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Hitman: Codename 47

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Hitman: Codename 47
Hitman: Codename 47 cover
IO Interactive
Former Eidos Interactive
Former Square Enix
Current IO Interactive
Russia Noviy Disk[1]
Release dates
Windows November 19, 2000[2]
Metacritic 73
Monetization One-time game purchase
Modes Singleplayer
Pacing Real-time
Perspectives Third-person
Controls Direct control
Genres Stealth
Art styles Realistic
Themes Asia, Contemporary, Eastern Europe, Europe, South America
Series Hitman
Hitman: Codename 47 on HowLongToBeat
Hitman: Codename 47 on IGDB
Hitman: Codename 47 guide on StrategyWiki
Hitman: Codename 47 on MobyGames
Hitman: Codename 47 on Wikipedia
Hitman: Codename 47 2000
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Hitman: Contracts 2004
Hitman: Blood Money 2006
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Hitman: Absolution 2012
Hitman GO 2015
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Hitman World of Assassination 2021

General information Community Discussions for game series Support Page
Steam Community Discussions


Source DRM Notes Keys OS
Disc check (requires the CD/DVD in the drive to play)
SafeDisc v2 DRM[Note 1].
The version included in the retail 'Hitman Collection' (Eidos, 2009) is entirely DRM-free.
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SafeDisc retail DRM does not work on Windows Vista and later (see above for affected versions).
The European release of the Hitman Collection is DRM-free, already patched to the latest version and has cheats enabled by default.
A free demo version is available from

Essential improvements


Latest version is v1.92. Digital copies are patched to the latest version.

Skip intro videos

Replace files
  1. Go to <path-to-game> and find
  2. Copy to <path-to-game>\Cutscenes\Intro\, confirming the file replacement.

Game data

Configuration file(s) location

System Location
Windows <path-to-game>\Hitman.cfg[Note 2]
Steam Play (Linux) <Steam-folder>/steamapps/compatdata/6900/pfx/[Note 3]

Save game data location

System Location
Windows <path-to-game>\Hitman.sav[Note 2]
Steam Play (Linux) <Steam-folder>/steamapps/compatdata/6900/pfx/[Note 3]
Hitman.sav contains all player profiles.

Save game cloud syncing

System Native Notes
GOG Galaxy
Steam Cloud
Added on September 11, 2020.[5]


External options menu.
External options menu.
In-game video settings.
In-game video settings.

Graphics feature State WSGF Notes
Widescreen resolution
See Widescreen resolution
See Widescreen resolution
4K Ultra HD
See Widescreen resolution.
Field of view (FOV)
To manually adjust window position edit hitman.ini with text editor and add StartUpperPos 0,0 to the end of a file (first number is how many pixels from the left the window is displayed, second (separated by comma) is how many pixels from the top).
Borderless fullscreen windowed
See the glossary page for potential workarounds.
Anisotropic filtering (AF)
Anti-aliasing (AA)
The option may be grayed out or has no effect on modern systems.
Choose an OpenGL renderer and see Forcing anti-aliasing.[6]
Vertical sync (Vsync)
Enabled by default with no option to turn it off.
60 FPS and 120+ FPS
The game should capped at maximum of 283 fps (or preferably lower as FPS also affects camera sway).[7]
High dynamic range display (HDR)
See the glossary page for potential alternatives.

Widescreen resolution

The game HUD does not scale and may be too small to read at ultra-high resolutions.
Widescreen fix (Hor+)[8]
  1. Download Widescreen fix for Hitman: Codename 47, unzip it and copy the contents to <path-to-game>.
  2. Open the video driver control panel. In the Adjust Desktop Size and Position section, set the Scaling option to Full-screen.
  3. (Optional) If you want to change the resolution, go to <path-to-game>\scripts\. Open h47.ini and edit the Width and Height values.


Correct widescreen aspect ratio while maintaining the original vertical field of view (FOV).
Ability to limit the frame rate through the video driver control panel (60 FPS limit is recommended).
Ability to force antialiasing (8x) and anisotropic filtering (16x) through the video driver control panel.
Fully stable solution with no crashes or graphics bugs.
Compatible with Steam overlay.
It is strongly recommended not to change the in-game graphics settings such as render, resolution, anti-aliasing to avoid conflicts.


In-game control settings.
In-game control settings.

Keyboard and mouse State Notes
Mouse buttons cannot be assigned to actions.
Mouse acceleration
Mouse sensitivity
Mouse input in menus
Mouse Y-axis inversion
Controller support


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

Audio feature State Notes
Separate volume controls
Music, speech, SFX
Surround sound
Up to 7.0 output.[9]
Cutscene speech only. In-game speech not subtitled.
Closed captions
Mute on focus lost
EAX support
Royalty free audio
May require DirectSound3D restoration software to restore proper sound functionality on Windows Vista and later.


Language UI Audio Sub Notes
Fan translation
Local retail release.
Local retail only. Patch for digital release here.
Brazilian Portuguese
Retail only (CD Expert). Translation (ModDB).
Retail only. Patch for digital release here.

VR support

3D modes Native Notes
Nvidia 3D Vision
See Helix Mod: Hitman: Codename 47.
User created profile, requires DGVoodoo2 v 2.55, see profile introdution.
Note: Profile will not work with the latest wrapper, in case of issues please report to the profile introdution vorpx forum.

Issues fixed

Game window displayed in-between screens

If running windowed mode, the game will place the window across screens (in some cases, half off-screen).
Set window position[citation needed]
  1. Go to <path-to-game> and open hitman.ini.
  2. Add StartUpperPos 0,0 to the file.

Game runs too fast

Keep CPU power usage settings stable[citation needed]
  1. Open Control Panel and then Power Options. Click on the "Change plan settings" of whatever plan is currently active. (By default this should be "Balanced.")
  2. On the next screen click "Change advanced power settings"; a window should open containing a list of the individual components affected by power management.
  3. Scroll down to "Processor power management" and expand everything so that both "Minimum processor state" and "Maximum processor state" are visible. By default under the "Balanced" plan these should be set at 5% and 100% respectively.
  4. In order to fix the speed problem in Codename 47 "Minimum processor state" should be changed to 100%. (Alternatively one may select the default "High Performance" plan a few screens back.)


This will prevent your computer from automatically slowing down your processor's clock-rate in times of low demand. Older software may be explicitly relying on the processor having a constant clock speed for in-game timing.

Low frame rate on Windows 8/8.1


High frame rate issues

High Frame rate will cause various issues such gravity stops working (guns start to float in air). High FPS also affects how much the camera sways and how far ragdolls fly.
Limit the frame rate to 60 FPS

Other information


Technical specs Supported Notes
Direct3D 7
OpenGL 1.2 Recommended output method for use with post processing injectors, such as ENB.
Glide 3.10
Executable 32-bit 64-bit Notes

Increase draw distance

The draw distance on some levels is extremely short, making it difficult to see enemies.
Game is balanced towards the default draw distance. Adjusting it can cause major performance issues engine wise regardless of PC configuration.[10]
Use Widescreen fix for Hitman: Codename 47
  1. Install Widescreen fix for Hitman: Codename 47.
  2. Go to <path-to-game>\scripts\. Open h47.ini and edit Draw_Distance value as desired.


Causes a significant decrease in performance.
Use draw distance unlocker[11]
  1. Download Hitman Unlocker and extract to <path-to-game>.
  2. Start the game, go to options and configure keys to increase and decrease draw distance.


Only works on the Steam version.
Can interfere with some DirectSound3D restoration methods due to using a dummy dsound.dll to patch the game.
In the jungle levels or in Rotterdam, both locations with large open spaces, it can tank your FPS considerably if you don't have a high-end computer.

System requirements

Minimum Recommended
Operating system (OS) 95
Processor (CPU) Intel Pentium II 266 MHz
System memory (RAM) 64 MB
Hard disk drive (HDD) 400 MB
Video card (GPU) 3D accelerated card
12 MB of VRAM
DirectX 7.0a compatible


  1. SafeDisc retail DRM does not work on Windows 10[3] or Windows 11 and is disabled by default on Windows Vista, Windows 7, Windows 8, and Windows 8.1 when the KB3086255 update is installed.[4]
  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).
  3. 3.0 3.1 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>/6900/ in addition to or instead of this directory. The app ID (6900) may differ in some cases. Treat backslashes as forward slashes. See the glossary page for details.


  1. Hitman: Агент 47 - last accessed on 2023-02-18
  2. Hitman: Codename 47 - Io-Interactive - last accessed on May 2023
  3. Not Loading in Windows 10; this will break thousands of - Microsoft Community - last accessed on 2017-01-16
  4. Microsoft - MS15-097: Description of the security update for the graphics component in Windows: September 8, 2015 - last accessed on 2018-02-16
  5. Hitman: Codename 47 - SteamDB Depot Changelog - last accessed on 2020-09-12
  6. Verified by User:Orzelek303 on 2019-02-08
  7. Verified by User:Suicide machine on 2020-09-07
    From our discussions on speedruning Discord: at 284 fps gravity stops working (guns start to float in air). FPS also affects how much the camera sways and how far ragdolls fly, but 283 fps seems like the maximum limit after which the game utterly breaks.
  8. A complete widescreen fix for Hitman Codename 47 | Nexus Mods
  9. PC Gaming Surround Sound Round-up - last accessed on May 2023
  10. Verified by User:Kobi Blade on 2023-01-30
    Added by Mrntptrs. Full comment from him on his edit: "Game is balanced towards the default draw distance, and making this change will cause major performance issues engine wise regardless of PC."
  11. Verified by User:Suicide_machine on 2016-09-07