Doom 3

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Doom 3
Doom 3 cover
id Software
Splash Damage
Resurrection of Evil Nerve Software
macOS (OS X) Aspyr Media
Japan CyberFront
macOS (OS X) Aspyr Media
id Tech 4
Release dates
Windows August 3, 2004
Linux October 5, 2004
macOS (OS X) March 14, 2005
Doom 3 guide at StrategyWiki
Doom 3 at Wikipedia
Doom (1993) 1993
Doom II: Hell on Earth 1994
Final Doom 1996
Doom 3 2004
Doom 64 EX 2011
Doom 3: BFG Edition 2012
Doom (2016) 2016
Doom VFR 2017

This page is for the original Doom 3. For the BFG Edition, see Doom 3: BFG Edition.

General information

Doom Wiki
Steam Community Discussions
Steam Community Discussions for expansion pack


Source DRM Notes Keys OS
Disc check (requires the CD/DVD in the drive to play)
Disc check removed in Patch 1.2.[1]
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DRM details are not known
macOS (OS X)
Green Man Gaming
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Humble Store
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Mac App Store
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Updated for Intel Mac compatibility
macOS (OS X)
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Downloadable content (DLC) and expansions

Name Notes
Doom 3: Resurrection of Evil

Essential improvements[edit]


Patch 1.3.1 updates retail versions to the latest version. Digital distribution versions are already patched.

Co-op mod[edit]

The OpenCoop Mod allows up to 4 players to play through the entire game + expansion pack together. Works both online and LAN.

It also adds in challenge maps, and 42 custom maps.

Patch 1.3.1 is required for this mod.

Game data[edit]

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

Configuration file(s) location[edit]

System Location
Windows <path-to-game>\base
macOS (OS X)
This game does not follow the XDG Base Directory Specification on Linux.

Save game data location[edit]

System Location
Windows <path-to-game>\base\savegames
macOS (OS X)

Save game cloud syncing[edit]

System Native Notes
Steam Cloud
Syncs save games.

Video settings[edit]

In-game general video/audio settings.
In-game general video/audio settings.
In-game advanced video settings.
In-game advanced video settings.
Graphics option Option WSGF Notes
Widescreen resolution
See Widescreen resolution.
See the WSGF entry.
See Widescreen resolution.
4K Ultra HD
Enable nvidia DSR in the Nvidia Control Panel. Under the Manage 3D settings section.
Field of view (FOV)
Use g_fov X in console (Default 90). Doom 3: Redux adds an FOV slider.
Borderless fullscreen windowed
Anisotropic filtering (AF)
Controlled by Video Quality setting - See Anisotropic filtering (AF).
Anti-aliasing (AA)
Up to 16x MSAA
Vertical sync (Vsync)
60 FPS
120+ FPS
Frame rate is capped at 60 FPS.[2]

Widescreen resolution[edit]

Widescreen resolutions[3]
This method assumes you have the latest patch. It involves setting a game var that did not exist in the earliest retail versions.
  1. Go to <path-to-game>\base\
  2. Edit DoomConfig.cfg.
  3. Find these lines:seta r_customHeight "xxx" seta r_customWidth "xxxx". Change the x's to set your resolution.
  4. Now find this line: seta r_mode "x". Change the "x" to "-1".
  5. Find this line: seta r_aspectRatio "x". If your screen aspect ratio is 16:9, change the "x" to "1". If your screen aspect ratio is 16:10 or 15:9, change the "x" to "2".


If you cannot find any of these lines in your DoomConfig.cfg file, add them manually.
These values can be set in the command console. Omit seta when doing so, and use vid_restart to apply changes.

Anisotropic filtering (AF)[edit]

Changing Anisotropic filtering[citation needed]

In Doom 3, anisotropic filtering is bound with "Video Quality" option. Therefore:

  • Low Quality - Disabled Anisotropic Filtering
  • Medium Quality - Anisotropic Filtering x1 (?)
  • High Quality - Anisotropic Filtering x8
  • Ultra Quality - Anisotropic Filtering x8

It's possible to set up custom amount of anistropic filtering.

  1. In order to do it, open a console, by pressing Ctrl+Alt+~.
  2. Type in image_anisotropy X, where X is a value between 1-8.
  3. To apply new settings, type in vid_restart, to restart the renderer.

Tweaking video settings[edit]

TweakGuides has created a comprehensive guide for tweaking the game. It can be found here.

It is possible to easily change many things in the game simply by modifying text files located in doom 3/base/pak000.pk4 (.pk4 files can be opened with 7-Zip or similar programs). For example, to turn on plasma gun projectile shadows, go to "materials" folder, open "" (use WordPad or other text editor), search for "plasmaglow" and delete the "noshadows" line under it, then save the changes. Particularly the "def" folder contains definitions of monster health, gun damage, ammunition amount and lots of other tweakable game values.

Input settings[edit]

In-game key map settings.
In-game key map settings.
Keyboard and mouse Native Notes
Mouse acceleration
Mouse Smoothness in menu, no other acceleration.
Mouse sensitivity
Mouse input in menus
Mouse Y-axis inversion
Controller support

Audio settings[edit]

Audio options Native Notes
Separate volume controls
Surround sound
5.1 (software), 7.1 (EAX hardware accelerated)[4]
Closed captions
Mute on focus lost
EAX support
EAX 4[4] (Patch 1.3 and OpenAL required[5]). DirectSound otherwise.[6]


Language UI Audio CC Notes
Only available in Polish retail release.
Only available in Russian retail release.


Multiplayer types

Type Native Players Notes
Local play
Use Doom 3 Splitscreen Edition mod.
LAN play
16 Co-op, Versus
Use the OpenCoop mod (alpha) for 4-player co-op.
Online play
16 Co-op, Versus
Use the OpenCoop mod (alpha) for 4-player co-op.

Connection types


Protocol Port(s) and/or port range(s)
TCP (outbound) 27650, 27666
UDP (outbound) 27650, 27666

VR support[edit]

3D modes Native Notes
Native 3D
Nvidia 3D Vision
TriDef 3D
Devices Native Notes
Tracked motion controllers
Razer Hydra.[citation needed]
3RD Space Gaming Vest
Novint Falcon
The official game-specific 3D Touch Add On (Base game) (Resurrection of Evil expansion) is required.

Issues fixed[edit]

Textures are low-resolution, even on Ultra quality[edit]

Configuration Files[citation needed]
1. Go to <path-to-game>/base/
2. Create a new file called autoexec.cfg.
3. Add the following lines to the new autoexec.cfg file:
seta r_renderer "best"
seta image_ignoreHighQuality "0"
seta image_downSizeBump "0"
seta image_downSizeSpecular "0"
seta image_usePrecompressedTextures "0"
seta image_useNormalCompression "0"
seta image_useCompression "0"
seta image_roundDown "0"
seta image_downSize "0"
seta image_lodbias "-2"
seta image_anisotropy "16"
seta image_filter "GL_LINEAR_MIPMAP_LINEAR"
seta com_purgeAll "1"
seta com_machineSpec "3"
seta com_allowConsole "1"
seta g_showBrass "1"
seta g_doubleVision "1"
seta g_bloodEffects "1"
seta g_projectileLights "1"
seta g_muzzleFlash "1"
4. Save the file.

Micro stuttering[edit]

Configuration Files[citation needed]
1. Add the following lines to the autoexec.cfg file:
seta r_swapInterval "1"
seta com_fixedTic "1"
2. Save the file and start the game.
Doom 3's tickrate is capped at 60FPS. com_fixedTic 1 removes the cap.

Performance improving for low-end systems[edit]

Configuration Files[citation needed]
  1. Open DoomConfig.cfg file
  2. seta image_useCache "1"
  3. Set image_cacheMegs to about 1/4 of your total system RAM.
  4. Set image_cacheMinK = "image_cacheMegs" * 128
  5. Save the file and start the game.
Assuming you have 1 GB of system RAM:
seta image_useCache "1"
seta image_cacheMegs "256"
seta image_cacheMinK "32768"

Other information[edit]


Visit GameFAQs for list of cheats.


Technical specs Supported Notes
OpenGL 2.0
64-bit executable
OS X and Linux only.[citation needed]


Middleware Notes
Multiplayer PunkBuster

Disable head bob[edit]

Disable head bob[citation needed]
1. Create a new autoexec.cfg file in <path-to-game>\base.
2. Paste the following commands:
seta pm_runbob "0"
seta pm_runpitch "0"
seta pm_runroll "0"
seta pm_walkbob "0"
seta pm_bobpitch "0"
seta pm_bobroll "0"
seta pm_bobup "0"
seta pm_crouchbob "0"
3. Save the file.

Linux Installation[edit]

To install Doom 3 on Linux create a doom3 folder and then copy the following retail pk4 files to your doom3/base folder:


If installing the expansion pack you must also copy the following retail pk4 to your <path-to-game>/d3xp folder:


After copying all pk4 files to your hard drive run the Linux patch and direct it to your doom3 folder. You can start the game with the command: doom3. To launch the expansion use: doom3 +set fs_game d3xp

For Arch Linux, two PKGBUILDs are available in the AUR for Doom 3; one that builds from source and one that provides a binary (if keeping to the Arch Way, you should prefer to build from source).

Do note that OSS has been disabled in later Ubuntu distros, and it is not likely that sound will work correctly (if at all). Pulse Audio OSS wrapper (padsp) or Alsa OSS (aoss) need to be installed in this case.

Mod Support[edit]

Doom 3 has a small, but very knowledgeable mod community that is still very active and covers most id tech based games.

Tools and Information[edit]

  • Doom 3 World - An unofficial id tech community
  • Modwiki - An unofficial id tech informational wiki created by members of Doom 3 World
  • iddevnet - Official, but limited, Doom 3/Quake 4 informational site

Doom 3 Mod Lists[edit]

Total Conversions[edit]

The Dark Mod is a total conversion for Doom 3, turning it into a dark and moody stealth game inspired by the Thief series.

Open Source Engine[edit]

The source code to the engine was released under the GPL license in November 2011. There have since been several modifications. You can view the different branches and changes, as well as download them, from the github repository, if you are willing to compile the code yourself. The same group that worked on ioquake3 has said they will add features to the code and release compiled binaries under the title iodoom3. You will have to obtain the art assets separately.

Another available source port is dhewm3, which adds 64-bit support, EFX on all platforms, and other features.

System requirements[edit]

Minimum Recommended
Operating system (OS) 2000 XP
Processor (CPU) Intel Pentium IV 1.5 GHz
AMD Athlon XP 1500+
System memory (RAM) 384 MB
Hard disk drive (HDD) 2.2 GB
Video card (GPU) 64 MB of VRAM
DirectX 9.0b compatible
macOS (OS X)
Minimum Recommended
Operating system (OS) 10.6.8
Processor (CPU) Intel Core 2 Duo 1.8 GHz
System memory (RAM) 1 GB 2 GB
Hard disk drive (HDD) 2 GB
Video card (GPU) ATI Radeon x1600
NVidia GeForce 7300
128 MB of VRAM
Minimum Recommended
Operating system (OS) 2.4 kernel 2.6 kernel
Processor (CPU) 1 GHz or higher
System memory (RAM) 256 MB
Hard disk drive (HDD) 2.2 GB
Video card (GPU) OpenGL hardware acceleration
64 MB of VRAM
Supported AMD Radeon chipsets: 8500, 9000, 9200, 9500, 9600, 9700, 9800, X1600, X1900, 2400XT, 2600, 3870, 4670, 4850, 5670, 5750, 5770, 5870, 6630, 6750, 6970
Supported Nvidia chipsets: GeForce 3/Ti series, GeForce 4MX series, GeForce 4/Ti series, GeForce FX series, GeForce 6800, 7300, 7600, 8600, 8800, 9400, 9600, GT 120, 320M, 330M
The game supports Intel HD Graphics 3000 and greater
The game does not support the GMA 950 and GMA X3100 integrated video chipsets


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  2. Doom 3 Engine Games and why i got banned from 3drealms...... - Forums
  3. Doom 3 | Widescreen Gaming Forum
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  5. Games: Doom3 - Creative Labs: Connect (retrieved)
  6. PC Gaming Surround Sound Round-up