You can activate certain options when launching pcsx2.exe from the command line on Windows, or the terminal on a Linux environment, those options are called arguments, wich are described below
PCSX2 versions 0.9.7 and higher have full commandline support, announced on The return of the Commandline! blog entry.
Those command line options can be added to a shortcut. That means you can have as many shortcuts to pcsx2.exe with different options and settings as you need.
You should use the following format:
- pcsx2.exe "IsoFile" --option="value"
IsoFileis the image file of the PS2 to be loaded. Remember to include full path between ( " ) and the file extension.
--optionis the argument used to active a certain option. Read below for the full list.
valuedetermines certain parameters needed for some options. Should be included betwen (") and follow a (=) symbol.
c:\PCSX2\pcsx2.exe "c:\PS2\Final Fantasy X.iso" --fullscreen --cfgpath="c:\My Configs\FFX"
When running that line from the command prompt of Windows, or the terminal on Linux systems, PCSX2 is going to open Final Fantasy X, run it on full screen, and the plugin configuration files are going to he loaded from the folder specified folder, in this case: c:\My Configs\FFX.
Remember that the path to the PS2 image file to use have to be before any option (unless you use the
The full list of options are:
--cfgpath="path"Changes the configuration files path.
--cfg="file"Specifies the PCSX2 configuration file to use.
--forcewizForces PCSX2 to start the First-time Wizard.
--portableEnables portable mode operation (requires admin/root access).
--consoleForces the program log/console to be visible.
--fullscreenUse fullscreen GS mode.
--windowedUse windowed GS mode.
--noguiDisables display of the graphical user interface.
-h, --helpDisplays this list of command line options.
--elf="file"Executes an ELF image.
--nodiscBoots an empty dvd tray; use to enter the PS2 system menu.
--usecdBoots from the CDVD plugin (overrides IsoFile parameter).
--nohacksDisables all speedhacks.
--gamefixes=[fix,fix]Enable specific gamefixes for this session. Valid fixes are: VuAddSub, VuClipFlag, FpuCompare, FpuMul, FpuNeg, EETiming, SkipMpeg, OPHFlag, DMABusy, VIFFIFO, VI, FMVinSoftware.
--fullbootDisables fast booting.
--gs="dllpath"Specify the file to use as the GS plugin}.
--pad="dllpath"Specify the file to use as the PAD plugin.
--spu2="dllpath"Specify the file to use the SPU2 plugin.
--cdvd="dllpath"Specify the file to use as the CDVD plugin.
--usb="dllpath"Specify the file to use as the USB plugin.
--fw="dllpath"Specify the file to use as the FW plugin.
--dev9="dllpath"Specify the file to use as the DEV9 plugin.
Commandline options and shortcuts
The ordinary user may use this to create a shortcut to his/her game on the desktop so that PCSX2 will run the game immediately. To do this make a link to PCSX2 main executable (pcsx2.exe) and update the target field of this link, it will look something like:
"C:\PS2\pcsx2.exe" -skipbios "C:\PS2\yourgame.iso"
And thus you'll be able to start C:\PS2\yourgame.iso right from your desktop!
If you have different games that need different emulation settings and/or plugins configuration, consider making as many shortcuts as you need with custom settings, or use an external launcher as described on this guide.
Commandline options and Steam
Using command line arguments, you can use Steam as an external launcher for your PS2 games. Here is a step by step guide on how to do so (you may repeat this process to add as many games as you want):
- 2) Click on Browse and locate pcsx2.exe. Click on Add selected program. It is important that you add pscx2.exe this way (rather than picking it from the list) so you can add more shortcuts later on.
- 4) On the target field, insert the full command for your game. In this case, it's important to insert the path to pscx2.exe between (") symbol.
- 5) You can choose custom icons for the shortcuts. Such icon should be embedded on an .exe file, or it has to be a png image (preferably square dimensions).
- 6) If you use Big Picture mode or grid display, you can set a custom banner for the game.
- It has to be a png image with 460 x 215 size.
- 7) Background images are taken from the Steam screenshots folder (taken with the F12 hotkey).
- 8) You can also create a custom category named Playstation 2, to group your PS2 games.
This image shows a shortcut added following all those steps, along with other shortcuts on a Playstation 2 category
There is an open source proyect called ICE, that automatically adds your console games to Steam library.
Please read its documentation carefully before using it.
- 9) If you use big Picture mode, or you use PCSX2 away from uour keyboard, you can assign hotkeys to your controller (for example, to close the emulator). Learn more on this post
Commandline options and XBMC
Information on using XBMC as an external PCSX2 launcher can be found on the following forum thread.