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Deathmatch Classic

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Deathmatch Classic
Deathmatch Classic cover
Valve Corporation
Release dates
Windows June 1, 2001
macOS (OS X) March 30, 2013
Linux March 30, 2013
Monetization One-time game purchase
Modes Multiplayer
Pacing Real-time
Perspectives First-person
Controls Direct control
Genres Action, Shooter
Art styles Realistic
Themes Fantasy, Sci-fi
Deathmatch Classic on HowLongToBeat
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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.

Key points

There are few working servers left.
The player base is extremely small.

General information

GitHub Issue Tracker for Deathmatch Classic and other GoldSrc-based games
Steam Community Discussions


Source DRM Notes Keys OS
Included for free with updates for Half-Life.
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macOS (OS X)

Essential improvements

Skip intro videos

Use -nointro command line argument

Game data

Configuration file(s) location

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

Save game cloud syncing

System Native Notes
Steam Cloud


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

Graphics feature State Notes
Widescreen resolution
FOV is cropped, see FOV notes
4K Ultra HD
Only with OpenGL renderer. Different renderer will cause game crash.
Field of view (FOV)
See Field of view (FOV).
Borderless fullscreen windowed
See Borderless fullscreen windowed.
Anisotropic filtering (AF)
Use cvar gl_aniso to configure. Restart required.
Anti-aliasing (AA)
Vertical sync (Vsync)
60 FPS
120+ FPS
See High frame rate.
High dynamic range display (HDR)
See the glossary page for potential alternatives.

Field of view (FOV)

Field of view[citation needed]
The fov is not automatically adjusted when the 'Display Mode' is changed to 'Widescreen'.

First Method:

  1. While in game, push ~ to open the developer console.
  2. Type cl_fov (value) and press Enter.

Second Method:

  1. Alternatively you can also open config.cfg located in <path-to-game>\Half-Life\dmc\cfg\.
  2. Add the following to the bottom of it.

For 16:10 at 90 FOV: cl_fov 100.39

For 16:10 at 120 FOV: cl_fov 128.61

For 16:9 at 90 FOV: cl_fov 106.27

For 16:9 at 120 FOV: cl_fov 133.17

If the new fov doesn't stick try creating an autoexec.cfg-file in the same folder and adding the line to it.

Borderless fullscreen windowed

-window -noborder[citation needed]
  1. Find Deathmatch Classic in your Steam Library
  2. Right-click the game name
  3. Select Properties
  4. Select Set Launch Options...
  5. Input -window -noborder
  6. Press OK
  7. Launch the game

High frame rate

Setting FPS higher than 100[citation needed]
Increasing the FPS is necessary to make the game seem less choppy without vsync enabled.

First Method:

  1. While in game, push ~ to open the developer console.
  2. Type developer 1 and press Enter. This enables developer mode, going past the video standards of when TFC was first released.
  3. Type fps_override 1 and press Enter. This enables entering in FPS levels higher than 100.
  4. Finally type fps_max 200 and press Enter. Setting to 200 is recommended, higher values will feel floaty.

Second Method:

  1. Alternatively you can also open autoexec.cfg located in the game folder (see above).
  2. Add the following to the bottom of it.
developer 1
fps_override 1
fps_max 200


In-game key map settings.
In-game key map settings.
In-game mouse/joystick settings.
In-game mouse/joystick settings.

Keyboard and mouse State Notes
Mouse acceleration
Does not work in Windows 10 Creators Update. See Issues Fixed for a workaround.
Mouse sensitivity
Mouse input in menus
Mouse Y-axis inversion
Controller support
In-game support only allows for single-joystick interaction, and buttons must be bound via console commands.
Full controller support
Controller remapping
Can only be done via the bind command in the console.
Controller sensitivity
Controller Y-axis inversion
Enable option "Reverse mouse" to invert Joystick Y-axis.
Additional information
Button prompts
Controller hotplugging
Haptic feedback
Simultaneous controller+KB/M


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

Audio feature State Notes
Separate volume controls
Surround sound
Lost with Linux update.[1]
Closed captions
Mute on focus lost
Royalty free audio


Language UI Audio Sub Notes


In-game multiplayer settings.
In-game multiplayer settings.
For more information, see the "Half-Life Dedicated Server" section of our GoldSrc article.

Multiplayer types

Type Native Players Notes
LAN play
32 Versus
Online play
32 Versus

Connection types

Type Native Notes
Direct IP
Open the console (~) and use connect [IP address here].


Protocol Port(s) and/or port range(s)
UDP 6003, 7002, 27010, 27015, 27025
Universal Plug and Play (UPnP) support status is unknown.

Issues fixed

Broken mouselook on Windows 10 Creators Update

Toggle raw mouse input ON in mouse options.

Other information


Technical specs Supported Notes
Direct3D 7 Lost with Linux update.[2]
OpenGL 2.1
Software renderer
Executable 32-bit 64-bit Notes
macOS (OS X)
This 32-bit-only macOS game does not work on macOS Catalina (10.15) or later.


Middleware Notes
Audio Miles Sound System
Input SDL
Multiplayer WON, Steamworks WON for retail version, Steamworks for Steam version.

Console commands

Games running on the GoldSrc engine can utilize GoldSrc Engine Console Commands for various tasks.
The console is enabled by default in GoldSrc games, press ~ to open it.

System requirements

Minimum Recommended
Operating system (OS) XP
Processor (CPU) 500 MHz
System memory (RAM) 96 MB
Hard disk drive (HDD) 4 GB
Video card (GPU) 16 MB of VRAM
macOS (OS X)
Operating system (OS) Snow Leopard 10.6.3
Processor (CPU) 500 MHz
System memory (RAM) 1 GB
Hard disk drive (HDD) 4 GB
Video card (GPU) Nvidia GeForce 8000 series
ATI Radeon X1600
Intel HD 3000
Operating system (OS) Ubuntu 12.04
Processor (CPU) Dual-core from Intel at 2.8 GHz
Dual-core from AMD at 2.8 GHz
System memory (RAM) 1 GB
Hard disk drive (HDD) 4 GB
Video card (GPU) Nvidia GeForce 8600/9600GT
ATI/AMD Radeon HD2600/3600
OpenGL 2.0 compatible
Sound (audio device) OpenAL Compatible Sound Card
Other (Graphic Drivers: Nvidia 310, AMD 12.11)


  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).