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Colin McRae: DiRT

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Colin McRae: DiRT
Colin McRae: DiRT cover
Release dates
Windows June 15, 2007
Metacritic 84
Monetization One-time game purchase
Modes Singleplayer, Multiplayer
Controls Direct control
Genres Racing, Simulation
Vehicles Automobile, Off-roading
Art styles Realistic
Themes Contemporary
Series Colin McRae Rally
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Colin McRae: DiRT on IGDB
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Colin McRae: DiRT on Wikipedia
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Colin McRae Rally 2.0 2000
Colin McRae Rally 3 2003
Colin McRae Rally 04 2004
Colin McRae Rally 2005 2004
Colin McRae: DiRT 2007
Colin McRae: DiRT 2 2009
DiRT 3 2011
DiRT Showdown 2012
Colin McRae Rally (2014) 2014
DiRT Rally 2015
DiRT 4 2017
DiRT Rally 2.0 2019
DIRT 5 2020

Key points

The game features full keyboard support but an Xbox 360 Controller is recommended.
Multiplayer servers were shut down.

General information

Steam Community Discussions


Source DRM Notes Keys OS
Disc check (requires the CD/DVD in the drive to play)
StarForce 4.7 DRM.[1] Removed in Patch 1.22.
Steam (unavailable)
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No longer available due to licensing reasons.[2]
Demo is available

Essential improvements


Patch 1.22 requires the installation of patch 1.21 first.


  • Visual Overhaul Mod (Disable Bloom and Improve Draw Distance) [1]

Nvidia control panel settings

  • add Dirt.exe
  • Set Aniso 16x (Increasing the visual clarity of textures)
  • Set Vsync to Fast
  • Set Max framerate to your screen refresh rate (both settings works like Vsync enabled, but without affect to controls)
  • Press Apply

Disable bloom

  • Make backup copy of %game folder%\postprocess\effects.xml
  • Open in any text editor effects.xml
  • Search lines <Param name="bloomAmount">x.xxxxxx</Param> where x.xxxxxx - number. Notepad++ search pattern for example <Param name="bloomAmount">\d.\d{6}</Param>
  • Replace all with <Param name="bloomAmount">0.000000</Param>.
  • Save changed file and start game.
  • This removes only bloom. Fake HDR and fake eye adaptation still works.

Disable fake HDR

  • Make backup copy of %game folder%\system\hardware_settings_config.xml
  • Open in any text editor hardware_settings_config.xml
  • search string <postprocess blur"=
  • Change in that string param hdr="true" to hdr="false"
  • Save changed file and start game.
  • This removes only fake HDR.

Game data

Configuration file(s) location

System Location
Windows %USERPROFILE%\Documents\Codemasters\DiRT\hardware_settings_config.xml
Steam <path-to-game>\system\
Steam Play (Linux) <Steam-folder>/steamapps/compatdata/11440/pfx/[Note 1]

Save game data location

System Location
Windows %USERPROFILE%\Documents\Codemasters\DiRT\savegame\
Steam <path-to-game>\savegame\
Steam Play (Linux) <Steam-folder>/steamapps/compatdata/11440/pfx/[Note 1]
Location can be changed in HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Wow6432Node\Codemasters\DIRT\

Save game cloud syncing

System Native Notes
Requires enabling backup of the Documents folder in OneDrive on all computers.
Steam Cloud


Graphical settings.
Graphical settings.
Graphical settings continued.
Graphical settings continued.

Field of view (FOV)

Use FOV Changer[citation needed]
  1. Search in the installation folder for cameras.xml.
  2. Select all files (47 in total), right-click and open properties.
  3. Untick the read-only option and click OK.
  4. Download and extract Dirt3FovChange.
  5. Run Dirt3FovChange.exe as administrator.
  6. Specify the base installation folder.
  7. Adjust the settings to your liking and click start.
    • Vertical FOV: a larger number will translate into a wider field of view.
    • Adjust FOV for: selects the in-game camera or cameras you want to edit.
    • Head Offset: affects the position of the head-cam (cockpit view). A modification of 0.1 will yield a noticeable change. It is to be noted that the point of view can be placed outside of the car.
      • X: affects the lateral position. A positive value will move the point of view to the left.
      • Y: affects the vertical position. A positive value will move the point of view upward.
      • Z: affects the front/back position. A positive value will move the point of view closer to the dashboard.
    • Head Tilt Change: affects the vertical angle of the camera. Compared to the position values, the tilt value works on a different scale: a modification of 1 will yield a barely noticeable change.
      • A positive value will tilt the camera up.


Modifying certain settings may not be supported and can cause errors.
Modifications made during a race require quitting and restarting the race.


Change config file setting[citation needed]
  1. Go to the configuration file(s) location.
  2. Open hardware_settings_config.xml.
  3. Change fullscreen from true to false.
  4. Save the changes.



Audio feature State Notes
Separate volume controls
Surround sound
7.1 supported[3]
Closed captions
Mute on focus lost
EAX support
EAX 5[4]
Royalty free audio


Language UI Audio Sub Notes
Hungarian retail release only.
Polish retail release only, UI translation available


Multiplayer types

Type Native Notes
Local play
LAN play
Online play
The official multiplayer service was shut down.

VR support

3D modes State GG3D Notes
Nvidia 3D Vision
See Helix Mod: Colin McRae's DiRT.
User created game profile, see important tweaks to get the game running with vorpx here.
Supports: Yaw, Pitch, Roll, X, Y, Z.

Issues fixed

Game crashes after the race finishes loading

Edit file[5]
  1. Go to <path-to-game>\system\
  2. Open hardware_settings_restrictions.xml in text editor
  3. Replace system/workerMap8Core.xml with system/workerMap4Core.xml
  4. Save the file

Fix Lag in Races in CPU 4 Cores + 8 threads (like i7 4790k)

Set affinity[citation needed]
  1. Go in windows task manager, right-click on DiRT.exe process
  2. Define affinity for 7 CPUs threads (unmark one).
Method may work on other CPUs

Making changes permanent (setting affinity in task manager only lasts until you exit the game):

  1. Edit your preferred shortcut for launching the game (desktop and/or start menu)
  2. In the target field, set the following (just put the default contents in double quotes and prepend cmd.exe /C ...):
  • For a 4/8 (core/thread) CPU cmd.exe /C start "" /affinity 7f "<path-to-game>\DiRT.exe"
  • For a 6/12 (core/thread) CPU cmd.exe /C start "" /affinity 557 "<path-to-game>\DiRT.exe"
  • For a 8/16 (core/thread) CPU and higher cmd.exe /C start "" /affinity 1555 "<path-to-game>\DiRT.exe"
Verify correct affinity by launching the game and checking affinity in task manager (see beginning)

Other information


Technical specs Supported Notes
Direct3D 9.0c
Shader Model support 3.0
Executable 32-bit 64-bit Notes


Middleware Notes
Audio OpenAL
Cutscenes Bink Video
Multiplayer DemonWare

System requirements

Minimum Recommended
Operating system (OS) XP
Processor (CPU) Intel Pentium 4 3.0 GHz
AMD Athlon 64 3.0 GHz
System memory (RAM) 1 GB
Hard disk drive (HDD) 12.5 GB
Video card (GPU) Nvidia GeForce 6800
ATI Radeon X1300
Shader model 3.0 support


  1. 1.0 1.1 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>/11440/ in addition to or instead of this directory. The app ID (11440) may differ in some cases. Treat backslashes as forward slashes. See the glossary page for details.


  1. - last accessed on May 2023
  2. Verified by User:Mars icecream on 2016-11-25
    Email received from Codemasters customer service.
  3. Sound Blaster Gaming: Turbo-charged audio in DiRT - (retrieved) - last accessed on May 2023
  4. EAX Featured Game: DiRT - (retrieved) - last accessed on May 2023
  5. Colin McRae DiRT 1 - how to fix the game if it crashes when starting a race — Codemasters Forums (retrieved) - last accessed on 2023-05-08