IL-2 Sturmovik: 1946

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IL-2 Sturmovik: 1946
IL-2 Sturmovik: 1946 cover
1C: Maddox Games
Release dates
Windows December 15, 2006
Monetization One-time game purchase
Modes Singleplayer, Multiplayer
Perspectives First-person, Third-person
Controls Direct control
Genres Action, Vehicle combat
Vehicles Flight
Art styles Realistic
Themes Europe, Asia, World War II
Series IL-2 Sturmovik
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IL-2 Sturmovik: 1946 on Wikipedia
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Key points

The game includes all the content from previous games and expansions.

General information

Daidalos Team Discussions on the Official 1C Company Forum - contains information on the development of the latest updates.
Mission4Today - one of the best IL-2 resources for mods, skins, campaigns, guides, updates and fixes.
SAS' Updates Thread - thread containing links to latest update packs. Community Discussions Support Page
Steam Community Discussions


Source DRM Notes Keys OS
Disc check (requires the CD/DVD in the drive to play)
SecuROM v7 DRM
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Essential improvements[edit]

Skip intro videos[edit]

Intro cutscene can be disabled in game's launcher. Option is located in lower, left corner of a launcher.


Latest version is 4.15m. If you want to update follow this guide.

Game data[edit]

Configuration file(s) location[edit]

System Location
Windows <path-to-game>\conf.ini[Note 1]
Steam Play (Linux) <Steam-folder>/steamapps/compatdata/15320/pfx/[Note 2]

Save game data location[edit]

System Location
Windows <path-to-game>\USER\<user-id>[Note 1]
Steam Play (Linux) <Steam-folder>/steamapps/compatdata/15320/pfx/[Note 2]

Save game cloud syncing[edit]

System Native Notes
GOG Galaxy
Steam Cloud
Added with 4.13.4 update on April 5, 2018.


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

Graphics feature State Notes
Widescreen resolution
Native support since 4.12.2 (fullscreen modes). See Widescreen resolution for older solution.
Widescreen hack should work too.[1]
4K Ultra HD
Field of view (FOV)
Keys for changing FOV can be set in Input settings.
Borderless fullscreen windowed
See the glossary page for potential workarounds.
Anisotropic filtering (AF)
In-game setting is very weak. Can be improved through graphics card control panel.
Anti-aliasing (AA)
Anti-aliasing can be forced in graphics card control panel.
Vertical sync (Vsync)
Enabled by default. Cannot be disabled.
60 FPS and 120+ FPS
High dynamic range display (HDR)
See the glossary page for potential alternatives.

Widescreen resolution[edit]

Edit config file[2]
  1. Go to a folder where you've installed IL-2 Sturmovik: 1946 and edit conf.ini with a text editor.
  2. Find a line width= and change it, entering width of a screen (e.g. width=1920).
  3. Find a line height= and change it, entering height of a screen (e.g. height=1080).
  4. Find a line SaveAspect= and make sure it's set to 0 (SaveAspect=0).
  5. Find a line ChangeScreenRes= and make sure it's set to 1 (ChangeScreenRes=1).
  6. Find a line EnableResize= and make sure it's set to 0 (EnableResize=0).
  7. Save a file and launch a game.


Main menu is still rendered in a letterbox mode.
Changing settings in-game or in game's launcher will make the game run in 4:3, again.
Fix implemented on patch 4.12.2.


In-game key map settings.
In-game key map settings.
In-game control settings.
In-game control settings.


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

Audio feature State Notes
Separate volume controls
Surround sound
Closed captions
Mute on focus lost
EAX support


Language UI Audio Sub Notes


Multiplayer types

Type Native Players Notes
LAN play
Online play

Connection types


Protocol Port(s) and/or port range(s)
UDP 21000
Universal Plug and Play (UPnP) support status is unknown.

VR support[edit]

Devices Native Notes
Supports: Yaw, Pitch or Yaw, Pitch, Roll, X, Y, Z (with 6DOF Mod).

Other information[edit]


Technical specs Supported Notes
Direct3D 9
Executable 32-bit 64-bit Notes

System requirements[edit]

Minimum Recommended
Operating system (OS) 2000, XP
Processor (CPU) Intel Pentium III 1 GHz
AMD Athlon 1 GHz
System memory (RAM) 512 MB
Hard disk drive (HDD) 1.1 GB
Video card (GPU) Nvidia GeForce 2
ATI Radeon 7000
64 MB of VRAM
DirectX 9 compatible


  1. 1.0 1.1 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).
  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>/15320/ in addition to or instead of this directory. The app ID (15320) may differ in some cases. Treat backslashes as forward slashes. See the glossary page for details.