GCode from the Machine’s Perspective
There are a handful of basic concepts you should know before we dive into what individual gcodes do and how to use them. Most importantly, you must understand what a computer language is and how to think about it.GCode is a computer language aimed at telling your machine what to do. The trouble with computer languages like gcode is that unlike people, machines are very literal. They assume you know exactly what you want, they don’t question you about it, and they immediately try to comply, even if that means hurting themselves!
For that reason, you need to adopt an approach of being protective of your machine, perhaps even over protective bordering on paranoid. It will do exactly what you tell it to even if that means rapiding a spinning cutter with 20HP behind it directly into your expensive fourth axis and destroying it. There’s no need to be afraid of gcode, but it is important to understand it and to respect it in order to be successful. Getting to that stage is another excellent reason to spend time learning the gcode. It will give you insights into your machine that enable you to extract more performance and to protect it better from accidents. (http://www.cnccookbook.com/CCCNCGCodeBasics.htm)
Code

Category

Function

Notes 
Tutorials


G00 
Motion

Move in a straight line at rapids speed.  XYZ of endpoint  G00 and MDI.


G01 
Motion

Move in a straight line at last speed commanded by a (F)eedrate  XYZ of endpoint  G01 and MDI.


G02 
Motion

Clockwise circular arc at (F)eedrate  XYZ of endpoint
IJK relative to center R for radius 
G02 / G03 Tutorial and Examples  
G03 
Motion

Counterclockwise circular arc at (F)eedrate  XYZ of endpoint
IJK relative to center R for radius 
G02 / G03 Tutorial and Examples  
G04 
Motion

Dwell: Stop for a specified time.  P for milliseconds
X for seconds 
Precise Timing and Speed: Dwell, Exact Stop, Backlash Compensation  
G05 
Motion

FADAL NonModal Rapids  
G09 
Motion

Exact stop check  Precise Timing and Speed: Dwell, Exact Stop, Backlash Compensation  
G10 
Compensation

Programmable parameter input  
G15 
Coordinate

Turn Polar Coordinates OFF, return to Cartesian Coordinates  G15/G16 Polar Coordinates  
G16 
Coordinate

Turn Polar Coordinates ON  G15/G16 Polar Coordinates  
G17 
Coordinate

Select XY plane  CNC GCode Coordinates  
G18 
Coordinate

Select XZ plane  CNC GCode Coordinates  
G19 
Coordinate

Select YZ plane  CNC GCode Coordinates  
G20 
Coordinate

Program coordinates are inches  G20 and G21: Unit Conversion  
G21 
Coordinate

Program coordinates are mm  G20 and G21: Unit Conversion  
G27 
Motion

Reference point return check  G28: Return to Reference Point  
G28 
Motion

Return to home position  G28: Return to Reference Point  
G29 
Motion

Return from the reference position  G28: Return to Reference Point  
G30 
Motion

Return to the 2nd, 3rd, and 4th reference point  G28: Return to Reference Point  
G32 
Canned

Constant lead threading (like G01 synchronized with spindle)  
G40 
Compensation

Tool cutter compensation off (radius comp.)  
G41 
Compensation

Tool cutter compensation left (radius comp.)  
G42 
Compensation

Tool cutter compensation right (radius comp.)  
G43 
Compensation

Apply tool length compensation (plus)  
G44 
Compensation

Apply tool length compensation (minus)  
G49 
Compensation

Tool length compensation cancel  
G50 
Compensation

Reset all scale factors to 1.0  
G51 
Compensation

Turn on scale factors  
G52 
Coordinate

Local workshift for all coordinate systems: add XYZ offsets  
G53 
Coordinate

Machine coordinate system (cancel work offsets)  
G54 
Coordinate

Work coordinate system (1st Workpiece)  
G55 
Coordinate

Work coordinate system (2nd Workpiece)  
G56 
Coordinate

Work coordinate system (3rd Workpiece)  
G57 
Coordinate

Work coordinate system (4th Workpiece)  
G58 
Coordinate

Work coordinate system (5th Workpiece)  
G59 
Coordinate

Work coordinate system (6th Workpiece)  
G61 
Other

Exact stop check mode  Precise Timing and Speed: Dwell, Exact Stop, Backlash Compensation  
G62 
Other

Automatic corner override  
G63 
Other

Tapping mode  
G64 
Other

Best speed path  
G65 
Other

Custom macro simple call  Subprograms and Macros  
G68 
Coordinate

Coordinate System Rotation  G68 and G69 Tutorial and Examples  
G69 
Coordinate

Cancel Coordinate System Rotation  G68 and G69 Tutorial and Examples  
G73 
Canned

High speed drilling cycle (small retract)  
G74 
Canned

Left hand tapping cycle  
G76 
Canned

Fine boring cyle  
G80 
Canned

Cancel canned cycle  
G81 
Canned

Simple drilling cycle  
G82 
Canned

Drilling cycle with dwell (counterboring)  
G83 
Canned

Peck drilling cycle (full retract)  
G84 
Canned

Tapping cycle  
G85 
Canned

Boring canned cycle, no dwell, feed out  
G86 
Canned

Boring canned cycle, spindle stop, rapid out  
G87 
Canned

Back boring canned cycle  
G88 
Canned

Boring canned cycle, spindle stop, manual out  
G89 
Canned

Boring canned cycle, dwell, feed out  
G90 
Coordinate

Absolute programming of XYZ (type B and C systems)  
G90.1 
Coordinate

Absolute programming IJK (type B and C systems)  
G91 
Coordinate

Incremental programming of XYZ (type B and C systems)  
G91.1 
Coordinate

Incremental programming IJK (type B and C systems)  
G92 
Coordinate

Offset coordinate system and save parameters  
MCodes


Code

Category

Function

Notes 
Tutorials


M03 
MCode

Spindle ON (CW Rotation)  M03 and MDI.  
M04 
MCode

Spindle ON (CCW Rotation)  
M05 
MCode

Spindle Stop  M05 and MDI.  
M06 
MCode

Tool Change  
M30 
MCode

End of Program, Rewind and Reset Modes  