Star Citizen Alpha 3.6 Key Bindings | Commands | Controls

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Useful Controls For Star Citizen Alpha 3.6

Star Citizen Alpha 3.6 brings some new controls & keybindings originating mostly from additions to gameplay (such as Hacking) and the introduction of Hover Mode.

All controls and key mappings can be found in game by accessing your options menu (press ESC) and looking for the Key Bindings tab. The same options allow you to rebind your keyboard layout and controller settings as you prefer.

Important NEW Keys for Alpha 3.6:

Patch 3.6 brings additional keyboard layout and control changes:

  • Freelook has been enhanced for players to look around while seated or walking. Freelook in 3rd person - Z (HOLD)
  • Hover Mode requires Cruise Control (C) to be OFF for improved handling
  • Targets can now be Hailed - 6
  • Acceleration can now be limited with the Acceleration Limiter - RIGHT ALT + SCROLL MOUSE WHEEL
  • Emergency Exit Seat - U + Left Shift
  • Terminals can be hacked with a Crypto Key. Equip key and use it by pressing Number 4
  • Inspect Item (when on foot) - I
  • New keybind for Engines off - I
  • To Hack Crime Status first equip the item and then press 4 to use it
  • Boxes can be thrown by looking up and LEFT MOUSE BUTTON

Important Keys for Alpha 3.6:

General important keys and controls from Alpha 3.5 and Alpha 3.4 that still apply to Alpha 3.6

  • Ship Sub components can be targeted (Read more here)
  • TAP F use the default interaction. No longer required to HOLD F then select with the mouse
  • Gimbal Assist Toggle - R
  • Turrets can now Cycle Targets - Key number (not keypad) 5
  • Cycle Gyro fire mode in turrets with G
  • Quantum travel destinations will only be shown when the quantum drive is spooled
  • HOLD MOUSE WHEEL to zoom in and out of the Starmap
  • DOUBLE LEFT/RIGHT CLICK MOUSE to instantly zoom in/out of the Starmap
  • To go prone, first crouch (CTRL) then press X
  • Flight Systems Ready - R
  • You can throw mission boxes by DOUBLE LEFT CLICKING when carrying them.

Landing / Hover Mode Controls

Landing Gear Toggle - N

Tilt Forwards - W

Tilt Back - S

Tilt Left - A

Tilt Right- D

Increase / Decrease Accellerator - RIGHT ALT + SCROLL MOUSE WHEEL

Space Break / Stop Ship - X

Landing Tips

  • Hover Mode in Alpha 3.6 behaves like a very sensitive helicopter. Be sure to reduce thruster power from 100% down significantly to 5 to 50% depending on the gravity at landing location)
  • Disable Cruise Control for greater precision and handling
  • Stay level to the horizon before attempting landing
  • Reduce Accelerator
  • Reduce Thruster Power until reaching the desired descent rate
  • Spacebreak will level the ship as well as stop you

Turret Controls

Turret Gyro Stabilization- G

Reticle Focus - 1

Cycle Friendly Targets - 5

Cycle Friendly Targets Back - LEFT ALT + 5

Pin Focused Target - 1 (HOLD)

Cycle Hostile Targets - 3

Cycle Hostile Targets Back - LEFT ALT + 3

Target Nearest Hostile - LEFT ALT + 1

Reset Sub Target 2 (HOLD)

Cycle Sub Target 2

Cycle Sub Target BackLEFT ALT + 2

Ship Sub Component Targeting

As of Alpha 3.4 players can target a ship's sub components such as the engines. This adjusts the pip location accordingly. The following are the new key bindings from Alpha 3.5 for Ship Sub Component Targeting:

Cycle Sub Component Targeting Forward - 2

Cycle Sub Component Targeting Back - LEFT ALT + 2

Reset Sub Component Targeting - 2 (HOLD)

Foip & Voip Controls

  • FOIP & VOIP need to be enabled in the menu and Mobiglas Chat (see below)
  • Quick Camera Calibrate - * (Numpad)
  • Selfie - - (Minus Numpad)
  • FOIP Head Tracking Toggle - / (Numpad)
  • Head Tracking (HOLD) - No Default Key Binding
  • Commlink App toggle - F11
  • FOIP Push To Talk - + (Numpad)

In Mobiglas you can turn the Camera and VOIP on or off as well as adjust the volume of each.

Printable Keyboard Controls & Key Mappings

Download print friendly Keyboard, Mouse, Gamepad and Joystick mappings in easy to print format.

This printable PDF key bindings for Alpha 3.6 were found online:

Note: This PDF if from a 3rd party website and potentially rival ORG. Data is provided because it is the best available found source - thank you and praise to the author.

Cockpit Controls for Star Citizen Alpha 3.6

Flight / Systems Ready Toggle - R

Exit Seat - Y

Emergency Exit Seat - U + Left Shift

Open / Close Doors Toggle - K

Lock / Unlock Doors Toggle - L

Look Behind - No Default Key Binding

Power Toggle - U

Power Preset 1 - P

Power Preset 2 - O

Power Preset 3 (Engines Off) - I


General Controls for Star Citizen Alpha 3.6

Pause / Options - ESC

Mobiglas - F1

Cycle Camera (1st person view 3rd person view) – F4 -> Full List of Camera Controls

Freelook Camera Mode Toggle – Z

Freelook Camera - HOLD Z + MOVE MOUSE

Advanced Camera Controls Modifier - Z (HOLD)

Contacts List - F11

Chat - F12

Console - ~ (TILDE)

Activate Chat - Enter (After F12)


Mining Key Bindings for Star Citizen Alpha 3.6

Switch from Scanning to Mining laser - M

Fire Mining Laser - No default (Previously Button One)

Switch From Fracture to Extraction Mining Laser and back - No default (Previously Mouse Button Two)

Increase Mining Laser Power – No default (Previously Mouse Wheel Up)

Decrease Mining Laser Power – No default (Previously Mouse Wheel Up)

Scanning Key Bindings for Star Citizen Alpha 3.6

Switch from Scanning to Mining laser - M

Fire Mining Laser - Button One

Switch From Fracture to Extraction Mining Laser and back - Mouse Button Two

Increase Mining Laser Power – Mouse Wheel Up

Decrease Mining Laser Power – Mouse Wheel Up

On Foot Controls For Star Citizen Alpha 3.6

Cycle Camera (1st person view 3rd person view) – F4 -> Full List of Camera Controls

Interact Mode (Inner thought / Inspect) - F (HOLD)

Inspect Item - I - NEW!

Freelook Active - Z (3rd person only)

Mobiglas (Scoreboard) - F1

Map - F2

Force Respawn - BACKSPACE (HOLD)

Wield Sidearm – 1 (Number 1 on the keyboard)

Wield Primary Weapon - 2 (Number 2 on the keyboard)

Wield Secondary Weapon - 3 (Number 3 on the keyboard)

Use Hacking Crypto Key (after you have purchased and equipped one) - 4 (Number 4 on the keyboard)

Select Contract Item - 6 (Number 6 on the keyboard)

Throw Item (Grenade) - G

Heal With Medpen - C (Previously V)

Refill Oxygen - B


Hold Breath (Aiming down sites) - LEFT SHIFT(HOLD)

Change Weapon Fire Mode - V

Turn on Suit Light / Flashlight – T

Reload - R

Holster Weapon - R (HOLD)

Walk / Jog - Scroll Mouse wheel

Crouch - LEFT CTRL

Prone - X

Roll Left (While Prone) - A (Double Tap)

Roll Right (While Prone) - D (Double Tap)


Lean Left - Q

Lean Right - E

Melee Attack - Mouse Button 3


Combat Emotes in Star Citizen Alpha 3.6

/left - Keypad 1

/stop – Keypad 2

/right – Keypad 3

/yes – Keypad 4

/forward – Keypad 5

/no – Keypad 6

EVA Commands For Star Citizen Alpha 3.6



Strafe Down: CTRL

Roll Left: Q

Roll Right: E

Strafe Left: A

Strafe Right: D

Freelook: Z

Brake: X

In Flight Commands For Star Citizen Alpha 3.6

Mobiglas / Scoreboard - F1

MFD Screen Up (when in free look) - W

Hud Screen Right (when in free look) - D

Hud Left Option (when in free look) - A

Hud Down Option (when in free look) - S

Quantum Travel Drive - B

Quantum Travel / Jump - B (HOLD) - Calibrate Destination First and Spool Drive

Camera Mode - F4

Camera Zoom in 3rd Person - Hold F4 and Scroll Mouse Wheel

Freelook Toggle - Z

Freelook: Z (HOLD)

Ship Self Destruct: BACKSPACE (Hold)

Scan Mode - TAB

Activate Scanning - Mouse Button One

Scanning Ping - Mouse Button Two

Throttle Up: W

Throttle Down: S

Strafe Left - A (Previously Q)

Strafe Right - D (Previously E)

Strafe Up - SPACEBAR

Strafe Down - LEFT CTRL

Roll Left - Q

Roll Right - E

Reticle Focus - 1

Target Nearest Hostile - LEFT ALT + 1

Cycle Hostiles - 3

Cycle Hostiles Reverse Order: LEFT ALT + 3

Cycle Friendlies - 5

Cycle Friendlies Reverse Order: LEFT ALT + 5

Cycle All - No Default Key Bind

Cycle Countermeasures: H (Previously V)

Launch Countermeasures: G (Previously C)

Gimbal Lock / Gimbal Assist / Standard Gimbal - Cycle Modes - R

Boost - Removed in Alpha 3.5

Afterburner - LEFT SHIFT (HOLD)

Space Break - X

Respawn - X (Arena Commander)

Decoupled Mode Toggle - V (Previously no default key bind)

Cycle IFCS Flight Mode - Removed in 3.5

Landing Mode Toggle - N

Automatic Landing - N (HOLD)

Request Landing Permission - Use the ship console [Menu -> Comms] or Mobiglas

Match Target Velocity Toggle: No Default Key Bind

Look Ahead - No Default Key Bind

Cycle Radar Range - Use the Ship's Radar or bind a key

Toggle Lights - T (Previously 5)

Exit Pilot Seat - Y (Previously H)

Cycle Toggle - No Default Key Bind

Eject - Y (HOLD) (Previously no default key bind)

Rear View Camera - Z (Previously no default key bind)

Mining Mode - M

Cruise Control - C

Speed Limiter Toggle - No Default Key Binding

Hail Target - H - NEW!

Vehicle Commands For Star Citizen Alpha 3.6

Horn - SPACEBAR - New!

Break - X

Afterburner Controls

Since Alpha 3.5 you can use afterburner at any time and boost is gone. It is no longer required to be moving in a straight line to use Afterburner. Afterburner has not changed for Alpha 3.6.