Galactic Civilizations III Wiki

Extra launch options(arguments) can be added to Galactic Civilizations 3 executable file either through Steam or a desktop shortcut:

  • Windows shortcut
  1. Right click on the executable file -> Send to -> Desktop (create shortcut)
  2. Right click on the newly created shortcut -> Properties
  3. Add the options at the end of Target parameter for the executable file:
Example: "D:\GOG\Games\Galactic Civilizations III\GalCiv3.exe" -cheat
  • Steam
  1. Right click on the game in your library
  2. Click Properties
  3. Click Set launch properties...
  4. In the input window type one or more options separated by a white space. In this case the minus sign before every option is not required.
  • Windows desktop shortcut to Steam, arguments added with 'launch properties' will also be attached
  1. On your Windows desktop
  2. Right click on empty space
  3. New => Shortcut
  4. Right click on the newly created shortcut -> Properties
  5. Replace the whole Target input:
Example: "C:\Program Files (x86)\Steam\Steam.exe" -applaunch 226860 -cheat
  • Steam app shortcut ('Create Desktop Shortcut')
    • Not possible. Uses its own steam:// protocol whose attached arguments are ignored. Launch properties will still be applied.

Skipping Stardock Launcher[]

For the Steam version, the Stardock Launcher can be skipped by adding /nolauncher as a command line parameter in Steam will stop the launcher from showing.

Alternatively, it can be skipped using the same method as for Fallout 4's launcher. See:

Replace the Steam launch properties(see above) with, for example: "C:\Program Files (x86)\Steam\steamapps\common\Galactic Civilizations III\GalCiv3.exe" %command%

You can still add other options after the %command% phrase.

Available options[]

Possible commands extracted from v2.0 EXE file, options without a description have either not been tested or have unknown effects. Some may be obsolete.

  • AllMapOptions - Shows map options hidden by default (No effect in v1.2.0 => Alpha/Beta remnant)
  • Autologin
  • Autoskip
  • Atlasgen
  • CampaignBin
  • CampaignMode
  • Cheat - Enables the console window (default hotkey is the tilde '~'/'`' key)
  • Datazip
  • DebugBattlepaths
  • DebugBattlesync
  • DebugLighting
  • DebugMemory
  • EnableHighPerformance
  • EnableLowPerformance
  • EnableTestingCheats
  • Fastload
  • Framerate - Shows frames per second as well as other parameters. This is the same as doing the command 'fps' within console.
  • GfxThread
  • Leaderboards
  • Load
  • LocalDataOnly - Tells Steam not to download Steam Workshop items. Note that GalCiv 3 simply copies the items from Steam folder to "Documents/My Games/GalCiv3". Rename folder within Steam('Steam\steamapps\workshop\content\226860') in order to avoid the mentioned copying.
  • NoFog - Removes fog of war from all games?
  • Particle
  • ParticleViewer
  • Password
  • Quickstart - Immediately uses the 'Quickstart' menu option once the game has loaded. Map selection is ignored.
  • ScenarioEditor - Enables scenario options and switching Map Mode in Map Editor (Sandbox/Scenario)
  • Skeletons
  • SkipIntro - Skips the intro, ignoring the setting in preferences (only do this if you don't like intros).
  • TestServerIP
  • TestServerPort
  • Username