How to Change the HUD in Team Fortress 2

The Heads-Up Display (HUD) in Team Fortress 2 shows important information during gameplay, like your health, ammo, and objectives. While the default HUD works fine, many players like to customize it to their preferences. Here’s how to change your TF2 HUD.

Why Change the HUD

Here are some reasons why you may want to use a custom HUD:

  • Make important information more visible. Enlarge your health, ammo, Uber charge meters, etc.
  • Reduce clutter. Remove unnecessary HUD elements.
  • Improve aesthetics. Choose a visual style you like.
  • Gain a competitive edge. Minimalist HUDs give you a better view of enemies.

Download a Custom HUD

The easiest way to change your HUD is to download a pre-made one from sites like or GameBanana. Here are some popular choices:

  • ToonHUD – Highly customizable with thousands of themes. Easy to install.
  • ZeesHUD – Clean and simple. Good for new players.
  • Rayshud – Used by top competitive players. Minimalist.
  • Budhud – Extremely minimal interface. Unobstructed screen space.

Once you pick one, download it and unzip the file.

Install a Custom HUD

To install your HUD:

  1. Navigate to Steam\steamapps\common\Team Fortress 2\tf\custom
  2. Create a new folder if there isn’t already a custom folder.
  3. Copy the unzipped HUD folder into the custom folder.
  4. Launch TF2, and the HUD should be applied.

If installation doesn’t work, try verifying your TF2 files or restarting Steam.

Uninstall a HUD

To go back to the default:

  1. Navigate to Steam\steamapps\common\Team Fortress 2\tf\custom
  2. Delete the folder for the custom HUD you want removed.
  3. Launch TF2, and the default HUD will be restored.

Make Your Own HUD

For full control over your HUD’s appearance, you can create your own from scratch. This gives you freedom to customize every element precisely how you want.

Some things you can modify:

  • Health, ammo, Uber charge meters
  • Class portraits
  • Weapon viewmodels
  • Kill feed
  • Chat box
  • Scoreboards
  • Main menus
  • Loadout screens
    …and much more!

To start, use a HUD editing tool like:

Then check out online guides and references:


Customizing your HUD is a great way to tailor TF2 to your personal preferences. Download a pre-made HUD for quick customization or create your own from scratch for unlimited control. Whichever method you choose, have fun personalizing your interface!

Frequently Asked Questions

Is changing your HUD allowed?

Yes, Valve allows and encourages TF2 customization. As long as you don’t cheat, you won’t get banned for using a custom HUD.

What are the most popular HUDs?

Some favorites are ToonHUD, Rayshud, ZeesHUD, Budhud, Oxide, and FlawHUD.

Will a HUD work after TF2 updates?

Custom HUDs often break after major TF2 updates. Check the HUD website for fixes or use the default until an update comes out.

Can I make a HUD myself?

Yes! Use HUD editing tools and guides to create a HUD from scratch. This allows full customization.

How do I fix a broken HUD?

Try verifying TF2 files to reinstall default files. If that fails, manually delete all custom HUDs from tf\custom folder.