Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2

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This page is for the original 2009 release. For the 2020 Campaign Remaster, see Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 Campaign Remastered.

Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 cover
Infinity Ward
macOS (OS X) Aspyr Media
OS X Aspyr Media
Japan Square Enix
IW 4.0
Release dates
Windows November 10, 2009
macOS (OS X) May 20, 2014
Metacritic 86
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Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 guide on StrategyWiki
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Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 on Wikipedia


The macOS (OS X) version of this game does not work on macOS Catalina (version 10.15) or later due to the removal of support for 32-bit-only apps.
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare
Subseries of Call of Duty
Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare 2007
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 2009
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 2011
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare Remastered 2016
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2019
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 Campaign Remastered 2020

General information

Official Call of Duty series site
CallofDutyMaps - A detailed Website for all included multiplayer maps.
Call of Duty Wiki - A detailed wiki for every Call of Duty game made.
Reddit - /r/mw2
Steam Community Discussions


Source DRM Notes Keys OS
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2 DVD's
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macOS (OS X)
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macOS (OS X)
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macOS (OS X)
All versions require Steam DRM.

DLC and expansion packs

Name Notes
Stimulus Package Adds five new maps with two maps from Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare.

Bailout - a multi-level apartment complex

Storm - an open industrial park littered with heavy machinery

Salvage - a snowy junkyard fortified by stacked debris and crushed cars

Crash - a war-torn urban environment (CoD4)

Overgrown - features a massive dry creek bed (CoD4)
macOS (OS X)
Resurgence Pack Adds five new maps with two maps from Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare.

"Carnival," a large abandoned theme park that offers lots of unique vantage points that work well for all game modes. The once vibrant rides now sit idle and neglected as perfect cover points in one of the most original multiplayer locations for Modern Warfare 2.

"Fuel," a massive oil refinery with extremely long sightlines great for medium- to long-range firefights. The spacious surroundings offer a great sniper advantage; offices, warehouses, and buildings house objectives and provide opportunity for close-range firefights.

"Trailer Park," a medium-sized mobile estate with a maze of tight flank routes and lots of cover. Junk covered yards, deserted trailers, and debris-riddled surroundings offer intense firefights with a wide variety of vantage points and routes available.

"Strike," a large urban desert town, excellent for medium-to-large team games. The large monument, connecting streets, and surrounding buildings offer great firefights in Team Deathmatch, and great vantage points for objective team games.

"Vacant," a deserted Russian office complex offering a great mixture of interior and exterior combat. Long hallways with minimal cover points offer a fast escape route for potential runners, but high accuracy and fast aiming is required when advancing through this large complex.
macOS (OS X)

Essential improvements[edit]

Skip intro videos[edit]

Go to <path-to-game>\main\video then delete or rename cod_intro.bik, default.bik, IW_logo.bik and legal.bik[citation needed]


Delete/rename image file[citation needed]
  1. Go to <path-to-game>.
  2. Delete or rename splash.bmp.

Game data[edit]

Configuration file(s) location[edit]

System Location
Windows <path-to-game>\players\[Note 1]
macOS (OS X)
Steam Play (Linux) <Steam-folder>/steamapps/compatdata/10180/pfx/[Note 2]
Single player configuration settings are saved in <path-to-game>\players\config.cfg
Multiplayer configuration settings are saved in <path-to-game>\players\config_mp.cfg

Save game data location[edit]

System Location
Windows <path-to-game>\players\save\[Note 1]
macOS (OS X)
Steam Play (Linux) <Steam-folder>/steamapps/compatdata/10180/pfx/[Note 2]

Save game cloud syncing[edit]

System Native Notes
Steam Cloud
Syncs only multiplayer progress.[1]

Video settings[edit]

Graphics feature State WSGF Notes
Widescreen resolution
See the WSGF entry or use Widescreen Fixer.
See the WSGF entry or use Widescreen Fixer.
4K Ultra HD
Does not work with in-game fullscreen enabled
Field of view (FOV)
Default is 65° vertical. See Field of view (FOV).
Toggle using Alt + Enter or change 'seta r_fullscreen "0"' to 'seta r_fullscreen "1"' in configuration file
Borderless fullscreen windowed
Use Borderless Gaming.
Anisotropic filtering (AF)
See Anisotropic filtering (AF).
Anti-aliasing (AA)
Vertical sync (Vsync)
60 FPS
120+ FPS
Frame rate in multiplayer is capped at 91 FPS. Use MW2 FPS Unlocker or BetterCOD.

Field of view (FOV)[edit]

For multiplayer use MW2 MP FoV Changer by AgentRev or BetterCOD. Infinity Ward does not treat FOV adjustment as cheating.[2]
For campaign and special ops use Call of Duty: SCZ FoV Changer, or the fix below.
Edit config.cfg[3]
1. Open the 'players' folder located within your game folder, find and open "config.cfg" with a text-editing tool
2. Find the line "seta monkeytoy" and change its value from "1" to "0"
3. Add the following lines
seta thereisacow "1337"
bind w "+forward;cg_fov 80;cg_fovScale 1.125"
4. Save it. Once in game, press W (as you already do to walk forward; you can rebind it to another key if you like) and your FOV will be changed.


cg_fov adjusts your base hipfire FOV, while cg_fovScale is a multiplier for all FOV levels (including hipfire FOV and the weapon-specific aim down sights FOV levels). You can adjust both to your liking.
Starting a new level will reset the FOV to default but reaching a checkpoint will save your changed FOV, including if you save & quit & resume that same level.
Weapon models are affected by changes in FOV.
Warning: There has been several tweak suggestions online for adding 'sv_cheats "1"' into the config file to enable the console menu. While this has been true for the previous game, Modern Warfare 2 had a stricter stance on cheating thereby adding 'sv_cheats' may well crash the game on startup and even deletes the config file afterwards. Make sure to backup the config file if you are to risk adding the line. That said, the FOV tweak mentioned will work fine.

Anisotropic filtering (AF)[edit]

Edit config files[citation needed]
  1. Go to <path-to-game>\players
    • For singleplayer, edit config.cfg.
    • For multiplayer, edit config_mp.cfg.
  2. Find a line seta r_texFilterAnisoMin "1" and change the value to either "2", "8" or "16" (max).
  3. Find a line seta r_texFilterAnisoMax "4" and change the value to either "2", "8" or "16" (max).


To bypass the game automatically adjusting settings of anisotropic, set both r_texFilterAnisoMax and r_texFilterAnisoMin to the same value.

Input settings[edit]

Keyboard and mouse State Notes
Mouse acceleration
Disabled by default. See Mouse acceleration.
Mouse sensitivity
Does not show how high the sensitivity is manually, must go into config_mp to directly change
Mouse input in menus
Mouse Y-axis inversion
Controller support
See the glossary page for potential workarounds.

Mouse acceleration[edit]

Mouse acceleration is disabled by default. It can be manually enabled by editing a config file.

Edit config file[citation needed]
  1. Go to <path-to-game>\players\
  2. Edit config.cfg (single player) or config_mp.cfg (multiplayer).
  3. Change seta cl_mouseAccel "0" to seta cl_mouseAccel "1" to enable mouse acceleration.

Audio settings[edit]

Audio feature State Notes
Separate volume controls
Surround sound
Only 5.1
Closed captions
Mute on focus lost


Language UI Audio Sub Notes
Fan translation.
Fan translation, link #1, link #2.
Fan translation. Details missing—please edit this page and add it.

VR support[edit]

Devices Native Notes
3RD Space Gaming Vest


Multiplayer types

Type Native Players Notes
LAN play
18 Available with a private client here (down)
Online play

Connection types


Protocol Port(s) and/or port range(s)
TCP 28960(MP), 28961 (Spec-Ops)
UDP 28960(MP), 28961 (Spec-Ops)
Universal Plug and Play (UPnP) support status is unknown.

Issues fixed[edit]

Ambient Occlusion issues on Nvidia GPUs[edit]

Ambient Occlusion set to Performance.
Ambient Occlusion set to Performance.
Ambient Occlusion set to off.
Ambient Occlusion set to off.
Disable Ambient Occlusion inside NVIDIA Control Panel
iw4sp.exe is for Singleplayer, iw4mp.exe is for Multiplayer.
  1. Open the Nvidia Control Panel.
  2. Go to 3D Settings, Manage 3D settings, Program Settings.
  3. Click Add, Browse and select iw4sp.exe or iw4mp.exe inside <path-to-game>.
  4. Set Ambient Occlusion to Off.

Singleplayer hangs on launch with black screen and mouse cursor moving[edit]

Download DSOAL or other DirectSound wrapper, and put it into the game folder

Multiplayer hangs on launch/startup with splash screen[edit]

Delete file mp_playlist_dlc2.ff

Navigate to C:\Program Files\Steam\steamapps\common\Call of Duty Modern Warfare 2\zone\english

For some users helped deleting mp_playlists_dlc1.ff or/and mp_playlists.ff

Other information[edit]


Executable 32-bit 64-bit Notes
macOS (OS X)
32-bit only.[4]

System requirements[edit]

Minimum Recommended
Operating system (OS) XP
Processor (CPU) Intel Pentium 4 3.2 GHz
AMD Athlon 64 3200+
System memory (RAM) 1 GB
Hard disk drive (HDD) 12 GB
Video card (GPU) Nvidia GeForce 6600 GT
ATI Radeon 9800 Pro
256 MB of VRAM
DirectX 9.0c compatible
macOS (OS X)
Operating system (OS) 10.9.2
Processor (CPU) Intel Core i3 2.2 GHz
System memory (RAM) 4 GB
Hard disk drive (HDD) 13 GB
Video card (GPU) Nvidia GeForce 640M
ATI Radeon HD 4850
Intel Iris
512 MB of VRAM
The following chipsets are unsupported by the OS X version: ATI Radeon HD 2000 series, ATI Radeon HD 6490M, 6630M, 3870, Nvidia GeForce 9000 series, Nvidia GeForce 320M, 330M, Intel HD 3000, 4000, 5000
Hard drive volumes formatted as Mac OS Extended (Case Sensitive) are not supported


  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).
  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>/10180/ in addition to or instead of this directory. The app ID (10180) may differ in some cases. Treat backslashes as forward slashes. See the glossary page for details.