Sid Meier's Civilization 5

Release date: September 24, 2010
Platforms: Mac, Microsoft Windows

Sid Meier's Civilization 5 Cheats and Console Commands

In this guide, you will find how to activate the debug console in Sid Meier's Civilization 5 and how to use it to reveal all of the map

How to activate the Debug Panel

To have access to the Debug Console in-game you will need to go to [\Documents\My Games\Sid Meier's Civilization V] and open "Config.ini". Find a line saying "DebugPanel = 0" and fix it to " DebugPanel = 1". To avoid any file damage, do not forget to make backups of the file you are going to edit. Save the changes in the document. From that point on, you will have access to Debug Console in the game. To open the console, press "~".

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How to use the Debug Panel

You can now use the Debug Panel to edit your game in numerous ways, one of which is using "Reveal all" option. This will reveal all of the map. Here are some descriptions and hints for different Debug Panel options.

Graphics Panel

Gives you acess to sprites and models of the cities, as well as other graphic assets.

Hex Debug Panel

Changes the property of a hex tile to a certain player in-game.

Debug Mode Panel

  • Create City — Places a city on a tile. (This function does not work properly, so use it with caution)
  • Edit City — Allows you to edit appearance and size of the selected city.
  • Edit Improvement — Adds improvements to the selected tile. (This function does not work properly, so use it with caution)
  • Edit Resource — Adds various resources to the selected tile.
  • Create Road — Creates a road on the selected tile.
  • Change Border — Allows you to edit borders of the selected civilization.
  • Create Farm — Creates a farm on the selected tile.
  • Create Unit — Create any unit on the selected tile.
  • Edit Unit — Edits a unit's properties.
  • Rotate Unit — Rotate the selected unit.
  • Reload Assets — Reloads the models/textures of landmarks, units, and buildings.

Debug Audio

Allows you to change the soundtrack themes.

Debug Terrain

Changes the appearance of the sun and water.

Particle Effects

Shows info on particle effects and allows to reload them.


Does not work.

Fluid FOW

Changes the appearance of the fog of war.

Debug Advisors

Allows you to change the advisor dialogue, if it is present on the screen.

Pause Game

Freezes the game instantly.

Reload Textures

Reloads all textures.

Debug Camera

You can activate the Camera Debug mode by pressing Left Shift + Left Ctrl + Left Alt + Space. This will allow you to freely move the camera around and zoom in and out. Same combination of keys will disable the Camera Debug mode.

Sid Meier's Civilization 5 does not offer much functionality for the debug panel, so rather than using it for cheating, you should consider installing one of the many Steam Workshop modes. They work much alike the console, but widen the variety of accessible actions at your disposal.

John Davis