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The Ships computer can be accessed by clicking the 'Manage' button at the lower left of the screen then clicking the 'Computer' button (or keyboard command CTRL-C).

A text mode type console will appear with display at top and input at the bottom.

Computer commands involving probing planets can be viewed in the Probing Tutorial.

Typing (?) will get a list of commands.

NOTE: When typing commands into the computer, capitalization is important.

Using the Show command

rs. relates to the Ram Scoop and takes pressure, temperature composition readings when landed

Typing (show rs.pressure) will give you the atmospheric pressure in bar (1 bar = 1 earth atmospheric pressure)

Typing (show rs.temperaturec) will give the current temperature in degrees Celsius

Typing (show rs.temperaturek) will give the current temperature in degrees Kelvin

Typing (show rs.composition) will give you the gas composition of the atmosphere

gg. related to the Gravity Generator

Typing Typing (show gg.g) will give you the gravity in g (1g is 1 earth gravity)

pm. relates to power module

Typing (show pm.reactorpower) gives the reactor output

Typing (show pm.capacity) gives give maximum capacitor capacity

Typing (show gives current capacitor energy level

mb. relates to the Mining Beam and is used to make core samples deep into the planet surface and to analyse the soil sample taken at EVA.

Typing (show mb.samplemaps) will give a listing of planets with core sampling probes and their current status

Typing (show mb.samplemapoverlay) shows the sample probes final results overlaid on the relevant planet

Typing (show mb.samples) will list all the soil samples you have obtained

Typing (show mb.analyse [sample name]) will analyse a soil sample and give a result. eg: show mb.analyse Jam1 Rocky Planet (3)

Typing (show mb.coresample) will activate the mining beam to sample the planet deeper below the surface. your ship will need to be above the surface, close to the surface and facing the surface to take readings.

- The soil sample reading will be indicative of the whole planets surface. The core sample reading will be indicative of the one spot where the sample was taken.

Typing (show mb.measure) will activate a laser beam on your ship and measure the distance of an object in front of you.


Alias is used to make shortcuts for the long commands in the above (show) section

NOTE: If you make an alias title as a key word, commands with those key words will not work anymore as intended. An example would be (show), you can't use the show command anymore as it is aliased to something else. alias add show show mb.samples

What you could do is then make an alias which is (sh) instead of show so you can use (sh) instead of show.

Given that nested aliases don't work and maininstructions don't parse for aliases, this could be quite workable. It's probably a lot more intuitive to avoid using (show) or other command keywords for aliases however.


Adding an alias takes the format of (alias add name instruction)

eg (alias add samples show mb.samples) will alow you to just type samples in future to show all your soil samples

Alias add 100 ch eject 100 silicon. will allow you to just type 100 into your computer in order to eject 100 silicon.

Linking to ctrl 1 through ctrl 0

alias add ctrl#

  • example- alias add ctrl1 ch eject 999999 silicon - will make it so any time you press ctrl-1 ( both keys) you will eject all silicon up to 999999.

Numbers are 1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9 and 0.


typing (alias list) will list the aliases you have programmed


Typing (alias remove [name]) will remove the alias you programed with that name


maininstruction lets you run other instructions continuously, displaying the results on you main interface.

There are 5 boxes on your main interface that can display data, labeled 0 - 4, just above your speed indicator.

NOTE:- You cannot have a multiline output as a maininstruction,


ch relates to Cargo Hold

(ch eject [quantity] [item]) is used to eject stuff out of the cargo hold, such as unwanted minerals and passengers

eg (ch eject 100 silicon)

This command is also used to deploy Core Sampling Probes to scan planet surfaces for minerals

eg (ch eject 1 core sampling probe)


Used to clear the core sample maps


Typing (close) will close the computer console.

Domderek's Maininstruction Tutorial

Maininstruction is a really useful tool, especially for exploring. However, it can be a bit tricky to pick up, so here is a tutorial on how to get it going. Before trying this, you should familiarize yourself with the Ship Computer by reading the Wiki page on it.

What is Maininstruction?

The Maininstruction command allows you to display certain Ship computer commands on screen all the time, so they don not have to be manually typed in every time you need it. They appear just above the Altitude and Speed readouts. using maininstruction can save a lot of retyping common commands into the computer and help provide useful information much more quickly.

What commands can I maininstruct?

Theoretically, any of the show commands can be maininstructed. However some are much more useful than others, and a few can cause computer issues in certain situations. It can be used to display information like gravity, pressure, temperature and atmospheric concentration. It can also be used to show capacitor and energy in number forms if you want. Lastly, you could use a maininstruction to display probing progress on a planet.

How do I enter a Maininstruction command?

There are 3 maininstruction commands: add, list, remove. Adding commands uses the folowing format:

maininstruction add display N text show xx.command

maininstruction add - this is the actual command and is the same everytime.

display N - where N is a whole number 0-4. This is used to set the position of this command, in 1 of 5 positions. See the pic above for each one.

text - this is any text you would like to see added AFTER the command output. For example, atm after pressure or C after temperature. If you want no text, make sure 2 spaces are in this gap, or the command will not work.

show xx.command - this is the regular ship computer command you would like to display. You can see the wiki for more details.

So for example, to show the 0 display in the picture, I would type:

maininstruction add display 0 atm show rs.pressure

I am getting an Unknown Command error. How do I fix it?

This means you typed something wrong. You can use the remove command to get rid of it and try again. For example, (Maininstruction remove 0) will delete the maininstruction in display 0.

Step-by-Step Guide

I have a set-up to display the most important statistics for planets as well as track my probing progress on a planet. This will take you through the steps of setting up an exact copy of this. You can tweak it to you preferences however you like.

Open up the ship computer with ctrl+c or the Manage button.

(Optional) use the alias commands so you don't have to type maininstruction each time. I use (alias add m maininstruction) so I only have to type m instead of the whole word. You can do more if you so desire.

Use the following commands to add the first 4 maininstructions. Note: two space for display 3 and 4 because there is no text section (doesn't show up in forum formatting).

maininstruction add display 0 atm show rs.pressure

maininstruction add display 1 C show rs.temperaturec

maininstruction add display 2 G show gg.g

maininstruction add display 3 show rs.composition

The last command displays the progress towards a map overlay on a planet. Make sure to use a search parameter, as without it ALL your map overlays are displayed, which can cause issues with the game if there are a lot of them. The parameter follows the same formatting as a soil sample command. For example, the one I use in the picture is:

maininstruction add display 4 show mb.samplemaps Systemname1 Rocky Planet (4)

Confirm that all the commands have come out the way you want, and you are good to go.

That should get everyone up to speed and hopefully save you a bit of time as you journey through the stars. Happy exploring everyone!

ps. Do not try to maininstruction: show mb.coresample or show mb.measure; as these can cause serious computer malfunctions, and crash your game.

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