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 Steam Charts
FTL: Faster Than Light at SteamDB
 FTL: Faster Than Light at Wikipedia

Key points

Disadvantage The game is limited to the resolution of 1280x720 and exhibits issues on both lower and higher resolutions.

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.


[edit] Availability

Source(s) Store unlock Notes
Developer Website DRM-free Steamicon.png
Amazon.com DRM-free / Steamicon.png
Humble Store DRM-freeSteamicon.png
GOG.com DRM-free 5 songs from the soundtrack, a mini-artbook, some wallpapers & avatars.
Steam Steamicon.png

[edit] Game data

[edit] Configuration file(s) location

Windows <path-to-game>\
OS X ~/Library/Application Support/FasterThanLight/
Linux ~/.local/share/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.

[edit] Save game data location

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

[edit] Quicksaving

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.

[edit] Save game cloud syncing

System Native Notes
Steam Cloud Native
GameSave Manager Native

[edit] Video settings

General settings.
Graphics option Option WSGF Notes
Widescreen resolution Native WSGF WS Silver.png See Widescreen resolution.
Multi-monitor Impossible WSGF MM Silver.png
Ultra-widescreen Impossible WSGF UW Silver.png
Windowed Native
Borderless fullscreen windowed Hackable See Borderless fullscreen windowed.
Anti-aliasing (AA) Impossible
Vertical sync (Vsync) Native
High frame rate Native Disable Frame Limit in-game.
Color blind mode Native

[edit] Widescreen resolution

Information Allows for either letter-boxing to 16:9 or stretching.
Disadvantage The game is designed for the resolution of 1280x720 and is not meant to work in lower resolutions. A later released patch has added experimental support for scaling the game to fit smaller resolutions.[2] This however requires a recent enough graphics card with support for the relevant features.

Fix Change the resolution in settings.ini[3]Link

Information More information on what values to use on the FTL forums.
  1. Navigate to the configuration file(s) location and open settings.ini.
  2. Find the line manual and set it to 1.
  3. Find the lines screen_x and screen_y.
  4. Change their values to the desired width and height respectively.

[edit] Borderless fullscreen windowed

Fix Change the windowed resolution to match your desktopLink

  1. First, follow the instructions in "Change the resolution in settings.ini", setting the resolution to match your full desktop resolution.
  2. In addition to those changes, set windowed and stretched to 1.
  3. Start the game using one of the available borderless fullscreen solutions. This was tested using the AutoHotkey method.

[edit] Input settings

Input settings.
Keyboard and mouse Native Notes
Remapping Native
Mouse acceleration Impossible
Mouse input in menus Native
Controller support Impossible

[edit] Audio settings

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

[edit] Issues fixed

[edit] Framerate is too high

Fix Enable vsyncLink

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

Fix Enable frame rate capLink

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

[edit] Performance issues

Fix Disable dynamic backgroundsLink

Advantage Switching off the dynamic background option can have a major, positive effect on performance.[4]
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.

[edit] Ubuntu logs off at game startup

Fix Delete libstdc++.so.6Link

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[5]

[edit] System requirements

Operating system (OS) XP, Vista, 7
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 Windows 8 is not officially supported.[6]
Information Some integrated Intel HD graphics cards have been known to work but are not officially supported.[6]
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. FTL Version 1.02.5 Live - FTLgame.com
  3. Resolution Half-way Point (Solution) - FTLgame.com
  4. Primer comments on FTL release today: everything you need to know - /r/games
  5. Starting the game logs me out of my computer - Steam Community discussions
  6. 6.0 6.1 Official FAQ

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