Trigger once

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Entity Description

A trigger volume that removes itself after it is triggered once (touched by a qualifying entity).

Keyvalues

  • TriggerOnce:

Filter Name <filter>
A filter entity to test potential activators against.

Brush:

Minimum Bounding Box Size (mins) <vector> !FGD
Starting at the brush's origin, mark the maximum bounding box's corner as this far away. Requiresmaxsif used so the other side of the box isn't empty.
Maximum Bounding Box Size (maxs) <vector> !FGD
Starting at the brush's origin, mark the minimum bounding box's corner as this far away. Requiresminsif used so the other side of the box isn't empty.
Note.png Note: To translate a brush's size in Hammer to these keys, first divide the size value in Hammer by 2. Then, apply the resulting number to one of the 2 keys, with the numbers inverted for the other key (Multiplied / Divided by -1).
Note.png Note: If collisions is already set, it must be set back to Bounding Box (solid 2).
Collisions (solid) <choices> !FGD
Method of collision for this entity.
Model Index (modelindex) <short> !FGD
Changes the entity's model to a precached model on the map. Requires precaching models with propdata.txt, then usingcl_precacheinfo modelprecachewhile in-game to get the proper index number.
Warning.png Warning: Needs to be setup meticulously to have no crashes.

Base:

Classname (classname) <string>
The classname defines the type of entity. Classnames can be changed using AddOutput, which will influence how the engine deals with the entity in certain circumstances.
Name (targetname) <string>
The name that other entities refer to this entity by.
Global Entity Name (globalname) <string>
Name by which this entity is linked to another entity in a different map. When the player transitions to a new map, entities in the new map with globalnames matching entities in the previous map will have the previous map's state copied over their state.
Parent (parentname) <targetname>
Specifies a movement parent. An entity will maintain its initial offset from its parent. An attachment point can be added to the end of the name, separated by a comma. Every entity can be parented, even point entities. Entities which are parented will be forced to transition to the next map, such as from a trigger_transition. Some entities which aren't intended to be parented may not function correctly. phys_constraint can be used as a workaround to parenting.
Origin (X Y Z) (origin) <coordinates>
The position of this entity's center in the world. Rotating entities typically rotate around their origin.
Pitch Yaw Roll (X Y Z) (angles) <angle>
This entity's orientation in the world. Pitch is rotation around the Y axis, yaw is the rotation around the Z axis, roll is the rotation around the X axis.
Note.png Note: This works on brush entities, although Hammer doesn't show the new angles.
Flags (spawnflags) <integer>
Toggles features of an entity, its specific number is determined by the combination of flags added.
Response Contexts (ResponseContext) <string>
Pre-defined response system contexts for this entity. Format is key:value,key:value,.... Contexts may be filtered.
Effects (effects) <integer> !FGD
Combination of effect flags to use.
Hammer ID (hammerid) <integer> !FGD
The entity's Hammer ID. Mainly used by plugins and debugging commands, such as ent_keyvalue. Entities spawned at run-time are not assigned any Hammer ID.


EnableDisable:

Start Disabled (StartDisabled) <boolean>
Stay dormant until activated (with theEnableinput).

Flags

  • TriggerOnce:

  •  [1] : Clients
  •  [2] : NPCs
  •  [4] : Pushables
  •  [8] : Physics Objects
  •  [16] : Only player ally NPCs
  •  [32] : Only clients in vehicles
  •  [64] : Everything (not including physics debris)
  •  [512] : Only clients *not* in vehicles
  •  [1024] : Physics debris
  •  [2048] : Only NPCs in vehicles (respects player ally flag)
  •  [4096] : Disallow Bots
  •  [4096] : Correctly account for object mass (trigger_push used to assume 100Kg) and multiple component physics objects (car, blob...) (in all games since <Alien Swarm>)
Note.png Note: In <Garry's Mod>, flag 4096 is "Correctly account for object mass" for trigger_push only.[confirm]

Inputs

  • TriggerOnce:

Toggle
Toggles this trigger between enabled and disabled states.

EnableDisable:

Enable
Disable
Enable/disable this entity from performing its task. It might also disappear from view.

Base:

AddOutput <string>
Evaluates a keyvalue/output on this entity.
Format: <key> <value>
Format: <output name> <targetname>:<inputname>:<parameter>:<delay>:<max times to fire, -1 means infinite>
Kill
Removes this entity and any entities parented to it from the world.
KillHierarchy
Functions the same as Kill, although this entity and any entities parented to it are killed on the same frame, being marginally faster thanKillinput.
SetParent <string>
Move with this entity. See Entity Hierarchy (parenting).
SetParentAttachment <string>
Change this entity to attach to a specific attachment point on its parent. The entity will teleport so that the position of its root bone matches that of the attachment. Entities must be parented before being sent this input.
SetParentAttachmentMaintainOffset <string>
As above, but without teleporting. The entity retains its position relative to the attachment at the time of the input being received.
ClearParent
Removes this entity from the the movement hierarchy, leaving it free to move independently.
FireUser1 to FireUser4
Fire the OnUser outputs; see User Inputs and Outputs.
AddContext <string>
Adds to the entity's list of response contexts. Format is <key>:<value>.
RemoveContext <string>
Remove a context from this entity's list. The name should match the key of an existing context.
ClearContext <string>
Removes all contexts from this entity's list.
DispatchEffect <string> (removed since <Left 4 Dead>) !FGD
Dispatches a special effect from the entity's origin. Removed and replaced entirely by the particle system since <Left 4 Dead>.
DispatchResponse <string> !FGD
Dispatches a response to the entity. See Response and Concept.
Use  !FGD
Same as a player invoking +use; may not do anything. Can also be invoked by creating an output that does not specify an input.
This input is not included in Valve's FGDs.
RunScriptFile <script> (in all games since <Left 4 Dead 2>)
Execute a VScript file from disk, without file extension. The script contents are merged with the script scope of the receiving entity.
RunScriptCode <string> (in all games since <Left 4 Dead 2>)
Execute a string of VScript source code in the scope of the entity receiving the input. String quotation may be needed when fired via console.
Bug.png Bug:  In <Left 4 Dead 2>, the code is executed in the script scope of the entity that fires the output, not the one receiving the input.
Warning.png Warning: Never try to pass string parameters to a script function with this input. It will corrupt the VMF structure because of the nested quotation marks, which then must be removed manually with a text editor.
CallScriptFunction <string> (in all games since <Left 4 Dead 2>) !FGD
Execute a VScript function in the scope of the receiving entity.
SetLocalOrigin <coordinates> (in all games since <Alien Swarm>) !FGD
Send this entity to a spot in the map. If the entity is parented to something, it will be offset from the parent by this amount.
SetLocalAngles <angles> (in all games since <Alien Swarm>) !FGD
Set this entity's angles.


Outputs

  • TriggerOnce:

OnStartTouch
Fired when an entity starts touching this trigger. The touching entity must pass this trigger's filters to cause this output to fire. (activator is the toucher)
OnTrigger
Fired whenever the trigger is activated. (activator is the activator)

Base:

OnUser1 to OnUser4
These outputs each fire in response to the firing of the like-numbered FireUser1 to FireUser4 Input; see User Inputs and Outputs.
OnKilled  (only in <Left 4 Dead> <Left 4 Dead 2>)
This output fires when the entity is killed and removed from the game.
  • OnTrigger
Fired whenever the trigger is activated.

See Also