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This is an overview of all controls used in Minetest.


Changing controls

There are two ways to change the controls: Either by using the options menu accessible inside the game or by editing minetest.conf. See minetest.conf.example to learn the setting names. Note that some controls are fixed and cannot be changed at all.

Game controls

The PC version of Minetest uses mouse and keyboard. These are the controls of the PC version (differences from the PC version are noted below):

Action Default control Changable in-game? minetest.conf setting Comment
Look around Move mouse No (none)
Move forwards W Yes keymap_forward
Move to the left A Yes keymap_left
Move to the right D Yes keymap_right
Move backwards S Yes keymap_backward
Toggle pitch move mode P Yes keymap_pitchmove See Movement modes.
Toggle fast mode J Yes keymap_fastmove See Movement modes. Requires “fast” privilege
Toggle fly mode K Yes keymap_freemove See Movement modes. Requires “fly” privilege
Toggle noclip mode H Yes keymap_noclip See Movement modes. Requires “noclip” privilege
Special E Yes keymap_special1 Makes you run faster when in fast mode. If the setting aux1_descends is true, this control also makes you descend in liquids and ladders. Some mods utilize this key to enable special actions (e.g. sprinting). Note: Minetest sometimes also calls this key “AUX”.
Jump Space Yes keymap_jump This is used when you are neither at a ladder, inside a liquid nor using fly mode
Sneak Shift Yes keymap_sneak This is used when you are neither at a ladder, inside a liquid nor using fly mode
Move up Space Yes keymap_jump This is used when you are at a ladder, inside a liquid or using fly mode
Move down Shift Yes keymap_sneak This is used when you are at a ladder, inside a liquid or using fly mode
Toggle automatic forwards (none) Yes keymap_autoforward While this mode is enabled, this acts as if the forwards key is pressed all the time
World interaction
Punch / mine / collect item stack Left mouse button No (none)
Use / build Right mouse button No (none) If the pointed thing is usable (example: Chest), you use it, otherwise you attempt to build at this block
Build Shift+Right mouse button No (none) Use this to build at usable blocks
Select next/previous item stack in hotbar Roll mouse wheel No (none)
Select previous item stack in hotbar B Yes keymap_hotbar_previous
Select next item stack in hotbar N Yes keymap_hotbar_next
Select item stack in hotbar directly 0-9 No keymap_slot1 - keymap_slot32
Drop wielded item stack Q Yes keymap_drop
Drop 1 item of wielded item stack Shift+Q Yes keymap_sneak, keymap_drop
Select camera F7 Yes keymap_camera_mode Available cameras are (in this order): first person view, third person view from the back, third person view from the front
Toggle cinematic mode (none) Yes keymap_cinematic In cinematic mode, the camera will not immediately follow your movements, instead it will quickly “catch on”, so the movement of the camera looks a bit like the movement of an actual camera
Zoom in at the crosshair Z Yes keymap_zoom Usage of zoom can be restricted by game or mod. By default, zooming is only allowed in Creative Mode
Enable/disable fog F3 Yes keymap_toggle_force_fog_off
Increase minimal viewing distance + Yes keymap_increase_viewing_range_min
Decrease minimal viewing distance - Yes keymap_decrease_viewing_range_min
Toggle far view R Yes keymap_rangeselect Far view allows to view things without a distance limitation. Warning: This can severly impact Minetest's performance; use this only briefly or for testing
Take a screenshot F12 Yes keymap_screenshot
Heads-up Display
Show/hide inventory menu I Yes keymap_inventory
Show/hide HUD F1 Yes keymap_toggle_hud
Show/hide chat log F2 Yes keymap_toggle_chat
Toggle minimap F9 Yes keymap_minimap Usage of minimap can be restricted by game or mod
Toggle minimap shape (square or circle) Shift+F9 No keymap_sneak, keymap_minimap
Open/close console F10 Yes keymap_console
Abort / close window / open pause menu / quit Minetest Esc No (none)
Decrease volume (none) Yes keymap_decrease_volume
Increase volume (none) Yes keymap_increase_volume
Toggle mute M Yes keymap_mute
Commands and chat
Open chat window T Yes keymap_chat You need the “shout” privilege to chat
Start issuing a server command / Yes keymap_cmd
Start issuing a local command . Yes keymap_cmd_local Local commands are part of client mods
Debugging (for developers)
Enable/disable camera update F4 or none No keymap_toggle_update_camera Only useful for developers. If disabled, the landscape drawn around you will not be updated as you look around. This action only has a default key binding in the developer version of Minetest; in official releases there's no default key binding because this can be very confusing to players
Enable/disable debug display F5 No keymap_toggle_debug Also shows your coordinates
Enable/disable profiler F6 No keymap_toggle_profiler Only useful for developers
Write stack traces into debug.txt (none) No keymap_print_debug_stacks Only useful for developers

Differences for OS X

  • To emulate a right click, use a two finger tap on the trackpad
  • If you have a French keyboard (AZERTY), be prepared for your “M” key not working in chat

Changing controls in minetest.conf

With minetest.conf, you can change the controls which are unavailable in the settings menu. See minetest.conf#Controls for more information.

Inventory controls

See Inventory#Controls.

Console controls

See Console#Controls overview.