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info_node_link is a point entity available in all Source games. It is a manually defined, dynamic connection between two navigation nodes. This could be used to create or destroy a connection in the nodegraph because of some event in your map (a bridge being created/destroyed, etc).


Start node ID <node_dest>
The node ID of one end of the node connection.
End node ID <node_dest>
The node ID of one end of the node connection.
Initial State <choices>
Makes this connection is available the moment the map loads. If there is something blocking the NPC's path while this is on, the NPC may appear to walk straight into that object/hole.
  • 0 : Off
  • 1 : On
Type of Connection <choices>
How NPCs can use this node. Not all NPCs can do all types.
  • 1 : Ground
  • 2 : Jump
  • 4 : Fly
  • 8 : Climb
Allow Pass When Off <string>
Entity or class to allow passage even when node is off
Invert exclusion rules <boolean>
Allowed entity is the only entity NOT allowed when this is set to 'yes'


Name (targetname) <string>
The targetname that other entities refer to this entity by.
Entity Scripts (vscripts) <scriptlist> (in all games since <Left 4 Dead 2>)
Space delimited list of VScript files (without file extension) that are executed after all entities have spawned. The scripts are all executed in the same script scope, later ones overwriting any identical variables and functions.
Script think function (thinkfunction) <string> (in all games since <Left 4 Dead 2>)
Name of a function in this entity's script which will be called automatically every 100 milliseconds (ten times a second) for the duration of the script. It can be used to create timers or to simulate autonomous behavior. The return value (if present) will set the time until the next call.
Note.png Note: Try to avoid expensive operations in this function, as it may cause performance problems.


See: NPC Hull.

  • 1 : Force human connect
  • 2 : Force small_centered connect
  • 4 : Force wide_human connect
  • 8 : Force tiny connect
  • 16 : Force wide_short connect
  • 32 : Force medium connect
  • 64 : Force tiny_centered connect
  • 128 : Force large connect
  • 256 : Force large_centered connect
  • 512 : Force medium_tall connect


Turn the link on.
Turn the link off.


Removes this entity from the world.
Removes this entity and its children from the world.
Note.png Note: Entities already remove orphaned children upon being removed, but this input removes all children on the same frame, being marginally faster than Kill.
AddOutput <string>
Adds a keyvalue/output to this entity. It can be potentially very dangerous, use with care.
KV Format: <key> <value>
I/O Format: <output name> <targetname>:<inputname>:<parameter>:<delay>:<max times to fire, -1 means infinite>
FireUser1 to FireUser4
Fire the OnUser outputs; see User Inputs and Outputs.
Use  !FGD
Same as a player invoking +use; may not do anything depending on the entity. Can also be invoked by firing an output that does not specify an input.
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.



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.

See also

  • info_node_link_controller - manages all connections between nodes that intersect the controller's volume. This allows for mass enabling/disabling of all node connections.