Grand Theft Auto IV

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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 One-time game purchase, Expansion pack
Microtransactions None
Modes Singleplayer
Pacing Real-time
Perspectives Third-person
Controls Direct control
Genres Open world, Action
Vehicles Automobile, Bus, Helicopter, Motorcycle, Naval/watercraft
Art styles Realistic
Themes Contemporary
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)


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

Grand Theft Auto IV is a singleplayer third-person open world and action game in the Grand Theft Auto series.

Key points

Extensive modding community. Same with Grand Theft Auto: Episodes from Liberty City. See Downgrading.
PC version allows to import music files for playback in a custom radio station.
Rockstar Games has removed some music tracks from the game due to expired licenses. Same with Grand Theft Auto: Episodes from Liberty City. See Restore removed music.

General information

GTAForums - Grand Theft Auto IV Discussion
GTA Modding - A wiki hosting mod-information for the Grand Theft Auto series.
GTA Network - A huge network of fansites all dedicated to the Grand Theft Auto series.
Rockstar Support
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. Released on 2 DVDs.
Custom DRM code may sabotage the game in several ways.
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Official website
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Complete Edition.
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Complete Edition.
Windows (unavailable)
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Requires online activation
The Complete Edition is also available.
GamersGate (unavailable)
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Requires online activation
The Complete Edition is also available.
Games for Windows Marketplace (unavailable)
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Requires online activation
The Complete Edition is also available.
Green Man Gaming (unavailable)
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Requires online activation
The Complete Edition is also available.
Humble Store (unavailable)
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Requires online activation
The Complete Edition is also available.
Rockstar Social Club is no longer needed to run the game since Patch 6 .[2]
The Complete Edition includes Grand Theft Auto: Episodes from Liberty City.
CD keys can be redeemed on the Rockstar Games Launcher to activate the Complete Edition.[3]
The March 2020 update to the Steam version upgraded the game to the Complete Edition, addding achievements, introducing Rockstar Games Launcher DRM and removing multiplayer[4] and Games for Windows - LIVE and SecuROM PA DRM entirely (see Network for solutions).

DLC and expansion packs

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

Essential improvements[edit]


Patches after Patch 8 were released only for digital versions of the game.
Patch 8 updates the game's version to
Patch 7 is also available (may be as much needed for mods as Patch 4).

Skip intro videos[edit]

Install FusionFix or ZolikaPatch[5]
Edit loadingscreens_pc.dat[6][7]
  1. Go to <path-to-game>\GTAIV\common\data\.
  2. Open loadingscreens_pc.dat with a text editor.
  3. Alter the value of "duration" for sections 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 and 6 to "0".
Use the No-intro Easy Fix[citation needed]
  1. Download and extract the NO-intro_easy-fix.rar file (mirror on PCGamingWiki).
  2. Move the loadingscreens_pc.dat file to <path-to-game>\common\data\ (replace the file when prompted).

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. See Command line parameters for an alternative.

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.

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

Save game cloud syncing[edit]

System Native Notes
Requires enabling backup of the Documents folder in OneDrive on all computers.
Steam Cloud
Rockstar Games' cloud saves can be disabled while playing the game in Online Mode using the overlay's menu.
Uses Rockstar Games Launcher cloud saves for the Complete Edition.
Uses Rockstar Social Club's savegame and settings cloud sync function.


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

Graphics feature State WSGF Notes
Widescreen resolution
Cutscenes and loading screens are Vert-.[8]
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, but it does not allow adjustment of in-game FOV.
Run the game with -windowed parameter.
Borderless fullscreen windowed
Use Borderless Gaming, FusionFix or ZolikaPatch.
Anisotropic filtering (AF)
Up to 16 samples.
Anti-aliasing (AA)
See the glossary page for potential workarounds.
Vertical sync (Vsync)
60 FPS
120+ FPS
Frame rates above 60 cause some bugs, like buggy vehicle physics, motorcycles getting extremely slippery, inability to complete some missions, too slow handbrake camera, and regular camera movement and too zoomed-in cutscenes.
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.

DirectInput Controller support (old versions only)[edit]

Run the game with -usedirectinput parameter[10]
Added on Patch 2.[11]
A separate option is located in Controller Options on the Controls section on Options after Patch 3.

PS3 controller buttons[edit]

It may be preferable to change the Xbox 360 buttons used in the game's UI to the DUALSHOCK buttons if using a PlayStation controller. Below are the instructions to do so.

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\.

Right trigger does not work when using Steam Input[edit]

Bind Soft Pull Action to Right Trigger[12]
  1. Right-click the game in the Steam library and go to manage/controller configuration.
  2. Click Right Trigger and bind Soft Pull Action to Right Trigger.


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

Audio feature State Notes
Separate volume controls
Music and SFX.
Surround sound
Up to 5.0 output.[13]
Closed captions
Mute on focus lost
Royalty free audio
Commands responsible for the in-game audio:
  • -fullspecaudio: forces higher quality audio (default).
  • -minspecaudio: forces lower quality audio, good for lower-end CPUs (removes some extra audio details, not reducing the audio's definition. reduces CPU load).
DSOAL for using as alternative DirectSound wrapper (with or without HRTF) works on the Rockstar Games Launcher version and on Windows 10 builds prior to 1809.
The game uses DirectSound[13], that can be handled by Creative Alchemy (set duration to 10).[14] Run LaunchGTAIV.exe as administrator to avoid crashes (unneeded in the Rockstar Launcher version).


Language UI Audio Sub Notes
Fan translation, download.
Fan translation, download.
Contains translation only for main game, user must change game language in order to access DLC content.[15] See this to enforce different language without having to change RGL or Steam language
Fan translation, download. Download this for the Complete Edition.
Brazilian Portuguese
Fan translation, download.
Official localization by «1C-Softclub» included in the Complete Edition. Download this for other versions.
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 IV:MP or CitizenMP:IV. Downgrade first if running the Complete Edition.
Online play
32 Co-op, Versus
Use vanilla Games for Windows - LIVE's LIVE play feature, or use IV:MP, CitizenMP:IV or Grand Theft Auto Connected. downgrade first if running the Complete Edition.
GTA Connected provides 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)[16]
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 Notes
Nvidia 3D Vision
Use Helix Mod: Grand Theft Auto IV for better support.
Officially supported game, see official vorpX game list.

Issues fixed[edit]

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

The helicopter quick-time event may wrongly respond to the inputs from the Space button above 60 FPS.
Cap frame rate to 60 FPS[17]

Too slow handbrake camera and regular camera movement and too zoomed-in cutscenes[edit]

These bugs occur when the frame rate exceeds 60 FPS.
Apply FusionFix (keyboard and mouse controls only)[18][19]
Cap frame rate to 60 FPS or lower[20]

Game language does not follow the Rockstar Games Launcher/Steam settings[edit]

Install Language loader[21]
Needs Ultimate ASI Loader.
  1. Download and extract Language Loader in <path-to-game>\plugins\
  2. Change GameLanguageID to desired language in IVLanguageLoader.ini

No bullet spread/recoil[edit]

Bullet spread/recoil is enabled only when playing with a controller by default, resulting in 100% shooting accuracy when using a keyboard and a mouse.[citation needed]
Apply FusionFix[22]
Works on the Complete Edition.
Install the Bullet Spread/Recoil Fix script[23]
Needs an ASI Loader.
Not recommended to use in Multiplayer.
Never got updated for the Complete Edition, likely incompatible.

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

Forcing available memory on Patch 8 is not recommended; it will make the game unstable.[citation needed]
Force maximum available memory[24]
  1. Create a file named commandline.txt in the game's root folder.
  2. Enter one of the following codes in to the newly created file depending on the texture quality set:
    • 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 run the game.

Unable to play in Offline mode with the game's Steam version[edit]

This solution will enable offline mode with local game saves.
Run the game from the Rockstar Games Launcher[25]
  1. Ensure both Rockstar Games Launcher and Steam are already set for offline mode: Rockstar Games Launcher's how-to. Steam's how-to.
  2. Disconnect the system from Ethernet and Wi-Fi.
  3. Run the Rockstar Games Launcher using Windows' Start Menu, that uses a shortcut to "LauncherPatcher.exe" (usually located in "%PROGRAMFILES%\Rockstar Games\Launcher").
  4. Run the game from this launcher by clicking "Play on Steam".

VRAM amount is wrongly detected[edit]

The game can wrongly detect the amount of VRAM available, showing only 512 MB instead.
Claimed to be fixed on Patch 8,[26] but might still happen on certain system configurations[27] such as laptops with dual GPU configurations[28], when using wrappers like DXVK or when Downgrading to a pre-Patch 8 version of the game.
Use -availablevidmem XXXX command line argument and replace XXXX by the wanted amount of VRAM in MB[29]
Use ExtendVidMem[30]
Works on the Complete Edition.
  1. Download the dinput8.dll file in this page.
  2. Extract it to <path-to-game>\GTA IV\.


Rename the ASI loader's variant of the dinput8.dll file to dsound.dll to use this fix along with Ultimate ASI Loader.

DRM-related errors[edit]

Absent from the Complete Edition, where GFWL and SecuROM were removed from the game.
Install the latest Games for Windows - LIVE in case of old versions on Windows 8 or later.

Error: WS10[edit]

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

Fatal error: WTV190[edit]

Reinstall GFWL client[citation needed]

Fatal error: WTV270[edit]

See In-game interface does not open

Release Date Check Failure[edit]

For older versions: Alter the system date to any date before June 28, 2015.[citation needed]

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

Install Visual C++ Redistributable 2005 SP1 and .NET 3.5[31]
Remove any administrator compatibility fix from <path-to-game>\GTAIV\GTAIV.exe

Other information[edit]


Technical specs Supported Notes
Direct3D 9.0c
Shader Model support 3
Executable 32-bit 64-bit Notes


Middleware Notes
Physics Bullet, Euphoria
Interface Flash
Cutscenes Bink Video 1.9r
Used for in-game television.

Launch options[edit]

Few commands work only on clear game and on Patch 3.
It is possible to alter the way the game runs by creating a file called commandline.txt and saving it to <path-to-game>. Below is a list of all the parameters.
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 game's detail distance (0-99).
-disableimposters Turns off imposter rendering for vehicles.
-forcehighqualitymirrors Enables 64-bit mirrors.
-forcer2vb Forces rendering to Vertex Buffer.
-frameLimit Limits the 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 Allows to 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 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 minimize and altering resolutions (reduces system memory footprint).
-norestrictions Disables restrictions on graphics settings.
-noswapdelay Disables sleep delay before Present (disables the hard present stalls fix).
-notimefix Disables Time Fix.
-novblank Disables vertical blanking for V-Sync.
-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 programs.
-reservedApp Sets the amount of memory to be left available within application space.
-renderquality Adjusts anisotropic filtering (0-4).
-safemode Sets the game's graphics 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 game's texture quality (0-2).
-unmanaged Uses application managed resources.
-usedirectinput Allows DirectInput alongside XInput support.
-viewdistance Sets the game's view distance (0-99).
-windowed Forces windowed mode.
-width Sets the horizontal resolution.

Custom music[edit]

The game allows users to play their own music on a custom radio station: Independence FM.[32]

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.
iTunes must be installed for M4A support.
Supported formats are M4A, MP3 and WMA. Other formats and extensions are not detected.
Use shortcuts to audio files/folders to improve performance and save disk space.
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-game.
Monaural audio files are not supported.


ENB Series graphical enhancement was never meant to work on Patch 5 or later[33], and the particular ENB version must support Patch 8 (so also dax.dll fix included) (IV | EFLC), otherwise the game may display a black screen. This instruction is aditionally needed to fix the Social Club error on the RGL/Steam version.
Some mods may not work on the game's latest version.
The most recommended versions for modding are patches 4-7.
Steam guide for downgrading the Complete Edition to patches 8, 7 or 4


Delete any plugins, like FusionFix, from the game folder before using this method.
Can keep DLCs in one game, Steam achievements and the 3 EFLC-exclusive radio stations.
Works with GFWL (delete xlive.dll from the game folder and XlivelessAddon.asi from the plugins folder and get the GFWL code protection disabler to enable GFWL) and multiplayer clients.
Has a beginner-friendly installer with a guide.
It is alternatively possible to play Singleplayer without any requirements for GFWL thanks to xlive.dll.
Downgrading to Patch 4 removes DLCs support.
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 Script Hook version is needed for modding on Patch 4, found here.
Some mods only work on Patch 4, while other mods, like ColAccel, do not work on Patch 4 at all.
This version is claimed to have better game performance.[34][35]
Install Patch 7 (
  1. Extract the files.
  2. Run UpdateTitle.exe and install it.
  3. Download and install XLiveLess.


Only works when downgrading from patch 8 to 7.
Patch 7 has better graphics, DLCs support, many bug fixes, secondary key-bindings and more.
Many report a performance decrease on this patch compared to Patch 5 or older due to a better shadow quality on Patch 6 or later.

Reduce loading times[edit]

You must delete colCache.dat and let it get re-created when editing .IMG archives.
Place ColAccel script in <path-to-game>[36]
Needs an ASI Loader.
Greatly reduces loading times.
Supports the Complete Edition.
May cause bugs and/or other inconsistencies, mostly related to scripted models or objects that alter their appearance via story progression.[37]

Restore removed music[edit]

Over 50 radio station tracks were removed from the game in April 2018 due to expired licenses.[38]
Downgrading the Radio Stations[39]
  1. Download the (music) downgrader.
  2. Unpack to the installation folder.
  3. Run install.bat.

Ultimate ASI Loader[edit]

Ultimate ASI Loader is a tool that loads custom libraries with the .ASI file extension.
Needed by FusionFix and ZolikaPatch.
  1. Download the file.
  2. Extract the file to <path-to-game>\GTAIV\.

Use over 2 GB of RAM[edit]

The game will only use up to 2 GB of RAM by default; this can be adjusted to up to 4 GB. Extending this limit may be needed while using wrappers, like DXVK.
Edit stream.ini[41]
  1. Go to <path-to-game>\GTA IV\pc\ and open the stream.ini file.
  2. Alter every occurrence of 204800 to 409600 and save the file.


Disables Games for Windows - LIVE.
Includes Ultimate ASI Loader.
The location of the savegames alters to %USERPROFILE%\Documents\Rockstar Games\GTA IV\savegames\.
Adds borderless windowed mode.
Allows running the game directly from GTAIV.exe.
Provides an option to skip intro videos and the main menu.
Disables LIVE multiplayer acess. LAN multiplayer is still accessible, but connecting to a LAN lobby crashes the game.[citation needed]
  1. Download the file.
  2. Extract the contents of the download to <path-to-game> (replace the file when prompted).


DXVK is a Vulkan-based translation layer for Direct3D 9-11 games.
May vastly improve the game's performance due to its added shader/state cache systems, advanced multithreading support and extended draw call handling capabilities.
May prevent some ENB shaders, like ambient occlusion, from caching and rendering.[43]
Install DXVK[44]


Create a text file, add d3d9.maxFrameLatency = 1 to it and save it as dxvk.conf in <path-to-game>\GTAIV\ to avoid or reduce occasional frame skipping and stuttering; this command ensures only a single frame is buffered by the CPU ahead of time.[45]
Adding d3d9.presentInterval = 1 to the dxvk.conf file enables Vsync; using Vsync via DXVK may provide less CPU overhead compared to the game's own Vsync implementation.
Adding d3d9.numBackBuffers = 3 to the dxvk.conf file may further improve frametime stability while using Vsync; this command ensures Triple Buffering is active.
The game may wrongly detect the amount of VRAM available and only show 512 MB instead while using DXVK.
The game may need to use over 2 GB of RAM to avoid stuttering while using DXVK.


It is strongly recommended to backup any files these mods may replace.
Should not be used in multiplayer.
Use Script Hook and CE Hook for other mods.


Aims to fix some issues on the Complete Edition (version or later).
Needs Ultimate ASI Loader.
  1. Download the file.
  2. Extract the files to <path-to-game>\GTAIV\ (replace the files when prompted).


See this for Patch 8. It is recommended to use ZolikaPatch otherwise.


For patches 4, 7 and 8. See FusionFix for the Complete Edition (version or later).
Needs Ultimate ASI Loader.
Started as a bug fixing mod and added some graphical overhauls.
Fixes issues that FusionFix does not address.
Needs downgrading.[48]
  1. Download the ZIP file from bottom of the first post.
  2. Extract the files to <path-to-game>\GTAIV\.

Run EFLC as DLCs[edit]

For patches 6-8.
Unneeded on the Complete Edition.
Merges the radio stations and songs from EFLC into the base game.
Removes RamJam FM, Self-Actualization FM and Vice City FM radio stations.

IV HUD & Radar overhaul[edit]

Aims to remake every texture of the the HUD in higher resolution without making any other changes if possible.

Beta Whiz Phone[edit]

Makes the phone model better match the Whiz Phone's cutscene model.

CG4 Radar/Map[edit]

Adds more details and information on the world map and improves its look.

Clean IV[edit]

Improves the game's saturation and removes the gray-green filter.

DayL's Natural Timecyc[edit]

Makes the game less dark/grey, more natural and more vibrant.

Draw Distance Tweak[edit]

Allows larger draw distances.

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

For patches 7 and 8.
Should be installed before FusionFix..
Fixes some minor graphical issues and replaces the low quality textures in EFLC by better quality ones.

First Person[edit]

Works on VR.

Fixed Combat Shotgun Icon[edit]

Makes the Combat Shotgun icon better match the in-game model.

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

Needs OpenIV.
Fixes some character textures and makes the characters better match their EFLC appearances.

iCEnhancer Natural[edit]

Incompatible with other ENB mods.
Overhauls the game's visuals from lighting and reflections to vegetation.
Optimized for Patch 4.[49]

Improved Animations Pack[edit]

Needs OpenIV.
Fixes many issues with gun animations, like the firing delay on the assault rifles.

Plane Flight Path Improvements[edit]

Alters the paths the planes take around the city.

Player Outfit Texture Fixes[edit]

Needs OpenIV.
N.O.O.S.E. and Ped Outfit Texture Fixes do not replace files from Grand Theft Auto IV and Episodes From Liberty City: Characters Fixes.
Fixes coloring issues on the N.O.O.S.E., pedestrians and player textures.
Player Outfit Texture Fixes replaces files from Grand Theft Auto IV and Episodes From Liberty City: Characters Fixes.

Potential Grim[edit]

For patches 7/EFLC 2 (recommended) and 8/EFLC 3.
Increases the gangs' hostility and violence and expands their influence, relying on proper backgrounds and story details.
Fixes a coding error where some gangs should be more hostile after certain points in the game.

Project 2DFX[edit]

Needs an ASI Loader.
Makes street lights render from greater distances.

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

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

Responsive Plus[edit]

For patches 7/EFLC 2 (recommended) and 8/EFLC 3.
Rebalances gunplay, substantially reducing total ammo pool and magazine size and increasing damage output in guns, making firefights more challenging and engaging, where time to kill is shorter for both the player and enemies. Ammo and weapons are also more expensive now.
Slightly adjusts the vehicle handling model.
Makes many fixes/tweaks across the game, notably to vehicle flags/spawning.

Road Textures by DKT70[edit]

Better results with an ENB mod.
Gives high-definition textures to roads.

Ultimate Graphics Tweak[edit]

For patches up to Patch 4.
Restores effects from the console versions, like depth of field and motion blur.


Fixes and improves the game's visuals based on Liberty City's real life inspiration.

System requirements[edit]

Operating system (OS) XP SP3, Vista SP2, 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. GTA IV PC - Games For Windows - last accessed on 2022-09-09
  2. Grand Theft Auto IV Patch Changelog - last accessed on 2022-09-20
    "Separate RGSC application no longer required to launch game."
  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 2022-09-20
    "Players with existing CD keys will be able to redeem them via the Rockstar Games Launcher."
  4. 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 2022-09-20
    "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."
  5. Verified by User:Tomasak on 2022-11-29
    Both have option to skip intro
  6. Remove/Skip annoying intro sequence! - /r/GTA
  7. Verified by User:Bowi on 2022-08-19
  8. GTA IV (2016 Patch) | 21:9 Review - YouTube
  9. Verified by User:Blackbird on 2021-04-17
  10. Currently Supported Controllers for GTA IV PC - Rockstar Support
  11. Title Update v. - Help & Support - GTAForums
  13. 13.0 13.1 PC Gaming Surround Sound Round-up
  14. Creative Alchemy - GTAForums
  15. Japanese support - last accessed on 2022-12-01
  16. IV:MP T4 Manual - IV-MP Community Forum
  17. GTA IV: Bugs and Glitches compilation
  18. Handbrake camera is too slow · Issue #10 · GTAmodding/GTAIV-Issues-List
  19. Zoomed in cutscenes · Issue #1 · GTAmodding/GTAIV-Issues-List
  20. Verified by User:Mrtnptrs on 2022-08-23
  21. Verified by User:Tomasak on 2022-12-01
    Checked if mod works on latest CE version
  22. Recoil behaves differently between gamepad and kb/mouse · Issue #6 · GTAmodding/GTAIV-Issues-List
  23. Archived Requests, need ideas? - GTAForums
  24. How to use -memrestrict to fix stuttering - GTA Forums
  25. Verified by User:Bowi on 2022-08-14
    Tested myself with both Steam's and Rockstar Launcher's clouds disabled.
  26. Grand Theft Auto IV Patch 8 Title Update Notes (PC only) - last accessed on 2022-08-23
  27. GTA IV – How to fix Resource Usage (VRAM) stuck on 512 MB
  28. Verified by User:Tomasak on 2022-11-29
    Checked on laptop with GTX 1060 and Intel HD 630 GPU combination
  29. Verified by User:Tomasak on 2022-11-29
    Tested on both platforms
  30. Newest patch - VRAM 512MB limit !!
  31. SecuROM™ Support Website - Grand Theft Auto IV
  32. Independence FM (user radio) in GTA IV - Rockstar Support
  34. Patch vs Patch - GTA Forums
  35. Project2DFX - GTAForums
  36. ColAccel - reduce loading time by 50%* - Scripts & Plugins - GTAForums
  37. Post by Marsi4eg
  38. Grand Theft Auto IV music cut patch - Rock Paper Shotgun
  39. IV/EFLC Radio "downgrader" - GTA Forums
  40. Ultimate-ASI-Loader/ at master · ThirteenAG/Ultimate-ASI-Loader · GitHub
  41. How to really play this game + improving game performance
  42. Cite error: Invalid <ref> tag; no text was provided for refs named XLiveLessAddon
  43. (fix) ENB finally works back with Rockstar Games Launcher (and probably Steam) - n0emo comment - Reddit - last accessed on 2022-10-29
  44. DXVK works magic on GTA IV - Reddit - last accessed on 2022-10-29
  45. How to fix choppiness and stutters in GTA IV - last accessed on 2022-10-29
  46. GTAIV.EFLC.FusionFix/ at master · ThirteenAG/GTAIV.EFLC.FusionFix · GitHub
  47. [IV] ZolikaPatch - Page 1 - Scripts & Plugins - GTAForums
  48. Page mentions support for unpatched game, patch 4, 7 and 8 - last accessed on 2022-11-29
  49. [missing title] - last accessed on 2022-08-09