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Running With Scissors
macOS (OS X) Ryan C. Gordon
Linux Loki Software
Retail Ripcord Games
Steam Running With Scissors
Release dates
Windows September 24, 1997
Mac OS (Classic) November 14, 1997
Linux October 30, 2001
macOS (OS X) June 28, 2007
Metacritic 56
Series Postal
Postal guide on StrategyWiki
Postal on MobyGames
Postal on Wikipedia
Postal 1997
Postal 2 2003
Postal III 2011
Postal Redux 2016
Postal 4: No Regerts EA
Postal: Brain Damaged 2022


The macOS (OS X) version of this game does not work on macOS Catalina (version 10.15) or later due to the removal of support for 32-bit-only apps.

Key points

Released as Going Postal in Europe.
Re-released with several updates to make the game run better on modern systems.
Game's source code was released on December 28, 2016, available here.[2]
Released as freeware on December 16, 2019.[3]

General information

Postal Wiki
Steam Community Discussions Community Discussions for game series Support Page


Source DRM Notes Keys OS
DRM details are not known
Regular or Postal Plus
Mac OS
macOS (OS X)
Windows version on has been updated and offers the same content and features as the Steam version[4]
macOS (OS X)
Green Man Gaming (unavailable)
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macOS (OS X)
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macOS (OS X)
ZOOM Platform
Freeware. Postal Plus.

Version differences[edit]

The European retail version of the base game has enemy executions and the elementary school cutscene at the end of the game removed.
Super POSTAL (the Japanese version) adds two new levels (Tokyo & Osaka), in addition to Special Delivery. Some regard this release as an expansion however it was actually a full version of the Postal game.
Postal Plus (Postal: Classic and Uncut in Europe) includes the Special Delivery expansion.
The Fudge Pack, Postal X: 10th Anniversary edition, and Postal XX are compilation packs that include Postal Plus, Postal 2 and several of Postal 2's most popular mods and its main expansion. Some later versions also include Steam keys for the digital version.
The Steam version includes additional updates which allow for running a game in window mode and widescreen resolutions. Developer is also planning on updating this version of the game further.[5]

The Santa Patch[edit]

Alternative, official Christmas theme for the game.
Compatible with modern versions of Postal.[6]
Included in the Steam and GOG versions and is enabled automatically during holidays.[7]
Apply the mod[8]
  1. Download the mod from Running With Scissors website (under "old stuff").[9]
  2. Open santa.exe and press the Setup button.
  3. When you get the directory menu, click Browse and go to <path-to-game>. Select the Postal folder and confirm.
  4. Press the X-mas button.

DLC and expansion packs

Name Notes
Special Delivery Adds four new levels (EZ Mart, Shanty Town, Earthquake and La Palamino Resort)

Game data[edit]

Configuration file(s) location[edit]

NOTE: Postal Plus.ini for later Windows releases.

System Location
Windows <path-to-game>\Postal.ini[Note 1]
Mac OS (Classic)
macOS (OS X)
Linux $XDG_DATA_HOME/PostalPlus/

Save game data location[edit]

System Location
Windows <path-to-game>\savegame\[Note 1]
Mac OS (Classic)
macOS (OS X)
Linux $XDG_DATA_HOME/PostalPlus/
This game follows the XDG Base Directory Specification on Linux.

Save game cloud syncing[edit]

System Native Notes
GOG Galaxy
Steam Cloud


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

Graphics feature State Notes
Widescreen resolution
Latest Steam and GOG versions are updated with widescreen support. Menus are still in 4:3. For older versions, see Widescreen resolution.
UI is stretched.
4K Ultra HD
Field of view (FOV)
See Windowed.
Borderless fullscreen windowed
See the glossary page for potential workarounds.
Anisotropic filtering (AF)
Anti-aliasing (AA)
See the glossary page for potential workarounds.
Vertical sync (Vsync)
See the glossary page for potential workarounds.
60 FPS and 120+ FPS

Widescreen resolution[edit]

Postal runs natively in 640x480 resolution and there is no option in a menu to change resolution. However, the Steam and GOG versions have been updated with widescreen support.


It's possible to run either OS X or Linux versions of the game in Window mode. Also Steam version allows to run a game in Window Mode. To run it in Window mode, either press Alt+ Enter or add --windowed to launch parameters.[10]


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

WASD controls are weird/unintuitive[edit]

Edit controls[11][12]
  1. Map TURN LEFT to Mouse move left and map TURN RIGHT to mouse move right. Set tap degrees to 0.
  2. Map forward, back, left and right to WASD like you normally would, but also map A and D to Strafe (You will notice there are two spaces for binding the "Strafe" command).


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

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


Language UI Audio Sub Notes
Interface translation in retail Super POSTAL version only. Japanese audio available on GOG/Steam version, change voices in settings. Japanese audio forced in Tokyo & Osaka levels.
Retail only. Patch for digital release here.
Fan translation, download.


Multiplayer types

Type Native Players Notes
LAN play
Online play

Connection types

Other information[edit]


Technical specs Supported Notes
Direct3D 9
Available on Linux and Mac(?)
ExecutablePPC 32-bit 64-bit Notes
macOS (OS X)
Game does not work on macOS 10.15 Catalina.[13]


Hotmail - a mod for POSTAL that adds the signature mechanic from Superhot.
A Day in Paradise - Fan made total conversion of sorts; changes enemies and story but maintains the same levels.
Beta Construction Site - A conversion of the original beta level of the game for the full version. A separate version for the Steam release is available here.

System requirements[edit]

Minimum Recommended
Operating system (OS) 95, NT 4.0
Processor (CPU) Intel Pentium 90 MHz
System memory (RAM) 16 MB
Hard disk drive (HDD) 95 MB
Video card (GPU) DirectX 5 compatible
macOS (OS X)
Minimum Recommended
Operating system (OS) 10.5.8
Processor (CPU) 90 MHz
System memory (RAM) 16 MB
Hard disk drive (HDD) 400 MB
Minimum Recommended
Operating system (OS) Ubuntu 12.04 or equivalent
Processor (CPU) 90 MHz
System memory (RAM) 16 MB
Hard disk drive (HDD) 400 MB
Video card (GPU) No 3D acceleration required


  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).