Command & Conquer: Red Alert 3

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Command & Conquer: Red Alert 3
Command & Conquer: Red Alert 3 cover
EA Los Angeles
macOS (OS X) TransGaming Inc.[1][2]
Electronic Arts
SAGE 2.0
Release dates
Windows October 28, 2008
macOS (OS X) (Cider) March 24, 2009
Metacritic 82
Series Command & Conquer
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Command & Conquer: Red Alert 3 guide on StrategyWiki
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Command & Conquer: Red Alert 3 on Wikipedia
Command & Conquer 1995
Command & Conquer: Red Alert 1996
Command & Conquer: Tiberian Sun 1999
Command & Conquer: Red Alert 2 2000
Command & Conquer: Renegade 2002
Command & Conquer: Generals 2003
Command & Conquer 3: Tiberium Wars 2007
Command & Conquer: Red Alert 3 2008
Command & Conquer: Red Alert 3 - Uprising 2009
Command & Conquer 4: Tiberian Twilight 2010
Command & Conquer Remastered Collection 2020


GameSpy online services have been shut down (see Network for solutions).

Key points

Small but dedicated community.
Frame rate is capped at 30 FPS.

General information

C&C:Online - fan-hosted multiplayer server replacement
EA's Official Command & Conquer site
Official Forums for game series
Command & Conquer Wiki - A wiki for everything Command & Conquer-related
Steam Community Discussions


Source DRM Notes Keys OS
Disc check (requires the CD/DVD in the drive to play)
CD key
Requires online activation
Can only be used x times
SecuROM 7, SecuROM PA, and SecuROM DFA DRM.
Five machine activation limit.
A De-Authorization Tool is available, and an in-built option is available as of patch 1.05.
Can be redeemed on Origin through the client.
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macOS (OS X)
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Included with EA Play.
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Bundled with other games in the franchise up to Tiberian Twilight.
Included with EA Play.
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Essential improvements[edit]

Skip intro videos[edit]

Delete or rename movie files[3]
  1. Go to <path-to-game>\Data\Movies\.
  2. Delete or rename RA3_EA_logo.vp6, RA3_Gameplay_720p.vp6, and RedAlertLogo.vp6.

Command & Conquer Ultimate Collection Fixed Launchers (Origin)[edit]

An unofficial patch that provides a slight enhancement to the default launchers provided with the Command & Conquer: The Ultimate Collection version (fixes registry entries and allows command line arguments to function properly).

It can be downloaded from the developer's site.


Red Alert 3 Paradox:

An expansion/overhaul mod, with entirely rebalanced gameplay, expanded factions, new gametypes, graphical overhauls, and five new factions; stealth-based Confederate Revolutionaries, tower defense-inspired Atomic Kingdom of China, economy-focused Mediterranean Syndicate, Order of the Talon and Electrical Protectorate.

The Red Alert:

The original Red Alert recreated in the SAGE 2.0 engine

Red Alert 3: Shock Therapy:

A partial mod conversion of Command & Conquer: Red Alert 3. This mod tries to fix, improve and add content which vanilla Red Alert 3 missed, forgot, or unable to do.

Which ranges from:

  • Missing features from older RA titles
  • Graphical improvements
  • Sound and particle effects
  • Balance changes
  • Addition of new/campaign only units.

Game data[edit]

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

Configuration file(s) location[edit]

System Location
Windows %APPDATA%\Red Alert 3\Profiles\<user-id>\
macOS (OS X)
Steam Play (Linux) <Steam-folder>/steamapps/compatdata/17480/pfx/[Note 1]

Save game data location[edit]

System Location
Windows %USERPROFILE%\Saved Games\Red Alert 3\
macOS (OS X)
Steam Play (Linux) <Steam-folder>/steamapps/compatdata/17480/pfx/[Note 1]

Save game cloud syncing[edit]

System Native Notes
Only available through The Ultimate Collection version
Steam Cloud


In-game video settings.
In-game video settings.

Graphics feature State WSGF Notes
Widescreen resolution
For unlisted resolutions see Widescreen resolution.
Position affects gameplay. Disable non-primary displays to fix black screen on startup.
4K Ultra HD
Field of view (FOV)
Use Flawless Widescreen.
Use -win parameter.
Borderless fullscreen windowed
Use Borderless Gaming.
Anisotropic filtering (AF)
See the glossary page for potential workarounds.
Anti-aliasing (AA)
Vertical sync (Vsync)
60 FPS and 120+ FPS
Frame rate is capped at 30 FPS.

Widescreen resolution[edit]

Set resolution[citation needed]
  1. Go to %APPDATA%\Roaming\Red Alert 3\Profiles\<user-id>\
  2. Open options.ini.
  3. Change Resolution 800 600 to your desired resolution.


In-game key map settings.
In-game key map settings.

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.


In-game audio settings.
In-game audio settings.

Audio feature State Notes
Separate volume controls
Surround sound
Only supports Stereo audio.
Closed captions
Mute on focus lost


Language UI Audio Sub Notes
Traditional Chinese
A low quality translation. Subtitles are completely out of sync. Somewhat fixed in 1.07 patch, but issues still remain. A fan made patch is available to improve the translation.


In-game network settings.
In-game network settings.

Multiplayer types

Type Native Players Notes
LAN play
6 Versus
Skirmish vs. AI only; campaign co-op requires online.
Online play
6 Versus, Co-op
Official servers have been shut down. Possible with CNC online.

Connection types


Protocol Port(s) and/or port range(s)
TCP 80, 3783, 4321, 6660-6669, 28900, 29900, 29901
UDP 6515, 6500, 13139, 27900
Universal Plug and Play (UPnP) support status is unknown.

Issues fixed[edit]

Game does not start (Origin, The Ultimate Collection)[edit]

Disable Origin In Game[citation needed]
  1. Select the My Games tab in Origin.
  2. Right-click Red Alert 3/Uprising and select "Game Properties".
  3. Check the "Disable Origin in Game for this game" option.
  4. Click OK and launch the game.

Other information[edit]


Technical specs Supported Notes
Direct3D 9
OS X only.
Shader Model support 3
Executable 32-bit 64-bit Notes
macOS (OS X)


Middleware Notes
Multiplayer GameSpy

System requirements[edit]

Minimum Recommended
Operating system (OS) XP
Processor (CPU) AMD Athlon XP 2200+
Intel Pentium 4 2.2 GHz
System memory (RAM) 1 GB
Hard disk drive (HDD) 10 GB
Video card (GPU) ATI Radeon X1800
Nvidia GeForce 6800
DirectX 9.0c compatible


  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>/17480/ in addition to or instead of this directory. The app ID (17480) may differ in some cases. Treat backslashes as forward slashes. See the glossary page for details.