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Gearbox Software
Demiurge Studios[1]
macOS (OS X) Feral Interactive
2K Games
OS X Feral Interactive
Unreal Engine 3
Release dates
Windows October 26, 2009
OS X December 3, 2010
Borderlands 2009
Borderlands 2 2012
Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel 2014
Tales from the Borderlands 2014

Key points

Multiplayer for the Steam version has been transitioned to Steamworks as of September 15, 2014.[2]

General information

Borderlands Wiki
Gearbox Forums - BL PC and Mac Technical Support
Steam Community Discussions
Steam Users' Forums for game series


Source DRM Notes Keys OS
Retail Requires online activation DRM: SecuROM DFA online activation. Retail product keys of the GOTY Edition can activate DLC on Steam.
Publisher website Requires online activation GOTY Edition
Gamesplanet GOTY Edition is also available.
Green Man Gaming GOTY Edition
Humble Store GOTY Edition is also available.
Mac App Store GOTY Edition
All product keys activate on Steam; retail versions can be activated using the Borderlands Granting Tool under Tools in the Steam client.[3]

Downloadable content (DLC) and expansions

Name Notes
The Zombie Island of Dr. Ned Part of GOTY release.
Mad Moxxi's Underdome Riot Part of GOTY release.
The Secret Army of General Knoxx Part of GOTY release.
Claptrap's Robot Revolution Part of GOTY release.

Essential improvements[edit]

Skip intro videos[edit]

Use the Borderlands Config tool. See Mods.
Set -nostartupmovies as a launch option[citation needed]
Manual fix
  1. Open %USERPROFILE%\Documents\My Games\Borderlands\WillowGame\Config\WillowEngine.ini.
  2. Find:
  3. Replace it with:
  4. Save changes.
Skip new character movies
This method disables the unskippable video sequence that plays every time you create a new character.
  1. Locate your Borderlands installation directory.
  2. Go to Borderlands\WillowGame\Movies.
  3. Rename Prelude.bik to Prelude.bik_.
  4. Rename Attract.bik to Attract.bik_.
  5. Rename VoG_Transition_Movie.bik to VoG_Transition_Movie.bik_.

Borderlands Advanced Settings[edit]

The Borderlands Config Tool adds many essential video and gameplay options. See Mods.

Force Software PhysX[edit]

Edit configuration files
  1. Open WillowGame.ini in the configuration files location.
  2. Add the following to the end of the file and set as read only:
  3. bPhysXEnabled=False
  4. Open willowengine.ini.
  5. Add the following under [Engine.Engine]:
  6. bDisablePhysXHardwareSupport=True

Turn Off Texture Streaming[edit]

Edit Configuration File
  1. Open WillowEngine.ini in the configuration files location.
  2. Set the following lines to these options:
  3. UseBackgroundLevelStreaming=False
  4. Save as read-only.

Game data[edit]

In-game general settings.
In-game general settings.

Configuration file(s) location[edit]

System Location
Windows %USERPROFILE%\Documents\My Games\Borderlands\WillowGame\Config\
macOS (OS X)

Save game data location[edit]

System Location
Windows %USERPROFILE%\Documents\My Games\Borderlands\SaveData\
macOS (OS X)

Save game cloud syncing[edit]

System Native Notes
Steam Cloud

Video settings[edit]

In-game video/audio settings.
In-game video/audio settings.
Graphics option Option WSGF Notes
Widescreen resolution
Stretched; see Widescreen resolution.
4K Ultra HD
Field of view (FOV)
See Field of view (FOV).
Toggle with Alt+ Enter or add -windowed to the Steam launch settings.
Borderless fullscreen windowed
See Borderless fullscreen windowed.
Anisotropic filtering (AF)
Anti-aliasing (AA)
See Anti-aliasing (AA).
Vertical sync (Vsync)
See Vertical sync (Vsync).
60 FPS
120+ FPS
No frame rate or refresh rate cap.[4]

Widescreen resolution[edit]

Borderlands natively supports widescreen and ultra-wide resolutions through its options menu. Support is normally Vert- in all widescreen resolutions, but there is a quick solution for Hor+ widescreen gameplay in all resolutions.
  1. Run the tool and set your FOV in the middle-bottom section. You must set the FOV change to a key.
  2. Hit apply and close the hack. Then run Borderlands as normal and press your set FOV changing key. The FOV will "snap" to the Hor+ value.
Using a vehicle or triggering a video in the game resets the FOV. Setting the FOV key to a movement key is recommended to instantly set the FOV again.

Field of view (FOV)[edit]

Modify .ini file[citation needed]
  1. Open %USERPROFILE%\Documents\My Games\Borderlands\WillowGame\Config\WillowInput.ini.
  2. Find under [WillowGame.WillowPlayerInput] the section: Bindings=(Name="F8",Command="shot").
  3. Add the following: Bindings=(Name="F11",Command="FOV 90",Control=False,Shift=False,Alt=False).

Borderless fullscreen windowed[edit]

Borderless fullscreen windowed will not work with Borderless Gaming.[5]
Use GeDoSaTo with forceBorderlessFullscreen true to make the game borderless.
Follow the instructions at Borderless fullscreen windowed#GeDoSaTo.
Use Full Window with Remove Border option
This will crop part of the image equivalent to the border size of a window. This side effect is barely noticeable.

Vertical sync (Vsync)[edit]

V-Sync[citation needed]
  1. Open %USERPROFILE%\Documents\My Games\Borderlands\WillowGame\Config\WillowEngine.ini.
  2. Change UseVsync=False to UseVsync=True.

Anti-aliasing (AA)[edit]

Anti-Aliasing[citation needed]
  • Use the Borderlands Config Tool. See Mods.
  • Force AA through the graphics control panel.
  • Force AA through a third party utility such as nHancer for Nvidia-cards or RadeonPro for AMD. This may cause large performance drops.
  • Use an FXAA-injector such as this one.

Split Screen[edit]

Refer to this guide for split screen support.

Input settings[edit]

In-game keyboard/mouse settings.
In-game keyboard/mouse settings.
In-game key map settings.
In-game key map settings.
In-game general gamepad settings.
In-game general gamepad settings.
In-game gamepad layout settings.
In-game gamepad layout settings.

Mouse acceleration[edit]

Disable Mouse Smoothing[citation needed]
  1. Open %USERPROFILE%\Documents\My Games\Borderlands\WillowGame\Config\WillowInput.ini.
  2. Change bEnableMouseSmoothing=true to bEnableMouseSmoothing=false

Enable scroll wheel in text boxes[edit]

Enable scroll wheel[citation needed]
  1. Open %USERPROFILE%\Documents\My Games\Borderlands\WillowGame\Config\WillowInput.ini.
  2. Search for all instances of InputKeyName="MouseScrollUp",ModifierKeyFlags=42 and change them to InputKeyName="MouseScrollUp".
  3. Search for all instances of InputKeyName="MouseScrollDown",ModifierKeyFlags=42 and change them to InputKeyName="MouseScrollDown".

Enable Xbox 360/PlayStation 3 controller UI[edit]

Modify .ini file[citation needed]
  1. Open %USERPROFILE%\Documents\My Games\Borderlands\WillowGame\Config\WillowGame.ini.
  2. Change the FakePlatform= value. Refer to the table below to find the value your controller corresponds to.
If this fix works, the "Online Game" and "LAN Game" main menu options will change to "Xbox LIVE" and "System Link."
The loading tips and training tooltips will still show keyboard bindings.
Possible values for FakePlatform=.
Value Effect
-1 disabled/auto
0 PC
1 Xbox 360
2 PlayStation 3

Audio settings[edit]

Audio options Native Notes
Separate volume controls
Music, SFX, and microphone volume.
Surround sound
Auto configures up to 7.1 output.[6]
Closed captions
Mute on focus lost


Language UI Audio CC Notes
Fan translation, see Turkish.
Fan translation, see Polish.


A Turkish fan patch is available here. Note that this patch requires at least game version 1.41, and DLCs are not included.


A Polish patch is available here. Note that this patch requires at least game version 1.41, and DLCs are not included.


Multiplayer types

Type Native Players Notes
Local play
4 Co-op
See this Steam Users' Forums Guide on hacking splitscreen into the game.
LAN play
4 Co-op
Online play
4 Co-op
Needs conversion tools for non-Steam versions, including retail copies. Go to 2K support page for more details.

Connection types

Type Native Notes
Direct IP
Add the target IP and port as a command line argument.[7]


Protocol Port(s) and/or port range(s)
TCP (outbound) 7777, 28900, 28902, 28910
UDP (outbound) 7777, 27900, 28902

VR support[edit]

Issues fixed[edit]

Activating DLC[edit]

Activating DLC
Some users struggle to activate Borderlands DLC as the activation window requires you to minimize the game and then maximize. However sometimes it won't let you maximize the game and therefore not letting you to access the activation window.
  1. While playing the game press Alt+ Enter and it will put the game into windowed mode for you.
  2. Now when you need to minimize the game to access the activation window you should not have any problems doing so.
  • Alternatively, you can go into Borderlands/Binaries/DLCSetup and run the .exe file found within. DLCSetup activates The Zombie Island of Dr. Ned and Mad Moxxi and DLCSetup2 activates Knoxx and Robot Revolution.
  • Some users may also experience a crash on startup when using multiple monitors. Disabling one or more monitors will fix this problem.

General Protection Fault / R6025 runtime error[edit]

General Protection Fault / R6025 runtime error
Some users are experiencing a General Protection Fault, followed by an R6025 runtime error.
  • One fix is to run Windows Update and install the KB2600217 update also found here.
  • A collection of additional troubleshooting steps can be found on the Steam Users' Forums

Fixing Performance Issues[edit]

Fixing Performance Issues

Some systems, despite exceeding the recommended specs, simply do not run Borderlands well. Even after turning down graphical options, the frame rates can be much lower than would be expected. Taking these steps can help make the game much more responsive and raise frame rates significantly. If Borderlands is running poorly on an otherwise stout system, try the following:

  1. Add -dx9 to the command line (helps fps)
  2. Open %USERPROFILE%\Documents\My Games\Borderlands\WillowGame\Config\willowengine.ini
  3. Find UseVsync and set it to True (helps with tearing).

Another known issue has been with the inclusion of Dynamic Shadows, for some users having this graphical setting turned on causes huge drops in frame rate, no matter the specs of the computer. Turning off this setting can greatly improve performance.

Progress Not Being Saved[edit]

Progress Not Being Saved[citation needed]
Sometimes Borderlands will not save your progress when you exit. To fix this there are two methods:

First Method:

  • Add -nohomedir to the command line arguments; this is less than ideal as it will start you over from the beginning as it causes the game to create a new save folder.

Second method

  • This fix worked for some people, is to ensure that your SaveData folder (located in %USERPROFILE%\Documents\My Games\Borderlands) and all its contents are NOT set to Hidden and/or Read Only.

Some weapon stats are not visible[edit]

Weapon stats visibility fix
The default font size allows for only 4 lines of stats to be visible, while weapons can have up to 5 stats.
  1. Locate your Borderlands install directory.
  2. Go to Borderlands\WillowGame\Localization\INT
  3. Find gd_globals.INT and create a backup copy.
  4. Open gd_globals.INT with a text editor.
  5. Search for:
    AttributePresentationTranslation="$NUMBER$ $CONSTRAINT$ $DESCRIPTION$"
  6. Replace it with:
    AttributePresentationTranslation=<font size="14">$NUMBER$ $CONSTRAINT$ $DESCRIPTION$</font>

Game freezes in Lockdown Palace (General Knoxx DLC)[edit]

Lockdown Palace crash fix
The problem lies with the grass rendering inside the Prison and affects no other part of the game.
  1. Locate your Borderlands install directory.
  2. Go to Borderlands\WillowGame\Config
  3. Find WillowEngine.ini and create a backup copy.
  4. Open WillowEngine.ini with a text editor.
  5. Search for:
  6. Replace it with:

Do not alter Foliage Quality within the game settings as that will reset the edit. However, as this problem only affects Lockdown Palace, it is fine to allow it to reset for any game session that you don't plan to go to that zone.

No Sound through headphones on laptops[edit]

No Sound through headphones on laptops
Some laptop users struggle to make the game sound through headphones when they have laptops with built in microphones.
  1. Search for WillowEngine.ini
  2. copy the file to make a backup.
  3. Edit the file with notepad
  4. search for the string:
  5. change true to false.
  • Alternatively, you can go to the sound options (Control Panel/Sound and Hardware/Sound) go into the recording tab and disable Microphone Array.

Issues unresolved[edit]

Crashes on Startup (Windows XP)[edit]

Some users, after having installed and successfully played the game on Windows XP, experience a standard "Borderlands has encountered an error and needs to close" message after some time. There are no known solutions for this problem.

Other information[edit]


Technical specs Supported Notes
Direct3D 9
OpenGL 2.0 OS X only.
Shader Model support 3
64-bit executable


Middleware Notes
Physics PhysX
Audio FMOD, SpeechFX
Interface Scaleform
Cutscenes Bink Video
Multiplayer GameSpy, Steamworks


Borderlands Config Tool[8]

Borderlands Config Tool unlocks a number of settings not available in the in-game menu.
Borderlands Config Tool unlocks a number of settings not available in the in-game menu.
Run the game and change a keybind in the options menu at least once before using this tool. This will create the necessary.ini files and should fix options being disabled in the tool.
This tool unlocks many options including the following:
  • Disable startup movies
  • Disable story introduction movies
  • Disable mouse smoothing
  • Disable in-game voice chat
  • Windowed mode
  • V-sync
  • Change FOV
  • Increase Difficulty (LAN only)

System requirements[edit]

Minimum Recommended
Operating system (OS) XP Vista
Processor (CPU) Intel Pentium IV 2.4 GHz 2.4 GHz Dual-core
System memory (RAM) 1 GB (XP)
2 GB (Vista)
2 GB
Hard disk drive (HDD) 8 GB
Video card (GPU) ATI Radeon HD 3000 series
Nvidia GeForce 7000 series
256 MB of VRAM
DirectX 9.0c compatible
ATI Radeon HD 4000 series
Nvidia GeForce 9000 series


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  4. New 120Hz Games Report
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  6. PC Gaming Surround Sound Round-up
  7. PC Connection Issues - Borderlands Wiki
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