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Baldur's Gate

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For the Enhanced Edition released in 2012, see Baldur's Gate: Enhanced Edition.

Baldur's Gate
Baldur's Gate cover
Black Isle Studios
Mac OS (Classic) Graphsim Entertainment
Retail Interplay Entertainment
Retail (Japan) Sega
Digital (2010-2012) Atari
Digital (2012-present) Beamdog
OS X MacPlay
Release dates
Windows December 21, 1998
Mac OS (Classic) July 17, 2000
macOS (OS X) October 13, 2003
Linux October 14, 2014
Metacritic 91
Monetization One-time game purchase, Expansion pack
Modes Singleplayer, Multiplayer
Pacing Continuous turn-based
Perspectives Bird's-eye view, Isometric
Controls Multiple select, Point and select
Genres RPG
Themes Fantasy
Series Baldur's Gate
Baldur's Gate on HowLongToBeat
Baldur's Gate on IGDB
Baldur's Gate guide on StrategyWiki
Baldur's Gate on MobyGames
Baldur's Gate on Wikipedia
Baldur's Gate
Subseries of Dungeons & Dragons
Baldur's Gate 1998
Baldur's Gate II: Shadows of Amn 2000
Baldur's Gate: Enhanced Edition 2012
Baldur's Gate II: Enhanced Edition 2013
Baldur's Gate: Dark Alliance 2021
Baldur's Gate: Dark Alliance II 2022
Baldur's Gate 3 2023

Baldur's Gate is a singleplayer and multiplayer bird's-eye view and isometric RPG game in the Baldur's Gate series.

General information

Unofficial Wiki
Sorcerer's Place - Fansite dedicated to roleplaying and Dungeons & Dragons games
Spellhold Studios - A modding community for the Infinity Engine, Neverwinter Nights and The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion
GameBanshee - Walkthroughs and strategy guides for Bauldur's Gate and its expansion, Tales of the Sword Coast Community Discussions for game series Support Page


Source DRM Notes Keys OS
Disc check (requires the CD/DVD in the drive to play)
Released on 5 CDs or 1 DVD.
Mac OS
Bundled with Baldur's Gate: Enhanced Edition.[1] Includes the Tales of the Sword Coast expansion.
macOS (OS X)
A free demo version is available from

Version differences

The version includes the Tales of the Sword Coast expansion as well as improved compatibility with modern versions of Windows.


DLC and expansion packs

Name Notes
Tales of the Sword Coast
Mac OS
macOS (OS X)

Essential improvements


The latest official patch for the base game is 1.1.4315, available from Patches-Scrolls.
The latest official patch for Tales of the Sword Coast is 1.3.5521, available from Patches-Scrolls.

Baldur's Gate Tutu

BG1Tutu allows the importing of Baldur's Gate files into the Baldur's Gate II: Shadows of Amn engine. Refer to that page for further details.

Bugfixes and text update

Baldurdash bugfixes and text update fixes bugs, adds tweaks. Refer to that page for further details.

Unfinished Business

Unfinished Business is a mod that restores missing and cut content from the game's release. Available both for the original version and for the Enhanced Edition. List of all changes here.

Game data

Configuration file(s) location

System Location
Windows <path-to-game>\baldur.ini[Note 1]
Mac OS (Classic)
macOS (OS X)
It's unknown whether this game follows the XDG Base Directory Specification on Linux. Please fill in this information.

Save game data location

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

Save game cloud syncing

System Native Notes
GOG Galaxy


Video settings.
Video settings.

Graphics feature State WSGF Notes
Widescreen resolution
Use G3: Widescreen Mod.
Use G3: Widescreen Mod.
4K Ultra HD
Field of view (FOV)
Borderless fullscreen windowed
See the glossary page for potential workarounds.
Anisotropic filtering (AF)
Anti-aliasing (AA)
Vertical sync (Vsync)
See the glossary page for potential workarounds.
60 FPS and 120+ FPS
Frame rate is capped at 30 FPS by default. Frame rate can be customized in the game's .ini file up to 60 FPS; however, frame rate is tied directly to the game's clock and changing it will change the game speed.


Input settings.
Input settings.


Audio settings.
Audio settings.

Audio feature State Notes
Separate volume controls
Ambient, Sound Effects, Voice, Music and Movie.
Surround sound
Closed captions
Mute on focus lost
EAX support
Royalty free audio


Language UI Audio Sub Notes
details to base game, Details to Tales of the Sword Coast
Official localization by «Akella» – local retail and version.
1) Fan translation by prozh
2) Fan translation by Refiler
An Improved translation by ClanDLAN is available.


Multiplayer types

Type Native Players Notes
LAN play
6 Co-op
Online play
6 Co-op
The official multiplayer service has been shut down.

Connection types

Issues fixed

Stuck keys during character creation

Try hitting the stuck key again or using Alt+Tab to switch away from the game.

Crash after intro videos

The game will crash if the paths in baldur.ini are too long. Try to install the game on a lower level of the directory tree if you have this problem.

"Not enough free disk space" error followed by shut down on large capacity partitions

Install Windows compatibility fix
  1. Download custom compatibility fix from here.
  2. Either use command line to install the compatibility file or run the batch file as an administrator to do it automatically.

Flickering in menu and in-game

Install DDrawFix.

Other information


Technical specs Supported Notes
DirectDraw 5.0
ExecutablePPC16-bit 32-bit 64-bit Notes
macOS (OS X)
Mac OS (Classic)

System requirements

Minimum Recommended
Operating system (OS) 95
Processor (CPU) Intel Pentium 166 MHz
System memory (RAM) 16 MB
Hard disk drive (HDD) 300 MB
Video card (GPU) 2 MB of VRAM
DirectX 5.0 compatible
Mac OS
Operating system (OS) 8.5
Processor (CPU) 233 MHz G3
System memory (RAM) 64 MB
Hard disk drive (HDD) 350 MB


  1. 1.0 1.1 When running this game without elevated privileges (Run as administrator option), write operations against a location below %PROGRAMFILES%, %PROGRAMDATA%, or %WINDIR% might be redirected to %LOCALAPPDATA%\VirtualStore on Windows Vista and later (more details).