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Creates an empty object of given classname type. See Arma 3: Assets / Arma 3: createVehicle/vehicles, or Category:CfgVehicles for earlier games.
Arma 3
To avoid vehicle randomisation in Arma 3, set the BIS_enableRandomization variable immediately after creating the vehicle:

private _vehicle = "C_Offroad_01_F" createVehicle position player; _vehicle setVariable ["BIS_enableRandomization", false];

See the Arma 3: Vehicle Customisation page for more information and settings.
Object Manipulation


type createVehicle position
type: String - vehicle/object className
position: Array format Position - desired placement position. If the exact position is occupied, nearest empty position is used.
Return Value:

Alternative Syntax

createVehicle [type, position, markers, placement, special]
type: String - vehicle/object className
position: Object; Array format Position2D or PositionATL (PositionAGL if watercraft or amphibious) - desired placement position
markers: Array of Strings - (Optional, default []) if the markers array contains any markers, the position is randomly picked from array of given markers plus desired placement position. If any of the markers were given z coordinate with setMarkerPos, the vehicle will also be created at given z coordinate.
placement: Number - (Optional, default 0) the vehicle is placed inside a circle with given position as center and placement as its radius.
special: String - (Optional, default "NONE") can be one of the following:
  • "NONE" - will look for suitable empty position near given position (subject to other placement params) before placing vehicle there.
  • "CAN_COLLIDE" - places vehicle at given position (subject to other placement params), without checking if others objects can cross its 3D model.
  • "FLY" - if vehicle is capable of flying and has crew, it will be made airborne at default height.
If special is "" or not specified, default "NONE" is used.
Return Value:
Object - created vehicle or objNull if failed


Example 1:
_jeep = "Jeep" createVehicle position player;
Example 2:
_heli = "AH1Z" createVehicle getMarkerPos "hspawn";
Example 3:
_veh = createVehicle ["ah1w", position player, [], 0, "FLY"];
Example 4:
_veh = createVehicle ["2S6M_Tunguska", getMarkerPos "marker1", ["marker2", "marker3"], 0, "NONE"];
Example 5:
Objects such as
  • "test_EmptyObjectForBubbles"
  • "test_EmptyObjectForFireBig"
  • "test_EmptyObjectForSmoke"
create additional emitters, which are stored in "effects" variable on the object. Since Arma 3 v1.72 these emitters are automatically deleted when object is deleted
[] spawn { private _fire = "test_EmptyObjectForFireBig" createVehicle position player; sleep 5; deleteVehicle _fire; };
Example 6:
The following explosives (ending with _Scripted) can be set off by applying setDamage 1 to them for ease of scripting:
  • "DemoCharge_Remote_Ammo_Scripted"
  • "SatchelCharge_Remote_Ammo_Scripted"
  • "ClaymoreDirectionalMine_Remote_Ammo_Scripted"
_claymore = "ClaymoreDirectionalMine_Remote_Ammo_Scripted" createVehicle position player; _claymore spawn { sleep 5; _this setDamage 1; };
Example 7:
Add inventory to objects without inventory:
_boxes = "Land_Pallet_MilBoxes_F" createVehicle position player; _cargo = "Supply500" createVehicle [0,0,0]; _cargo attachTo [_boxes, [0,0,0.85]]; // optional for objects that can take damage _boxes addEventHandler ["Killed", { { detach _x, deleteVehicle _x; } forEach attachedObjects (_this select 0); }];
Example 8:
Drop player's weapon:
_weaponHolder = "GroundWeaponHolder_Scripted" createVehicle position player; player action ["DropWeapon", _weaponHolder, currentWeapon player];
Example 9:
The following weapon holders (ending with _Scripted) do not auto-delete when empty. It is up to the mission maker to take care of these:
  • "GroundWeaponHolder_Scripted"
  • "WeaponHolderSimulated_Scripted"
  • "Weapon_Empty" (a special weaponholder that displays only a single weapon, even if it contains magazines for this weapon)
[] spawn { private _weaponHolder = createVehicle ["Weapon_Empty", getPosATL player, [], 0, "CAN_COLLIDE"]; _weaponHolder addWeaponCargo ["arifle_Katiba_F", 1]; hint "You have 5 seconds to grab this weapon"; sleep 5; deleteVehicle _weaponHolder; };

Additional Information

See also:
createVehicleLocal create3DENEntity createVehicleCrew createAgent createTrigger createUnit createMine deleteVehicle createGroup createCenter setVehiclePosition


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MrSanchez - c
Posted on Aug 22, 2015 - 13:04 (UTC)
GroundWeaponHolder class is automatically deleted when empty after 0.5 to 1 seconds in A3 1.48. The exact delay is random but never lower than 0.50 secs after creation. You can stop deletion by adding something (cargo) to it within 0.5 seconds.
AgentRev - c
Posted on May 16, 2017 - 09:05 (UTC)
For the alternative syntax, if the vehicle has canFloat = 1; in its config class (e.g. boats and wheeled APCs) the command expects PositionAGL, otherwise always PositionATL.
demellion - c
Posted on Nov 02, 2018 - 12:16 (UTC)
WARNING: Do not instigate createVehicle or createVehicleLocal within a server function executed with preInit flag.
This will cause "You cannot play/edit this mission" for a vehicles compiled from a -mod and make server skip/loop that mission init.
R3vo - c
Posted on Aug 10, 2019 - 09:10 (UTC)
The main syntax creates vehicles at ground level ignoring the Z in pos and is also faster than the alternative syntax.
"vehclass" createVehicle pos;
This is equivalent to
createVehicle ["vehclass", [pos select 0, pos select 1, 0], [], 0, "NONE"];
DreadedEntity - c
Posted on Mar 13, 2022 - 17:22 (UTC)
Objects are created with a vectorUp of terrain surface normal. If you are creating new buildings to add to the map, you will probably want to call setVectorUp on the newly-spawned object.
_veh = createVehicle [/*etc...*/]; _veh setVectorUp [0,0,1];