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Blizzard Entertainment
Blizzard Entertainment
Europe Sierra Entertainment
Release dates
Windows March 31, 1998
Mac OS (Classic) March 12, 1999
macOS (OS X) November 20, 2001
StarCraft guide at StrategyWiki
StarCraft at Wikipedia
StarCraft 1998
StarCraft II: Wings of Liberty 2010
StarCraft II: Heart of the Swarm 2013
StarCraft II: Legacy of the Void 2015
StarCraft Remastered 2017

This page is for the original release. For the updated version, see StarCraft Remastered.

Key points

Game and expansion was made free on April 18, 2017, along with a new patch that improves compatibility with modern OS, windowed and windowed fullscreen modes, network, etc.

General information

StarCraft Compendium Forums


Source DRM Notes Keys OS
Official website
DRM details are not known
Mac OS
Disc check (requires the CD/DVD in the drive to play)
CD key
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Mac OS
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StarCraft Anthology.
Mac OS

Downloadable content (DLC) and expansions

Name Notes
StarCraft: Brood War Included with the Starcraft Anthology and StarCraft Battle Chest.
Mac OS
Stellar Forces Unauthorized retail add-on.

Version differences[edit]

StarCraft Battle Chest[edit]

The StarCraft Battle Chest contains both StarCraft and its expansion along with the official strategy guides for both games.

StarCraft Anthology ( Digital Download)[edit]

The Anthology contains StarCraft and its main expansion. Free to download and play as of April 18, 2017.

Essential improvements[edit]

Retail Patches[edit]

The most up-to-date standalone installer version for the retail release is 1.17.0.

Install the Stacraft patch only if Brood War is not installed.

Operating System Starcraft Brood War
Windows Blizzard FTP Server Blizzard FTP Server
Mac Blizzard FTP Server Blizzard FTP Server



The ChaosLauncher allows older versions of StarCraft to be run in a Windowed Mode along with some other features.
This is obsolete in the free to play and remastered versions.

Game data[edit]

In-game speed settings.
In-game speed settings.

Configuration file(s) location[edit]

System Location
Windows HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Blizzard Entertainment\Starcraft\
Mac OS (Classic)
macOS (OS X)

Save game data location[edit]

System Location
Windows <path-to-game>\saves\[Note 1]
Mac OS (Classic)
macOS (OS X)

Video settings[edit]

Video settings.
Video settings.
Graphics feature State WSGF Notes
Widescreen resolution
See Widescreen resolution.
See Widescreen resolution.
4K Ultra HD
Field of view (FOV)
Added in patch 1.18; activated with Alt+ Enter.
Borderless fullscreen windowed
Added in patch 1.18; activated with Alt+ Enter.
Anisotropic filtering (AF)
Bilinear filtering only.
Anti-aliasing (AA)
See the glossary page for potential workarounds.
Vertical sync (Vsync)
60 FPS and 120+ FPS
FPS cap available up to 300 FPS.

Widescreen resolution[edit]

This hack may not be compatible with the latest versions of StarCraft and Brood War, and is also unnecessary as of the latest patch --Sagacity159 (talk) 23:36, 22 January 2018 (UTC).
DO NOT play in Battle.Net while using this hack. You might get banned.
The single-player portion of the game has been reported to have some bugs when running this solution: Sometimes in the campaign the camera gets stuck and won't scroll anymore. The problem is fixable in this updated version of the Resolution Expander by shifting to 640x480 and then back to the resolution you were in. Some users have reported that the crash that occurs as you complete a level in the campaign is still there. This crash can be fixed by moving the StarCraft folder out of C:/ drive.
  1. Download Resolution Expander 6 and extract anywhere you want.
  2. Edit ResSettings.ini.
  3. Change these lines to the desired resolution.
    • ScreenWidth0=640
    • ScreenHight0=480
  4. After setting your resolution, run InsectLoader.exe as administrator to play StarCraft with the hack.
  5. If you get an error message that StarCraft isn't installed properly, do the following.
  6. Go to where StarCraft.exe is located.
  7. Create a file called scfix.vbs and paste the following text into it.
  8. Set WshShell = WScript.CreateObject("WScript.Shell")
    set svc=GetObject("winmgmts:root\default:StdRegProv")
    Wscript.Quit(svc.setStringValue(&H80000002, "SOFTWARE\Blizzard Entertainment\Starcraft", "Program", WshShell.currentDirectory & "\Starcraft.exe"))
  9. Double-click it. InsectLoader should agree the game is installed properly.
  10. If you are using a 64-bit OS and the fix doesn't work, try using this instead:
  11. Set WshShell = WScript.CreateObject("WScript.Shell")
    set svc=GetObject("winmgmts:root\default:StdRegProv")
    Wscript.Quit(svc.setStringValue(&H80000002, "SOFTWARE\WOW6432Node\Blizzard Entertainment\Starcraft", "Program", WshShell.currentDirectory & "\Starcraft.exe"))

Input settings[edit]

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]

Sound Settings.
Sound Settings.
Audio feature State Notes
Separate volume controls
Surround sound
Closed captions
Mute on focus lost


Language UI Audio Sub Notes
US and EU.


Multiplayer types

Type Native Players Notes
LAN play
Online play

Connection types

Type Native Notes
Patches 1.18 and above have matchmaking.
Direct IP


Protocol Port(s) and/or port range(s)
TCP 6112
UDP 6112
Universal Plug and Play (UPnP) support status is unknown.

Issues fixed[edit]

Corrupt graphics on Windows 7[edit]

See Palette Issue.
Fixed with version 1.18.

Crash in Zerg mission 8 during in-game dialogue[edit]

You will have to disable audio temporarily.

No sounds on Windows 10[edit]

Fixed with patch 1.18.

Other information[edit]


Technical specs Supported Notes
DirectDraw 2 In Windows version prior to version 1.18
OpenGL 2.1 1.18 and above OpenGL is used.[2]
64-bit executable


Middleware Notes
Cutscenes Smacker

System requirements[edit]

Minimum Recommended
Operating system (OS) 95 (Only inclusive until patch 1.16.1. Patch 1.17+ Needs XP and greater.)
Processor (CPU) Intel Pentium 90 MHz
System memory (RAM) 16 MB
Hard disk drive (HDD) 80 MB
Video card (GPU) SVGA video card that supports DirectDraw at 640x480 resolution, 256 colors
DirectX 2.0 compatible
Mac OS
Minimum Recommended
Operating system (OS) 7.6
Processor (CPU) PowerPC 120 MHz
System memory (RAM) 16 MB
Hard disk drive (HDD) 80 MB
Video card (GPU) 640x480 display in 256 colors


  1. When running this game without Administrator elevation, activity in %PROGRAMFILES%, %PROGRAMFILES(X86)%, and %WINDIR% might be redirected to %LOCALAPPDATA%\VirtualStore\ (more details).