▷ Easy Guide: Warcraft 3 Reforged Customkeys Download (2020)

On this page you can find the definite solution how to use Customkeys + Item hotkeys for Warcraft 3 Reforged and Dota 1.

While many different tools exist to use hotkeys for WC3 and Dota 1, the most are broken, so I created this ultimate resource: This article is the only resource you will ever need. 😉


It basically works the same for classic WC3 and for Reforged.

Let’s start: You should be able to setup everything in under 5 minutes!

▷ Easy Guide: Warcraft 3 Reforged Customkeys Download (2020)

Chapter 1: Why do I need Customkeys

for Warcraft 3?

Everyone is talking about these Warcraft 3 custom hotkeys! But what are you able to do with WC3 Customkeys and why are they important at all?

Let’s put some light on this question and highlight the real game-changing benefits you can gain to improve your skill, APM and overall flexibility in Dota 1 and Warcraft 3!

▷ Easy Guide: Warcraft 3 Reforged Customkeys Download (2020)

What are Warcraft 3 Customkeys?

Yes Customkeys are key to victory! But hey first of all, for all new players and to shut down any confusion: What are Customkeys for WC3?

Custom hotkeys change the key that you need to press for a specific spell, build or command in Warcraft 3 to the desired location, whether it’s on your keyboard, numpad or even a numerous key on your gaming mouse (new gaming mouses often got 5-10 extra keys!) 😉

These Customkeys can be a small tool, script or text file called Customkeys.txt that has to be placed in the Warcraft 3 files to make it running! Unfortunately, the Warcraft textfile is not capable of switching item hotkeys, but the cool thing is: This guide helps you to make this happen! 😉

Why Customkeys are important in Warcraft 3?

You need it because the standard warcraft 3 hotkeys are spread all over the keyboard, for example: with a human worker “build” is on b and “lumber mill” is on l – this makes it really hard to play games on a high level!

Unfortunately, our good old lovely Warcraft 3 does not have any smart solution to edit these internally inside the game. But because of the high request of Warcraft 3 ladder players and Dota 1 gamers, tons of solutions grew up to exactly match this issue! Help is here guys, enjoy! 😉

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Update: For Reforged it’s the same, you can use the grid layout ingame, but you still can use your own Customkeys.txt which gives you much more options for customization.

Chapter 2: Which Customkeys

options do I have?

Warcraft 3 is really old and the most Customkeys options are an addon, software or tool.

The problem here is that they always act in the grey zone and it’s important that Blizzard is not treating the tool as a hack. But by updating their policy and compatibility with each patch, these tools often stop working. Check the table to make the right choice! 😉

▷ Easy Guide: Warcraft 3 Reforged Customkeys Download (2020)

List of all Warcraft 3 Customkeys Options:

So what you will get here, is a list of all hotkey tools that are available. Some are outdated and will not work fluently anymore with the new Warcraft 3 Patches.

I recommend to use the solution in Chapter 3, that means a Customkeys.txt ready to download file in combination with an AHK (Autohotkey Tool) script for the item hotkeys. That’s easy! 😉

For everyone else who want to discover the old library, here are all the Warcraft 3 hotkey tools I have ever added in the past years:

WC3 Hotkey Tools I recommend nowadays:

Chapter 3: Step by Step Customkey + Itemkey Installation

Now let’s start with the solution that really works!

You have two options one super simple customkeys copy for perfect keys (solution 1) or customkeys+item hotkeys (solution 2).

I recommend the second solution, so that you get the perfect setup for your game. 😉

▷ Easy Guide: Warcraft 3 Reforged Customkeys Download (2020)

Solution 1:

Simple Customkeys.txt Download

▷ Easy Guide: Warcraft 3 Reforged Customkeys Download (2020)

Steps you need to do:

  • Download a Customkeys.txt file:

    Warcraft 3 Customkeys.txt Download:

    Warcraft 3 Reforged Customkeys (QWEASZ) English best Download
    Warcraft 3 Reforged Customkeys (QWER) German Download
    Warcraft 3 Reforged Customkeys (AZEQSW) French Download

    Dota 1 Customkeys.txt Download:

    Dota 1 Customkeys (QWEASZ) English Download
  • Place the Customkeys into the correct Warcraft 3 path:

    For WC3 Reforged:

    C:UsersusernameDocumentsWarcraft III BetaCustomKeyBindings

    For WC3 Reforged (OneDrive users):

    C:UsersusernameOneDriveDocumentsWarcraft III BetaCustomKeyBindings

    For Classic WC3

    Way #1:

    Just copy the Customkeys.txt file into:


    ▷ Easy Guide: Warcraft 3 Reforged Customkeys Download (2020)

    Way #2:

    Copy the Customkeys.txt file into:


    ▷ Easy Guide: Warcraft 3 Reforged Customkeys Download (2020)

  • Check the box inside the Warcraft 3 Reforged gameplay settings.

    ▷ Easy Guide: Warcraft 3 Reforged Customkeys Download (2020)

    For Classic WC3

    ▷ Easy Guide: Warcraft 3 Reforged Customkeys Download (2020)

  • That’s it! Restart Warcraft 3 and test the Customkeys in a custom game! 😉

Tip: Whenever a new Warcraft 3 Reforged patch gets released, check if your Customkeys are still working. You can find a list of all WC3 Reforged patches here.

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Solution 2:

Customkeys + Item Hotkeys

for Warcraft 3 / Dota 1:

To get the full control over all hotkeys in Warcraft 3 a supporting tool is necessary to bring all modern features into the game. With Autohotkey any combination can be switched and configurated. Follow the steps below to simply set up Warcraft 3 item hotkeys.

That’s everything you need! For questions comment below and if you need more commands for the AHK scripts, read on! 😉

Chapter 4: How can I make changes to the

Warcraft 3 Hotkeys and Item Keys?

Now you have learned how to make an easy setup for the Warcraft 3 unit & spell keys as well as item hotkeys.

If you want to make changes to single keys you can use the following tips & tricks!

▷ Easy Guide: Warcraft 3 Reforged Customkeys Download (2020)

1. How to Change Single Hotkeys in the Customkeys.txt File?

I do not recommend doing this, it would be against the pattern: If everything is simply based on QWER-ASDF-YXCV why would you change something?

It’s better to let it how it is, to profit from the files we provide, so that they will always be the same if we update them and you download them again. 😉

If you still want to make single changes, for example to change they key for moving/surround, I recommend to use one of the tools from above like Warkeys.

While Warkeys and the other tools nowadays sometimes produce error codes, a simple setup of a QWER pattern is quite simple and can be done in 2 minutes.

2. How to change Single

Inventory Hotkeys in the AHK File?

Having the item slots on specific keys on the mouse or keyboard is an often requested question! It’s super easy to do, just follow these 3 steps:

Chapter 5: Are there more Options or Quick Commands?

You want even more? 😀

The Autohotkey tool with the AHK scripts is incredibly powerful and can be even extended to set everything you want inside Warcraft 3 on binds!

Simplify your daily WC3 experience and get faster in everything!

▷ Easy Guide: Warcraft 3 Reforged Customkeys Download (2020)

Extra Warcraft 3 Commands

for the Autohotkey Tool:

  • Profit from cool quick messages, which are improving your gameplay especially for Dota 1, for example if you want to report a missing hero on your lane! 😉

    ▷ Easy Guide: Warcraft 3 Reforged Customkeys Download (2020)
  • Swapping CTRL with spacebar can be useful for some people. 🙂 Copy the following code and and place it at the end of the AHK script:

    Xbutton2::Numpad7 <--(extra mouse button) MButton::Tab <--(middle mouse button) Space::Ctrl (just read the last few lines of the script)
  • Research any action in Warcraft 3 that can be done automatically and bind it on a key. Just to give some inspiration: Opening Battle.net profiles, checking stats, pinging yourself, changing chat-channels and much more! 😉
  • Combo-Casts: Is it possible to put 2-3 spells on one hotkey? Example: Click mousebutton 4 and your mountainking uses stomp, storm hammer and a mana potion at the same time.

    It is possible, but I would not recommend it, because it could be reviewed as an unwanted advantage compared to the enemy by blizzard or the platform you are playing on. It’s definitely possible if you want to try it.

That’s it, Warcraft 3 friends! I hope you enjoyed the tutorial, if you have any feedback, improvements or questions, I am happy to see your comments! 🙂

And you know what? Once Warcraft 3 Reforged is out, hopefully setting up hotkeys will be much easier (it will be inside the Warcraft 3 client). This will change our life! 😉


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