Quake 4

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Quake 4
Quake 4 cover
Raven Software
id Software
Bethesda Softworks
id Tech 4
Release dates
Windows October 18, 2005
Linux October 20, 2005
macOS (OS X) March 24, 2006
Quake 4 guide at StrategyWiki
Quake 4 at Wikipedia
Quake 1996
Quake II 1997
Quake III Arena 1999
Quake 4 2005
Enemy Territory: Quake Wars 2007
Quake Live 2010
Quake Champions TBA

Key points

The game does not properly recognize the available VRAM on modern graphics cards, and as such forces the game to use lower image quality settings. Use Quake 4 Tweaker to resolve.

General information

Quake Wiki - A detailed wiki for every Quake game made.
Planet Quake
GOG.com Community Discussions for game series
GOG.com Support Page
Steam Community Discussions


Source DRM Notes Keys OS
Disc check (requires the CD/DVD in the drive to play)
CD key
SafeDisc v4.60 DRM. Install latest patch to remove disc check.
macOS (OS X)
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Requires online activation
macOS (OS X)
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No online play (LAN only).[1]
Green Man Gaming
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Humble Store
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Mac App Store
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macOS (OS X)
DRM-free after installation through Steam client (see notes)
Can be run without the Steam client.
A free client provided by id allows Quake 4 to be played natively on Linux machines. It requires either a full retail copy or the demo to use it. Details can be found on the GamingOnLinux article.
A faithful higher quality icon can be found from IconArchive.

Essential improvements[edit]


Patch 1.4.2 is the latest version. GOG.com and Steam versions are already patched.

Delay corpses despawning[edit]

Skip intro videos[edit]

Game data[edit]

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

Configuration file(s) location[edit]

System Location
Windows <path-to-game>\q4base\[Note 1]
macOS (OS X) ~/Library/Containers/com.aspyr.quake4appstore/Data/Library/Application Support/Quake 4/q4base
Linux (Proton) <Steam-folder>/steamapps/compatdata/2210/pfx/[Note 2]
This game does not follow the XDG Base Directory Specification on Linux.

Save game data location[edit]

System Location
Windows <path-to-game>\q4base\savegames\[Note 1]
macOS (OS X) ~/Library/Containers/com.aspyr.quake4appstore/Data/Library/Application Support/Quake 4/q4base/savegames
Linux (Proton) <Steam-folder>/steamapps/compatdata/2210/pfx/[Note 2]

Save game cloud syncing[edit]

System Native Notes
GOG Galaxy
Steam Cloud

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.

Anisotropic filtering (AF)[edit]

Set custom anisotropic filtering[citation needed]
  1. Go to the configuration file(s) location.
  2. Create and open autoexec.cfg.
  3. Add seta image_anisotropy 16 for the highest quality.

Input settings[edit]

In-game key map settings.
In-game key map settings.
Keyboard and mouse Native Notes
Mouse acceleration
Disabled by default. Use m_accel 1 in the console to enable.
Mouse sensitivity
Mouse input in menus
Mouse Y-axis inversion
Controller support
See the glossary page for potential workarounds.

Audio settings[edit]

In-game advanced audio settings.
In-game advanced audio settings.
Audio options Native Notes
Separate volume controls
Only a single volume slider.
Surround sound
First enable surround speakers setup in the Windows control panel.[3]
Closed captions
Mute on focus lost
EAX support
EAX 5 (via OpenAL)[4]


Language UI Audio Sub Notes
Only available in the European local retail release.
Only available in Polish retail release.
Only available in Russian retail release.


Multiplayer types

Type Native Players Notes
LAN play
16 Versus
Online play
16 Versus

Connection types


Protocol Port(s) and/or port range(s)
TCP 27650
UDP 27650
Universal Plug and Play (UPnP) support status is unknown.

Issues fixed[edit]

Poor image quality on modern systems[edit]

The game does not properly recognize the available VRAM on modern graphics cards, and as such forces the game to use lower image quality settings.
Force high image quality[citation needed]
  1. Go to the configuration file(s) location.
  2. Create and open autoexec.cfg.
  3. Add the following and save.
seta image_downSize "0"
seta image_downSizeBump "0"
seta image_downSizeSpecular "0"
seta image_filter "GL_LINEAR_MIPMAP_LINEAR"
seta image_ignoreHighQuality "0"
seta image_roundDown "0"
seta image_useCompression "0"
seta image_useNormalCompression "0"
seta image_anisotropy "16"
seta image_lodbias "0"
seta r_renderer "best"
seta com_allowConsole "1"

Steam Overlay doesn't work[edit]

Run the Steam client as administrator[5]
Add registry key[6]
  1. Go to HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\AppCompatFlags\Layers.
  2. Right-click → New → String Value.
  3. Put the full path to Quake4.exe in the name, e.g. C:\Program Files (x86)\Steam\steamapps\common\Quake 4\Quake4.exe.
  4. Open your newly created string and type in RUNASINVOKER and confirm it.

Sluggish mouse view[edit]

Use raw input[7]
  1. Open <path-to-game>\q4base\autoexec.cfg.
  2. Add the line in_mouse 2
  3. Save the changes.

ReShade overlay inaccessible to mouse[edit]

Bypass the game's mouse bind[8]
  1. Open <path-to-game>\q4base\Quake4Config.cfg.
  2. Search the line seta com_allowConsole and set the value to "1".
  3. Start the game.
  4. Press Alt+Tab to switch into windowed mode
  5. Press ~ to open the console
  6. Access the ReShade GUI


  1. Open <path-to-game>\q4base\autoexec.cfg.
  2. Add the following lines.
seta r_swapInterval "1"
seta com_fixedTic "1"


This solution may cause speech lipsync to go out of sync, but gameplay should be unaffected. r_swapinterval controls VSync.

Other information[edit]


Technical specs Supported Notes
OpenGL 2.0
64-bit executable


Middleware Notes
Audio OpenAL
Anti-cheat PunkBuster



Sikkmod is a mod that was ported from Doom 3, which adds such effects as bloom, color grading, HDR and FXAA, and is easily configurable via the in-game menu.
The game's multi-core rendering may cause problems with this mod, disable that setting if there are graphical glitches.

False Dawn[edit]

False Dawn is a non-linear, multiple-goal mission with up-to-date graphics (powered by Sikkmod).

System requirements[edit]

Minimum Recommended
Operating system (OS) 2000
Processor (CPU) Intel Pentium 4 2.0 GHz
AMD Athlon XP 2000+
System memory (RAM) 256 MB
Hard disk drive (HDD) 3.2 GB
Video card (GPU) ATI Radeon 9700
Nvidia GeForce3 Ti
64 MB of VRAM
DirectX 9.0c compatible
Windows 98 has been tested to work with Quake 4, but this is not officially supported.
macOS (OS X)
Minimum Recommended
Operating system (OS) 10.6.8
Processor (CPU) 2.4 GHz
System memory (RAM) 2 GB
Hard disk drive (HDD) 3.5 GB
Video card (GPU) ATI Radeon HD 2600
Nvidia GeForce 8800
512 MB of VRAM
Operating system (OS) Kernel 2.4.x, Kernel 2.6.x
Processor (CPU) Intel Pentium 4 2.0 GHz
AMD Athlon XP 2000+
System memory (RAM) 512 MB
Hard disk drive (HDD)
Supported ATI chipsets: Radeon 9700 series, Radeon 9800 series, Radeon X300 series, Radeon X550 series, Radeon X600 series, Radeon X700 series, Radeon X800 series, Radeon X850 series
Supported Nvidia chipsets: GeForce 3/Ti series, GeForce 4/Ti series, GeForce FX series, GeForce 6 series, GeForce 7 series


  1. 1.0 1.1 When running this game without Administrator elevation, activity in %PROGRAMFILES%, %PROGRAMFILES(X86)%, and %WINDIR% might be redirected to %LOCALAPPDATA%\VirtualStore\ (more details).
  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>/2210/ in addition to or instead of this directory. The app ID (2210) may differ in some cases. Treat backslashes as forward slashes. See the glossary page for details.