Civilization V

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Sid Meier's Civilization V
Sid Meier's Civilization V cover
Firaxis Games
OS X Aspyr Media
Linux Aspyr Media
2K Games
OS X, Linux Aspyr Media
Release dates
Windows September 21, 2010
OS X November 23, 2010
Linux June 10, 2014
Civilization 1991
CivNet 1995
Civilization II 1996
Civilization III 2003
Civilization IV 2005
Civilization IV: Colonization 2008
Civilization V 2010
Civilization: Beyond Earth 2014

General information

PC Report - Sid Meier's Civilzation V on Linux
2K Games Forum - Official Civilization V forum.
Steam Community Discussions
Steam Users' Forums for game series.
Steam Workshop
Steam Forum Troubleshooting Thread - Troubleshooting Guide for Windows version.
CivFanatics very large Civilization community.


Source DRM Notes Keys OS
Green Man Gaming
Mac App Store Campaign Edition. No online play.
All Windows and Linux versions require Steam.

Version differences[edit]

The Campaign Edition does not support online play; LAN multiplayer can work with other Mac App Store versions, or with the Steam version, if they are the same version. However, they are often updated at different times, so it can be months before they get the same update and are compatible.
The Complete Edition includes all DLC.

Downloadable content (DLC) and expansions

Name Notes
Civilization and Scenario Pack: Mongols
Civilization and Scenario Pack: Korea
Wonders of the Ancient World
Explorer's Map Pack
Civilization and Scenario Pack: The Vikings
Civilization and Scenario Pack: Polynesia
Double Civilization and Scenario Pack: Spain and Inca
Cradle of Civilization: Mesopotamia
Cradle of Civilization: Americas
Cradle of Civilization: Asia
Cradle of Civilization: Mediterranean
Civilization and Scenario Pack: Babylon (Nebuchadnezzar II)
Gods and Kings
Brave New World
Scrambled Nations Map Pack
Scrambled Continents Map Pack

Essential improvements[edit]


Mods are available through multiple distribution channels. Easily accessible through the Steam Workshop, as well as manually installable. Popular sources include CivFanatics.
You must activate a mod after installing in order to make it work. To do so, enter the Mods menu and tick the checkbox next to the mods you want to activate.
The OS X and Linux versions do not officially support mods or Steam Workshop.
Manual mod installation
  1. Copy the mod into Mods/ in the configuration files location.
  2. Activate the mod in the game.
If the Mod Database is corrupted or deleted, any manual mods will be deleted.

Using mods on OS X and Linux[edit]

Not all mods are guaranteed to work.
Enable the mods menu
  1. Navigate to <path-to-game>/steamassets/assets/ui/frontend/.
  2. Open mainmenu.lua.
  3. Find and change
    Controls.ModsButton:SetHide( true );
    -- Controls.ModsButton:SetHide( true );
  4. Save changes.
Installing mods
  1. Go to the configuration files location for your system.
  2. Place the mod files into the MODS/ subdirectory and map files into the Maps/ subdirectory.
It's possible to copy the mods from the workshop by going to <Steam-folder>/userdata/<user-id>/ugc/referenced/ and the appropriate subdirectory. If the mod is an archive or .civ5mod file, you may have to extract it. After extraction you will have a folder called MODS/modname with the mod files inside it.

Increasing the zoom level[edit]

Manually edit config.ini
  1. Open config.ini in the configuration files location.
  2. Find and edit:
    Minimum Zoom Level = 11.000000
  3. Save changes.


Changing the variable to a lower level will make you able to zoom in closer.

Skip launcher[edit]

Skipping launcher
  1. Right-click on Civilization V in your Steam Library.
  2. Select Properties -> Set Launch Options....
  3. Enter \dx9, \dx11 or \win8 to launch in their respective modes.
  4. Confirm changes by pressing OK.


\win8 will launch the game in Touch Enabled mode on Windows 8 and later.

Skip legal screen[edit]

Skipping legal screen
  1. Open "Sid Meier's Civilization V\Assets\UI\FrontEnd\FrontEnd.lua" with a text editor.
  2. Find line UIManager:QueuePopup( Controls.LegalScreen, PopupPriority.LegalScreen );
  3. Replace it with -- UIManager:QueuePopup( Controls.LegalScreen, PopupPriority.LegalScreen ); .

Skip mods warning[edit]

Skipping mods warning

1. Open "Sid Meier's Civilization V\Assets\UI\FrontEnd\Modding\EULA.lua" with a text editor.

2. Find lines
        --if not isHide and g_HasAcceptedEULA then
	--	NavigateForward();
	--if(not isHide and g_QueueEulaToHide) then
	--	NavigateBack();
3. Replace them with
	if not isHide then
	if(not isHide and g_QueueEulaToHide) then

Game data[edit]

Configuration files location[edit]

System Location
Windows %USERPROFILE%\Documents\My Games\Sid Meier's Civilization 5\
OS X ~/Documents/Aspyr/Sid Meier's Civilization 5/
Linux $XDG_DATA_HOME/Aspyr/Sid Meier's Civilization 5/
This game supports the XDG Base Directory Specification on Linux.
The configuration can be found in config.ini.
User preferences can be found in UserSettings.ini.
Graphical settings for DX9 mode can be found in GraphicsSettingsDX9.ini.
Graphical settings for DX11 mode can be found in GraphicsSettingsDX11.ini.

Save game data location[edit]

System Location
Windows %USERPROFILE%\Documents\My Games\Sid Meier's Civilization 5\Saves\
OS X ~/Documents/Aspyr/Sid Meier's Civilization 5/Saves/
Linux $XDG_DATA_HOME/Aspyr/Sid Meier's Civilization 5/Saves/
Steam <Steam-folder>/userdata/<user-id>/8930/
Save files are differently named for each OS, but are compatible when saved with the same version. To use them, you will need to rename them.

Save game cloud syncing[edit]

System Native Notes
Steam Cloud

Video settings[edit]

Video settings.
Video settings.
Requires a resolution at least 768 pixels tall.
Direct3D 11 graphical features, including anti-aliasing, are not available in the OS X and Linux versions of the game.

Borderless fullscreen windowed[edit]

Functioning using Windowed Borderless Gaming.[2]
Mouse offset may be 15px off vertically.
Change resolution[3]
  1. Change resolution to any other than the current one.
  2. Change back to previous resolution.
  3. Screen should be stretched correctly, and hitboxes aligned.


May function if you disable always-on-top.

Input settings[edit]

Input settings.
Input settings.
Keyboard and mouse Native Notes
See Remapping.
Mouse acceleration
Mouse sensitivity
Mouse input in menus
Mouse Y-axis inversion
Controller support
Touchscreen optimised
Only available on Windows 8 and later.


Edit CIV5Controls.xml[4]
  1. Navigate to <path-to-game>/Assets/Gameplay/XML/Units/ and open CIV5Controls.xml.
  2. Change the controls to match your preference.
  3. Save changes.

Audio settings[edit]

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


Language UI Audio CC Notes
Traditional Chinese


Network settings.
Network settings.

Multiplayer types

Type Native Players Notes
Local play
6 Hot seat
LAN play
6 Campaign Edition only supports LAN with other Mac App Store players.
Online play
6 Campaign Edition does not support online play.
Asynchronous multiplayer
Via the Pitboss system.

Connection types


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

Issues fixed[edit]


Mods disappear, fail to download[edit]

Clear the Mod Database
  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.

Game corruption[edit]

This may be caused by database files and user settings becoming damaged.
Erase game cache
  1. Navigate to the configuration files location.
  2. Remove cache/.
Remove user settings
  1. Navigate to the configuration files location.
  2. Remove cache/, Logs/, ModUserData/, Text/ and all *.ini files.

Checkerboard patterns[edit]

Decrease MaxSimultaneousThreads
  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).

Gray tiles, tiles not loading[edit]

Enable MinimizeGrayTiles[5]
  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

Crash after starting a new game[edit]

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

Can't select units or end turn[edit]

If you have a delay in units responding, or the end turn button does not work, try the following:
Disable EnableGameCoreThreading
  1. Open config.ini in the configuration files location.
  2. Set EnableGameCoreThreading to 0.
This has been improved in the latest patch, but the problem still exists.
Turning down graphics settings may also correct this.

Leaderhead crash[edit]

The game may crash when meeting other leaders.
Change Leaderhead Quality
  1. From the main menu, go to options.
  2. Go to video settings.
  3. Change Leader Scene Quality to low.
Leaders will not be animated.
Disable Leaderheads
  1. Open %USERPROFILE%\Documents\My Games\Sid Meier's Civilization 5\config.ini
  2. Change LeaderHead = 0 to LeaderHead = 1.
  3. Save your changes.
Leader screens will be blank.


The latest patch resolves most of the reported multiplayer bugs.

Multiplayer Games Dropping or Disconnecting During Play[edit]

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:

Set network MTU value
  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 with the name of your network connection (e.g. Wireless Network Connection if you are on wireless)

Windows and OS X version mismatch[edit]

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.


Unable to run DirectX 11[edit]

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

Ensure Steam is not running in Compatibility Mode.
Disabling Compatibility Mode
  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.
This may also be caused by out of date drivers.
DirectX 10/11 Mode will not work on XP.
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.

Disappearing cursor[edit]

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

Black screen (anti aliasing issue)[edit]

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.

Issues with resolution (screen cutoff)[edit]

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).

Virtu MVP[edit]

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.

Issues with opening movies[edit]

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 the installation folder. If you have Gods and Kings, you will also need to delete the videos from <path-to-game>\Assets\DLC\Expansion

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


Audio stuttering[edit]

To fix the audio stuttering when using PulseAudio just follow this guide: Setting the default fragment number and buffer size in PulseAudio

If the issue persists, close the game, run pulseaudio -k and start the game again.

Other information[edit]


Technical specs Supported Notes
Direct3D 9, 11
OpenGL 3.3 OS X and Linux only.
Shader Model support 3, 5
64-bit executable


Middleware Notes
Audio Miles Sound System
Cutscenes Bink Video
Multiplayer Steamworks

System requirements[edit]

Minimum Recommended
Operating system (OS) XP SP3, Vista SP2, 7 Vista SP2, 7
Processor (CPU) AMD Athlon X2 64 2.0 GHz
Intel Core 2 Duo 1.8 GHz
1.8 GHz Quad core
System memory (RAM) 2 GB 4 GB
Hard disk drive (HDD) 8 GB
Video card (GPU) ATI HD2600 XT or better
nVidia 7900 GS or better
Core i3 or better integrated graphics
256 MB of VRAM
DirectX 9.0c compatible
ATI 4800 series or better
nVidia 9800 series or better
512 MB of VRAM
DirectX 11 compatible
Sound (audio device) DirectX 9.0c-compatible sound card
Minimum Recommended
Operating system (OS) 10.8.5 (Mountain Lion)
Processor (CPU) 2.4 GHz Intel Core 2 Duo 2.4GHz 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
Intel HD 4000
256 MB of VRAM
ATI Radeon HD 2600
NVidia GeForce 8600
Operating system (OS) SteamOS
Processor (CPU) 2.4 GHz Intel Core i3
2.4 GHz AMD A10
System memory (RAM) 4 GB
Hard disk drive (HDD) 10 GB
Video card (GPU) Geforce 640M
Radeon HD 6450
Intel Iris Pro
1 GB of VRAM
Ubuntu and other distributions of Linux should be compatible with the game, albeit this isn't guaranteeed.
Intel Integrated video chipsets (GMA 9XX, HD 3XXX) are officially unsupported with SteamOS and Linux, although they might work anyway.


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