A sample Strategy.txt file is available in the Keybind commands Mod Talk thread article. Delete '//' comment sign in front of commands you wish to use. The file is not 100% updated for EW.)
  • Run the game and press F12 while being at the 'Base Overview' screen. To see updated numbers, navigate somewhere else, like 'Engineering' or 'Situation Room' / 'Visit Gray Market'. You may need to do it more times.

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XCOM 2 is a near-endlessly complicated game, full of systems and mechanics that have to be understood and managed if you want to succeed. Of course, with something like this, it’s usually the small stuff that will trip you up, and lead to you failing a mission, or tossing your mouse on the ground in frustration. One of these seemingly simple things that is nonetheless important to understand is how to climb buildings and get onto the roof.

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XCOM 2 doesn’t really tell you how to do this, instead expecting you to just know, or scan through the multitude of key bindings to find out. Basically all you have to do to get your troops onto a roof, climbing nearby ladders or other objects, is to zoom out and select the available spot.

To zoom out you just scroll the mouse wheel up, then scroll down to zoom back in and get back to the ground floor. It’s a little backward from what you might be used to doing, but it kind of makes sense in that you are scrolling up to move up to a higher floor, and down to do the opposite.

If your soldier is within walking/running distance of the spot on the roof, you will see the usual blue or yellow outline denoting where they can move. Right click as you normally do and the soldier will do the rest, finding the ladder or other object, and climbing it to reach the roof. From there you can set up some really great ambushes, snipe enemies, or just act as a lookout, as the higher vantage point will really extend your view distance.

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To get back down you usually don’t even have to scroll your mouse as XCOM 2 will simply show you the available spots on the ground. Select where you want to go and, once again, the soldier will do the rest.

XCOM 2 is available now on PC. For other tips check out our beginner’s guide, or how to keep your soldiers alive.

- This article was updated on:April 17th, 2017


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