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This page is for the 2016 game. For the original 2000 game, see Hitman: Codename 47.

Hitman cover
IO Interactive
Linux Feral Interactive[1]
macOS (OS X) Feral Interactive
Former Square Enix
Current IO Interactive
OS X, Linux Feral Interactive[1]
Glacier 2
Release dates
Windows March 11, 2016
Linux February 16, 2017[1]
macOS (OS X) June 20, 2017[2]
Hitman on MobyGames
Hitman on Wikipedia
Hitman: Codename 47 2000
Hitman 2: Silent Assassin 2002
Hitman: Contracts 2004
Hitman: Blood Money 2006
Hitman: Sniper Challenge 2012
Hitman: Absolution 2012
Hitman GO 2015
Hitman 2016
Hitman 2 2018

Key points

The game requires a constant internet connection for some features to work properly (Elusive targets, Contracts mode and Challenge progression).[3]

General information

Steam Community Discussions


Source DRM Notes Keys OS
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Only released in Europe, Contains 5 DVD's and steelbook only.
macOS (OS X)
Developer website
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Game of the Year Edition
macOS (OS X)
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macOS (OS X)
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Game of the Year Edition
macOS (OS X)
Green Man Gaming
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Game of the Year Edition
macOS (OS X)
Humble Store
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Game of the Year Edition
macOS (OS X)
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Game of The Year Edition also available.
macOS (OS X)
All versions require Steam DRM
Windows versions used to have Denuvo Anti-Tamper DRM,[4] which was removed in the June 21, 2017 Update.
A demo is available (progress carries over to the full game).[5]
All players receive the Hitman 2016 soundtrack and the "Making of" documentary, regardless of purchase history.

Downloadable content (DLC) and expansions

Essential improvements[edit]

Skip launcher[edit]

Use the -skip_launcher command line argument[6]

Force Vulkan under Linux[edit]

Through launcher[7]
  1. Open Feral Launcher.
  2. Go to Advanced Options.
  3. add -showdebugpanel -showtestpanel.
By editing configuration files[8]
  1. Edit $XDG_DATA_HOME/feral-interactive/HITMAN/preferences.
  2. Add <value name="UseVulkan" type="integer">1</value> below HKEY_CURRENT_USER, Software, IndirectX, Direct3D and Config keys.
This forces simple D3D11 to Vulkan translation which could result with increased[9] or decreased performance and possible visual glitches, e.g no water.[8]

Game data[edit]

Configuration file(s) location[edit]

System Location
Windows HKEY_CURRENT_USER\SOFTWARE\IO Interactive\Hitman\
macOS (OS X)
Linux $XDG_DATA_HOME/feral-interactive/HITMAN/
This game follows the XDG Base Directory Specification on Linux.

Save game data location[edit]

System Location
macOS (OS X)
Steam <Steam-folder>/userdata/<user-id>/236870/remote/

Save game cloud syncing[edit]

System Native Notes
Steam Cloud
Approx. 244 MB available. Save files are cross-platform.

Video settings[edit]

External graphics settings.
External graphics settings.
In-game graphics settings.
In-game graphics settings.
The most important settings to tweak for higher performance are shadow maps, followed by anti-aliasing.[11]

Input settings[edit]

In-game controller settings.
In-game controller settings.
In-game mouse and keyboard settings.
In-game mouse and keyboard settings.
Keyboard and mouse State Notes
Key remapping does not allow you to overwrite old keybinds. They must be set to a new key first.
Mouse acceleration
Disabled by default.
Mouse sensitivity
Mouse input in menus
Mouse Y-axis inversion
Controller support
Full controller support
Controller remapping
See the glossary page for potential workarounds.
Controller sensitivity
Controller Y-axis inversion
Controller types
XInput-compatible controllers
Xbox button prompts
Impulse Trigger vibration
DualShock 4 controllers
Mapping issues
DualShock button prompts
Light bar support
Connection modes unknown
Tracked motion controllers
Tobii Eye Tracking
Button/gesture prompts
Generic/other controllers
Additional information
Controller hotplugging
Haptic feedback
Simultaneous controller+KB/M
Steam Input
Steam Input API support
Hook input (legacy mode)
Official controller preset(s)
Steam Controller button prompts
Cursor detection
Limited use, as the mouse input is required for the cursor to show up.

Audio settings[edit]

In-game audio settings.
In-game audio settings.
Audio feature State Notes
Separate volume controls
Master, Effects and Music.
Surround sound
Closed captions
Mute on focus lost


Language UI Audio Sub Notes
Simplified Chinese
Brazilian Portuguese
Latin American Spanish

VR support[edit]

3D modes Native Notes
Nvidia 3D Vision
See Helix Mod: Hitman 2016 (DX11).
Devices Native Notes
Tobii Eye Tracking

Issues fixed[edit]

Flickering with AMD Crossfire[edit]

Game flickers when run on multiple AMD GPUs in Crossfire.
Change the resolution and then change back to the original resolution[12]

Run the game at screen refresh rate[edit]

Fullscreen mode defaults to 60 Hz, even if the screen refresh rate is set higher than that.
Set screen refresh rate[13]
  1. Go to the configuration file(s) location.
  2. Double-click on the Refreshrate entry.
  3. Select Decimal and change the value to your screen refresh rate.


On Windows, there used to be a GFXSettings.HITMAN.xml file that had graphics settings, but the game has since been updated. As a result, the file was removed and the settings were moved to the Registry. On Linux, the XML file exists but is set up in the same coding language as a Registry entry.

Game crashes to desktop[edit]

Performance-monitoring software, like Logitech Gaming Software, can cause the game to crash. Close it before starting the game.

Other information[edit]


Technical specs Supported Notes
Direct3D 11, 12 [14]
OpenGL 4.1, 4.5 Linux only
Metal support
Linux only, debug state. See Force Vulkan under Linux to activate.
Executable 32-bit 64-bit Notes
macOS (OS X)


Middleware Notes
Physics PhysX
Audio Wwise
Interface Scaleform
Cutscenes CRI Movie

System requirements[edit]

Minimum Recommended
Operating system (OS) 7
Processor (CPU) Intel Core i5-2500K 3.3 GHz
AMD Phenom II X4 940
System memory (RAM) 8 GB
Hard disk drive (HDD) 50 GB
Video card (GPU) Nvidia GeForce GTX 660
AMD Radeon HD 7870
DirectX 11 compatible
Medium and high textures require a GPU with 3 GB and 4 GB of VRAM respectively. GPUs with 2 GB of VRAM will run at the low setting by default (this can be overridden in the launcher).[15]
macOS (OS X)
Operating system (OS) 10.12.5
Processor (CPU) Intel Core i5 2.0 GHz
System memory (RAM) 8 GB
Hard disk drive (HDD) 81 GB
Video card (GPU) Nvidia GeForce GTX 680MX
AMD Radeon R9 M290
Intel Iris Graphics 540
2 GB of VRAM
Intel and Nvidia graphics cards require macOS 10.13.4 or later.
Minimum Recommended
Operating system (OS) Ubuntu 16.04, SteamOS 2.0
Processor (CPU) Intel Core i5-2500K 3.3 GHz
AMD FX-8350
System memory (RAM) 8 GB
Hard disk drive (HDD) 81 GB
Video card (GPU) Nvidia GeForce GTX 680
AMD Radeon R9 270X
The Open Source MESA Drivers for AMD (RadeonSI and AMDGPU) are fully supported, so long as the version is 17 or newer. Intel Graphics are not supported.[16]