F8 page (commodity market)

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F8 screen from the Vanilla game
F8 screen (OXP'd)
F8F8 screen from the Vanilla game
F8F8 screen (OXP'd)

This page is only accessible both while docked and in flight.


  • The "Arrow keys" both navigate around & between the pages, and also buy and sell items. Take care!
  • Pressing the F8/8 button a second time toggles between the commodity market page with the commodity: "item" information page

Using the F8 Trading screen

F8/8: summons the screen. The prices shown (anywhere in the system) are those of the main orbital station only.
Arrows - up & down: select one of the 17 commodities
Arrows - left & Right: buy or sell the selected commodity
Enter: sells your entire inventory of the current item or buys as much as your hold (and Credits) will allow
F8/8 repeated - toggles between more detail on selected commodity & main market screen (eg if you have some in your hold: purchase price records for cargo hold contents)
?: toggles between 6 filters for the commodities
  • all 17 commodities
  • only goods carried in station or in stock in cargo hold
  • goods carried in station only
  • goods in stock in ship's cargo hold only
  • legal goods: just the 14 legal commodities
  • prohibited goods: just slaves, narcotics & firearms
/: toggles between 6 sorted orders for the listed commodities
  • default order: the original order from Classic Elite
  • alphabetical order
  • order of price
  • order of quantity in stock in station
  • order of quantity in ship's cargo hold
  • order of unit mass: ie TC/kg/g

Number of commodities on offer

The Vanilla game features just 17 commodities which fit on the one page.
The following commodities are added by OXPs:

As the number of commodities increases you may find a need to change their order - or leave some off the list. See the Sort and Filter toggles above.

Changing the page

  • XenonUI provides an on-screen reference list of key commands for this and the other F4-F8 pages
  • Market Observer adds a plethora of information for making informed choices for buying or selling
  • Docked HUDs removes your HUD from the bottom of the page, leaving only the fuel bar & missile display. Some of the more recent HUDs do this automatically.

F8F8 commodity: "item" information page

Various OXPs fill this screen with more information:

  • Market Observer adds the price at which you bought each tranch of the commodity in your hold
  • SW Economy adds trading advice about each commodity
  • SOTL Altmap, another game using the Oolite engine, adds information about each of the 40 AltMap commodities