Command & Conquer: Red Alert 3

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Command & Conquer: Red Alert 3
Command & Conquer: Red Alert 3 cover
EA Los Angeles
macOS (OS X) TransGaming Inc.[1][2]
Electronic Arts
SAGE 2.0
Release dates
Windows October 28, 2008
macOS (OS X) (Cider) March 24, 2009
Command & Conquer: Red Alert 3 guide on StrategyWiki
Command & Conquer: Red Alert 3 on Wikipedia


GameSpy online services have been shut down (see Network for solutions).
Command & Conquer
Command & Conquer 1995
Command & Conquer: Red Alert 1996
Command & Conquer: Tiberian Sun 1999
Command & Conquer: Red Alert 2 2000
Command & Conquer: Renegade 2002
Command & Conquer: Generals 2003
Command & Conquer 3: Tiberium Wars 2007
Command & Conquer: Red Alert 3 2008
Command & Conquer: Red Alert 3 - Uprising 2009
Command & Conquer 4: Tiberian Twilight 2010
Command & Conquer: Remastered TBA

Key points

Small but dedicated community.
Frame rate is capped at 30 FPS.

General information

C&C:Online - fan-hosted multiplayer server replacement
EA's Official Command & Conquer site
Official Forums for game series
Command & Conquer Wiki - A wiki for everything Command & Conquer-related
Steam Community Discussions


Source DRM Notes Keys OS
Disc check (requires the CD/DVD in the drive to play)
CD key
Requires online activation
Can only be used x times
SecuROM 7, SecuROM PA, and SecuROM DFA DRM.
Five machine activation limit.
A De-Authorization Tool is available, and an in-built option is available as of patch 1.05.
Can be redeemed on Origin through the client.
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macOS (OS X)
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Included with Origin Access Basic.
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Bundled with other games in the franchise up to Tiberian Twilight.
Included with Origin Access Basic.
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Essential improvements[edit]

Skip intro videos[edit]

Delete or rename movie files[3]
  1. Go to <path-to-game>\Data\Movies\.
  2. Delete or rename RA3_EA_logo.vp6, RA3_Gameplay_720p.vp6, and RedAlertLogo.vp6.

Command & Conquer Ultimate Collection Fixed Launchers (Origin)[edit]

An unofficial patch that provides a slight enhancement to the default launchers provided with the Command & Conquer: The Ultimate Collection version (fixes registry entries and allows command line arguments to function properly).

It can be downloaded from the developer's site.


Red Alert 3 Paradox:

An expansion/overhaul mod, with entirely rebalanced gameplay, expanded factions, new gametypes, graphical overhauls, and five new factions; stealth-based Confederate Revolutionaries, tower defense-inspired Atomic Kingdom of China, economy-focused Mediterranean Syndicate, Order of the Talon and Electrical Protectorate.

The Red Alert:

The original Red Alert recreated in the SAGE 2.0 engine

Red Alert 3: Shock Therapy:

A partial mod conversion of Command & Conquer: Red Alert 3. This mod tries to fix, improve and add content which vanilla Red Alert 3 missed, forgot, or unable to do.

Which ranges from:

  • Missing features from older RA titles
  • Graphical improvements
  • Sound and particle effects
  • Balance changes
  • Addition of new/campaign only units.

Game data[edit]

In-game general settings.
In-game general settings.

Configuration file(s) location[edit]

System Location
Windows %APPDATA%\Red Alert 3\Profiles\<user-id>\
macOS (OS X)
Linux (Proton) <Steam-folder>/steamapps/compatdata/17480/pfx/[Note 1]

Save game data location[edit]

System Location
Windows %USERPROFILE%\Saved Games\Red Alert 3\
macOS (OS X)
Linux (Proton) <Steam-folder>/steamapps/compatdata/17480/pfx/[Note 1]

Save game cloud syncing[edit]

System Native Notes
Only available through The Ultimate Collection version
Steam Cloud

Video settings[edit]

In-game video settings.
In-game video settings.
Graphics feature State WSGF Notes
Widescreen resolution
For unlisted resolutions see Widescreen resolution.
Position affects gameplay. Disable non-primary displays to fix black screen on startup.
4K Ultra HD
Field of view (FOV)
Use Flawless Widescreen.
Use -win parameter.
Borderless fullscreen windowed
Use Borderless Gaming.
Anisotropic filtering (AF)
See the glossary page for potential workarounds.
Anti-aliasing (AA)
Vertical sync (Vsync)
60 FPS and 120+ FPS
Frame rate is capped at 30 FPS.

Widescreen resolution[edit]

Set resolution[citation needed]
  1. Go to %APPDATA%\Red Alert 3\Profiles\<user-id>\
  2. Open options.ini.
  3. Change Resolution 800 600 to your desired resolution.

Input settings[edit]

In-game key map settings.
In-game key map settings.
Keyboard and mouse State Notes
Mouse acceleration
Mouse sensitivity
For scroll speed.
Mouse input in menus
Mouse Y-axis inversion
Controller support
See the glossary page for potential workarounds.

Audio settings[edit]

In-game audio settings.
In-game audio settings.
Audio feature State Notes
Separate volume controls
Surround sound
Only supports Stereo audio.
Closed captions
Mute on focus lost


Language UI Audio Sub Notes
Translation were bad. Subtitle sync is totally wrong. Many of them solved at 1.07 patch but still bunch of issues exists. There is user patch to improve translation.


In-game network settings.
In-game network settings.

Multiplayer types

Type Native Players Notes
LAN play
6 Versus
Skirmish vs. AI only; campaign co-op requires online.
Online play
6 Versus, Co-op
Official servers have been shut down. Possible with CNC online.

Connection types


Protocol Port(s) and/or port range(s)
TCP 80, 3783, 4321, 6660-6669, 28900, 29900, 29901
UDP 6515, 6500, 13139, 27900
Universal Plug and Play (UPnP) support status is unknown.

Issues fixed[edit]

Game does not start (Origin, The Ultimate Collection)[edit]

Disable Origin In Game[citation needed]
  1. Select the My Games tab in Origin.
  2. Right-click Red Alert 3/Uprising and select "Game Properties".
  3. Check the "Disable Origin in Game for this game" option.
  4. Click OK and launch the game.

Other information[edit]


Technical specs Supported Notes
Direct3D 9
OS X only.
Shader Model support 3
64-bit executable


Middleware Notes
Multiplayer GameSpy

System requirements[edit]

Minimum Recommended
Operating system (OS) XP
Processor (CPU) AMD Athlon XP 2200+
Intel Pentium 4 2.2 GHz
System memory (RAM) 1 GB
Hard disk drive (HDD) 10 GB
Video card (GPU) ATI Radeon X1800
Nvidia GeForce 6800
DirectX 9.0c compatible


  1. 1.0 1.1 File/folder structure within this directory reflects the path(s) listed for Windows and/or Steam game data (use Wine regedit to access Windows registry paths). Games with Steam Cloud support may store data in ~/.steam/steam/userdata/<user-id>/17480/ in addition to or instead of this directory. The app ID (17480) may differ in some cases. Treat backslashes as forward slashes. See the glossary page for details.