Command & Conquer: Tiberian Sun

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Command & Conquer: Tiberian Sun
Command & Conquer: Tiberian Sun cover
Westwood Studios
Electronic Arts
Release dates
Windows August 27, 1999
Metacritic 8.6
Monetization Expansion pack
Modes Multiplayer
Pacing Real-time
Perspectives Isometric
Controls Multiple select, Point and select
Genres RTS
Art styles Realistic, Live action
Themes Europe, Middle East, North America, Post-apocalyptic, Sci-fi
Series Command & Conquer
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Key points

It's advised to download the game from a fan mirror because it is specifically made for multiplayer so therefore it is patched with the latest patches underneath.
Released for free in 2010.
Unstable and laggy on Windows 8.[citation needed]

General information

Project Perfect Mod - The most expansive TS mod site.
Command & Conquer Wiki
CNCNZ fansite
CnCDen fansite
CnCWorld fansite
Official subforum

Command & Conquer: Tiberian Sun is a multiplayer isometric RTS game in the Command & Conquer series.


Source DRM Notes Keys OS
Disc check (requires the CD/DVD in the drive to play)
CD key
SafeDisc DRM[Note 1].
Official website
CD key
Version that has been released for free by EA. Serial key applied by running the .reg file within the distribution.
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Bundled with other games in the franchise up to Tiberian Twilight.
Included with EA Play.
SafeDisc retail DRM no longer functions properly on Windows Vista and later (see above for affected versions).

DLC and expansion packs

Name Notes
Command & Conquer: Tiberian Sun: Firestorm Comes bundled with the The First Decade and Ultimate Collection compilations.

Unofficial downloads[edit]

TS Installer[edit]

A streamlined fan-created installer that applies fixes for various issues, adds modern networking support and Windows support, and includes The Final Sun map editor.

Pre-configured packages for OS X and Linux are also available for download.

Essential improvements[edit]


Latest official patch: Patch 2.03 (only for original retail versions)


HyperPatch is included with this patch
Not compatible with any other unofficial patch

A fan patch that adds modern networking support, fixes for various issues, new renderers, a new game launcher, and the Final Sun Map Editor.


This is a small fan patch made as an add-on which is meant for optimizing and fixing the game as well as expanding modding capabilities. It is in development and more features are to be added.

LAN patch[edit]

This is a small patch that lets you play LAN on Command & Conquer: Tiberian Sun in Windows 2000 and above by changing IPX protocol to UDP.

Game data[edit]

General options menu
General options menu
Fan-made external general options menu (for the TSpatch and TS Installer version of the game).
Fan-made external general options menu (for the TSpatch and TS Installer version of the game).

Configuration file(s) location[edit]

System Location
Windows <path-to-game>\sun.ini[Note 2]

Save game data location[edit]

System Location
Windows <path-to-game>\SAVE****.sav[Note 2]

Save game cloud syncing[edit]

System Native Notes


Video options menu
Video options menu
Fan-made external video options menu (for the TSpatch and TS Installer version of the game).
Fan-made external video options menu (for the TSpatch and TS Installer version of the game).

Widescreen resolution[edit]

In sun.ini, change ScreenWidth and ScreenHeight[citation needed]
  1. Go to the configuration file(s) location.
  2. Open sun.ini.
  3. Go to the [Video] section.
  4. Change ScreenWidth and ScreenHeight strings to resolution of your choice.
Widescreen #2[citation needed]
Another way to change resolution is to add the line beneath the [Video] lines.
This will let you change the resolution in the game menu to any supported by your computer.
"Widescreen in multiplayer works as described above. However, many hosts enforce resolution limits. If you try to join a game with a resolution limit, you will be forced to play the game at a non-widescreen resolution (usually 640x480). If you host a game and are using a widescreen resolution, you will not have the option of enforcing a resolution limit."[3]


To avoid crash, it is recommended to set the game compatibility to run in 16-bit color quality.
There are two method to run the game in Window mode:
Add -win to shortcut Target[4]
  1. Right-click sun.exe and choose Properties.
  2. In Settings tab, tick the Reduced color mode checkbox, select 16-bit (65536) color and click OK.
  3. Right-click and drag sun.exe to Desktop or any path of your choice and choose Create shortcuts here.
  4. Right-click on newly created shortcut and choose Properties.
  5. In the Target area, add -win.
Use Run options to execute the game with -win option[4]
  1. Press WinKey+R to execute the Run dialog box.
  2. In the Open textbox, enter "<path-to-game>\sun.exe" -win

Fullscreen movies[edit]

Change StretchMovies to yes[citation needed]
  1. Go to the configuration file(s) location.
  2. Open sun.ini.
  3. Go to the [Video] section.
  4. Change the StretchMovies string to Yes.


Input options menu
Input options menu

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 options menu
Audio options menu
Fan-made external audio options menu (for the TSpatch and TS Installer version of the game).
Fan-made external audio options menu (for the TSpatch and TS Installer version of the game).

Audio feature State Notes
Separate volume controls
Voices, Music and Sound
Surround sound
Closed captions
Mute on focus lost


Language UI Audio Sub Notes
Firestorm expansion wasn't officially localized. Fantranslation available here: download.


Network options menu
Network options menu

Multiplayer types

Type Native Players Notes
LAN play
8 Versus
Uses IPX protocol. Requires LAN patch to replace with UDP.
Online play
8 Versus

Connection types


Protocol Port(s) and/or port range(s)
TCP 3840, 4005, 4808, 4810, 4995, 7000-7002
UDP 1234-1237, 4000, 5400
Universal Plug and Play (UPnP) support status is unknown.

Issues fixed[edit]

Game doesn't show sub-menu options when clicking an option in the main menu, causing it to think that the game is crashed[edit]

When clicking on an option in the main menu, nothing shows up that led to think of the game locks up
Download and install TSpatch[citation needed]

Build lag[edit]

On some systems, the building process slows down the game to a couple of frames per seconds
Download and install TSpatch[citation needed]

Crash upon loading a campaign map[edit]

Tiberian Sun will crash to the desktop upon loading some later campaign maps if there are too many saved games. Delete some saved games and the level will work.

Cannot Alt+Tab[edit]

Download and install TSpatch[citation needed]

From Launcher settings, set Renderer to Direct3D 9.

Other information[edit]


Technical specs Supported Notes
DirectDraw 6
Executable 32-bit 64-bit Notes


Middleware Notes
Cutscenes VQA
Multiplayer Westwood Online

OS X/Linux emulation[edit]

Setup Wine[citation needed]
  1. Download the game.
  2. Run the installer with Wine (right-click):
  3. Edit SUN.INI and choose whatever you want (resolution, etc.):
  4. Open winecfg.
  5. On the Applications tab, click on "Add Application", and point to the GAME.exe
  6. On the Libraries tab, add "wsock32.dll" for the library replacements.
  7. Add the following tricks (from WineHQ):
  8. Run 'wine regedit', browse to HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Wine. If there is no key (the stuff with folder icons) called AppDefaults, then create it.
  9. Right-click on that key and create a new key game.exe
  10. Create a new subkey Direct3D. In that key create two string variables:
  • DirectDrawRenderer with value opengl
  • RenderTargetLockMode with value readtex
  • Run the game through Wine and enjoy.[5]

System requirements[edit]

Minimum Recommended
Operating system (OS) 95
Processor (CPU) Intel Pentium 166 MHz
System memory (RAM) 32 MB
Hard disk drive (HDD) 200 MB
Video card (GPU) 2 MB of VRAM
DirectX 6 compatible


  1. SafeDisc retail DRM does not work on Windows 10[1] and is disabled by default on Windows Vista, Windows 7, Windows 8, and Windows 8.1 when the KB3086255 update is installed.[2]
  2. 2.0 2.1 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).