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This page is for the original Postal. For the 2016 remake, see Postal Redux.

Postal cover
Running With Scissors
macOS (OS X) Ryan C. Gordon[1]
Linux Loki Software[2]
Ripcord Games
Canada Softek International[3]
Japan MicroMouse[4]
Korea Shinsung[4]
Russia Akella
Europe Take-Two Interactive[5]
Classic and Uncut Whiptail Interactive[6]
RSPiX[Note 1]
Release dates
Windows September 24, 1997[8][9]
Mac OS (Classic) September 24, 1997[8][9]
Linux October 29, 2001[10]
macOS (OS X) July 26, 2005[1]
Metacritic 56
Monetization One-time game purchase, Freeware
Modes Singleplayer, Multiplayer
Pacing Real-time
Perspectives Bird's-eye view, Isometric
Controls Direct control
Genres Shooter
Art styles Stylized
Themes Dark, North America
Series Postal
Postal on HowLongToBeat
Postal on IGDB
Postal guide on StrategyWiki
Postal on MobyGames
Postal on Wikipedia
Postal 1997
Postal² 2003
Postal III 2011
Postal Redux 2016
Postal 4: No Regerts 2022
Postal: Brain Damaged 2022
Poostall Royale 2023


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.

Postal is a singleplayer and multiplayer bird's-eye view and isometric shooter game in the Postal series developed by Running With Scissors and published by Ripcord Games.

Postal first released in open beta on July 21, 1997.[11] The beta was playable until August 21, 1997.[12]

The game released to retail for Windows and Mac OS on September 24, 1997,[8][9] followed by Linux on October 29, 2001[10] and OS X on July 26, 2005.[1] An expansion, Special Delivery, released on August 27, 1998.[13]

Postal later released on digital stores, including MacGameStore in November 2006,[14] GamersGate in October 2008,[15] in April 2009,[16] Direct2Drive in February 2011,[17] and Steam in March 2013.[18]

The game's Steam release was followed by updates that introduced performance improvements, widescreen support, modernized controls, and other enhancements.[19][20] Due to compatibility issues, multiplayer and the level editor were removed.[21]

On December 28, 2016, Running With Scissors released the source code for Postal.[22] A community-contributed update released on November 14, 2017, restoring Super Postal-exclusive levels, Christmas bonus content, multiplayer over LAN, level selection, and other legacy features.[23]

In December 2019, the game became permanent freeware on Steam and[24][25]

General information

Postal Plus Help (retrieved) - Official help site Community Discussions for game series Support Page
Steam Community Discussions
Source code on BitBucket (retrieved)
Source code on GitHub - Outdated compared to the BitBucket release[26]


Source DRM Notes Keys OS
Disc check (requires the CD/DVD in the drive to play)
Custom DRM code may sabotage the game by igniting all characters or forcing the Postal Dude to commit suicide.[12][27]
Mac OS
macOS (OS X)
Developer website
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macOS (OS X)
macOS (OS X)
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macOS (OS X)
ZOOM Platform
Your Mom's Box Set also available.
Humble Store
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macOS (OS X)
Developer website (unavailable)
Requires online activation
Softwrap DRM.
GamersGate (unavailable)
DRM details are not known
macOS (OS X)
Green Man Gaming (unavailable)
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macOS (OS X)
A demo is available.

Version differences

Going Over the Edge is a violence-neutered European edition that removes enemy executions, the marching band in Parade of Disasters, and the Elementary School post-game cutscene.[28] Censored content can be restored with patches.
Super Postal, also known as Postal Premium Pack, is a Japanese edition that includes the Special Delivery expansion and two exclusive levels, Tokyo and Osaka.[4] All blood and the Elementary School post-game cutscene are removed. Exclusive levels and audio from this edition are included in digital releases.[23]
Postal Plus includes the Special Delivery expansion. Re-released in 2003 as Classic and Uncut, which includes the "Monday" demo of Postal 2 with retail releases.[6] All digital releases are based on this edition.


DLC and expansion packs

Name Notes
Special Delivery Adds four new levels (EZ Mart, Shanty Town, Earthquake and La Palamino Resort) and new multiplayer features (in-game chat, co-op mode, and in-progress game joining).[29]
Included in Postal Plus and later editions.
Mac OS
macOS (OS X)

Essential improvements

Official retail patches

Original release patch (Euro-violence patch included)
Postal Plus patch

Fan patch

Unofficial patch that fixes bugs and adds new features, cheats, and optional balance changes.
Designed for digital releases.
An overview of features is presented in the author video, and in the mod readme.
Installation instructions
  1. Download the patch from
  2. Extract patch, Postal_Fan_Patch.exe, and POSTALPATCH.INI to <path-to-game>.
  3. Launch the game via Postal_Fan_Patch.exe.


The balance and gameplay changes can be reverted by replacing Postal_Fan_Patch.exe with the one provided in Classic Gameplay (optional).

Game data

Digital releases on Windows write all game data to %APPDATA%.

Configuration file(s) location

System Location
Windows <path-to-game>\POSTAL.INI[Note 2]
<path-to-game>\Postal Plus.ini[Note 2]
%APPDATA%\RunningWithScissors\Postal Plus\POSTAL.INI
Mac OS (Classic)
macOS (OS X)
Linux $XDG_DATA_HOME/PostalPlus/

Save game data location

System Location
Windows <path-to-game>\savegame\[Note 2]
%APPDATA%\RunningWithScissors\Postal Plus\savegame\
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

System Native Notes
GOG Galaxy
Steam Cloud


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

Graphics feature State Notes
Widescreen resolution
Digital releases only.
In-game HUD is stretched and menus remain in 4:3.
Digital releases only.
In-game HUD is stretched and menus remain in 4:3.
4K Ultra HD
Field of view (FOV)
Press Alt+ Enter or use the --windowed command line argument.
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
High dynamic range display (HDR)
See the glossary page for potential alternatives.

Disable Direct3D texture filtering

Texture filtering is force-enabled with the Direct3D and OpenGL renderers.
Disable with dgVoodoo 2[31]
  1. Download and install dgVoodoo 2 for DirectX 9 to <path-to-game>.
  2. Run dgVoodooCpl.exe.
  3. Under Config folder / Running instance, click Add and select <path-to-game>.
  4. Under DirectX > Texturing, set Filtering to Force point sampled.
  5. Click Apply.


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

Weapon switching with mouse wheel

In-game mouse wheel binding is broken; successful only on rare occasions.[32]
Full mouse wheel support has yet to be added in a future update.[33]
Edit the configuration file[34]
  1. Open the configuration file in a text editor.
  2. Go to the [Mouse] section.
  3. Change the values of PrevWeapon and NextWeapon to Wheel Up and Wheel Down respectively.

Classic controls are unintuitive

The original control scheme is tank-based; the forward/backward keybinds are for movement, while the left/right keybinds and the mouse are for turning relative to the Postal Dude.
Replaced with a more conventional twin-stick scheme in digital releases.[20] Classic controls are still available in the options.
Edit controls in-game (retail)[35][36]
  1. In the control options, go to Keyboard Setup.
  2. Set both Strafe bindings to the same bindings as Turn Left and Turn Right respectively (e.g. if Turn Left and Turn Right are set to A and D, set both Strafe bindings to A and D as well).
  3. Back in the main control options, go to Turning Speeds and set Tap Degrees to 0.


It is not possible to turn while strafing.

Crosshair stuck at mouse position while using controller

Disable "Use Mouse" in the in-game options[37]


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

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


Language UI Audio Sub Notes
Brazilian Portuguese
Fan translation, download.
Only the main campaign is translated.
Going Over the Edge editions only.[28]
Going Over the Edge editions only.[28]
Interface translation in Super Postal editions only.
Audio is available in digital releases; change voices in settings.
Audio is forced in the Tokyo and Osaka levels.
Retail only.
Retail only.
Patch for digital releases here.
Fan translation, download.


Multiplayer types

Type Native Players Notes
LAN play
16 Co-op, Versus
Online play
16 Co-op, Versus
Removed from digital releases.[21]

Connection types

Type Native Notes
Retail only.
Direct IP
Co-op only included in the Special Delivery expansion, Postal Plus, and later editions.

Issues fixed

Cannot turn left with keyboard + player turns too fast + NPCs spin rapidly

Occurs on Windows XP and later.[38]
Fully fixed in digital releases.[19]
Use the official patch[39]
  1. Download the patch from the second hyperlink on the Support article ("this file" text).
  2. Extract Postal_Plus.exe and rename it to Postal Plus.exe (no underscore).
  3. Copy Postal Plus.exe to <path-to-game> and overwrite the existing file.


Only compatible with Postal Plus and later editions.
Issues may still persist after applying the patch.[40]

Other information


Technical specs Supported Notes
Direct3D 9 Digital releases only.
Enabled by default.[41]
Digital releases only.
Forceable with the -opengl command line argument.[19]
Software renderer
Default for retail.
Forceable in digital releases with the -software command line argument.[19]
ExecutablePPC16-bit 32-bit 64-bit Notes
macOS (OS X)
This 32-bit-only macOS game does not work on macOS Catalina (10.15) or later.
Mac OS (Classic)


Middleware Notes
Input SDL
Multiplayer,, Kali Retail only.

Santa Patch

Official Christmas-themed patch that replaces certain enemy models and voice lines with Santa Claus.[42][43]
Included in digital releases and enabled automatically during holidays.[23]
Apply the patch[44]
  1. Download the patch.
  2. Open santa.exe and press the Setup button.
  3. In the directory menu, click Browse and go to <path-to-game>. Select <path-to-game> and confirm.
  4. Press the X-mas button.


A new level editor included in digital releases that replaces the original retail level editor.
See the setup guide on Steam Community

Audio extraction utility

Official tool for extracting .wav audio from .sak archives.
Download from PCGamingWiki Files.


Hotmail - Adds the signature mechanic from Superhot.
A Day in Paradise - Total conversion of sorts; changes enemies and story but maintains the same levels.

System requirements

Minimum[45] Recommended
Operating system (OS) 95, NT 4.0
Processor (CPU) Intel Pentium 90 MHz
System memory (RAM) 16 MB
Hard disk drive (HDD) 1 MB (compact installation)
157 MB (full installation)
Video card (GPU) SVGA
Sound (audio device) Sound Blaster or compatible
Other 2x CD-ROM drive
Mac OS
Minimum[45] Recommended
Operating system (OS) 7.1
Processor (CPU) PowerPC 66 MHz
System memory (RAM) 16 MB
Hard disk drive (HDD)
Other 2x CD-ROM drive
Operating system (OS) Linux kernel 2.2 (glibc-2.1)
Processor (CPU) 166 MHz
System memory (RAM) 16 MB
Hard disk drive (HDD)
Video card (GPU) XFree86 3.3.5
Sound (audio device) OSS compatible
Other 8x CD-ROM drive


  1. RSPiX engine build: 2.0[7]
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 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).


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 IcculusFinger v2.1.27 - last accessed on 2023-10-12
    "Running With Scissors, myself, and the MacNinjas spent some time moving the original Postal to MacOS X. If you want it, the complete game is on the MacWorld "Total Tiger" disc, which hits newstands today, July 26th."
  2. Loki Goes Loco for POSTAL! (retrieved) - last accessed on 2024-03-10
  3. Blame Canada for Going POSTAL! (retrieved) - last accessed on 2024-02-06
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 Japan and Korea Go POSTAL! (retrieved) - last accessed on 2024-02-06
  5. Leading Interactive Entertainment Company's European Arm Signs Letter of Intent to Publish and Distribute Six Entertainment Titles for the PC, Including Highly Anticipated Postal (retrieved) - last accessed on 2023-12-09
  6. 6.0 6.1 Whiptail bring you the Original Postal (retrieved) - last accessed on 2023-06-17
  7. Verified by User:Mystyle48 on 2024-03-25
    The string "RSPiX 2.0 �1996" can be found in the executables of retail releases when examined with ImHex.
  8. 8.0 8.1 8.2 Wednesday, September 24, 1997 - PC Gamer News (retrieved) - last accessed on 2023-12-10
    "Now Shipping - Postal (Ripcord)"
  9. 9.0 9.1 9.2 News for September 24, 1997 - Online Gaming Review (retrieved) - last accessed on 2024-04-05
    "Another big day for releases: 7th Legion from Epic Megagames, Postal and Forced Alliance from Ripcord and the Intense 3D Voodoo video card from Intergraph should all be found in stores today."
  10. 10.0 10.1 Loki | Loki in the News | News (retrieved) - last accessed on 2023-10-12
    "10.29.01 Postal Plus is now shipping!"
  12. 12.0 12.1 Techfaq9 - When I shoot things, everyone on the screen catches on fire. (retrieved) - last accessed on 2024-03-06
  13. POSTAL GOES "SPECIAL DELIVERY" (retrieved) - last accessed on 2024-04-05
  14. Running With Scissors and Cut A Download Deal (retrieved) - last accessed on 2024-02-21
  15. Running With Scissors Cuts Digital Delivery Deal with GamersGate | Running With Scissors Official Website (retrieved) - last accessed on 2023-10-20
  16. POSTAL Games Join GOG Library | Running With Scissors Official Website (retrieved) - last accessed on 2023-10-20
  17. Direct 2 Drive Now Carries POSTAL 1, POSTAL 2 and Apocalypse Weekend | Running With Scissors Official Website (retrieved) - last accessed on 2023-10-20
  18. POSTAL 1: Now on Steam! (retrieved) - last accessed on 2023-10-20
  19. 19.0 19.1 19.2 19.3 What's in the latest update?! :: POSTAL General stuff - last accessed on 2023-12-08
  20. 20.0 20.1 POSTAL - POSTAL 1 goes on sale and receives major controller improvements! - Steam News - last accessed on 2024-03-06
  21. 21.0 21.1 Calling All Wannabe Devs - Come Update The Original POSTAL - Running With Scissors - last accessed on 2024-02-21
  22. POSTAL - THE ORIGINAL POSTAL HAS BEEN MADE OPEN SOURCE - Steam News - last accessed on 2024-04-17
  23. 23.0 23.1 23.2 POSTAL - 20th Anniversary Community Update for POSTAL - Steam News - last accessed on 2023-06-22
  24. In Development: POSTAL 4: No Regerts + POSTAL 2 giveaway - (retrieved) - last accessed on 2023-12-12
    "From now on you can also get the first part of the POSTAL series for free on GOG.COM, this time permanently."
  25. Running With Scissors on X - last accessed on 2023-12-12
    "Celebrate 8 glorious nights of fire with POSTAL 1 now free on Steam, GOG or and set ablaze the marching band!"
  26. Source code is out-of-date · Issue #1 · RWS-Studios/POSTAL-SourceCode · GitHub - last accessed on 2024-04-17
  27. POSTAL Beta - YouTube - last accessed on 2023-12-09
  28. 28.0 28.1 28.2 POSTAL - Going Over The Edge (European Censored POSTAL) - YouTube - last accessed on 2024-02-23
  29. POSTAL - Special Delivery (retrieved) - last accessed on 2024-03-06
  30. 30.0 30.1 30.2 POSTAL Patches (retrieved) - last accessed on 2024-03-06
  31. Verified by User:Mystyle48 on 2024-03-10
  32. Verified by User:Mystyle48 on 2024-02-25
    Tested with the release on Windows 11 23H2 with a Logitech M510 mouse. The only way I was able to bind either direction of the scroll wheel was by holding Enter on the bindable action to rebind it continuously, and rapidly scrolling the wheel at the same time. The wheel registered very infrequently, and even when it did, the game would often unbind the action again if I kept scrolling just a few times after.
  33. Question to the devs about possbile future features :: POSTAL General stuff - last accessed on 2024-02-25
  34. Feeling Like a Genius :: POSTAL General stuff - last accessed on 2024-02-25
  35. WANTED: "Absolute" controls mod for Postal 1, page 1 - Forum - - last accessed on 2024-02-20
  36. Postal 1 has abominable controls!, page 1 - Forum - - last accessed on 2024-02-20
  37. Verified by User:Mystyle48 on 2024-03-06
  38. postal 1 left turn fix, page 1 - Forum - - last accessed on 2024-02-21
  39. Link to Postal 1 left turn and 'spinning' NPC's fix, page 1 - Forum - - last accessed on 2024-03-12
  40. Verified by User:Mystyle48 on 2024-02-24
    Tested with retail Classic and Uncut on Windows 11 23H2. The Postal Dude still turns too fast when pressing right and NPCs still rapidly spin in place at an increasing rate.
  41. Please try the beta build! :: POSTAL General stuff - last accessed on 2024-02-21
  42. SANTA GOES POSTAL (retrieved) - last accessed on 2024-03-06
  43. POSTAL - Merry Christmas with the Santa Patch! - Steam News - last accessed on 2024-03-10
  44. Apply 'The Santa Patch' for maximum holiday cheer! :: POSTAL General stuff - last accessed on 2024-02-21
  45. 45.0 45.1 Postal (retrieved) - last accessed on 2024-03-10
  46. Loki | Products | Postal Plus | Overview (retrieved) - last accessed on 2024-03-10