Civilization IV

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Sid Meier's Civilization IV
Release dates
October 25, 2005
June 30, 2006
Civilization IV at WineHQ
Civilization IV at Steam Charts
Civilization IV at SteamDB
 Civilization IV at Wikipedia
Civilization 1991
CivNet 1995
Civilization II 1996
Conflicts in Civilization
Fantastic Worlds
Test of Time
Civilization III 2003
Play the World
Civilization IV 2005
Beyond the Sword
Civilization IV: Colonization 2008
Civilization V 2010
Gods & Kings
Brave New World
Civilization: Beyond Earth 2014

Key points

Advantage Mod friendly.
Advantage Active community.
Advantage If you own retail version, you have to request multiplayer patch.[1]
Information Steam version online multiplayer has been transitioned to Steamworks.[2]

General information

More information Steam Community Discussions
More information Steam Users' Forums for game series
More information Official Downloads page (patches, SDK, etc.)


In-game general settings.
Source DRM Notes Keys
Retail Disc check The Complete Edition contains no DRM. Individual versions of the game include DRM, but it can be removed through patches.
Mac App Store Availability Table Icons - Mac App Store.svg OS X only.
Steam Availability Table Icons - Steam.svg All versions available, including Complete Edition.
Information Retail version owners can contact 2K Support for Steam product keys.[2]

Version differences[edit]

Original release[edit]

Current version is 1.74 (patch).

Warlords expansion[edit]

Warlords adds additional civilizations and the Great General to the game. Other changes include a vassal state system. Current version is 2.13.

Beyond the Sword expansion[edit]

Beyond the Sword adds espionage and corporations to the game. It greatly expands the tech tree, adds many new leaders and civilizations, and adds new buildings and wonders. Random events are added to the game. Beyond the Sword also installs much of the content from Warlords, however does not require Warlords. Current version is 3.19.


Colonization is a standalone remake of Sid Meier's Colonization.

The Complete Edition[edit]

The Complete Edition contains the base game, Warlords, Beyond the Sword, and Colonization in a single DVD. It contains an updated DirectX installer and contains no DRM. The individual games still require patches to the current version.

Essential improvements[edit]


v1.61 Patch is the latest version.

Detailed installation steps[edit]

A very thorough set of instructions on how to install Civilization IV and its expansions are available here.

Skip intro videos[edit]

Fix Instructions

  1. Open up CivilizationIV.ini
  2. Change 'NoIntroMovie' from 0 to 1.

Game data[edit]

In-game gameplay settings.

Configuration file(s) location[edit]

Windows %APPDATA%\Firaxis Games\Sid Meier's Civilization 4

Save game data location[edit]

Windows %APPDATA%\Firaxis Games\Sid Meier's Civilization 4

Save game cloud syncing[edit]

System Native Notes
Steam Cloud Impossible
GameSave Manager Native Base game and both expansions.

Video settings[edit]

Video settings.
Graphics option Option WSGF Notes
Widescreen resolution Native WSGF WS Silver.svg
Multi-monitor Hackable WSGF MM Silver.svg See the WSGF page for a fix.
Field of view (FOV) Not applicable
Windowed Native
Borderless fullscreen windowed Hackable No option, but can be forced with external utilities. See Borderless fullscreen windowed.
Anisotropic filtering (AF) Impossible
Anti-aliasing (AA) Native
Vertical sync (Vsync) Native
High frame rate Unknown

Input settings[edit]

Keyboard and mouse Native Notes
Remapping Impossible
Mouse acceleration Impossible
Mouse input in menus Native
Mouse Y-axis inversion Not applicable
Controller support Impossible

Audio settings[edit]

Audio settings.
Audio options Native Notes
Separate volume controls Native Music, Sound Effects, Speech, Ambience, Interface.
Surround sound Native Up to 8.1.
Subtitles Native
Closed captions Native
Mute on focus lost Native


Language UI Audio CC Notes
English Native Unknown Native
French Native Unknown Unknown
German Native Unknown Unknown
Italian Native Unknown Unknown
Spanish Native Unknown Unknown


Multiplayer types

Type Native Players Notes
Local play Native 6 Hot seat
LAN play Native
Online play Native Non-Steam versions require a GameSpy ID.
Asynchronous multiplayer Native

Connection types

Type Native Notes
Matchmaking Impossible
Peer-to-peer Native
Dedicated Unknown
Self-hosting Native
Direct IP Native Removed from the Steam version.[2] Install the beta to regain access.[3]


Protocol Port(s) and/or port range(s)
TCP (outbound) 2033, 2056, 3783, 6500, 6667, 28900, 29900, 29001
UDP (outbound) 2302-2400, 6500, 6515, 13139, 27900

Issues fixed[edit]

DirectX issues[edit]

To ensure the original game and its expansions run properly, install the latest DirectX End-User Runtimes. This is not a problem with the Complete Edition, which installs the correct DirectX version automatically.

Compatibility settings[edit]

On Windows Vista and later it is recommended to select Windows XP under compatibility settings.[citation needed]

Failed Initializing Python[edit]

Information Caused by discontinued support for Python 2.3 in OS X Yosemite 10.10.

Fix Copy Python 2.3 back into OS X[4]

  1. Download BTS YosemitePython Fix.7z.
  2. Copy the folders '2.3' and '2.5' to /Library/Python/. Enter your administrator password.
  3. Navigate to /System/Library/Frameworks/Python.framework/Versions/ and delete the alises for '2.3' and '2.5' and copy in the '2.3' and '2.5' folders from the BTS Yosemite Python Fix.

System requirements[edit]

Minimum Recommended
Operating system (OS) 2000 XP, Vista, 7, 8
Processor (CPU) 1.2 GHz Intel Pentium 4 or AMD Athlon processor or equivalent 1.8 GHz Intel Pentium 4 or AMD Athlon processor or equivalent/better
System memory (RAM) 256 MB 1 GB
Hard disk drive (HDD) 1.7 GB 3.8 GB
Video card (GPU) Video Card with Hardware T&L (GeForce 2/Radeon 7500 or better)
64 MB of VRAM
Video Card with DirectX 9 support (pixel and vector shaders)
128 MB of VRAM
DirectX 9 compatible


  1. multiplayer patch request
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2K Online Server Migration from GameSpy Technology – 2K Support
  3. Direct IP and Installing Pre-Steamworks Civilization IV (Unsupported) on Steam – 2K Support