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Set variable to given value in the variable space of given element. Can be used to broadcast variables over the network.
To remove a variable, set it to nil (see Example 5) - note that this does not work on Object and scripted Location namespaces (the variable will be set to nil but will remain listed by allVariables).
missionNamespace, uiNamespace, parsingNamespace and profileNamespace variables cannot be named as commands - e.g missionNamespace setVariable ["west", 123]; conflicts with the west command and will result in a Reserved variable in expression error, west being a scripting command (other namespaces do not have such limitation). See also all available script commands.


varspace setVariable [name, value, public]
varspace: variable space in which variable can be set. Can be one of:
name: String - variable name (Identifier)
value: Anything - variable value
since Logo A2.png1.00
public - (Optional, default false) can be one of: This parameter is only available if the varspace parameter is a Namespace, Object or Group. Furthermore, only the following Data Types can be broadcast:
Type Number Boolean Object Group String Text Array Code Nothing (nil) HashMap
Since Logo A1 black.png1.00 Logo A1 black.png1.09 Arma 3 logo black.png1.26 Arma 3 logo black.png2.02
Return Value:


Example 1:
_myTruck setVariable ["TAG_myPublicVariable", 123, true];
Example 2:
_myTruck setVariable ["TAG_myLocalVariable", ["321", _var], owner driver _myTruck];
Example 3:
missionNamespace setVariable ["TAG_myName", "Brian"]; hint TAG_myName; // hints "Brian"
Example 4:
Get the current value of a variable or, if it is undefined, define it and then get the value:
private _var = missionNamespace getVariable "VarName"; if (isNil "_var") then { _var = 123; missionNamespace setVariable ["VarName", _var]; }; // _var now contains the current value of the missionNamespace's variable varName
Example 5:
Remove TAG_myPublicVariable from missionNamespace (globally):
missionNamespace setVariable ["TAG_myPublicVariable", nil, true];

Additional Information

See also:
getVariable allVariables setFSMVariable


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Killswitch - c
Posted on Aug 18, 2007 - 09:51 (UTC)
According to Suma, beginning with ArmA version 1.08:
« setVariable now should work on any entity which can be targeted by AI, including soldier and game logic units. This includes most buildings, but not other static objects. Using it with buildings one should be aware the building may be discarded because of streaming. In such case the variable space is lost. When used for buildings, the storage should therefore be considered non-reliable. » – Suma (source)
Commy2 - c
Posted on Dec 09, 2015 - 20:18 (UTC)
This command does not work with CfgAmmo or CfgNonAIVehicles objects, like bullets, mines or butterflies.
Leopard20 - c
Posted on Mar 23, 2022 - 08:59 (UTC)
Since Arma 3 logo black.png2.10 setVariable works on CfgAmmo objects (such as bullets, missiles, grenades, mines, etc) as well.