The Developer console is an instrument that has been around for some time, but was only made available to players with the release of Z-buffering on 15 September 2010. It may, according to Jagex, "prove useful in tracking down the cause of more technical issues with the client on your computer." You can view a list of commands by typing either help or commands in the window. It also displays the current build number in the lower right corner.
The latest Build number is Build 865.1.
To get to this console hold down Alt then press the ` (quote/grave accent) or ² (superscript 2). It is found to the left of the '1' key on most QWERTY keyboards. The tilde ~ is on the same key, on some keyboards. Typing in the alt-key code for "²" (Alt+0178) will also open the console. If you find yourself unable to close it, try holding [shift] while pressing any of these buttons, or using the [Alt gr] key. The console is useable on the login screen. At the moment, the developer console can only be used with English keyboard layout (the extended version will not work), however you can open the console on non-English keyboards by using the on-screen keyboard program.
|cls||Clears the console screen.|
|displayfps||Toggles frames per second (FPS) and other information screen|
|renderer||Prints graphics renderer information|
|heap||Prints Java memory information|
|getcamerapos||Prints location and direction of the camera for use in bug reports|
|cam_shake_test||Shakes the camera around as if a Keg of beer was drunk|
|cam_shake_reset||Turns off the above.|
When one logs out, all entered commands will be deleted and cannot be retrieved.
- Throughout this section, the units used are of base 1024, rather than base 1000. For example, a mebibyte is 1024 kibibytes, which are 1024 bytes each (1 MiB = 1,048,576 B); as opposed to a megabyte being 1000 kilobytes, which are 1000 bytes each (1 MB = 1,000,000 B)
The displayfps command is the only command that does more than print to the console - it toggles the debug text in the interface. The debug text appears in the top-right of the login screen and the lobby, in the Debug text box in customisable interfaces (which can be moved in edit mode), and to the left of the minimap in legacy interfaces.
The debug text has several pieces of information:
The current frame rate the game is running at - this is capped at 50 frames per second. In brackets, the render time of each frame is given in milliseconds (this is 1/frame rate, so 50 FPS is a result of a 20 millisecond render time). The higher your frame rate, the smoother your gameplay will feel and the less frame latency you will experience.
The amount of memory current used by the game and the amount reserved by the game. This is the Java heap, an area of dynamic memory allocation managed by the Java Virtual Machine (JVM); it is measured in kibibytes. This number turns red when more than two-third of the allocated memory is used. When the amount used gets too close to the amount reserved, the garbage collector is run, which will reclaim a large amount of memory at once.
This shows various network statistics relating to the game server you are connected to:
The rate of transfer of data from the server to your client, represented in bytes per second. This increases with the more things that are happening around you, like other players and NPCs moving and interacting.
The rate of transfer of data from your client to the server, represented in bytes per second. This is closely tied with the amount of inputs you are giving to the game (resulting in more server queries): doing nothing has a minimal 'out rate', while rapidly moving your mouse over many objects (for example, a line of item icons in your bank) generates a large 'out rate'.
A ping is a measure of network connectivity and latency, represented as the time for the client to send a small amount of data to the server, the server to generate a response, and the response travelling back to you (the round-trip time). The higher your ping, the more latency you will experience - commonly experienced as clicking to move, but not moving for a few game ticks (though there may be other causes for this). The lower your ping, the more responsive the game will feel - especially important for places where quick responses are necessary (such as bosses).
A high ping has many causes, including but not limited to: The amount of bandwidth your client and other programs on your computer (or other computers on your network) are using, the geographical and network distance from you to your ISP, the geographical and network distance from your ISP to the server you are connected to, whether there are any issues along the network, how loaded the server is (generally only applies to almost-full worlds or very busy locations), and to some extent, the load on your computer (generally only applies to very low-CPU-power computers).
This provides the same statistics as Game, but for the lobby server you are connected to. Only one of these will be active at a time (but both are always displayed).
This is the current size of off-heap storage, measured in kibibytes. This turns red when it reaches 60 mebibytes. The off-heap is an area of memory which is not under the management of the JVM, so garbage collection does not occur. This is used to store data which does not change (models, text, etc), and may include any data stored on graphics memory (such as textures). This number generally does not reduce once it has increased - the only way to do so is by restarting the client.
This gives the percentage of the Jagex cache that is present on your computer. The percentage is given in two ways - presumably percentage of total size, and percentage of number of files. If the cache is not at 100%, the game will attempt to download the remaining files. Playing with a very low cache percentage will result in many assets missing - such as opening your bank and finding it empty, as all of the item icons have not been downloaded yet.
The renderer command prints a number of details about your current render mode and device to the console.
- Toolkit ID is the identification number of the rendering toolkit in use - 0 for safe mode, 1 for OpenGL and 3 for DirectX.
- Vendor is the identification number of the specific software used to run on your machine.
- Name is the name of the render mode used - OpenGL, Direct3D (DirectX), Pure Java (safe mode).
- Version is the version of the renderer used.
- Device is the device the game is being rendered by, for example "NVIDIA GeForce GTX 970" in DirectX and "geforce gtx 780/pcie/sse2" in OpenGL. Displays "CPU" for safe mode.
- Driver Version is the version of the driver your render device is using.
- Caps is a list of numbers which defines the capabilities of your render device and driver, used internally to determine if certain options can be used (e.g. anti-aliasing, bloom, etc).
The heap command prints the amount of memory reserved by the game to the console. This is given in the standard Java way with a single-character suffix if required, where K is kibibytes, M is mebibytes and G is gibibytes.
The getcamerapos command on the Developer console provides access to the developer coordinates, which allow one to precisely identify any game map square, even in map areas (such as dungeons) where the sextant does not work, as for example to describe the Keldagrim penguin spawn. A map square is described in developer coordinates as a 5-tuple of non-negative numbers (z, x1, y1, x2, y2), with the origin in the unexplored ocean to the southwest of RuneScape.
The x1 and y1 coordinates identify a 64-square by 64-square map block, while the x2 and y2 coordinates provide the offset within the map block. The z coordinate gives the map level—0 for ground, 1 for the first floor of buildings, etc. While one might expect dungeons to be at negative levels, they are in fact at ground level, but in distant parts of the map—so descending into a dungeon is like teleporting to a different part of the map. Historically, entering a dungeon was in effect teleporting 200° due north. More recent dungeons have sometimes been placed wherever they may fit, and so the "southern" ground level end of the map and the "northern" dungeon level do not overlap cleanly.
Because the developer console provides the coordinates of the camera, rather than the character on whom the camera view is centred, determining one's own position in developer coordinates takes two steps. First, clicking the compass to align the map strictly north-south, use the developer console to find the camera position and note the "longitude" values x1 and x2. Then rotate the camera 90° so you are viewing due east or west, and again use the developer console to find the camera position and note the "latitude" values y1 and y2. Taken together, these provide the developer coordinates for the square on which the player character is standing.
The conversion from developer coordinates (z, x1, y1, x2, y2) to conventional coordinates (ndeg° nmin' [n|s] edeg° emin' [e|w]) is as follows:
If N is negative, the coordinate will be south of the observatory origin; if it is positive, north. Similarly, if E is negative, the coordinate will be west of the origin, otherwise east.
and converting the other direction:
Occasionally the developer console will change appearance, usually in relation to an event.
- In build 666, the background colour changed from purple to red, a joke referring to 666 being 'the Number of the Beast' or the devil's number.
- During the Christmas periods since 2011 the Developers Console featured snow flakes on the interface.
- Pressing the "Page Up" or "Page Down" keys on your keyboard can list the previously used commands in the Developer console.
- Text that has been copied from another source can be pasted into the console using Control-C (copy) and Control-V (paste). Text in the console can be copied using Control-A (select all) and then Control-C when the console is open.
- This is the first time ever that Jagex has enabled access to the very tools they use to develop the game. The developer's console available to the players is a restricted version, so players cannot affect the game in any way with it.
- When the developer's console is open, clicking somewhere will have the normal effect. The keyboard commands, such as the F1-F5 hotkeys or the arrow keys that move the camera position, won't work until the player closes the developer's console again.
- When one enters a command, the time of entering it is displayed in UTC.
- The 'cls' command will clear the console, but will not delete the previously entered commands. When one has cleared the console, and then presses Control-A they will still select all hidden previous commands (and any commands not hidden). This can then be copied and pasted somewhere to see the cleared commands.
- The developer's console can be used as a temporary extra long notes. It can be used to track doors while dungeoneering, especially on large floors.