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How to Enable and Use the Console in Dragon Age: Origins

The basics!

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Dragon Age: Origins is a really fun game, and it can be made even more fun with console commands. Console commands, also known as cheats, are codes you enter into the console to do things like give your character items, change your appearance, adjust the world, settings, and a lot more!

In order to use console commands, you first need to enable the developer console. The method to do this varies based on which platforms you're playing DAO on. See help for your specific platform below.

Once you've got the console enabled, it can be opened by pressing the ` (grave) key on your keyboard. If this key isn't on your keyboard, or you want to change the key that opens the console, see How to Change Console Key.

To run a command, type it into the console and hit ENTER. You can also press ENTER to close the console.

Enable the Console on Steam

The method to enable the console on Steam varies based on whether or not you're playing Dragon Age: Origins Ultimate Edition or the regular edition. See help for your edition below.

Ultimate Edition

To enable the developer console on the Ultimate Edition of Dragon Age: Origins, visit your Steam Library, right click "Dragon Age: Origins - Ultimate Edition" and select "Properties…":

Dragon Age: Origins Steam properties

In the properties menu, click "LOCAL FILES" in the left menu and then click "Browse…":

Dragon Age: Origins browse local files on Steam

Go into the "data" folder:

Dragon Age: Origins Steam data folder

Open "DAOriginsLauncher.xml". If you are asked what to open it with, select Notepad (or a text editor of your choice).

Press CTRL + F and search for:

true action="execute" file="${BINARIES_DIR}\DAOrigins.exe" path="${BINARIES_DIR}" autoquit="true"

Add arguments="-enabledeveloperconsole" after autoquit="true" (there should be a space between the two), so that the final line looks like this:

Dragon Age: Origins Steam data folder

Regular Edition

To enable the console on the regular edition:

  1. Navigate to your Steam Library
  2. Right click "Dragon Age: Origins" in the left menu
  3. Select "Properties…"
  4. Enter -enabledeveloperconsole in the text box under "Launch Options"
  5. Open the game (if you already had it opened, you'll need to close and re-open), and the console will be enabled.

Enable the Console on Origin

To enable the console on Origin:

  1. Right click "Dragon Age: Origins" in the Origin client
  2. Select "Game properties"
  3. Go to the "Advanced launch options" tab
  4. Under "Command Line Arguments" enter -enabledeveloperconsole
  5. Click "Save"
  6. Open the game (if you already had it opened, you'll need to close and re-open), and the console will be enabled.

How to Change Console Key

If you don't have the default console key on your keyboard, or you just want to change it to something else, it's not too hard to do! First, open File Explorer and go to Documents, then go into the following folders:

BioWare > Dragon Age > Settings

Open the KeyBindings.ini file and go to the line that has the following text:


Replace the text Keyboard::Button_Grave with the button you want to use to open the console. Here are some options:

  • Keyboard::Button_Tilde (~)
  • Keyboard::Button_F6 (F6 key)
  • Shift + Keyboard::Button_X - (SHIFT + X at the same time)
  • Control + Keyboard::Button_C - (Control + C at the same time)

As an example, the first option in the above list would look like:


All Dragon Age: Origins Commands

Find all Dragon Age: Origins commands on our complete, searchable list.

All DAO Commands

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