EU4 echo Console Command

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echo Command
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This debug command prints the message that follows to the console. 'echo hello 123' would print 'hello 123' to the console.

echo [Message]



The message that you wish to print to the console (can include spaces).

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Quick Overview

The echo command in Europa Universalis IV is used to display a specific message in the console.

It is often used to relay information or for debugging purposes during game development.

For example, you can use the echo command to display the values of certain variables or to confirm that a specific part of a script is running.

It also allows players or developers to make notes or comments in script files, which can be particularly beneficial when writing and testing complex scripts.

In-Depth Description

The echo command in Europa Universalis IV (EU4) essentially mirrors the arguments that you input into the console.

This means that whatever text you tag along after the echo command, will then be displayed again in the console once you press enter. It's a simple command but it can be useful for a few reasons.

One of the most common reasons to use the echo command is for debugging purposes.

If you're trying to figure out what's going wrong with a particular script or a command in the game, you can use echo to display the problematic command in the console.

This can help you see exactly what's going wrong and figure out how to fix it.

Secondly, the echo command is often used for commenting in script files. Any text that follows the echo command is not executed as a command, it's merely printed out as text.

So, if you're creating a complex script with multiple commands, you can include the echo command as a way to add explanatory comments to your script.

This can make your script easier to read and understand, especially if you're sharing it with others or returning to it after some time.

Finally, in a broader sense, the echo command can be handy to take notes or reminders for yourself during gameplay.

For instance, if you come across an interesting strategy or idea while playing, you could quickly type it into the console with the echo command, and then it will be displayed there for future reference.

How to Open the Command Console

In EU4, cheats are executed from the command console, a text box that you type commands into.

To open the command console press the ~(tilde) key, which is typically located under ESC (escape).

If your keyboard does not have that key, or pressing ~ does not work, try the following keys:

  • ~
  • SHIFT + 2
  • SHIFT + 3
  • ALT + 2 + 1

Type your command into the console, and then press ENTER .