Com compressDemos (cvar)


Enables/disables the compression of demos.


At the console type…

com_compressDemos [flag]


  • [flag] - Enables/disables the compression of demos.
    • 0 - Disables the compression of demos.
    • 1 - Enables the compression of demos.


Flag Enabled Description
CVAR_ALL all flags
CVAR_BOOL variable is a boolean
CVAR_INTEGER X variable is an integer
CVAR_FLOAT variable is a float
CVAR_SYSTEM X system variable
CVAR_RENDERER renderer variable
CVAR_SOUND sound variable
CVAR_GUI gui variable
CVAR_GAME game variable
CVAR_TOOL tool variable
CVAR_USERINFO sent to servers, available to menu
CVAR_SERVERINFO sent from servers, available to menu
CVAR_NETWORKSYNC cvar is synced from the server to clients
CVAR_STATIC X statically declared, not user created
CVAR_CHEAT variable is considered a cheat
CVAR_NOCHEAT X variable is not considered a cheat
CVAR_INIT can only be set from the command-line
CVAR_ROM display only, cannot be set by user at all
CVAR_ARCHIVE X set to cause it to be saved to a config file
CVAR_MODIFIED X set when the variable is modified


Compression reduces filesize by almost half but because decompression is on the fly it can slow down playback. This is especially relevant if you are recording a demo for use with the timedemo console command where the results will be skewed by the fact the CPU will be busy decompressing the demo.