Game Controls

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Controls Options

Here you will find a listing of the various Game Controls available for use and assignment in DayZ Standalone.

Before jumping into the game, you'll need to familiarize yourself with the basic controls including the ability to move your character and interact with your environment. You can access these key assignments by visiting the Controls section of the Configuration menu, which you can from the in-game menu using the Esc key or from the game's main menu. Additional controls can be accessed via the drop-down menu at the top of the key assignment screen. You can reconfigure the controls based on your own personal preferences. The tables below show the default key assignments for the game.

Console players using a mouse and keyboard cannot change any keybindings at this time.


Key Function
W Move Forward
S Move Backward
A Strafe Left
D Strafe Right
Q Lean Left (double-tap to toggle)
E Lean Right (double-tap to toggle)
L ctrl Walk/Jog (hold for temporary; double-tap to toggle)
L. shift Run (hold for temporary)
Space Jump/Vault
C Toggle Crouch
C hold Toggle Prone


Key Function
Tab ↹ Toggle Inventory Screen
~ Tap to toggle Hotbar (Hide/View) Hold to toggle HUD
0 to 9 Hotkey Slots
Right mouse button Lower/Raise Item in Hands
G Tap to throw/Hold to drop item in hands
Left mouse button Flashlight On/Off
Alt or * Free Look
↵ Enter or V Toggle Between 1st Person (1PP) and 3rd Person (3PP) Perspectives
Middle mouse button Zoom (Hold)
Left mouse button or F Use / Action
L Hold Toggles Night vision


Key Function
Left mouse button Fire Weapon (Firearms) / Swing Weapon (Melee)
Right mouse button Ready your firearm to shoot or your melee to swing
Mouse scroll wheel click in/scroll Use Optics/Iron sights on a firearm
L. ctrl(Hold) Hold Breath
R Chamber New Round (firearm)
X Toggle Weapon Firing Mode
Page up Zeroing - Up
Page down Zeroing - Down
Lmb and R Change/Insert Magazine
F Melee with a firearms while hip-fire aiming (Right-Click)


Key Function
W / Accelerate
S / Slow Down
A / Turn Left
D / Turn Right
Q Shift Down One Gear
E Shift Up One Gear
L. shift Turbo
L. ctrl Slow Accelerate


Key Function
/ Use Text Chat
⇪ Caps Lock Hold to speak in voice chat. Double-tap to toggle voice chat on/off.
⬆️ Tap The up arrow key switches the player's voice volume. It has three settings to choose from, whispering, standard, and yelling.
F1 Hello
F2 Hands Up (Wave) (Stable branch)
F3 Sit Down (Stable branch)

Heart (Experimental branch)

F4 Fuck off
F5 Surrender (Stable branch)
F6 Point (Stable branch)

Magnifique (Experimental branch)

F7 Thumbs Up (Stable branch)

Point (Experimental branch)

F8 Facepalm (Stable branch)

Taunt elbow (Experimental branch)

F9 Silent (Stable branch)

Thumbs Up (Experimental branch)

F10 Die
F11 Suicide

Zombies are now attracted to the sound of a survivor's voice.

  • Whispering has a voice range of 7 meters.
  • Default has a voice range of 25 meters.
  • Yelling has a voice range of 45 meters.
  • The further a survivor/infected are from the source, the quieter it will be.

Additional Gestures

These gestures are not bound to any key by default and must be assigned by the user (typically in place of an existing gesture assignment). In Experimental, new gestures have been rebound to existing keys, while some are still unavailable by conventional means.

Heart (Used to be bound to replace Frig Off during Holidays)
Salute (Non-functional in 0.62, functional in 0.63)
Sit Down (Alternate, named SIT_B)
Point at Self
Nod Head
Shake Head
Look at Me
Thumb Down
RPS (Rock Paper Scissors)
Camp? (Cooking with stick animation)

See Also