Multiplayer options

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The Multiplayer options dialog as seen in-game.

Multiplayer options allow a player to customize their gameplay experience to their liking. As part of the options dialog, Multiplayer options are accessible from the main menu.

Standard Multiplayer options

Available on the Multiplayer tab of the Options window.

Crosshair appearance

The crosshair appearance section allows you to customize and edit your crosshair for your in-game HUD. It allows the user to edit the color, size, and shape of the crosshair. The advantage to editing the color, size, and shape of the crosshair allows users to use the crosshair more effectively or make it more visible.

Spraypaint image

Main article: Sprays

This section allows you to upload different images with the max of 256x256 pixels, and work the best as a VTF (Valve Texture File) format. Once a spray has been imported into TF2, the user can use their spraypaint key (default 'T') to place the image onto different surfaces.

Custom content

This allows a user to set permissions for what a server can download onto your computer. The drop box has four settings: Allow all custom files from server, Do not download custom sounds, Only allow map files, and Do not download any custom files. Note that the last setting disables the automatic downloading of custom maps, which will prevent you from joining some servers.

Advanced multiplayer options

Advanced multiplayer options are found in two places, either the lone gear button on the main menu or via the Advanced... button on the Multiplayer options tab. They enable the player to control various visual and gameplay-related details, in addition to minor technical tweaks. Below is the full list of options and their default values.

Option Default value Tooltip Additional notes Console command
Combat Options
Automatically reload weapons when you're not firing No If set, you'll automatically reload your weapon whenever you're not firing, if the weapon needs reloading and you have ammo. cl_autoreload "0"
Fast weapon switch No If set, you can change weapons without using the weapon selection menu. hud_fastswitch "0"
Play a hit sound every time you injure an enemy No If set, you'll hear a 'hit sound' that's played whenever you damage an enemy. No sound will play when hitting enemy buildings. You can use a custom sound file by naming it "hitsound.wav" and placing it in the "tf/sound/ui/" folder. tf_dingalingaling "0"
Display damage done as text over your target No If set, you'll see damage amounts over the heads of enemies whenever you damage them. Shows damage as a red number floating over each hit (e.g. -98). Healing given to teammates also appears in green text. Damage done to buildings does not display the floating text. hud_combattext "0"
Damage text doesn't prevent overhead effects (e.g. "CRIT!") Yes If set, damage text won't prevent bonus-effect text from appearing above players' heads as well. (e.g. "CRIT!") Damage numbers will no longer overwrite the particle effects used for critical hits and mini-crits. hud_combattext_doesnt_block_overhead_text "1"
Remember the active weapon between lives No If set, you'll respawn holding the same weapon you were holding when you died (assuming you still have it equipped in your loadout). tf_remember_activeweapon "0"
Remember the 'previous weapon' between lives No If set, respawning won't affect the weapon you'll switch to when you hit your 'previous weapon' key. If unset, your 'previous weapon' will always be your secondary weapon when you respawn. 'Previous weapon' command, (default key 'Q'). tf_remember_lastswitched "0"
Play a sound when the Sniper Rifle is fully charged No If set, the Sniper Rifle will automatically play a sound when fully charged Uses the same sound effect as when a cooldown meter on the HUD refills. tf_sniper_fullcharge_bell "0"
Class-specific options
Spy: Enable concise disguise menu No The concise disguise menu for the Spy is an alternate menu that requires more keypresses in the disguising process, but only uses the number keys 1 through 4. tf_simple_disguise_menu "0"
Sniper: Sniper Rifle will re-zoom after firing a zoomed shot Yes If set, the Sniper's Sniper Rifle will automatically zoom back in after it reloads, if you were zoomed in when you shot. Works with all zooming Sniper rifles. cl_autorezoom "1"
Sniper: Hide crosshair when zoomed in No If set, when zoomed in with any Sniper rifles, the default and custom crosshairs will automatically disappear leaving only the rifle targeting laser. Works with all zooming Sniper rifles. tf_hud_no_crosshair_on_scope_zoom "0"
Medic: Medi Gun continues healing without holding down fire button No If set, your Medic's Medi Gun will stay locked onto your heal target until you press the fire button again. If unset, you'll be required to hold the button down to keep the Medi Gun locked on. Works with all Mediguns. tf_medigun_autoheal "0"
Medic: Display a marker over the player you are healing No If set, a marker will be displayed above the friendly target that you're currently healing with your Medi Gun. Can be useful for quickly picking out your target in crowded situations. hud_medichealtargetmarker "0"
Medic: Injured teammates automatically call out No If set, you'll receive an automatic request for assistance from any nearby team mates when their health falls below a certain threshold. Can be useful for healing low-health teammates first or if playing with players that do not call for Medic when needed. hud_medicautocallers "0"
Medic: Auto-call health percentage 60.00 The threshold at which your team mates will automatically request assistance. If a teammate's health falls below this percentage, the call will take effect. Will only take effect if the above option is also active. hud_medicautocallersthreshold "60"
HUD options
Enable minimal HUD No Minimal HUD uses a smaller denser HUD so that you can see more. Some explanatory information is removed as well, so you should be familiar with the standard HUD before you turn on minimal HUD. See the HUD page to show the comparison between full and minimal HUD. cl_hud_minmode "0"
Turn on colorblind mode No If set, several in-game effects that are harder for colorblind players to see will use alternate, more visible effects. Affects Jarate and Mad Milk, displaying a jar icon or white rain drop above hit players, for those who have trouble seeing the yellow tint or milk effect. tf_colorblindassist "0"
Use advanced spectator HUD in tournament mode No The advanced spectator HUD is used in tournament mode only, and is designed to show you more information in 6 v 6 matches. If the server has enabled tournament mode, displays status portraits of all players while spectating. cl_use_tournament_specgui "0"
Show non-standard items on spectated player Yes If set, you'll be shown the loadout items being used by the player you are spectating. cl_spec_carrieditems "1"
Use glow effect for Payload objectives Yes If set, Payload carts and CTF intelligence briefcases will use glow effects to highlight their locations in the map. A team-colored outline is given around the Payload cart and CTF intelligence briefcases. Also affects the outline around stickybombs launched by the Scottish Resistance when playing as Demoman and equipped with that weapon or on teammates carring intelligence or package of Australium. glow_outline_effect_enable "1"
Use player model in player class HUD Yes If set, the player class HUD will use player model in player class HUD will use player's model instead image. cl_hud_playerclass_use_playermodel "1"
Viewmodel field of view 54.0 The field-of-view to use when drawing the first person view of your active weapon. Larger values will make the weapon smaller onscreen. Larger fields of view may cause some class viewmodel glitches. viewmodel_fov "54"
Spectator target ID location Default Changes where the player information is displayed on the screen whilst spectating. tf_spectator_target_location "0"
Hide HUD during freezecam screenshots No If set, the HUD will be hidden during freezecam screenshots. hud_freezecamhide "0"
When spectating, view world from the eyes of a Pyro. No If set, world will be viewed under Pyrovision when spectating. tf_spectate_pyrovision "0"
Pyrovision border Dynamic Can also be set to static or disable. pyro_vignette "2"
Pyrovision border distortion Enable pyro_vignette_distortion "1"
Pyrovision skybox depth of field Enable pyro_dof "1"
Enable Romevision when available No If set, Romevision will be enabled in Mann vs. Machine mode if any player has The Hardy Laurel in their backpack. tf_romevision_opt_in "0"
Replay options
HTTP Proxy If you're behind a HTTP proxy, you'll need to specify it here, or you won't be able to upload movies to YouTube. youtube_http_proxy
Post-Death replay record time 5 This is the amount of time in seconds, to continue recording your replay after you've died. Setting this to a larger value will increase the size of your replays but records more footage after death which can be used in replay takes. replay_postdeathrecordtime "5"
Take event-based screenshots during replays No If set, screenshots will automatically be taken, during replays, whenever something interesting happens (you kill an enemy, deploy an ÜberCharge, etc). On some graphics cards this can cause rendering hitches. replay_enableeventbasedscreenshots "0"
Take high-resolution replay screenshots No If set, replay screenshots will be taken in high resolution. On some graphics cards this can cause rendering hitches. replay_screenshotresolution "0"
Max screenshots per replay 8 If event-based screenshots are enabled, this is the maximum number of screenshots that'll be taken for a single replay. replay_maxscreenshotsperreplay "8"
Min time between screenshots 5 If event-based screenshots are enabled, this is the minimum amount of time after one is taken before another one is taken (in seconds). replay_mintimebetweenscreenshots "5"
Replays are viewed from the eyes of a Pyro If set, replays are viewed with Pyrovision enabled. tf_replay_pyrovision "0"
Performance options
Disable weather effects No If set, you won't see particle effects marked as 'weather' by the level designer who created the map you're on. This can help your rendering performance on levels with effects like rain or snow. tf_particles_disable_weather "0"
Disable HTML MOTDs No If set, you won't be shown HTML versions of server's message of the day welcome screens. Useful for when the pages are either offensive or impact system resources. cl_disablehtmlmotd "0"
Multiplayer decal limit 200.000000 The maximum number of decals that can exist at once. Decals are used for visual effects like bullet impacts. Higher numbers will result in more persistent decals, at the expense of performance. Limits the amount of visible sprays, bullet holes, and similar visual effects. Lowering the number may improve performance on low-end systems. The highest value is 4096.000000 mp_decals "200"
Miscellaneous options
Auto-save a scoreboard screenshot at the end of a map No If set, you'll automatically have a screenshot taken of the final scoreboard at the end of every map you play. Saves a screenshot of the scoreboard to \Steam\SteamApps\<username>\team fortress 2\tf\screenshots hud_takesshots "0"
Suicide after choosing a player class Yes If set, then you'll immediately kill yourself whenever you change your class while out in the field. If unset, you'll change to your new class the next time you respawn. Makes you commit suicide when changing class outside of the spawn room. hud_classautokill "1"
Automatically respawn after loadout changes in respawn zones Yes If set, then you'll immediately whenever you change your loadout while inside a respawn zone. If unset, your loadout changes will take effect the next time you respawn. This prevents the need to go to the Health\Resupply Cabinet whenever the loadout is changed and needs to apply said equipment. tf_respawn_on_loadoutchanges "1"
Draw viewmodels Yes If unset, the first person view of your active weapon won't be drawn. Shows the classes' hands and currently equipped weapon in the field-of-view. r_drawviewmodel "1"
Flip viewmodels No If set, the first person view of your active weapon will be drawn on the left hand side of the screen, instead of the right. Changes 'right-handed' viewmodel to 'left-handed' viewmodel. cl_flipviewmodels "0"
Disable sprays No If set, you won't see other player's spraypaint images. cl_playerspraydisable "0"
Close server browser after connecting to a server Yes Useful if you use the Manage Items and Trading menu often. sb_close_browser_on_connect "1"
Synchronize with Steam Cloud Yes If set, your TF2 configuration files will be stored on the steam cloud. Useful for moving sprays, key binds, and player options between computers. cl_cloud_settings "1"
Save Screenshots to Steam Yes If set, screenshots will automatically be saved to Steam. Screenshots taken using the in-game screenshot button will be added to your Steam screenshots in your game session. cl_steamscreenshots 1
Show pop-up alerts while in-game (E.g. Trade Requests) Yes If set, you'll receive an in-game notification popups for various events, like trade requests. If unset, notifications will only be visible when you return to the main menu. If active then the notifications will pop up on the top left of your screen while in game. cl_notifications_show_ingame "1"
Show trade requests from... Anyone Can also be set to Friends Only, Friends and In-Game Players, and No One. cl_trading_show_requests_from "3"
Show Community Market info... When Showing Marketable Borders Some items can be bought and sold on the Steam Community Market. This option allows you to control when Community Market information about items, including current Market availability and prices, will appear in item descriptions. Can also be set to Never and Always. cl_show_market_data_on_items "1"

Update history

September 28, 2007 Patch
  • Added an option to change Field-of-view, between 75 & 90, from the Options->Multiplayer tab.
  • Added an option to disable Player sprays.

October 2, 2007 Patch

  • Added "Minimal HUD" option to Options->Multiplayer.

January 7, 2008 Patch

  • Added an option to filter custom game files being downloaded from servers.

January 14, 2008 Patch

  • Added 'Medi Gun continues healing without holding down fire button' option.
  • Added 'Sniper Rifle will re-zoom after firing a zoomed shot' option.

January 25, 2008 Patch

  • Added an option to auto-save a scoreboard screenshot at the end of a map to the Multiplayer->Advanced dialog.

April 29, 2008 Patch (Gold Rush Update)

  • Added FOV slider to Options / Video / Advanced for all games. (moved there from TF2’s multiplayer options)

February 2, 2009 Patch

  • Added Viewmodel FOV slider to advanced multiplayer options.
  • Added a hide viewmodel option to advanced multiplayer options.
  • Added custom crosshair support
    • Added crosshair image, scale, and color settings to the multiplayer options.
  • Moved HUD minimal mode & Disable Spray options into the multiplayer options.

February 24, 2009 Patch (Scout Update)

  • Added 'Remember last weapon between lives' option.

June 23, 2009 Patch

  • Added an option to the advanced multiplayer menu to select left or right handed view models.

December 17, 2009 Patch

  • Added options to the Multiplayer->Advanced dialog:
    • Combat text, which displays damage amounts you do to enemies.
    • Medic auto caller, which automatically shows you nearby friends at low health.
    • Heal target marker, which better highlights the target your Medi Gun is locked onto.
    • Alternative Spy disguise menu, which lets you choose disguises using just the 1-3 keys.

December 22, 2010 Patch

  • Custom hitsounds must now be specified by replacing the 'tf/sound/ui/hitsound.wav' file.
  • Custom hitsounds can now be used under sv_pure 1/2.

January 19, 2011 Patch

  • Updated the default TF2 crosshairs to use the RGB and scale settings in the Options->Multiplayer dialog like custom crosshairs do.

April 14, 2011 Patch (Hatless Update)

  • Combat Text changes:
    • Added a convar "hud_combattext_healing" to display the amount of healing done per second.
    • Added bonus points to the items displayed using Combat Text.
    • Starting position of values is now affected by range to target, making it easier to see numbers when next to targets.

May 5, 2011 Patch (Replay Update)

  • [Undocumented] Added options attributing to replays.

May 18, 2011 Patch

  • Added an Advanced Options button to the main menu to allow tweaking of many gameplay options.

June 23, 2011 Patch

  • [Undocumented] Added an option for Spectator target ID location.

August 18, 2011 Patch

  • Added an option to toggle a sound when the Sniper Rifle is fully charged.

September 2, 2011 Patch

  • Added a checkbox to the Advanced Options dialog that will hide the HUD during freezecam screenshots.

October 13, 2011 Patch (Manniversary Update & Sale)

  • Screenshots can now be hooked up to the Steam Community automatically. There is a option to control this under "Miscellaneous" in the Advanced Options page.

March 8, 2012 Patch

  • Added hud_fastswitch to the Advanced Options dialog.

April 17, 2012 Patch

  • Added "tf_hud_no_crosshair_on_scope_zoom" to the Advanced Options menu.

June 27, 2012 Patch (Pyromania Update)

  • [Undocumented] Added advanced multiplayer options to turn on Pyrovision while spectating and during replays.

July 5, 2012 Patch

  • Added options for Pyrovision to the Advanced Options dialog.
  • Added enable/disable for the HUD border.
  • Added the ability to make the HUD border static.
  • Added the ability to turn off the skybox depth of field.

August 10, 2012 Patch

February 1, 2013 Patch

  • Added an option to the Advanced Options dialog to support viewing Steam Community Market-listable items, including current sell prices, from inside the game.

August 27, 2013 Patch

  • The in-game player status panel has been updated to show an animated image of your character with their current loadout
  • Added Romevision sharing: anyone playing Mann vs. Machine on the same server with an owner of the Hardy Laurel can now opt-in to Romevision

[Unknown Patch]

  • Some of the advanced options text strings were re-named and reworded. Examples include the simple disguise and auto re-zoom options.

Bugs

  • When viewmodels are flipped, the Spy's watch animation is not visible, unless looking down. The white meter on the HUD is still visible.
  • When viewmodels are flipped, the Holy Mackerel's first person viewmodel will be twisted making the upper half of the weapon inside out.
  • The "Play a sound when the Sniper Rifle is fully charged" option will also cause the noise to be played when unscoping at full charge without firing.
  • The "Medi Gun continues healing without holding down fire button" option will cause the Medic to make the Medi Gun begin healing three or four times in rapid succession before leaving it turned on for good, applies to the sound when no healing target is available. Also will sometimes stop the whole trail from appearing, leaving only the health crosses on the heal target. Those bugs happen only in online matches.
  • The "Automatically reload weapons when you're not firing" option renders the characters' hand joints unable to move while running and when staying in one place the idle animation will not be played (applies to weapons affected by this option (reloadable)).

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