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Team Fractal Alligator
macOS (OS X) Ethan Lee
Linux Ethan Lee
Surprise Attack Games
Windows (alternate) XNA[2]
Release dates
Windows August 12, 2015
OS X December 18, 2015
Linux December 18, 2015

General information

GOG.com Community Discussions
GOG.com Support Page
Steam Community Discussions
Official Website


Source DRM Notes Keys OS
Humble Store
A free alpha version is available.

Game data[edit]

Configuration file(s) location[edit]

System Location
Windows <path-to-game>\Settings.txt
macOS (OS X) ~/Library/Application Support/Hacknet/Settings.txt
Linux $XDG_CONFIG_HOME/Hacknet/Settings.txt

Save game data location[edit]

System Location
Windows <path-to-game>\Accounts
macOS (OS X) ~/Library/Application Support/Hacknet/Accounts
Linux $XDG_DATA_HOME/Hacknet/Accounts
Steam <Steam-folder>/userdata/<user-id>/365450/remote/
Game installation folder is used by the Steam version in rare cases when the game cannot access the primary location.[3]
This game follows the XDG Base Directory Specification on Linux.

Save game cloud syncing[edit]

System Native Notes
GOG Galaxy
Steam Cloud

Video settings[edit]

General settings.
General settings.


Modify settings file[3]
  1. Go to the installation folder.
  2. Open Settings.txt.
  3. Modify the top two lines so they have your desired resolution width and height, respectively.
  4. Save and close the file.

Input settings[edit]

Audio settings[edit]

Audio options Native Notes
Separate volume controls
Sound (togglable only), Music
Surround sound
Always on.
Closed captions
Mute on focus lost
Always enabled.


Language UI Audio CC Notes


Multiplayer types

Type Native Players Notes
LAN play
Online play
2 Available in the alpha versions.[4]

Issues unresolved[edit]

Crash on startup[edit]

Some graphics cards are unable to correctly tell Hacknet what resolution they use.
The developer is working on a permanent solution.
Manually add settings file[5]
  1. Download this backup settings file[offline].
  2. Go to the installation folder.
  3. Copy the file to the folder, overwriting as needed.


See Change in-game resolution for instructions on how to change the resolution listed in Settings.txt.
As the "official" replacement file is offline, create a "Settings" txt-file with the follwing lines to modify resolution, fullscreen etc.:

bloom: true
scanlines: true
muted: false
volume: 0.3
fontConfig: default
hasSaved: True
shouldMultisample: True
defaultLocale: en-us
drawMusicVis: True
Note that the first two lines are the screen resolution, the true/false in the third line is for fullscreen. Using 1008 rather than 1024 solved the "black screen on startup" problem in my case. Adjust resolution accordingly.

Change compatibility settings[5]
  1. Go to the installation folder.
  2. Right-click Hacknet.exe, then click Properties from the menu which appears.
  3. Go to the Compatibility tab.
  4. Check Run in 640x480 resolution and Run this program as an Administrator.
  5. Click OK.


Uncheck Run in 640x480 resolution once you've set your desired resolution in the in-game options menu.

Other information[edit]


Technical specs Supported Notes
Direct3D 9
OpenGL 2.1, 3.0 2.1 support requires a compatible Mac or Linux OS and a graphics card supporting OpenGL 2.1 with ARB extensions.
Shader Model support 2.0
64-bit executable
OS X and Linux only.

System requirements[edit]

Operating system (OS) XP
Processor (CPU) 2.0 GHz
System memory (RAM) 512 MB
Hard disk drive (HDD) 100 MB
Video card (GPU) Nvidia GeForce 8800
AMD Radeon HD4800 series
512 MB of VRAM
Operating system (OS) 10.7.5
Processor (CPU) 2.0 GHz
System memory (RAM) 512 MB
Hard disk drive (HDD) 300 MB
Video card (GPU) OpenGL 3.0 compatible (2.1 with ARB extensions acceptable)
Operating system (OS) glibc 2.15
Processor (CPU) 2.0 GHz
System memory (RAM) 512 MB
Hard disk drive (HDD) 500 MB
Video card (GPU) OpenGL 3.0 compatible (2.1 with ARB extensions acceptable)


  1. Steam Community News - Hacknet FNA Update & Discount
  2. Bug Reports v2 - Report them Here! :: Hacknet General Discussions
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 Tested by Expack3.
  4. Multiplayer? :: Hacknet General Discussions
  5. 5.0 5.1 Steam Community Discussion - Known Issues (with crash on startup workaround)