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The website's current view; no commands. is a viral tie-in website launched in 2006 to promote Portal. It was updated in December 2010, removing the site's command prompt feature. likely exists within the Half-Life universe as Aperture Science's official website and would therefore be considered canonical. Some parts however such as the "Holiday Vault" currently featured on the homepage are not canonical.

On March 1st, 2010, an update made to Portal launched a new viral campaign, involving more complex riddles.

The CommandsEdit

In the previous versions of the website, these are the commands that can be entered in the website:

  • HELP will display a help text message that does not help give out possible commands to use, but rather humorously presumes the user actually needs help with an accident in the Enrichment Center and as such mobilized a "Crisis Team" to respond to the emergency and assist whomever has typed help.
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    The command prompt screen.

  • In the rectangle prompt, a visitor can type LOGIN, LOGON or USER to login. Upon doing so a classic text login prompt will show up (see below for another login option).
    • Any username with more than two characters will work. A password is then asked for. It can be either PORTAL or PORTALS.
  • Then, "GLaDOS v1.09 (c) 1982 Aperture Science, Inc." appears (it was originally "v1.07").
  • Several commands can then be entered:
When was the last time you left the GLaDOS v1.09

The command list.

'building? Has anybody left the building lately? I don't know why we're in lockdown. I don't know who's in charge. I did find out a few things, like these terminals don't have to tap out characters one at a time. And while we're all working on twenty year old equipment, somehow they can afford to build
an 'Enrichment Center'. Check out this security feed. Whatever the hell a 'relaxation vault' is, it doesn't have any doors.
I don't think going home is part of our job description anymore.
If a supervisor walks by, press return!
  • DIR / CATALOG / DIRECTORY / LIST / LS or CAT: These commands list the files featured in the database, "APPLY.EXE" (launching the Enrichment Center Test Subject Application Process) and "NOTES.EXE" (launching the Aperture Science history).
  • IP: Reveals the UID code of the website's visitor (see below).
  • HELP / LIB: Lists several commands that can be entered. They are as follows:
    • APPEND / ATTRIB / COPY / FORMAT / ERASE or RENAME: Using any of these gives an error about the disk being write protected.
  • LOGOUT / BYE / LOGOFF / VALVE: A sound is played saying "Goodbye" and sends the visitor to their browser homepage, or if they do not have one.
  • INTERROGATE: Gives an error if no parameter is provided, otherwise gives the error "illegal attempt to initiate disciplinary action".
  • TAPEDISK: Gives an error about the user not being authorized to transfer system tapes.
  • PLAY: Returns "ERROR 3 [What would you like to play?]" if no parameter is given. Typing "PLAY PORTAL" attempts to open a YouTube video that has been removed by the user.
  • APPLY: Begins the registration process, before starting the real test.
  • Any other command gives an error about the file not being found.


This is only Part 1 of the Enrichment Center Test Subject Application Process, "FORMS-EN-2873-FORM", or "Personality & General Knowledge". It includes 50 questions.

  • After APPLY.EXE has been accessed, the website changes to the application process for a perspective Enrichment Center Test Subject.
  • CONTINUE or QUIT can be chosen. CONTINUE proceeds to the next step. screen2

    This is where you enter your UIN( L) code.

  • The visitor's blinking UID is then given (it can be revealed earlier with the command IP). It constantly changes characters while blinking, so memorizing it or writing it down is useless.
  • The test then begins. Many questions are asked for the user to answer, most being humorous in nature. Many questions related to Portal are asked, as well as many cake-related ones.
  • During the test, the picture of a cake flashes at random intervals. Furthermore, some letters slowly blink from time to time, to make the sentence "the cake is a lie".
  • At the end of the test, the so called UID given earlier is asked. It is however irrelevant: whatever the user types, the failure messages "The entered UIN(+L) does not match your assigned UIN(+L)." / "Please REMAIN AT YOUR WORKSTATION until a Computer-Aided-Enrichment Crisis Team arrives." will appear.

Cave Johnson's AccountEdit

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Cave Johnson's Portrait

When logging in, the visitor can also enter CJOHNSON as the login and TIER3 as the password "CJOHNSON" refers to Cave Johnson, Aperture Science's CEO). These login and password can be found in Ratman scribblings spread around the Enrichment Center's maintenance area seen during Portal, with the words "trust me" right next to it. After logging in as Cave Johnson, "GLaDOS v1.07a (c) 1982 Aperture Science, Inc." appears (it was originally "v1.07"). Then one can type either APPLY to start the test mentioned above, or NOTES, which will give information about Aperture Science and Johnson's history, in the form of a short timeline. The last paragraph of that timeline was later expanded and shown on Game Informer only, giving 1998 instead of the original "Several Years Later" as the date of both GLaDOS's activation and the Black Mesa Incident. While this new paragraph was written by Portal series' writer Erik Wolpaw, Half-Life series' writer Marc Laidlaw dismissed "1998" as the date for the Black Mesa Incident, as the date "200-" given when the first Half-Life was released is the only correct one.

The commands are a bit diffrent as well:

  • The LIB command or any of its equivalents can still be executed; it will show all of the unusable commands and the new NOTES option.
  • INTERROGATE now works, except all names entered for the parameter are always responded with the error "Unknown Employee".
  • PLAY PORTAL will send the user to a Youtube video link. It has since been taken down by the user

The Current VersionEdit screen6 Updated2010

The website's current view; no commands.

Sometime in December 2010, the website was updated. The command prompt was removed, and an updated version of the looped video added. The video features updated Weighted Storage Cubes, and the number 07 in the right corner was changed to 10, presumably for the date of the holiday, 2007 and 2010 respectively. Several other changes include:

  • The Garden Gnome no longer sits on the chimney. Where before the gnome would jump down and stand in front of the camera, now P-body does.
  • Two socks hang on the chimney, with a blue and orange portal on them, rather than the original three, which featured the three main franchises in The Orange Box.
  • The colors of the presents under the tree have changed. P-body

    P-Body appeared at the fourth loop of the video.

  • Adorning the tree are Weighted Pivot Cube ornaments, where before they were characters from Team Fortress 2. On the video featuring P-body, one of the ornaments can be seen as a Companion Cube pin, an item available in Team Fortress 2.
  • The candle on the Cake has been removed.

Overall, the video is much the same, featuring only a few small changes which theme it more towards Portal 2 than the entire Orange Box.

On the fourth loop of the video, it changes to a similar version, with the only noticeable change being that P-body appears when the camera pans to the left. He appears to be swaying, possibly dancing, and as the camera pans back to the right, he stays in position. This is not repeated on consecutive loops.

The Previous VersionsEdit

Simply a DOS-like prompt with a blinking green square on the upper-left side (a single Flash file, named "ApertureScience17.swf"), it mimics an Aperture Science employee interface that appears to be operated by GLaDOS.

The website reveals information about Portal and Aperture Science through the Enrichment Center Test Subject Application and a short timeline of the history of the corporation.

A previous version of the website featured a looped video put on the website for Christmas 2007, with the song "Still Alive" sung by a Christmas choir in the background and named "07 - Holiday Vault" ("07" referring to the year 2007). It is a security camera-like view, panning from screen6

The website on December 2010.

right to left, showing a room with a fireplace with several elements from The Orange Box spread around:
  • A Christmas tree with presents at its feet and decorated with miniature Team Fortress 2 characters
  • And three socks hanged to the mantelpiece each bearing a logo of each Orange Box game series. At the end of the loop, "HAPPY <HOLIDAY NAME HERE> ." is displayed.

Another version of the video, appearing randomly, shows the Garden Gnome right in front of the camera instead of the mantelpiece.

The GLaDOS version has changed since the creation of the website. It was originally "v1.07" after logging in with any username, then upgraded to "v1.09". Logging in with the username "CJOHNSON" also originally showed "v1.07", later upgraded with "v1.07a".

The March 1st, 2010 update made to Portal revealed ASCII art featuring an even more recent version, "v3.11", dated 1997.