Civilization V

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Sid Meier's Civilization V
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OS X, Linux
Release dates
September 21, 2010
November 23, 2010
June 10, 2014
Civilization V at SteamDB
 Civilization V 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

General information

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


Source DRM Notes Keys
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Mac App Store Availability Table Icons - Mac App Store.svg Campaign Edition. No online play.
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Information All Windows and Linux versions require Steam.

Version differences[edit]

Information 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.
Information The Complete Edition includes all DLC.

Downloadable content (DLC) and expansions

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

Essential improvements[edit]


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 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.
Disadvantage The OS X and Linux versions do not officially support mods or Steam Workshop.

Fix Manual mod installation

  1. Copy the mod into 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.

Using mods on OS X and Linux[edit]

Information Not all mods are guaranteed to work.

Fix 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.

Fix 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.
Information 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]

Fix 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.


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

Skip launcher[edit]

Fix 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.


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

Skip legal screen[edit]

Fix 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]

Fix 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]

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/
Advantage This game supports the XDG Base Directory Specification on Linux.
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.

Save game data location[edit]

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/
Information 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 Native support
GameSave Manager Native support

Video settings[edit]

Video settings.
Graphics option Option WSGF Notes
Widescreen resolution Native support WSGF WS Gold.svg
Multi-monitor Native support WSGF MM Silver.svg
Ultra-widescreen Native support WSGF UW Gold.svg
Field of view (FOV) Not applicable
Windowed Native support
Borderless fullscreen windowed Hackable See Borderless fullscreen windowed.
Anisotropic filtering (AF) No native support
Anti-aliasing (AA) Native support
Vertical sync (Vsync) Native support
60 FPS Native support
120+ FPS Native support No frame rate or refresh rate cap.[1]
Information Requires a resolution at least 768 pixels tall.
Disadvantage Direct3D 11 graphical features, including anti-aliasing, are not available in the OS X and Linux versions of the game.

Borderless fullscreen windowed[edit]

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

Fix 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.


Information May function if you disable always-on-top.

Input settings[edit]

Input settings.
Keyboard and mouse Native Notes
Remapping Hackable See Remapping.
Mouse acceleration No native support
Mouse input in menus Native support
Mouse Y-axis inversion Not applicable
Controller support No native support
Touchscreen optimised Native support Only available on Windows 8 and later.


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


Language UI Audio CC Notes
English Native support Native support Native support
Traditional Chinese Native support No native support Native support Windows-only.
French Native support Native support Native support
German Native support Native support Native support
Italian Native support Native support Native support
Japanese Native support No native support Native support Windows-only.
Korean Native support No native support Native support Windows-only.
Polish Native support Native support Native support Windows-only.
Russian Native support Native support Native support Windows-only.
Spanish Native support Native support Native support


Network settings.

Multiplayer types

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

Connection types

Type Native Notes
Matchmaking Native support
Peer-to-peer No native support
Dedicated No native support
Self-hosting Native support
Direct IP No native support


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]

Fix 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]

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

Fix Erase game cache

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

Fix Remove user settings

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

Checkerboard patterns[edit]

Fix 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]

Fix 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]

Information This is particularly important on DirectX 9 or graphics cards with low memory.

Fix 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]

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

Fix Disable EnableGameCoreThreading

  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.

Leaderhead crash[edit]

Information The game may crash when meeting other leaders.

Fix Change Leaderhead Quality

  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 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.
Information Leader screens will be blank.


Information 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:

Fix 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 without removing the quotes 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.

Information Ensure Steam is not running in Compatibility Mode.

Fix 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.
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.

Disappearing cursor[edit]

Information 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]

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.

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 No native support


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
Information Ubuntu and other distributions of Linux should be compatible with the game, albeit this isn't guaranteeed.
Information Intel Integrated video chipsets (GMA 9XX, HD 3XXX) are officially unsupported with SteamOS and Linux, although they might work anyway.


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