Best CS2 Radar Settings: Minimap Commands

Master your radar settings in Counter-Strike 2. Improve your gameplay with a well-optimized radar for better awareness and information.

Getting the perfect radar setup in Counter-Strike 2 (CS2) can make a significant difference in your gameplay. A well-optimized radar gives you crucial information without cluttering your screen.

Here’s how I dialed in my settings for the best performance and how you can do the same.

1. Enable Developer Console

CS2 Console

Before tweaking your radar settings, ensure the developer console is enabled. Here’s how:

  • Open Settings: Go to the main menu and click the gear icon.
  • Game Settings: Navigate to the Game tab.
  • Enable Developer Console: Set this option to “Yes”.

Press the ~ key to bring up the console.

2. Essential Radar Commands

Here are the key console commands you’ll want to customize for the best radar experience:

Radar Scale

This command controls how zoomed in or out your radar is. Adjust it based on your preference for a broader or more detailed view.

  • Command: cl_radar_scale
  • Value Range: 0.25 to 1
  • Ideal Value: 0.4 to 0.6
  • Example: cl_radar_scale 0.5

Recommendation: A value around 0.5 provides a balanced view, giving enough detail without losing sight of the bigger picture​.

HUD Radar Scale

This adjusts the size of the radar on your HUD.

  • Command: cl_hud_radar_scale
  • Value Range: 0.8 to 1.3
  • Ideal Value: 1.1 to 1.3
  • Example: cl_hud_radar_scale 1.15

Recommendation: Setting this around 1.2 enlarges the radar enough to see details without overwhelming your HUD​.

Centered Radar

Decide whether your player icon is always centered on the radar.

  • Command: cl_radar_always_centered
  • Values: 0 (not centered) or 1 (centered)
  • Ideal Value: 0
  • Example: cl_radar_always_centered 0

Recommendation: Turning this off (0) allows you to see more of the map when you’re near the edges, providing better situational awareness​​.

Rotating Radar

Control whether the radar rotates with your character.

  • Command: cl_radar_rotate
  • Values: 0 (static) or 1 (rotating)
  • Ideal Value: 1
  • Example: cl_radar_rotate 1

Recommendation: Keeping it rotating (1) aligns the radar with your point of view, making it easier to navigate​​.

Icon Scale

Adjust the size of the icons on your radar for better visibility.

  • Command: cl_radar_icon_scale_min
  • Value Range: 0.4 to 1
  • Ideal Value: 0.6 to 0.7
  • Example: cl_radar_icon_scale_min 0.7

Recommendation: A value around 0.7 makes icons visible without being too intrusive​.

Square Radar with Scoreboard

Toggle whether the radar changes shape when viewing the scoreboard.

  • Command: cl_radar_square_with_scoreboard
  • Values: 0 (keep round) or 1 (switch to square)
  • Ideal Value: 0
  • Example: cl_radar_square_with_scoreboard 0

Recommendation: Keeping the radar round (0) maintains consistency and avoids unnecessary changes when you check the scoreboard​.

3. Applying the Commands

CS2 Console

You can apply these commands either by typing them directly into the console or by adding them to your autoexec.cfg file for automatic execution every time you start the game.

Here’s how you can enter a command:

  1. Open the console: Press ~.
  2. Type the command: For example, type cl_radar_scale 0.5 and press Enter.

4. Example Configurations

For a minimal HUD with a clear overview:

cl_hud_radar_scale 1.3
cl_radar_scale 0.35
cl_radar_rotate 1
cl_radar_always_centered 0
cl_radar_icon_scale_min 0.7
cl_radar_square_with_scoreboard 0

For more detailed icons and better local information:

cl_hud_radar_scale 1.15
cl_radar_scale 0.3
cl_radar_rotate 1
cl_radar_always_centered 0
cl_radar_icon_scale_min 1
cl_radar_square_with_scoreboard 1

Ideals would be something like this, but they’re not implemented yet:


Customizing your radar settings can significantly improve your situational awareness in CS2. By tweaking the commands to fit your playstyle, you can get the most out of your radar and ensure you’re always one step ahead of the competition.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is the best radar setting in CS2?

The best radar settings for CS2 typically include cl_radar_scale set around 0.4 to 0.6, cl_hud_radar_scale around 1.2, cl_radar_always_centered 0, and cl_radar_rotate 1​’.

What is the best radar setting in CS:GO?

For CS:GO. optimal radar settings often include cl_radar_scale 0.4, cl_hud_radar_scale 1.15, cl_radar_always_centered 0, and cl_radar_rotate 1 to enhance visibility and map awareness​.

How to change minimap in CS2?

To change the minimap in CS2, go to Settings -> Game -> Radar or use console commands like cl_radar_scale and cl_radar_rotate to customize your radar settings.

What is the command for radar in CS:GO?

The main command for radar settings in CS:GO is cl_radar_scale to adjust the zoom level, along with other commands like cl_hud_radar_scale and cl_radar_always_centered for further customization.

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William Westerlund

William is an author, editor, and an avid gamer with over 10.000 hours in CS:GO (Counter-Strike 2). He also enjoys playing Rust, Dota 2, and TF2 but never became a top 1% player in any of those games.