Left 4 Dead Cheats, Codes & Hints for the PC

Cheats, codes, hints and tips for Left 4 Dead on the PC.

Left 4 Dead
Pandemic Studios / Electronic Arts

The following cheats and codes are available for Left 4 Dead,  the first-person shooter video game on the personal computer (PC).

You must first activate the cheat console from within the game's menu to use cheats. To activate the console from the Main Menu select Options, then select Keyboard/Mouse, and enable Allow Developer Console. Now, during gameplay press the tilde key ( ~ ) to bring up the console.

Type 'sv_cheats 1' and press enter to enable the use of cheat codes.

Now you can use the console to enter any of the following cheat codes:

Cheat Codes

Removes All Bots
Cheat code: Ent_Remove

Unlimited Ammunition
Cheat code: sv_infinite_ammo 1

Get Pistol
Cheat code: give pistol

Cheat code: god

Toggles No Clipping Mode
Cheat code: noclip

Full Ammunition
Cheat code: give ammo

Gives you the SMG
Cheat code: z_spawn weapon_SMG

Vocalizes/makes the player say anything like vocalize playereatpills
Cheat code: Vocalize

spawns a zombie horde
Cheat code: z_spawn mob

spawns a special infected (infected names: hunter, boomer ,smoker, witch, tank)
Cheat code: z_spawn <bossname>

gives hunting rifle
Cheat code: give hunting_rifle

Spawns tank at location of cross-hair
Cheat code: z_spawn tank

Spawns smoker at location of crosshair
Cheat code: z_spawn smoker

Spawns hunter at location of cross-hair
Cheat code: z_spawn hunter

Spawns boomer at location of crosshair
Cheat code: z_spawn boomer

gives full health
Cheat code: give health

Gives auto shotgun
Cheat code: give autoshotgun

Gives pain pills
Cheat code: give pain_pills

Play in first person (default); this cheat is only necessary if thirdperson mode is enabled
Cheat code: firstperson

Gives you an Mk 47 (machine gun)
Cheat code: give rifle

Sets the camera to be in third person mode
Cheat code: thirdperson

Sets the camera to be fixed in place while in either third person or third person shoulder mode. Enter once to turn on and enter again to turn off
Cheat code: thirdperson_mayamode

Change Zombie Health
Cheat code: z_health

Sets the maximum amount of regular zombies
Cheat code: z_common_limit

Enables/Disables never ending panics
Cheat code: director_panic_forever 0/1

Forces a panic event
Cheat code: director_force_panic

Change Zombie Speed
Cheat code: z_speed

Spawns 1 Zombie
Cheat code: z_spawn zombie

gives pipebomb
Cheat code: give pipe_bomb

gives propanetank
Cheat code: give propanetank

gives oxygen tank
Cheat code: give oxygentank

gives molotov
Cheat code: give molotov

gives gascan
Cheat code: give gascan

gives you first aid kit
Cheat code: give first_aid_kit

Spawns a lighted molotov right on the floor under you
Cheat code: fire

Spawns a active pipebomb under you
Cheat code: boom

Sets the number of seconds until the player loses control of the Tank from not attacking survivors
Cheat code: z_frustration_lifetime <#>

Sets whether or not bots (and only bots) are allowed to do firendly fire damage
Cheat code: sb_friendlyfire <1/0>

Sets the camera to over-the-shoulder third person mode
Cheat code: thirdpersonshoulder

(Default 750) Sets the maximum range of the smoker's tongue attack
Cheat code: tongue_range <#>

Shuts off all wanderers, mobs, specials, and bosses
Cheat code: director_stop

No mob rushes
Cheat code: director_no_mobs <1/0>

Sets the maximum health of the Tank
Cheat code: z_tank_health <#>

True/False setting that allows the witch to change targets instead or focus on the one survivor that alerted her first
Cheat code: z_witch_allow_change_victim <1/0>

Amount of time before a burning Witch dies from fire (does not affect damage caused by fire)
Cheat code: z_witch_burn_time

Sets the amount of damage a Witch's attack does
Cheat code: z_witch_damage <#>

Disables/enables controllable Boss Infected on any map
Cheat code: director_no_human_zombies 0/1

You can unlock achievements while using cheats (after entering sv_cheats 1, enter retry so that it will restart the game with the cheats on)
Cheat code: retry

Gives Ammo To Your Primary Weapon
Cheat code: impulse 101

Just like god but you receive damage (sometimes if you are the only survivor left you can't receive damage from infected)
Cheat code: buddha 1

Amount of damage you want to do to survivors
Cheat code: z_pounce_damage X

x= desired entity to give to your bot teammates (the console should give you a list)
Cheat code: sb_give XXXX

x= amount of speed that you want for the smoker's tongue to fly
Cheat code: tongue_fly_speed X

x= desired amount of damage to pounce through doors
Cheat code: z_pounce_door_damage X

Makes your bot teammates shoot nonstop
Cheat code: sb_openfire or open_fire (console will tell)

Be sure to check out more Left 4 Dead cheat codes for the PC


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