Civilization V

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Sid Meier's Civilization V
Civilization V - cover.jpg
Release dates
September 21, 2010
November 23, 2010
Civilization V at Steam Charts
Civilization V at SteamDB
 Civilization V at Wikipedia
Civilization 1991
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

General information

More information 2K Games Forum - Official Civilization V Forum.
More information Steam Community Discussions
More information Steam Users' Forums for the series
More information Steam Workshop
More information Steam Forum Troubleshooting Thread - Troubleshooting Guide for Windows Steam versions.
More information CivFanatics very large Civilization community.


[edit] Availability

Source(s) Store unlock Notes
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Mac App Store MacAppStore.png Campaign Edition. No DLC support and offline only.
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[edit] Essential improvements

[edit] Mods

Information Mods are available through multiple distribution channels. Easily accessible through the Steam Workshop, as well as manually installable. Popular sources include CivFanatics.
Information You need to activate a mod after installing it. To do so, go to the Mods menu and tick the checkbox next to the mods you want to activate.
Disadvantage The OS X version does not officially support mods or Steam Workshop. See here for manual installation instructions.

Fix Manual mod installationLink

  1. Copy the mod into a directory called Mods/ in the configuration files location.
  2. Activate the mod in the game.
Information If the Mod Database is corrupted or deleted, any manual mods will be deleted.

[edit] Increasing the zoom level

Fix Increasing the zoom levelLink

  1. Open config.ini in theconfiguration files location.
  2. Find the line Minimum Zoom Level = 11.000000
  3. Change it to a lower value to be able to zoom in closer.

[edit] Game data

[edit] Configuration files location

Windows %USERPROFILE%\Documents\My Games\Sid Meier's Civilization 5\
OS X ~/Documents/Aspyr/Sid Meier's Civilization 5/
Information The configuration can be found in config.ini.
Information User preferences can be found in UserSettings.ini.
Information Graphical settings for DX9 mode can be found in GraphicsSettingsDX9.ini.
Information Graphical settings for DX11 mode can be found in GraphicsSettingsDX11.ini.

[edit] Save game data location

Windows %USERPROFILE%\Documents\My Games\Sid Meier's Civilization 5\Saves\
OS X ~/Documents/Aspyr/Sid Meier's Civilization 5/Saves/
Steam Steam/userdata/<user-id>/8930/
Information The save files are compatible between Windows and OS X, but the files are named differently and therefore need to be renamed when transferring them between systems.

[edit] Save game cloud syncing

System Native Notes
Steam Cloud Native
GameSave Manager Native

[edit] Video settings

Video settings.
Graphics option Option WSGF Notes
Widescreen resolution Native WSGF WS Gold.png
Multi-monitor Native WSGF MM Silver.png
Ultra-widescreen Native WSGF UW Gold.png
Field of view (FOV) Not applicable
Windowed Native
Borderless fullscreen windowed Hackable See Borderless fullscreen windowed.
Anisotropic filtering (AF) Impossible
Anti-aliasing (AA) Native
Vertical sync (Vsync) Native
High frame rate Native No frame rate or refresh rate cap.[1]
Information Requires a resolution at least 768 pixels tall.

[edit] Borderless fullscreen windowed

Information Functioning using Borderless Windowed.[2]
Information Mouse offset may be 15px off vertically.

Fix Change resolution[3]Link

  1. Change resolution to any other.
  2. Change back to previous resolution.
  3. Screen should be stretched correctly, and hitboxes aligned.
Information Can function if you disable always-on-top.

[edit] Input settings

Input settings.
Keyboard and mouse Native Notes
Remapping Hackable See Remapping.
Mouse acceleration Impossible
Mouse input in menus Native
Mouse Y-axis inversion Not applicable
Controller support Impossible
Touchscreen optimised Native Windows 8 only.

[edit] Remapping

Fix Edit CIV5Controls.xml[4]Link

  1. Go to <path-to-game>/Assets/Gameplay/XML/Units/ and open CIV5Controls.xml.
  2. Change the controls to match your preference.

[edit] Audio settings

Audio options Native Notes
Separate volume controls Native Music, SFX, ambience and speech.
Surround sound Unknown
Subtitles Native
Closed captions Native
Mute on focus lost Impossible


Language UI Audio CC Notes
English Native Native Native
Traditional Chinese Native Unknown Native
French Native Native Native
German Native Native Native
Italian Native Native Native
Japanese Native Unknown Native
Korean Native Unknown Native
Polish Native Native Native
Russian Native Unknown Native
Spanish Native Native Native

[edit] Network

Network settings.

Multiplayer types

Type Native Players Notes
LAN play Native 6
Online play Native 6
Hot-seat Native 6
Asynchronous multiplayer Native Via the Pitboss system.

Connection types

Type Native Notes
Matchmaking Native
Peer-to-peer Impossible
Dedicated Impossible
Self-hosting Native


Protocol Port(s) and/or port range(s)
TCP (outbound) 53, 80, 1745, 1795, 3074
UDP (outbound) 53, 88, 1745, 1795, 3064, 3074

[edit] Issues fixed

[edit] General

[edit] Mods disappear, fail to download

Fix Clear the Mod DatabaseLink

  1. Go to cache/ in the configuration files location.
  2. Delete Civ5ModsDatabase.db.
  3. Restart the game, go to the Mods menu, and allow the mods to reinstall.

[edit] Game corruption

Information This may be caused by database files and user settings becoming damaged.

Fix Erase game cacheLink

  1. Go to the configuration files location.
  2. Remove cache/.

Fix Remove user settingsLink

  1. Go to the configuration files location.
  2. Remove cache/, Logs/, ModUserData/, Text/ and all *.ini files.

[edit] Checkerboard patterns

Fix Decrease MaxSimultaneousThreadsLink

  1. Open config.ini in the configuration files location.
  2. Halve the value of MaxSimultaneousThreads (e.g., if it is 8, change it to 4).

[edit] Gray tiles, tiles not loading

Fix Enable MinimizeGrayTiles[5]Link

  1. Open the configuration file for your graphical mode (DX9/DX11) in the configuration files location.
  2. Change the value of MinimizeGrayTiles = 0 to MinimizeGrayTiles = 1

[edit] Crash after starting a new game

Information The game may crash after starting a new game.

Fix Fog of War Crash FixLink

  1. In the video settings, change Fog of War to low.
Information This is particularly important on DirectX 9 or graphics cards with low memory.[6]

[edit] Can't select units or end turn

Information If you have a delay in units responding, or the end turn button does not work, try the following:

Fix Disable EnableGameCoreThreadingLink

  1. Open config.ini in the configuration files location.
  2. Set EnableGameCoreThreading to 0.
Information This has been improved in the latest patch, but the problem still exists.
Information Turning down graphics settings may also correct this.

[edit] Leaderhead crash

Information The game may crash when meeting other leaders.

Fix Change Leaderhead QualityLink

  1. From the main menu, go to options.
  2. Go to video settings.
  3. Change Leader Scene Quality to low.
Information Leaders will not be animated.

Fix Disable LeaderheadsLink

  1. Open %USERPROFILE%\Documents\My Games\Sid Meier's Civilization 5\config.ini
  2. Change LeaderHead = 0 to LeaderHead = 1.
  3. Save your changes.
Information Leader screens will be blank.

[edit] Multiplayer

Information The latest patch resolves most of the reported multiplayer bugs.

[edit] Multiplayer Games Dropping or Disconnecting During Play

Sometimes players will be dropped after a multiplayer match has progressed for several dozen turns or more. After reloading the game, the player will repeatedly disconnect. This problem can be caused by an insufficient MTU value on the network connection. Changing it before starting the multiplayer game can often fix the problem. To do so, enter the following in the command prompt:

Fix Set network MTU valueLink

  1. Open Windows command prompt ( Win+R and type cmd)
  2. Enter the command set subinterface "Local Area Connection" mtu=1500 store=persistent. Replace Local Area Connection without removing the quotes with the name of your network connection (e.g. Wireless Network Connection if you are on wireless)

[edit] Windows and OS X version mismatch

The OS X version is not handled by Firaxis or 2K Games, so they only develop patches for Windows. Another company (Aspyr) handles the OS X version of the patches, after they have been released on Windows. As a result, OS X patches are released later than Windows patches. You cannot play multiplayer unless the versions match, so after a Windows update, you cannot play online against OS X until the OS X has also been patched.

[edit] Windows

[edit] Unable to run DirectX 11

If the DirectX 11 option is unavailable, try the following.

Information Ensure Steam is not running in Compatibility Mode.

Fix Disabling Compatibility ModeLink

  1. Quit out of Steam.
  2. Right-click on the Steam.exe application (found in the Steam installation folder) and select "Properties", then select the "Compatibility" tab.
  3. At the bottom of this tab is a button called "Change Settings for All Users". Click it.
  4. Make sure Compatibility Mode is unchecked.
  5. Relaunch Steam.
Information This may also be caused by out of date drivers.
Information DirectX 10/11 Mode will not work on XP.
Information Not all video cards are capable of running DirectX 10 or 11, even with Windows 7. Intel Core i3 integrated graphics do not support DirectX 11 Mode in Civilization V.

[edit] Disappearing cursor

Information Enabling pointer trails in Windows may cause the cursor to disappear or act strangely. Disable this feature while playing.

[edit] Black screen (anti aliasing issue)

Information Enabling anti-aliasing on DirectX 11 mode may cause the game to turn black. It is recommended that you enabled anti-aliasing through your graphics software, and not the game. If antialiasing is enabled and this issue is present (causing the screen to be black), you can edit GraphicsSettingsDX11.ini to fix this.

[edit] Issues with resolution (screen cutoff)

Sometimes after installing the game, the game resolution will be larger than the screen and parts of the game will be cut off. To fix this, go into options and change the game resolution. If you are unable to access the options, manually edit GraphicsSettingsDX9.ini or GraphicsSettingsDX11.ini (depending on which DirectX mode you use) in %USERPROFILE%\Documents\My Games\Sid Meier's Civilization 5 to the correct resolution (1024x768 Minimum).

[edit] Virtu MVP

If the game does not run, or will not start most of the time, and nothing else seems to fix the problem, Virtu MVP might be causing the issue. Try unchecking Civ 5 DirectX 9 and Civ 5 DirectX 10/11 in the Virtu MVP control panel.

[edit] Issues with opening movies

If the game crashes to desktop or loads to a black screen, then there may be an incompatibility with the video files. Deleting the WMV video files from the Civilization V folder may allow the game to run, as the expense of losing the opening movies.

The video files for Civilization V are located in C:\Program Files (x86)\Steam\SteamApps\common\sid meier's civilization v. If you have Gods and Kings, you will also need to delete the videos from C:\Program Files (x86)\Steam\SteamApps\common\sid meier's civilization v\Assets\DLC\Expansion

"N" Versions of Windows may not be compatible with the opening videos.

[edit] System requirements

Minimum Recommended
Operating system (OS) XP SP3 Vista SP2, 7
Processor (CPU) Intel Core 2 Duo 1.8 GHz or AMD Athlon 64 X2 2.0 GHz 1.8 GHz Quad core
System memory (RAM) 2 GB 4 GB
Hard disk drive (HDD)
8 GB
Video card (GPU) ATi Radeon HD 2600 XT
nVidia GeForce 7900 GS
Core i3 integrated graphics
256 MB of VRAM
ATi 4800
nVidia 9800
512 MB of VRAM
Minimum Recommended
Operating system (OS)
Processor (CPU) 2.4 GHz Intel Core 2 Duo Intel Quad core
System memory (RAM) 2 GB 4 GB
Hard disk drive (HDD)
8 GB
Video card (GPU) ATi Radeon HD 2600
NVidia GeForce 8600
256 MB of VRAM
ATI Radeon HD 2600
NVidia GeForce 8600
512 MB of VRAM


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