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Postal cover
Running With Scissors
macOS (OS X) Ryan C. Gordon
Linux Loki Software
Retail Ripcord Games
Retail (Russia) Akella
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
Monetization Freeware
Modes Singleplayer
Pacing Real-time
Perspectives Bird's-eye view, Isometric
Controls Direct control
Genres Action, FPS, Shooter
Themes North America
Series Postal
Postal on HowLongToBeat
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 2022
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.
Digital version has been updated with several bug fixes and quality of life improvements.
Source code was released on December 28, 2016.[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
Disc check (requires the CD/DVD in the drive to play)
Custom DRM code may sabotage the game by forcing the Postal Dude to commit suicide.
Mac OS
macOS (OS X)
Freeware; Labeled "POSTAL: Classic and Uncut".
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macOS (OS X)
ZOOM Platform
Freeware; Labeled "POSTAL: Classic and Uncut".
Also available as part of Postal 1+2: Your Mom's Box Set.
Green Man Gaming (unavailable)
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macOS (OS X)

Version differences

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) includes two new levels (Tokyo & Osaka), in addition to the Special Delivery expansion.
POSTAL Plus, includes the Special Delivery expansion. This version was included in several compilations.
The digital version (labeled POSTAL: Classic and Uncut) includes the Special Delivery expansion and content previously exclusive to Super POSTAL, alongside many improvements and fixes, such as: native widescreen support, modern controls, restored multiplayer modes, new campaign options, and more.[4]


An unofficial fan patch of the game, fixing bugs, but also adding new features, cheats and optional balance changes.
Specifically made for the Modern Steam release, but compatibility with older retail release hasn't been tested.
An overview of the Fan Patch features is presented in the author video, and in the mod readme.
Apply the mod
  1. Download the mod from here
  2. Extract the archive, and place the patch folder, 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 the executable with the one provided in the Classic Gameplay (optional) folder.

Santa Patch

Alternative, official Christmas theme for the game.
Compatible with modern versions of Postal.[5]
Included in the digital versions and is enabled automatically during holidays.[6]
Apply the mod[7]
  1. Download the mod from Running With Scissors website (under "old stuff") or ModDB.[8]
  2. Open santa.exe and press the Setup button.
  3. In 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

Configuration file(s) location

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

Save game data location

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

System Native Notes
GOG Galaxy
Steam Cloud


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

Graphics feature State Notes
Widescreen resolution
Latest digital versions are updated with widescreen support. Menus are still in 4:3.
UI is stretched.
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.


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 controls[9][10]
  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
Royalty free audio


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.
Retail only. Patch for digital release here.
Fan translation, download.
Brazilian Portuguese
Fan translation, download. Currently, only the main campaign is translated not the challenges or the multiplayer.


Multiplayer types

Type Native Players Notes
LAN play
Online play

Connection types

Other information


Technical specs Supported Notes
Direct3D 9
Available on Linux and Mac(?)
ExecutablePPC16-bit 32-bit 64-bit Notes
macOS (OS X)
Game does not work on macOS 10.15 Catalina.[11]
Mac OS (Classic)


Middleware Notes
Input SDL


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

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 1.2 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).