Elite Dangerous Wiki

Sidewinder Cockpit Interface

This guide is designed to help new and experienced pilots utilize their spaceship. The Sidewinder is used as an example, but the concepts are applicable to all ships in Elite Dangerous. The Careers page has an overview of pursuable vocations.



Commander stats in the Codex

The Codex shows information and stats of your findings, progress, session logs and a curated archive of your discoveries.

The Homepage has the most important stats with a full body image of your Commander. You can customize the appearance with Holo-Me.

The Discoveries section shows 42 galactic regions with things that players found and things that aren't discovered yet. For example within a star system there are stars, planets, terrestrials, gas giantsspecies, settlements, generation ships, text and audio logs etc.

The Knowledge Base has encyclopedia-style lore topics about e.g. historical events, important characters, factions and alien species.

The Pilot's Handbook has detailed information about possible activities, ship outfitting and more. There's also a news feed.


New pilots should check the following guides. Note: some guides may have outdated information.

Support squadron[]

Support issues[]

For support issues check the following places before submitting a ticket:

Epic Games version support guides:

Pilot Training[]

These videos outline the basics of Elite Dangerous for new players.

Fan-Made Video Guides[]

Ship HUD[]

The HUD, also known as a "head-up display" or "heads-up display", is how all information inside of a ship is displayed in Elite Dangerous.


Third Party Tools[]

ED has a steep learning curve and does not hold your hand, save for a few in-game tutorials. You can learn to use 3rd party tools and websites to make the gaming experience more enjoyable and easier.

The Elite: Dangerous Codex has a complete list of Third Party Tools. You can bookmark it, and use tools that you find useful. There are dozens of websites about ED worth bookmarking. Check the Fansites for a list of related sites, tools, data and guides.

The game utilizes an API that allows all in-game data to flow to multiple websites, tools, and utilities so all real time in-game data can be presented in many different ways. For example, the Inara website helps players to search nearest, stations, minor factions, bodies, profitable trade routes, commodity prices, engineer component trading, the nearest ships, modules and personal equipment vendors. By registering at these sites and tools with your personal game API they can track your entire history and game data.

ED also creates log files every time you play. These tools can pull that data in various ways to give you a detailed log of everywhere you go, buy and sell, and other player actions.

Recommended Guides[]

A list of recommended guides to learn more about piloting and traversing space.