FTL: Faster Than Light

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FTL: Faster Than Light
FTL - Faster Than Light - cover.jpg
Release dates
September 14, 2012
September 14, 2012
September 14, 2012
FTL: Faster Than Light at SteamDB
 FTL: Faster Than Light at Wikipedia

Key points

Advantage Basic modding support.
Disadvantage Resolution is hardcoded at 720p.

General information

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


Source DRM Notes Keys
Developer website DRM-free Availability Table Icons - Steam.svg
Amazon.com Availability Table Icons - Steam.svg
Humble Store DRM-free Availability Table Icons - Steam.svg
GOG.com DRM-free 5 songs from the soundtrack, a mini-artbook, some wallpapers & avatars.
Steam Availability Table Icons - Steam.svg

Game data[edit]

Configuration file(s) location[edit]

Windows <path-to-game>\
OS X ~/Library/Application Support/FasterThanLight/
Linux $XDG_DATA_HOME/FasterThanLight/
Information The file settings.ini contains all settings.
Advantage Save games are fully cross-platform.[1]
Advantage This game supports the XDG Base Directory Specification on Linux.

Save game data location[edit]

Windows %USERPROFILE%\Documents\My Games\FasterThanLight\
OS X ~/Library/Application Support/FasterThanLight/
Linux $XDG_DATA_HOME/FasterThanLight/
Information The file prof.sav contains over-all game progress.
Information The file continue.sav is only generated when pressing 'Save & Quit'.


Information It is possible to 'quicksave' by saving and quitting, and then making manual backup copies of the continue.sav file, and restoring them when one dies.

Save game cloud syncing[edit]

System Native Notes
Steam Cloud Native support Not on Linux.
GameSave Manager Native support

Video settings[edit]

General settings.
Graphics option Option WSGF Notes
Widescreen resolution Native support WSGF WS Silver.svg
Multi-monitor No native support WSGF MM Silver.svg
Ultra-widescreen No native support WSGF UW Silver.svg
Field of view (FOV) Not applicable
Windowed Native support
Borderless fullscreen windowed Hackable See Borderless fullscreen windowed.
Anisotropic filtering (AF) Not applicable
Anti-aliasing (AA) No native support
Vertical sync (Vsync) Native support
60 FPS Native support
120+ FPS Native support Disable Frame Limit in-game.
Color blind mode Native support

Borderless fullscreen windowed[edit]

  1. Go to the installation folder.
  2. Edit 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.
Keyboard and mouse Native Notes
Remapping Native support
Mouse acceleration No native support
Mouse input in menus Native support
Mouse Y-axis inversion Not applicable
Controller support No native support

Audio settings[edit]

Audio options Native Notes
Separate volume controls Native support Music and sound.
Surround sound Not applicable
Subtitles Native support
Closed captions No native support
Mute on focus lost No native support


Language UI Audio CC Notes
English Native support Native support Native support

Issues fixed[edit]

Frame rate is too high[edit]

Fix Enable vsync

Information Turning on Vsync in the general settings will prevent unnecessary frame renders.

Fix Enable frame rate cap

Information Turning on the frame rate cap in the general settings caps the frame rate at 60.

Performance issues[edit]

Fix Disable dynamic backgrounds

Advantage Switching off the dynamic background option can have a major, positive effect on performance.[2]
Information 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]

Fix Delete libstdc++.so.6

Information The game path on Ubuntu is usually ~/.steam/steam/SteamApps/common/FTL Faster Than Light/
Delete libstdc++.so.6 from <path-to-game>/data/amd64/lib and <path-to-game>/data/x86/lib[3]

Pixelated Graphics (Windows)[edit]

Information Problem associated with older laptop graphics cards.

Fix Run as Administrator

  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.


Information Right-click on the game executable and select 'Run as Administrator' to test this fix.

Fix Update graphics card drivers

Information Can usually be obtained from laptop manufacturer websites.

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

Fix Fix

  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.


Information Problem associated with higher DPI settings.

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
Information Some integrated Intel HD graphics cards have been known to work but are not officially supported.[4]
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. Primer comments on FTL release today: everything you need to know - /r/games
  3. Starting the game logs me out of my computer - Steam Community discussions
  4. Official FAQ