Grand Theft Auto III

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Grand Theft Auto III
Grand Theft Auto III cover
Rockstar North
macOS (OS X) TransGaming Inc.
Rockstar Games
Japan Capcom
Release dates
Windows May 20, 2002
macOS (OS X) November 12, 2010
Grand Theft Auto III guide at StrategyWiki
Grand Theft Auto III at Wikipedia
Grand Theft Auto
Grand Theft Auto 1997
Grand Theft Auto 2 1999
Grand Theft Auto III 2002
Grand Theft Auto: Vice City 2003
Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas 2005
Grand Theft Auto IV 2008
Grand Theft Auto: Episodes from Liberty City 2010
Grand Theft Auto V 2015

Key points

SilentPatch is essential to avoid a number of serious glitches which may prevent 100% game completion.
Features the ability to import your music for your own custom radio station.
Exceeding 30 FPS introduces gameplay and physics-related issues.

General information

Rockstar Games's Official site
Rockstar Games's Official Grand Theft Auto site
Steam Community Discussions
GTAForums - Grand Theft Auto III Discussion.
Grand Theft Wiki
GTA Network - A huge network of fansites all dedicated to the Grand Theft Auto series


Source DRM Notes Keys OS
Disc check (requires the CD/DVD in the drive to play)
SafeDisc v2 DRM[Note 1]. See SilentPatch to run without CD.
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macOS (OS X)
Green Man Gaming
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macOS (OS X)
Humble Store
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macOS (OS X)
Mac App Store
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macOS (OS X)
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macOS (OS X)

Essential improvements[edit]


Many fixes of this patch has been included in SilentPatch and the v1.1 executable may cause incompatibility with other fixes.

Patch 1.1 fixes several bugs. Most digital distribution versions already include this patch.

Skip intro videos[edit]

Although this mod was made for Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas, it also works on Grand Theft Auto III as well.
Use No Intro Mod[3]
  1. Download the mod here.
  2. Extract the movie folder from the archive, then copy this folder to <path-to-game>, replacing the video files. For the German version, you may need to duplicate GTAtitles.mpg within the mod's folder and rename the copied video as GTAtitlesGER.mpg.
  3. Now launch the game. The blank videos should skip the intro and launch straight into the game.

ThirteenAG's Widescreen Fix[edit]

A v1.0 executable is recommended.
For multi-monitor support, SilentPatch is required.[4]
Fixes issues such as broken in-game widescreen and HUD scaling in higher resolutions.
Adds adjustable FOV, MSAA support for the non-Steam version, and uses D3D8to9 wrapper.
Use ThirteenAG's Widescreen Fix[5]
  1. Download ThirteenAG's Widescreen Fix here.
  2. Extract the GTA3.WidescreenFix folder from the zip archive, then copy the d3d8.dll file and scripts folder into <path-to-game>. If you are using SkyGfx, rename Widescreen Fix's d3d8.dll to dinput8.dll to avoid breaking SkyGfx's features.
  3. (Optional) Download the Widescreen Frontend from the drop down menu where you downloaded ThirteenAG's Widescreen Fix above, then extract the contents of the zip archive and copy them into <path-to-game>, overwriting any files in the process.


Fixes numerous bugs and oversights introduced in the PC version, and restores censored content cut from the French and German versions.
Copying the AUDIO folder from the "PLAY" disc into <path-to-game> allows the game to be playable without the CD when using Silent Patch.
Install SilentPatch[6]
  1. Download the and files here.
  2. Extract the contents of archive, then copy the models folder and SilentPatchIII.asi into <path-to-game>, overwriting any files in the process.
  3. Extract the contents of archive, then copy ddraw.dll into <path-to-game>.


Requires the D3D8to9 wrapper from Ultimate ASI Loader (included in ThirteenAG's Widescreen Fix) and currently only works with a v1.0 executable.
Features the ability to restore the visual aesthetics of the RenderWare engine from the console versions.
Install SkyGfx[7]
  1. Download SkyGfx here, then extract the rwd3d9.dll into <path-to-game>, then extract the skygfx.asi and place it <path-to-game>\scripts (create a scripts folder if it does not already exist in <path-to-game>).
  2. Go into the III folder extracted from the archive, then extract the neo folder and skygfx.ini into <path-to-game>\scripts folder.


Adds full XInput and DualShock 3 controller support and restores haptic feedback from console versions.
Features various controller tweaks and settings such as X/Y axis inversion to alternate control schemes.
Install GInput[8]
  1. Download GInput here.
  2. Extract the contents of the archive, then place the models folder into <path-to-game>, overwriting any files in the process, and then place the GInput.asi and GInput.ini files into the <path-to-game>.
  3. Now launch the game with your desired controller plugged in. You should now be able to play the game with your controller.

Game data[edit]

Configuration file(s) location[edit]

System Location
Windows %USERPROFILE%\Documents\GTA3 User Files\gta3.set
macOS (OS X)
Linux (Proton) <Steam-folder>/steamapps/compatdata/12100/pfx/[Note 2]
Configuration file is encrypted.

Save game data location[edit]

System Location
Windows %USERPROFILE%\Documents\GTA3 User Files\GTA3sf*.b
macOS (OS X) ~/Documents/GTA3 User Files/
Linux (Proton) <Steam-folder>/steamapps/compatdata/12100/pfx/[Note 2]

Save game cloud syncing[edit]

System Native Notes
Steam Cloud

Video settings[edit]

In-game video settings.
In-game video settings.
Graphics option Option WSGF Notes
Widescreen resolution
See Widescreen resolution.
Requires SilentPatch.
Use ThirteenAG's Widescreen Fix.
4K Ultra HD
Use ThirteenAG's Widescreen Fix.
Field of view (FOV)
Can be adjusted in ThirteenAG's Widescreen Fix or with Racer_S's FOV Hack.
See Windowed.
Borderless fullscreen windowed
See Windowed.
Anisotropic filtering (AF)
Can be hacked through video card settings.
Anti-aliasing (AA)
Use ThirteenAG's Widescreen Fix to enable MSAA.[9] Post-process anti-aliasing such as FXAA is also possible.
Vertical sync (Vsync)
Called Frame Sync. Enabling Frame Limiter caps the game to 30 FPS unless modded.
60 FPS and 120+ FPS
Exceeding 30 FPS can introduce technical issues.

Widescreen resolution[edit]

Only 16:9 aspect-ratio is supported as other resolutions are stretched, however, the in-game Widescreen setting causes issues such as stretched HUD, cuts off parts of the image (Vert-), and misaligned aiming. Use ThirteenAG's Widescreen Fix for proper widescreen support.


Install ThirteenAG's Widescreen Fix, then create a wndmode.ini file in <path-to-game>[10]
Use D3DWindower[citation needed]

Input settings[edit]

The game features two control styles: Standard features modernized controls to accommodate keyboard and mouse, while Classic is based on the original control style of the console versions.
In-game key map settings.
In-game key map settings.
In-game mouse settings.
In-game mouse settings.
Keyboard and mouse Native Notes
Mouse acceleration
Mouse sensitivity
Setting doesn't save in 1.0 version.
Mouse input in menus
Mouse Y-axis inversion
Controller support
Uses DirectInput. For XInput and DualShock 3 controller support, use GInput.
Full controller support
Skipping intros requires keyboard unless the No Intro Mod is used.
Controller remapping
Only for DirectInput controllers. For XInput controllers, GInput features five presets, featuring configurations based on the console versions and Grand Theft Auto IV.
Controller sensitivity
Install GInput and adjust sensitivity options in GInputIII.ini.
Controller Y-axis inversion
Install GInput, then open GInputIII.ini and change the line InvertLook to 1. X and Y axis inputs can also be inverted with GInput.
Controller types
XInput-compatible controllers
Install GInput for better XInput support.
Xbox button prompts
For Xbox controller prompts, use GInput.
Impulse Trigger vibration
DualShock 4 controllers
Possible via GInput and using a XInput wrapper such as DS4Windows.
DualShock button prompts
Install GInput, then open GInputIII.ini and change the line PlayStationButtons to 1 to enable PlayStation 2 prompts.
Light bar support
Connection modes unknown
Tracked motion controllers
Generic/other controllers
Button prompts Input settings icon - Generic Controller.svg
Buttons are referenced by numbers. Install GInput to add Xbox and PlayStation 2 prompts.
Additional information
Controller hotplugging
Only for the same type of controller plugged in initially from launch.[11]
Haptic feedback
Requires GInput.
Simultaneous controller+KB/M

Audio settings[edit]

In-game audio settings.
In-game audio settings.
Audio options Native Notes
Separate volume controls
Surround sound
Up to 7.0 output[12] May require DirectSound 3D restoration software.
Closed captions
Mute on focus lost
EAX support
RSX 3D Audio A3D 1.0, A3D 2.0[13] & EAX 1, EAX 3[14][15]


Language UI Audio Sub Notes
Fan translation, download.
Retail only. Made by publisher.
Brazilian Portuguese
Fan translation, download.
1) Retail only. Patch for digital release here.
2) Fan voice-over by «GTA: Правильный перевод».
Fan translation, download.


Dedicated multiplayer maps can be restored with a mod

Multiplayer types

Connection types

VR support[edit]

3D modes Native GG3D Notes

Issues fixed[edit]

Game refuses to start[edit]

Fix Data Execution Prevention setting[citation needed]

Ensure Data Execution Prevention (DEP) is set to the default (Windows programs and services only).

"Cannot find 640x480 video mode" error[edit]

Download fixed GTA III/GTA VC DDraw Component and put the ddraw.dll in <path-to-game>[17]

"Game requires at least 12MB of available video memory" error[edit]

Download fixed GTA III/GTA VC DDraw Component and put the ddraw.dll in <path-to-game>[18]

Game freezes at loading[edit]

Delete gta3.set[citation needed]
Turn the in-game Frame Limiter setting on[citation needed]

Vehicles are missing colors[edit]

Install Steam Car Colour Fix[citation needed]

Wonky physics while walking on sloped surfaces[edit]

Turn on the frame limiter[19]

Inaccurate aiming[edit]

Using the in-game widescreen setting causes the player's actual aiming sight to be slightly above and to the right of the displayed crosshairs.
Install ThirteenAG's Widescreen Fix[citation needed]

Missing text in menus[edit]

Install SilentPatch[citation needed]

Bad lighting, reflections, shadow mapping[edit]

Install SilentPatch[citation needed]

Purple Nines gang has vanished[edit]

Mouse sensitivity resets after restart[edit]

Low violence gameplay with some keyboard layouts[edit]

Includes ar-EG, de-AT, en-AU, es-ES, fr-CA, qu-PE, se-FI, sr-SP, zh-HK[22]
Install SilentPatch

The game asking for the CD, even when all files are copied from the disc or was installed via Steam[edit]

Alchemy doesn't restore EAX[edit]

Other information[edit]


Technical specs Supported Notes
Direct3D 8 For Direct3D 9 support, use ThirteenAG's Widescreen Fix.
Shader Model support 1.4
64-bit executable


Middleware Notes
Audio Miles Sound System 6.1c


OpenRW is an open source game engine that attempts to re-implement the engine used in classic GTA 3, Vice City and San Andreas in order to ensure a better compatibility with modern system and playable in the future. It currently supports only GTA 3 and it is currently not finished yet, however you can still play the game with it. Bear in mind that you need to compile it from its source code, instructions and requirements are available


Frequently used plugins[edit]

  • CLEO - Popular script extender used by lots of sophisticated mods.
  • IMG Manager V2.0 - Beta version of the most bug-free .img files manager
  • IMG Factory 1.2 - An alternative .img file manager to the above.

Featured mods[edit]

System requirements[edit]

Minimum Recommended
Operating system (OS) 98, ME, 2000, XP
Processor (CPU) AMD Athlon 500 MHz
Intel Pentium III 450 MHz
AMD Athlon 700 MHz
Intel Pentium III 700 MHz
System memory (RAM) 96 MB 128 MB
Hard disk drive (HDD) 700 MB
Video card (GPU) Direct3D compatible
16 MB of VRAM
DirectX 8.1 compatible
32 MB of VRAM
Sound (audio device) DirectX compatible
macOS (OS X)
Operating system (OS) 10.6.8
Processor (CPU) Intel Core 2 Duo
System memory (RAM) 1 GB
Hard disk drive (HDD) 1.5 GB
Video card (GPU) ATI Radeon X1600
Nvidia GeForce 7300 GT
Intel GMA X3100
Other This game will NOT run on PowerPC (G3/G4/G5) based Mac systems (PowerMac)


  1. SafeDisc retail DRM does not work on Windows 10[1] and is disabled by default on Windows Vista, Windows 7, Windows 8, and Windows 8.1 when the KB3086255 update is installed.[2]
  2. 2.0 2.1 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>/12100/ in addition to or instead of this directory. The app ID (12100) may differ in some cases. Treat backslashes as forward slashes. See the glossary page for details.


  1. Not Loading in Windows 10; this will break thousands of - Microsoft Community - last accessed on 2017-01-16
  2. Microsoft - MS15-097: Description of the security update for the graphics component in Windows: September 8, 2015 - last accessed on 2018-02-16
  3. Verified by User:AmethystViper on May 21, 2018
  4. SilentPatch - Page 101 - GTAForums
  5. Verified by User:AmethystViper on May 21, 2018
  6. Verified by User:AmethystViper on May 21, 2018
  7. Verified by User:AmethystViper on May 21, 2018
  8. Verified by User:AmethystViper on May 21, 2018
  9. [GTA|NFS|MP|OTHER] Widescreen Fixes Pack - Page 51 - GTAForums
  10. Verified by User:AmethystViper on May 21, 2018
  11. Verified by User:AmethystViper on June 6, 2018
  12. PC Gaming Surround Sound Round-up
  13. GTA3 Sound Quality - Ubisoft Forums
  14. Listening In On Liberty City - (retrieved)
  15. EAX Advanced HD And 6.1 Sound In Games - Tom's Hardware
  16. Verified by User:AmethystViper on May 21, 2018
    Installing these fixes on a clean install of the game fixed the game refusing the start.
  17. Can't find 640x480 video mode FIX :: Steam Community Discussions
  18. Grand Theft Auto III requires at least 12MB of available video memory - Help please?! :: Steam Community Discussions
  19. GTA III bug - Steam Users' Forums (retrieved)
  20. Southside Hoods - Grand Theft Wiki, the GTA wiki
  21. SilentPatch - Page 141 - GTAForums
  22. SilentPatch - Page 167 - GTAForums
  23. SilentPatch - Page 148 - GTAForums - last accessed on August 15, 2018
  24. pc drm - How to fix "please insert disk into the drive" error with the Steam version of GTA 3? - Arqade - last accessed on August 15, 2018
  25. Insert Disk 2 - Help & Support - GTAForums - last accessed on August 15, 2018
  26. Verified by User:AmethystViper on August 15, 2015
    Used CLEO on a clean install of the retail release with the v1.1 patch applied without any other mods and CD check was bypassed
  27. Verified by User:AmethystViper on May 22, 2018