Controls

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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

PC

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
Movement
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 / Aux 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).
Jump / Move up Space Yes keymap_jump You will move upwards instead of jumping if you are climbing, swimming or using fly mode
Sneak / Move down Shift Yes keymap_sneak You will move downwards instead of sneaking if you are climbing, swimming 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 Left mouse button No keymap_dig
Use / build Right mouse button No keymap_place 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 keymap_sneak, keymap_place 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
Camera
Select camera C 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
Graphics
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 V Yes keymap_minimap Usage of minimap can be restricted by game or mod
Toggle minimap shape (square or circle) Shift+F9 Yes keymap_sneak, keymap_minimap
Open/close console F10 Yes keymap_console
Abort / close window / open pause menu / quit Minetest Esc No (none)
Sound
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

macOS

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.

Action Control
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

Movement modes

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.

Fast 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.

Fly mode

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.

Noclip mode

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

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.