FTL: Faster Than Light

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FTL: Faster Than Light
FTL: Faster Than Light cover
Subset Games
Release dates
Windows September 14, 2012
OS X September 14, 2012
Linux September 14, 2012

Key points

Basic modding support.
Resolution is hardcoded at 720p.

General information

Official forum
GOG.com Community Discussions
GOG.com Support Page
Steam Community Discussions
FTLWiki - PCGamingWiki's FTL subwiki
r/ftlgame - subreddit.


Source DRM Notes Keys OS
Developer website Humble widget.
GOG.com 5 songs from the soundtrack, a mini-artbook, some wallpapers & avatars.
Humble Store

Game data[edit]

Configuration file(s) location[edit]

System Location
Windows <path-to-game>\settings.ini
macOS (OS X) ~/Library/Application Support/FasterThanLight/settings.ini
Linux $XDG_DATA_HOME/FasterThanLight/settings.ini

Save game data location[edit]

System Location
Windows %USERPROFILE%\Documents\My Games\FasterThanLight\
macOS (OS X) ~/Library/Application Support/FasterThanLight/
Linux $XDG_DATA_HOME/FasterThanLight/
This game follows the XDG Base Directory Specification on Linux.
Save games are fully cross-platform.[1]
The file prof.sav contains over-all game progress.
The file continue.sav is only generated when pressing 'Save & Quit'.


The game has a "quicksave" function; when the game is quit progress is kept. This can be used to revert old saves when one dies.

Save game cloud syncing[edit]

System Native Notes
GOG Galaxy
Steam Cloud
Sync is not cross-platform.[2]

Video settings[edit]

General settings.
General settings.

Borderless fullscreen windowed[edit]

Edit settings.ini[citation needed]
  1. Go to the configuration file(s) location.
  2. Open settings.ini.
  3. Set the required values:
       screen_x=your x value screen resolution
       screen_y=your y value screen resolution

4. Use one of the available borderless fullscreen solutions. This was tested using the AutoHotkey method. NOTE: Your x and y value resolution can be determined by finding your resolution, for example: 1920x1080, 1920=x value, 1080=y value

Input settings[edit]

Input settings.
Input settings.

Audio settings[edit]

Audio options Native Notes
Separate volume controls
Music and sound.
Surround sound
Closed captions
Mute on focus lost


Language UI Audio CC Notes
patch for the fan translation available here

Issues fixed[edit]

The developers of FTL have a page with common fixes for the game, navigate to their support page to learn more.

Enable vsync[citation needed]
Turning on Vsync in the general settings will prevent unnecessary frame renders.
Enable frame rate capping[citation needed]
Turning on the frame rate cap in the general settings caps the frame rate at 60.
See Glossary:Frame rate capping for capping FPS[citation needed]

Performance issues[edit]

Disable dynamic backgrounds[citation needed]
Switching off the dynamic background option can have a major, positive effect on performance.[3]
This setting doesn't have a considerable impact on the visual quality of the game.
  1. Set the Dynamic Backgrounds option in the general settings to Disabled.

Ubuntu logs off at game startup[edit]

Delete libstdc++.so.6[4]

Delete libstdc++.so.6 from <path-to-game>/data/amd64/lib and <path-to-game>/data/x86/lib

Pixelated Graphics (Windows)[edit]

Problem associated with older laptop graphics cards.
Run as Administrator[citation needed]
  1. Right click on FTLGame.exe and select Properties.
  2. Click the 'Compatibility' tab.
  3. Check 'Run this program as an administrator'.
  4. Click Apply.
  5. Click OK and run FTLGame.exe.


Right-click on the game executable and select 'Run as Administrator' to test this fix.
Update graphics card drivers[citation needed]
Can usually be obtained from laptop manufacturer websites.

Game is permanently zoomed in and cannot be played[edit]

Fix[citation needed]
  1. Right click on FTLGame.exe and select Properties.
  2. Click the 'Compatibility' tab.
  3. Check 'Disable display scaling on higher DPI settings'.
  4. Click Apply.
  5. Click OK and run FTLGame.exe.


Problem associated with higher DPI settings.

Other information[edit]


Technical specs Supported Notes
64-bit executable

System requirements[edit]

Operating system (OS) 2000, XP, Vista, 7, 8
Processor (CPU) 2 GHz
System memory (RAM) 1 GB
Hard disk drive (HDD) 175 MB
Video card (GPU) 128 MB of VRAM
OpenGL 2.0 compatible
Some integrated Intel HD graphics cards have been known to work but are not officially supported.[5]
Operating system (OS) 10.5.8
Processor (CPU) 2 GHz
System memory (RAM) 1 GB
Hard disk drive (HDD) 175 MB
Video card (GPU) 256 MB of VRAM
OpenGL 2.0 compatible
Operating system (OS) Ubuntu 12.04 LTS
Processor (CPU) 2 GHz
System memory (RAM) 1 GB
Hard disk drive (HDD) 175 MB
Video card (GPU) OpenGL 2.0 compatible


  1. Helpful Profile File Location Info! - FTLgame.com
  2. Verified by User:Soeb on 2016-04-29
  3. Primer comments on FTL release today: everything you need to know - /r/games
  4. Starting the game logs me out of my computer - Steam Community discussions
  5. Official FAQ