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Grand Theft Auto IV
Grand Theft Auto IV cover
Rockstar North
Windows Rockstar Toronto
Rockstar Games
Japan Capcom
Russia 1C-SoftClub
Release dates
Windows December 2, 2008
Metacritic 90
Monetization Expansion pack
Series Grand Theft Auto
Grand Theft Auto IV on HowLongToBeat
Grand Theft Auto IV on IGDB
Grand Theft Auto IV guide on StrategyWiki
Grand Theft Auto IV on MobyGames
Grand Theft Auto IV on Wikipedia
Grand Theft Auto 1997
Grand Theft Auto 2 1999
Grand Theft Auto III 2002
Grand Theft Auto: Vice City 2003
Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas 2005
Grand Theft Auto IV 2008
Grand Theft Auto: Episodes from Liberty City 2010
Grand Theft Auto: iFruit 2013
Grand Theft Auto V 2015
Grand Theft Auto: Chinatown Wars 2021
Grand Theft Auto: The Trilogy – The Definitive Edition (series)
Grand Theft Auto Re: Liberty City Stories (unofficial port) TBA



For Games for Windows - LIVE on Windows 8 or later, install the latest Games for Windows - LIVE software.

Key points

The March 2020 update upgrades the game to the Complete Edition, introducing the Rockstar Games Launcher DRM while removing Games for Windows - LIVE and SecuROM DRM entirely and adding achievements to the Steam version of the game, but also removing multiplayer[1] (see Network for solutions).
Extensive modding community, along with Grand Theft Auto: Episodes from Liberty City. See Downgrading.
PC version features the ability to import music files for playback in a custom radio station.
Certain graphical effects and details are inferior to the console versions (e.g. less grass, more texture flickering, and weaker volumetric lighting).[2]
Rockstar Games has removed certain music tracks from the game due to expired licenses. Same with Grand Theft Auto: Episodes from Liberty City. See Restore removed music.

General information

Rockstar Support
GTA Modding - A wiki hosting mod-information for the GTA series.
GTAForums - Grand Theft Auto IV Discussion
GTA Network - A huge network of fansites all dedicated to the Grand Theft Auto series
Steam Community Discussions


Source DRM Notes Keys OS
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Disc check (requires the CD/DVD in the drive to play)
CD key
Requires online activation
Games for Windows - LIVE and SecuROM PA DRM.[Note 1] Additionally uses SecuROM 7 DRM for disc checking.
CD keys can be redeemed on the Rockstar Games Launcher. Doing this will activate the Complete Edition.[3] Released on 2 DVDs.
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Official website
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Complete Edition.
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Complete Edition.
Complete Edition includes Grand Theft Auto: Episodes from Liberty City.

DLC and expansion packs

DLCs are now a part of the Complete Edition. All previously purchased copies on Steam were upgraded for free to that version, while original retail versions can be freely upgraded to Complete Edition, by registering a Games for Windows - LIVE key on Rockstar Games Launcher.
Name Notes
The Lost and Damned
The Ballad of Gay Tony

Essential improvements[edit]

Skip intro videos[edit]

Use GTA IV No-intro Easy Fix
  1. Download and extract the NO-intro_easy-fix.rar file.
  2. Move the loadingscreens_pc.dat file to <path-to-game>\common\data\ (replace the file when prompted).
Use FusionFix[4]
Use ZolikaPatch[5]
Apply XLiveLessAddon (old versions only)[6]
Edit loadingscreens_pc.dat[7]
  1. Go to <path-to-game>\GTAIV\common\data\
  2. Open loadingscreens_pc.dat with Notepad
  3. Change the value of "duration" for sections 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, and 6 to 0.
Apply the GTA IV Intro Patch[citation needed]


For patch releases after Patch, you must update through Steam or the Rockstar Games Launcher.
Patch 8 updates the game to version
Patch 7 is also available (may be required for some mods, as much as Patch 4).
Since Patch 6 Rockstar Social Club is no longer required to run the game.[8]


This projects aims to fix some issues present in Grand Theft Auto IV: Complete Edition (v1.2.0.30 and above required).
FusionFix · GitHub
Applying FusionFix[9]
  1. Download the file.
  2. Extract the contents of the download to <path-to-game>\.
  3. Download the file.
  4. Extract the contents of the download to <path-to-game>\ (replace the file(s) when prompted).
For Patch, see here. Otherwise, it is recommended to use ZolikaPatch (see below)


For use with Patches,, and It cannot be used for the Complete Edition.
Fixes more issues that FusionFix doesn't address.
Applying ZolikaPatch[10]
  1. Download the file.
  2. Extract the contents of the download to <path-to-game>\.
  3. Download the file.
  4. Extract the contents of the download to <path-to-game>\ (replace the files when prompted).

GTA IV&EFLC Graphics Fix & EFLC PC Quality Texture[edit]

For Patches and
Should be installed before installing FusionFix.
Fixes some minor graphical issues and replaces the low quality textures in Episodes from Liberty City with better quality ones.


Greatly reduces loading times
When editing .IMG archives you need to delete colCache.dat and let it get re-created
Place ColAccel script in <path-to-game>[11]
Requires an ASI Loader.

Restore removed music[edit]

Over 50 radio station tracks were removed from the game in April 2018 due to expired licences.[12]
Downgrading the Radio Stations[13]
  1. Download the downgrader.
  2. Unpack to the installation folder.
  3. Run install.bat.

Run EFLC as DLCs[edit]

Not needed for the Complete Edition version.
Merges the radio stations and songs from EFLC into the base game.
Does not work with versions older than
Removes RamJam FM, Self-Actualization FM and Vice City FM radio stations.

Grand Theft Auto IV and Episodes From Liberty City: Characters Fixes[edit]

Not only does this fix some character textures, but it also makes characters look more consistent with their EFLC appearances.
Requires OpenIV

Player Outfit Texture Fixes[edit]

Fixes colouring issues on the player, pedestrians and N.O.O.S.E. textures.
Requires OpenIV.

Improved Animations Pack[edit]

Fixes several issues with gun animations, such as the firing delay on the assault rifles.
Requires OpenIV.

Game data[edit]

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

Configuration file(s) location[edit]

System Location
Windows %LOCALAPPDATA%\Rockstar Games\GTA IV\Settings\SETTINGS.CFG
Steam Play (Linux) <Steam-folder>/steamapps/compatdata/12210/pfx/[Note 2]
Configuration files are encrypted. For an alternative, see Command line parameters.

Save game data location[edit]

System Location
Windows %LOCALAPPDATA%\Rockstar Games\GTA IV\savegames\<user-id>\
%USERPROFILE%\Documents\Rockstar Games\GTA IV\Profiles\<user-id>\ (Complete Edition)
Steam Play (Linux) <Steam-folder>/steamapps/compatdata/12210/pfx/[Note 2]

The Rockstar Games Launcher version searches for Games For Windows - LIVE saves.

(old versions only) %LOCALAPPDATA%\Microsoft\XLive must also be backed up as the save data is bound to the Games for Windows - LIVE profile.

Save game cloud syncing[edit]

System Native Notes
Requires enabling backup of the Documents folder in OneDrive on all computers.
Steam Cloud
Uses Rockstar Social Club's savegame & settings cloud sync function.
Uses Rockstar Games Launcher cloud saves for Complete Edition.


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

Graphics feature State WSGF Notes
Widescreen resolution
Cutscenes and loading screens are Vert-.[14]
4K Ultra HD
Field of view (FOV)
Zolika1351's Trainer can be used to set a constant FOV or add a multiplier to the game's FOV. Ultimate Camera Control can be used to add a photo mode with adjustable FOV, does not allow adjustment of in-game FOV.
Launch the game with -windowed parameter.
Borderless fullscreen windowed
Use Borderless Gaming, FusionFix or ZolikaPatch.
Anisotropic filtering (AF)
Up to 16 samples.
Anti-aliasing (AA)
Use SMAA injector for SMAA. Copy the d3d9 files to your game directory. You may need to run LaunchGTAIV.exe as administrator. The game does not support traditional methods of anti-aliasing.[15]
Vertical sync (Vsync)
60 FPS and 120+ FPS
Cutscenes may be zoomed in incorrectly; slow handbrake camera; handbrake camera is too fast on high FPS (gamepad only)[16]
Framerates above 60 may cause minor physics/collision bugs. At least two end game missions (A Revenger's Tragedy and Out of Commission) cannot be completed above 60 FPS.
High dynamic range display (HDR)


In-game key map settings.
In-game key map settings.
In-game keyboard/mouse settings.
In-game keyboard/mouse settings.
In-game gamepad settings.
In-game gamepad settings.

PS3 Controller Buttons[edit]

If using a PlayStation controller, you might want to change the Xbox 360 buttons used in the game's UI to the DUALSHOCK buttons. To do so, follow the instructions below.

Instructions[citation needed]
  1. Download the Controller Button Icon Change mod.
  2. Extract buttons_360.wtd and frontend_360.wtd to <path-to-game>\PC\textures\

DirectInput Controller support (old versions only)[edit]

Launch the game with -usedirectinput parameter[18]
Added in Patch[19]
After Patch a separate option was located in Options then Controls then Controller Options.


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

Audio feature State Notes
Separate volume controls
SFX & Music.
Surround sound
Up to 5.0 output[20]
Closed captions
Mute on focus lost
Commands responsible for the in-game audio:
  • -fullspecaudio: forces higher quality audio (default).
  • -minspecaudio: forces lower quality audio - good for lower-end processors (while it doesn't decrease the definition of the audio, some extra audio details were removed, therefore reducing CPU load).
Game uses DirectSound[20] which can be handled by Creative Alchemy (set duration to 10).[21] Just run LaunchGTAIV.exe as administrator just in case the game crashes (unnecessary in Rockstar Launcher version).

DSOAL for using as alternative DirectSound wrapper (with or without HRTF) is compatible with the Rockstar Games Launcher version and with Windows 10 builds lower than at least 1809.


Language UI Audio Sub Notes
Fan translation, download.
Fan translation.
Fan translation, download. For Complete Edition download this version
Brazilian Portuguese
Fan translation, download.
Official localization by «1C-Softclub» retail version, download.
Fan translation by «ENPY Studio»
Fan translation, download.
Fan translation, download.


Multiplayer types

Type Native Players Notes
Local play
4 Co-op, Versus
Use Nucleus-Coop Unofficial mod - Guide.
LAN play
32 Co-op, Versus
Use vanilla Games for Windows - LIVE's LAN feature, or use CitizenMP:IV or IV:MP. If running Complete Edition, downgrade first.
Online play
32 Co-op, Versus
Use vanilla Games for Windows - LIVE's LIVE play feature, or use Grand Theft Auto Connected, CitizenMP:IV or IV:MP. If running Complete Edition, downgrade first.
GTA Connected gives you the closest experience to the original multiplayer.

Connection types

Type Native Notes
Games For Windows - LIVE is P2P, GTA Connected has an optional toggle for P2P.
Direct IP


Protocol Port(s) and/or port range(s)[22]
TCP GFWL: 3074
UDP GFWL: 3074, 88; IV:MP: 8888
Universal Plug and Play (UPnP) support status is unknown.

VR support[edit]

3D modes Native GG3D Notes
Nvidia 3D Vision
For better support use Helix Mod: Grand Theft Auto IV
TriDef 3D
Officially supported game, see official vorpx game list.

Issues fixed[edit]

In case of old versions - for Games for Windows - LIVE on Windows 8 or later, install the latest Games for Windows - LIVE.

Rockstar Games Launcher stuck at black loading screen[edit]

Update your GPU drivers[23]

Fatal error: RMN20[edit]

Run game in compatibility mode[citation needed]
  1. Go to the installation folder.
  2. Right click on GTAIV.exe and enter its properties screen.
  3. Under the compatibility tab, set the compatibility mode to Windows Vista (Service Pack 2) and click OK.
If using Windows 7, Vista or XP, update your Windows to the latest available service pack[24]

Game stuck at disclaimer screen or Rockstar logo on Windows 10[edit]

Disable fullscreen optimization[25]
  1. Go to the installation folder.
  2. Right click on GTAIV.exe and enter its properties screen.
  3. Under the compatibility tab, tick Disable fullscreen optimisations and click OK.

Right trigger doesn't work when using Steam Input[edit]

Bind Soft Pull Action to Right Trigger[26]
  1. Right click the game in your steam library and go to manage/controller configuration.
  2. Click on Right Trigger and bind Soft Pull Action to Right Trigger.

Infinite loading loop[edit]

See Large framerate drops on densely detailed parts of the city[27][28]

Large framerate drops on densely detailed parts of the city[edit]

Lower the view distance to 25 or lower. Anything higher may cause drops in performance when looking at the city's skyline or densely detailed areas (particularly Middle Park) for little visual gain.
You may also increase your performance significantly while minimising pop-in and graphical glitches by setting the Detail Distance between 10 and 40.
If you need very high framerates, it is recommended that you disable shadows as they are CPU-intensive and also reduce the Vehicle Density to around 40 (33 is the console default if you want a "vanilla" experience).
Keeping Vsync enabled (with the shadows disabled) may help the game maintain close to stable 60 FPS even on old Intel Core 2 Quad CPUs.
Alternatively, you can also try out disabling Clip Capture in the "Game" option in the main menu and setting -minspecaudio which can unload the CPU to some extent depending on your computer's specifications and -noprecache in some scenarios and -disableimposters excluding flying.

Texture popping, stuttering and other performance issues after running the game for a while[edit]

Force maximum available memory[29]
  1. Create a file named commandline.txt in the game's root folder.
  2. Depending on your texture quality, enter one of the following codes in to the newly created file:
    • Low textures (256 MB VRAM): -memrestrict 230686720
    • Medium textures (512 MB VRAM): -memrestrict 314572800
    • High textures (1 GB+ VRAM): -memrestrict 681574400
  3. Save the file and launch the game.
-reservedApp 0 is also worth a try for a 64-bit OS.[30]
Using high-resolution textures is not recommended for systems with less than 4GB of memory.[30]
Forcing available memory with Patch is not recommended as it will make the game unstable.
Make sure Steam Overlay is enabled[31][citation needed]

No recoil/bullet spread[edit]

By default, recoil/bullet spread is only enabled when playing with a controller. This results in 100% shooting accuracy when using a keyboard and a mouse.
Apply FusionFix[32]
Install the Bullet Spread/Recoil Fix script[33]
Not recommended to be used in Multiplayer.
Requires an ASI Loader.

Regular camera movement and handbrake camera are too slow[edit]

This bug occurs when the framerate exceeds 60 fps.
Apply FusionFix[34]

Cutscenes are too zoomed in[edit]

This bug occurs when the framerate exceeds 60 fps.
Apply FusionFix[35]
Enable vsync in the options game and set refresh rate on 60hz<
Framerate can be limited using Nvidia Inspector

Game language doesn't follow the Steam/Rockstar Games Launcher settings[edit]

Change Windows language
Replace .gxt file
  1. Go to <path-to-game>\common\text\ and make a copy of .gxt file of the desired language
  2. Delete the language set you currently have.
  3. Rename the previously made copy to the name of the previously deleted file.
You need to do this separately for TLaD and TBoGT, as they use separate GXTs: <path-to-game>\TLaD\common\text\ and <path-to-game>\TBoGT\common\text\ folders respectively.

The game will load with minimal graphics settings and won't let you change them[edit]

For video cards that have more than 2 GB of VRAM the game will run but won't let you change the graphics settings to anything better. To force the game to allow the changes, load the game's executable with this extra parameter: -norestrictions.
Bypass graphics restrictions on Steam version[citation needed]
  1. Open your Steam library.
  2. Right-click on Grand Theft Auto IV and select Properties.
  3. Press the Set Launch Options... button.
  4. Enter -norestrictions into the text field, press OK.
  5. Start the game.
Bypass graphics restrictions on other versions[citation needed]
  1. Go to <path-to-game>.
  2. Create a new text file in this folder and name it commandline.txt.
  3. Open it and add the string -norestrictions to it.
  4. Save the file.
  5. Start the game.

AMD/ATI Radeon Water Fix[edit]

There is a problem where the water loses its details after a while on AMD/ATI cards. To fix this issue do this:
Replace the water shaders[citation needed]
  1. Download the fixed waterTex shader file.
  2. Go to <path-to-game>\GTAIV
  3. Go to common\shaders\win32_30_atidx10\
  4. Place your downloaded waterTex.fxc shader file and replace the original.
  5. Go to common\shaders\win32_30_low_ati\
  6. Place your downloaded waterTex.fxc shader file and replace the original.
  7. Play.


Make sure to backup the original files just in case something wrong happens.

Invisible fonts bug[edit]

A bug may occur which involves most of the game menu text not showing. This happens when you downgrade Patch and later to any versions before it, as the older versions use a different font rendering technique.
Instructions[citation needed]
  1. Download the files fonts.dat and fonts_r.dat located here.
  2. Go to the installation folder.
  3. Drag and drop the files into common\data\ in <path-to-game>.

Frame rate drops after a short time in the game (e.g. 60 FPS suddenly drops to 45 FPS for no apparent reasons)[edit]

Launch the game via LaunchGTAIV.exe.

Not needed for the Steam/Rockstar Games Launcher versions.

The game stays in the foreground after hanging, making it impossible to see the Task Manager to close it[edit]

Click "Options" on the Task Manager and enable "Always on top", it will now be possible to Alt-Tab to it

Release Date Check Failure[edit]

Use the Offline Installer package[36]
Change your computer's date to any date before the 28th of June, 2015[citation needed]

Error: WS10[edit]

Install the updated Games for Windows Marketplace Client[citation needed]

SecuLauncher: failed to start application. [2000] error[edit]

Install Visual C++ Redistributable 2005 SP1 and .NET 3.5[36]
Remove any administrator compatibility fix from <path-to-game>\GTAIV\GTAIV.exe

Fatal error: WTV190[edit]

Reinstall GFWL client[citation needed]

Fatal error: WTV270[edit]

See In-game interface does not open

Game minimises after clicking Start[edit]

If the game minimises after selecting between GTA IV and EFLC and can't be made full screen again it may be a problem with PunkBuster. It can be fixed by stopping it from running.
Stop PunkBuster[citation needed]
  1. Press Ctrl+ Shift+Esc.
  2. Click PnkBstrA.exe in Processes.
  3. Click End task to stop it from running.

2GB+ VRAM is incorrectly recognized[edit]

This was fixed in Patch
Force increase video memory[37]
  1. Open <path-to-game>\commandline.txt (create if it doesn't exist).
  2. Put -availablevidmem 2048 in a new line (or replace 2048 with your VRAM in MB).

Multiplayer: Login to Social Club failed[edit]

This was fixed in Patch
Override paul.dll[citation needed]
  1. Rename <path-to-game>/paul.dll to paul.dll_old.
  2. Restart the game. It should load up directly.
  • Complete the GFWL setup first, so you can then take this shortcut.

Broken Space button during the missions "Out of Commission" and "A Revenger's Tragedy"[edit]

The helicopter quick-time event may not correctly respond to the inputs from the Space button on high fps (+60fps)
Enable vsync in the options game and set refresh rate on 60hz[38]
Framerate can be limited using Nvidia Inspector[38]

Rancher collision bug[edit]

When driving a Rancher truck, its front bumpers will collide against obstacles like stairs that other vehicles can normally go over. This issue is not present in the console versions.
Apply FusionFix


Apply a fix[39]
  1. Download and install OpenIV
  2. Download the file, and extract the "rancher.wft" file
  3. Open the OpenIV software and select "Grand Theft Auto IV" (If prompted to choose the installation folder, click "Browse...", navigate to where GTA IV is installed, and select the "GTAIV" folder)
  4. Click the "Edit mode" button on the navigation bar, then navigate to <path-to-game>\GTAIV\pc\models\cdimages and double-click "vehicles.img"
  5. Replace the original "rancher.wft" with the modded file.
  6. Exit OpenIV
Not recommended being used in Multiplayer.

Other information[edit]


Technical specs Supported Notes
Direct3D 9
Shader Model support 3
Executable 32-bit 64-bit Notes


Middleware Notes
Physics Bullet Physics Library, Euphoria
Interface Flash
Cutscenes Bink Video 1.9r
Used for ingame television

Launch Options[edit]

By creating a file called commandline.txt and saving it to your root installation folder you can alter the way your game runs. Below is a list of all the parameters.
Few commands works only on clear game and patch
Parameter Description
-help Lists the available commands
-adapter Uses the specified screen adapter
-autoconfig Automatically adjusts the graphics settings depending on computer specifications
-availablevidmem Sets the amount of available physical video memory
-benchmark Launches the game in Benchmark mode and then quits it
-detailquality Sets the detail distance of the game (0-99)
-disableimposters Turns off imposter rendering for vehicles
-forcehighqualitymirrors Enables 64-bit mirrors
-forcer2vb Forces rendering to Vertex Buffer
-frameLimit Limits your FPS to your monitor's refresh rate
-framelockinwindow Forces framelock to work even in a window
-fullscreen Forces fullscreen mode
-fullspecaudio Forces high-end CPU audio footprint
-gpucount Lets you manually set the GPU count if query fails
-height Sets the vertical resolution
-managed Uses D3D runtime managed resources
-memrestrict Restricts the amount of available memory that the game can use
-minspecaudio Forces low-end CPU audio footprint
-no_3GB Disables 32-bit OS with /3GB
-noBlockOnLostFocus Prevents the game from blocking window updates during focus loss
-noprecache Disables precaching of resources
-nomemrestrict Disables memory restrictions
-nominimize Disables the ability to restore the game from minimise and changing resolutions (reduces system memory footprint)
-norestrictions Disables restrictions on graphics settings
-noswapdelay Disables sleep delay before Present (disables the fix for hard present stalls)
-notimefix Disables Time Fix
-novblank Disables vertical blanking for VSync
-percentvidmem Percentage of video memory to be made available for the game
-refreshrate Sets the refresh rate (values set must be supported by your monitor)
-reserve Sets the amount of memory to be used by other programmes
-reservedApp Sets the amount of memory to be left available within application space
-renderquality Adjusts anisotropic filtering (0-4)
-safemode Sets the graphics of the game to the lowest setting possible
-shadowdensity Adjusts night shadows (0-16)
-shadowquality Sets the shadow quality (0-4)
-stereo Enables stereo audio support
-texturequality Sets the texture quality of the game (0-2)
-unmanaged Uses application managed resources
-usedirectinput Allows DirectInput alongside XInput support.
-viewdistance Sets the view distance of the game (0-99)
-windowed Forces windowed mode
-width Sets the horizontal resolution

Custom music[edit]

GTA IV allows users to play their own music on a custom radio station: Independence FM.[40]

Simply place any audio files/folders or create shortcuts in the %USERPROFILE%\Documents\Rockstar Games\GTA IV\User Music\ folder, and tune into the station in-game.
Supported formats are MP3, WMA, M4A. Other formats and extensions are not recognised.
iTunes needs to be installed for M4A support.
Use shortcuts to audio files/folders to save disk space and improve performance.
Supports High-resolution audio files. Up to 96 kHz / 24 bit.
Supports Surround audio files. Up to 6 channels.
FLAC is not supported. Convert them to WMA Lossless to use them in the game.
Monaural audio files not supported.


Many mods for GTA IV won't work with the latest version
The most supported versions for modding are any versions between and
Currently, Steam users can encounter problems with disabling the auto-update feature. It can be done by setting the time of the update: 12 a.m. to 12 p.m.
Install Patch 4 ([citation needed]
  1. Extract and run the installer
  2. Download the font fixes
  3. Place fonts.dat and fonts_r.dat into <path-to-game>\common\data\
  4. Download and install XLiveLess


An older version of ScriptHook is required for modding on Patch, found here
This version is claimed to have improved game performance[41][42]
Some mods work only with Patch, while other mods, such as ColAccel, won't work with Patch at all
Install Patch 7 (
  1. Extract the files anywhere on your computer
  2. Run UpdateTitle.exe and install it
  3. Download and install XLiveLess


Patch has enhanced graphics, secondary key-bindings, several bug fixes, support for the DLCs and more
Many have reported a performance decrease in this patch in comparison to patches prior to This is because the shadow quality has been improved in and later.
This only works when downgrading from to
Steam Guide for downgrading Complete Edition to or


Can keep Steam Achievements, DLCs in one game and the 3 EFLC-exclusive radio stations
Is compatible with multiplayer clients and GFWL (To enable GFWL, delete xlive.dll from the game folder, delete XlivelessAddon.asi from the plugins folder and get the GFWL code protection disabler)
Delete any plugins such as FusionFix from the game folder before using this method
To remove the Social Club login screen, remove "Paul.dll" from the game's installation folder

XLiveLess / ASI loader[edit]

XLiveLess disables Games for Windows - LIVE.
The location of the savegames changes to %USERPROFILE%\Documents\Rockstar Games\GTA IV\savegames\
Disables access to LIVE multiplayer. LAN multiplayer is still accessible but connecting to a LAN lobby will crash the game.
ASI loader is a tool that loads custom libraries with the file extension .asi.


Can skip the intro videos and even the main menu.
Adds borderless windowed mode.
Allows to launch through GTAIV.exe directly.
Includes Ultimate ASI Loader.
Applying XLiveLessAddon[6]
  1. Download the file.
  2. Extract the contents of the download to <path-to-game> (replace the file(s) when prompted).

Ultimate ASI Loader[edit]

Built-in XLiveLess.
Applying Ultimate ASI Loader[43]
  1. Download the file.
  2. Extract the contents of the download.
  3. Rename the dinput8.dll file to xlive.dll.
  4. Move this file to <path-to-game> (replace the file(s) when prompted).


Built-in ASI loader.
Applying XLiveLess[44]
  1. Download XLiveLess.
  2. Extract the contents of the download.
  3. Move the xlive.dll file to <path-to-game> (replace the file(s) when prompted).


These should not be used in multiplayer.
It is strongly recommended to make backups of any files these modifications may replace.

Script Hook and CE Hook[edit]

For using with other mods.

Liberty Legacy Trainer[edit]

Another good trainer.

Zolika1351's Trainer[edit]

Recently made mod menu for the game.
Compatible with Grand Theft Auto Connected.

Simple Trainer[edit]

Legacy mod menu for game.
Said to have issues on existing save files, breaking scripted storyline phone calls, preventing game progression.[45]

Clean IV[edit]

Color fix mod.

Dayl's Natural Timecyc mod[edit]

Natural Timecyc mod.

First person mod[edit]

Compatible with VR.

Draw Distance Tweak[edit]

Allows for larger draw distances.

GTA IV Optimizer[edit]

May boost performance
There is a V2 in Beta. Download

Speedometer KM/H (Not necessary)[edit]

Adds a speedometer to GTA IV.


Overhauls the game's visuals from lighting and reflections to vegetation.
Might require specific game versions.
Cannot be used with other ENB mods.

Excellent ENB[edit]

This ENB may be very bright for some users, so for an alternative download ENB for natural and realistic lighting (may not work on anything newer than Patch
Graphical modification that overhauls the game's visuals [citation needed].
Includes multiple presets suitable for any computer.
Compatible with all patches.
Contains an optional ASI loader.
Contains an optional trainer.
Contains optional textures for roads and trees.
Cannot be used with the iCEnhancer mod.
A minor graphical bug is present on street lights when Night Shadows are enabled on Patch or later.

Road Textures by DKT70[edit]

Graphical improvement that includes high-definition textures for roads.
Combine it with an ENB modification for the best results.

CG4 Radar/Map Mod[edit]

Adds additional details and information on the world map while improving its look.

ProVehicleMod v .1.0.1[edit]

ProVehicleMod is a mod that lets you spawn any vehicles you need at any time. It is equipped with a user-friendly GUI that allows you to spawn any car you want,

any time.

Project 2DFX[edit]

Makes streetlights render from a farther distance.
Needs an ASI Loader.

Potential Grim[edit]

Fixes a coding error where certain gangs were supposed to be more hostile after certain points in the game.
Increases the violence and hostility of gangs and expands their influence, relying on story details and proper backgrounds.

Responsive Plus[edit]

Makes various tweaks/fixes across the game, notably to vehicle flags/spawning.
Rebalances gunplay, substantially reducing total ammo pool and magazine size, and increasing damage output in firearms. This makes for more challenging and engaging firefights, where time to kill is shorter for both yourself and enemies. Weapons and ammo are also now more expensive.
Makes small adjustments to vehicle handling model.

Beta Whiz Phone[edit]

Makes the phone model look more consistent with the Whiz Phone's cutscene model.

Replace D3D/DDraw renderer to fix lag and stutters[edit]

Fixes native GTA IV's legacy D3D/DDraw renderer with DDrawCompat or translates it to DX11/12 or Vulkan renderers, potentially providing better frame rates and less stutter.
The game uses multi-core systems more efficiently.

Karin Sultan Trunk fix[edit]

Fixes a texture issue with the lights on the trunk of the Karin Sultan.

Plane Flight Path Improvements[edit]

Changes the paths that the planes take around Liberty City.

Fixed Combat Shotgun Icon[edit]

Corrects the icon of the Combat Shotgun to better match the in-game model.

IV HUD & Radar overhaul[edit]

This mod aims to remake every part of the HUD that uses textures, making them higher resolution but without making any other changes where that's possible.

Ultimate Graphics Tweak[edit]

Modification which allows bringing back missing effects, that were presented in console versions (like motion blur and depth of field).

System requirements[edit]

Operating system (OS) 7 SP1
Processor (CPU) Intel Core 2 Duo 1.8 GHz
AMD Athlon X2 64 2.4 GHz
System memory (RAM) 1.5 GB
Hard disk drive (HDD) 22 GB
Video card (GPU) ATI Radeon X1900
Nvidia GeForce 7900
256 MB of VRAM
DirectX 9.0c compatible


  1. Games for Windows - LIVE DRM features: Legacy activation, supports local profiles.
  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>/12210/ in addition to or instead of this directory. The app ID (12210) may differ in some cases. Treat backslashes as forward slashes. See the glossary page for details.


  1. Grand Theft Auto IV and Grand Theft Auto: Episodes from Liberty City updates to remove Games for Windows Live - Rockstar Games Customer Support - last accessed on 2020-03-25
    "As a result of this update the following services will no longer be available in Grand Theft Auto IV: Complete Edition - Games for Windows Live, Multiplayer mode, Leaderboards"
  2. GTA 4: Complete Edition: Xbox vs. PC Version - Detailed Comparison - last accessed on 2020-12-15
  3. Grand Theft Auto IV and Grand Theft Auto: Episodes from Liberty City updates to remove Games for Windows Live - Rockstar Games Customer Support - last accessed on 2020-03-25
    "Players with existing CD keys will be able to redeem them via the Rockstar Games Launcher"
  4. ThirteenAG/GTAIV.EFLC.FusionFix: This projects aims to fix or address some issues in Grand Theft Auto IV Complete Edition
  5. [IV] ZolikaPatch - Page 1 - Scripts & Plugins - GTAForums
  6. 6.0 6.1 [REL|GTAIV] XLiveLess - Page 32 - Scripts & Plugins - GTAForums
  7. Remove/Skip annoying intro sequence! - /r/GTA
  9. GTAIV.EFLC.FusionFix/ at master · ThirteenAG/GTAIV.EFLC.FusionFix · GitHub
  10. [IV] ZolikaPatch - Page 1 - Scripts & Plugins - GTAForums
  11. ColAccel - reduce loading time by 50%* - Scripts & Plugins - GTAForums
  12. Grand Theft Auto IV Music Cut Patch - Rock Paper Shotgun
  13. IV/EFLC Radio "downgrader" - GTA Forums
  14. GTA IV (2016 Patch) | 21:9 Review - YouTube
  15. pc technical issues - How can I force anti-aliasing in GTA IV? - Arqade - last accessed on 2020-04-03
  16. Handbrake camera is too fast on high FPS (gamepad only) · Issue #21 · GTAmodding/GTAIV-Issues-List
  17. Verified by User:Blackbird on 2021-04-17
  18. Currently Supported Controllers for GTA IV PC - Rockstar Support
  19. Title Update v. - Help & Support - GTAForums
  20. 20.0 20.1 PC Gaming Surround Sound Round-up
  21. Creative Alchemy - GTAForums
  22. IV:MP T4 Manual - IV-MP Community Forum
  24. GTA IV: Error Code RMN20 - Rockstar Support
  27. READ THIS if your GTA 4 gets stuck on the loading screen after pressing play! Easy Fix. :: Steam Community Discussions
  28. Need help running GTA IV (Steam) on Windows 8.1, page 1 - Forum
  29. How to use -memrestrict to fix stuttering - GTA Forums
  30. 30.0 30.1 Extreme Texture Pop-in - GTAForums
  31. How do i get over 60 fps in GTA 4 ?? - Steam Community Discussions
  32. Recoil behaves differently between gamepad and kb/mouse · Issue #6 · GTAmodding/GTAIV-Issues-List
  33. Archived Requests, need ideas? - GTAForums
  34. Handbrake camera is too slow · Issue #10 · GTAmodding/GTAIV-Issues-List
  35. Zoomed in cutscenes · Issue #1 · GTAmodding/GTAIV-Issues-List
  36. 36.0 36.1 SecuROM™ Support Website - Grand Theft Auto IV
  37. Issues with GTA IV showing video cards with over 2GB as under spec – Rockstar Support
  38. 38.0 38.1 GTA IV: Bugs and Glitches compilation
  39. GTAIV-Issues-List - Rancher's collision #51
  40. Independence FM (User radio) in GTA IV - Rockstar Support
  41. Patch vs Patch - GTA Forums
  42. [REL|III|VC|SA|IV] Project 2dfx - GTAForums
  43. Ultimate-ASI-Loader/ at master · ThirteenAG/Ultimate-ASI-Loader · GitHub
  44. [REL|GTAIV] XLiveLess - Scripts & Plugins - GTAForums
  45. catsmackaroo's Ultimate GTA IV Setup Guide, mentions aformentioned issue, recommends ZolikaTrainer.