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This is an overview of all controls used in Minetest.
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.
The PC version of Minetest uses mouse and keyboard. These are the controls of the PC version:
|Action||Default control||Changable in-game?||minetest.conf setting||Comment|
|Look around||Move mouse||No||(none)|
|Move to the left||A||Yes||
|Move to the right||D||Yes||
|Toggle pitch move mode||P||Yes||
||See Movement modes.|
|Toggle fast mode||J||Yes||
||See Movement modes. Requires “fast” privilege|
|Toggle fly mode||K||Yes||
||See Movement modes. Requires “fly” privilege|
|Toggle noclip mode||H||Yes||
||See Movement modes. Requires “noclip” privilege|
|Special / Aux||E||Yes||
||Makes you run faster when in fast mode. If the setting |
|Jump / Move up||Space||Yes||
||You will move upwards instead of jumping if you are climbing, swimming or using fly mode|
|Sneak / Move down||Shift||Yes||
||You will move downwards instead of sneaking if you are climbing, swimming or using fly mode|
|Toggle automatic forwards||(none)||Yes||
||While this mode is enabled, this acts as if the forwards key is pressed all the time|
|Punch / mine||Left mouse button||No||
|Use / build||Right mouse button||No||
||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||
||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||
|Select next item stack in hotbar||N||Yes||
|Select item stack in hotbar directly||0-9||No||
|Drop wielded item stack||Q||Yes||
|Drop 1 item of wielded item stack||Shift+Q||Yes||
||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||
||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||
||Usage of zoom can be restricted by game or mod. By default, zooming is only allowed in Creative Mode|
|Increase minimal viewing distance||+||Yes||
|Decrease minimal viewing distance||-||Yes||
|Toggle far view||R||Yes||
||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||
|Show/hide inventory menu||I||Yes||
|Show/hide chat log||F2||Yes||
||Usage of minimap can be restricted by game or mod|
|Toggle minimap shape (square or circle)||Shift+F9||Yes||
|Abort / close window / open pause menu / quit Minetest||Esc||No||(none)|
|Commands and chat|
|Open chat window||T||Yes||
||You need the “shout” privilege to chat|
|Start issuing a server command||/||Yes||
|Start issuing a local command||.||Yes||
||Local commands are part of client mods|
|Debugging (for developers)|
|Enable/disable camera update||F4 or none||No||
||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||
||Also shows your coordinates|
||Only useful for developers|
|Write stack traces into debug.txt||(none)||No||
||Only useful for developers|
Same as for PC, with one difference: If you have a 1-button mouse, you can emulate a right click with a two finger tap on the trackpad.
Mobile devices (Android / iOS)
(Note: This section and the list of controls might be incomplete)
The controls on mobile devices are severely restricted compared to the PC and you only have very basic controls. You can't do everything a PC player could do.
The touchscreen is used for everything.
|Look around||Touch screen and slide finger|
|Use / build||Double-tap|
|Punch / mine||Long tap|
|Chat||Press on-screen button in left upper corner|
|Jump||Press on-screen button in right lower corner|
|Sneak||Press on-screen button in right lower corner|
|Move left/up/right/down||Press on-screen button in left lower corner|
|Display inventory||Press on-screen button in left lower corner|
Mobile controls when a menu or inventory is displayed:
- double tap outside menu area: close menu
- tap on an item stack: select that stack
- tap on an empty slot: if you selected a stack already, that stack is placed here
- drag and drop: touch stack and hold finger down, move the stack to another slot, tap another finger while keeping first finger on screen --> places a single item from dragged stack into current (first touched) slot
Along with the normal controls, there are three so-called “movement modes” to change the way the player moves.
Pitch move mode
If this mode is activated (default key: P), the movement keys will move you relative to your current view pitch (vertical look angle) when you're in a liquid or in fly mode.
If this mode is activated (default key: J), it allows the player to move faster.
If the fly mode is not activated, the player can run faster using the so-called “Special” key (Setting name in minetest.conf:
keymap_special1), which is E normally. If the fly mode is activated, the player will fly faster instead.
The “fast” privilege is required to use this.
If this mode is activated (default key: K), the effects of gravity do not apply to the player anymore. This slightly changes the controls: The jump key (default: Space) will cause the player to rise and the sneak key (default: Shift) to sink.
The “fly” privilege is required to use this.
If this mode is activated (default key: H) along with fly mode, the player can fly through walls. If fly mode is not activated as well, noclip mode has nearly no effect; it only prevents screen blackening when the player's head is inside a solid block.
The “noclip” privilege is required to use this.
Changing controls in
minetest.conf, you can change the controls which are unavailable in the settings menu. See minetest.conf#Controls for more information.