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CS2 Radar (Minimap) Settings

Proper CS2 radar settings allow you to see your location and the location of your allies, but that's just the tip of the iceberg. Radar enables you to see the cones of vision of your teammates, so you know exactly where your bros are looking when they're explaining something to you. What's more, you'll even be able to see a bomb on the map if the enemy team drops it. And finally, the radar shows you the last location of your opponents if someone from your team has seen them. Thus, the radar is a useful tactical tool, mastering which you can wreak death and havoc on the battlefield.

So, let’s review the radar settings in CS2 to tune your HUD, which will grant you a real competitive advantage.

CS2 Radar Settings + Commands

Let us help you with the most important CS2 minimap commands. Once you apply these radar commands in CS2, your performance as a player will increase significantly.

Adjust Your HUD Radar Scale

Adjust Your HUD Radar Scale Min
Adjust Your HUD Radar Scale Max

cl_hud_radar_scale

Min value — 0.8

Max value — 1.3

Suggested value — 1.3

This command is responsible for adjusting the HUD of the radar (i.e., its size) to your preference. Since most players play at full HD 1920x1080 resolution, we suggest zooming it to the maximum value, which is 1.3. If you play at lower resolutions, try different values. The advice is that you need to be able to see everything on the radar clearly, but it shouldn't take half of your screen.

Increase the Map Area Visible on the Radar

Increase the Map Area Visible on the Radar Min
Increase the Map Area Visible on the Radar Max

cl_radar_scale

Min value — 0.25

Max value — 1

Suggested value — 0.35

This is one of the CS2 radar commands that most players set up incorrectly. The map area visible on the radar should be large, but the map detail should not be small, enabling you to determine the location of allies and enemies quickly. We suggest you choose the 0.35 value.

Rotate Your Radar

Rotate Your Radar enable
Rotate Your Radar disable

cl_radar_rotate

1 — enable

0 — disable

This command is responsible for the radar's position from your point of view. If enabled, the radar turns dynamically along with the character model. When disabled, the radar becomes static and always faces the north. Deciding whether binding the camera to your model is worth it depends purely on your taste.

Center Your Radar

Center Your Radar enable
Center Your Radar disable

cl_radar_always_centered

1 — enable

0 — disable.

Suggested value — 0

When enabled, your position will always be in the center of the radar, which isn’t recommended. Why is this so bad? Because when you are on the edge of the map, centering your position devours a huge piece of information. Thus, if you want to see the whole map wherever you are, you should disable this option.

Scale the Icons on Your Radar

Scale the Icons on Your Radar Min
Scale the Icons on Your Radar Max

cl_radar_icon_scale_min

Min value — 0.4

Max value — 1

Suggested value — 0.7

This command is responsible for the size of icons of players and bombs displayed on the radar. Again, everything is quite individual, but the "standard" option is considered 0.7. With this value, the icons are neither too big nor too tiny, perfectly distinguishable at a cursory look.

Change of the Radar Style with Tab

Change of the Radar Style with Tab enable
Change of the Radar Style with Tab  disable

cl_radar_square_with_scoreboard

1 — enable

0 — disable

Suggested value — 0

One of the best CS2 minimap settings that is "obligatory" is the command to turn off the change of the radar style when you open your scoreboard. Technically, all it should do is change the radar from round to square when you press Tab, but somehow, it resets most of the radar settings for the time you view the scoreboard. Therefore, you should disable this function.

Ways to Change Minimap Settings

Now, let's break down how to turn on the CS2 radar commands to ensure you're as comfortable as possible with your experience. There are a total of three ways to activate the map settings.

Through the Game Menu

The easiest way to change map settings is to do it directly in the game menu. 

  1. Open the game options.
  2. Find there the menu "Radar/Tablet".
  3. Change any of the values.
Through the Game Menu

However, it is not the most convenient way, as it is missing some options, and you will have a hard time copying the settings of, let's say, pro players.

Through the Console

There is an advanced and more complicated way to change the map settings, but the options to change the radar settings in this method are wider.

  1. Open the developer console by pressing the ` or ~ button.
  2. In the console that appears, enter one of the ​​CS2 minimap console commands described in this article (or all of them, separated by semicolons).
  3. Press Enter.

Via an Autoexec File

If you want to customize the minimap and the game settings are not enough for you, but it seems tedious to enter commands every time, you just need to create an Autoexec file. The best minimap settings in CS2 will be automatically loaded each time you start the game.

  1. Open the config file with a text editor. If you can't find it, read our guide on how to find and create a config file.
  2. In the file, write all the necessary commands to customize the map.
  3. Save your changes.

If you didn't want to mess with the original config file and created a new one, for example, Autoexec.cfg, you need to take a few additional steps.

  1. Open your Steam and find Counter-Strike: Global Offensive in your Library.
  2. Right-click on CS2 and choose Properties.
  3. Add +exec[the name of the file] to the Launch Options.
Via an Autoexec File

Best CS2 Radar Config

There are two presets of best CS2 radar settings that most players with 1920x1080 resolution use. The first one, if you want to minimize your HUD to better see everything around you:

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.

The first presets of best CS2 radar settings

However, these radar settings aren't suitable for everyone, as it might sometimes be hard to see every detail on the map. 

These are the second type of the best radar settings in CS2, often used by players:

cl_radar_always_centered 0;

cl_radar_scale 0.3;

cl_hud_radar_scale 1.15;

cl_radar_icon_scale_min 1;

cl_radar_rotate 1;

cl_radar_square_with_scoreboard 1.

The second presets of best CS2 radar settings

The map here is bigger, with more visible icons, giving you a clear view of the whole battlefield.

How To Reset Radar Settings to Default?

What to do if you have changed the CS2 minimap settings, but something went wrong? Do not despair because all changes can always be rolled back. There is even a special button for this in the game settings. However, it will default all the options, not limiting the radar-related settings. Therefore, it's better to enter default commands into the console, and everything will be back to normal:

cl_radar_always_centered 1;

cl_radar_scale 0.7;

cl_hud_radar_scale 1;

cl_radar_icon_scale_min 0.6;

cl_radar_rotate 1;

cl_radar_square_with_scoreboard 1.

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