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Quake Live

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Quake Live
Quake Live cover
id Software
Bethesda Softworks
id Tech 3
Release dates
Windows August 6, 2010
macOS (OS X) August 6, 2010
Linux August 6, 2010
Monetization One-time game purchase
Modes Multiplayer
Pacing Real-time
Perspectives First-person
Controls Direct control
Genres Action, FPS
Themes Sci-fi
Series Quake
Quake Live on IGDB
Quake Live guide on StrategyWiki
Quake Live on MobyGames
Quake Live on Wikipedia
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Quake Live is a tweaked version of the 1999 FPS Quake III: Arena.

It was originally released as a browser game on August 6, 2010, then ported back to the PC on January 10, 2014. While initially free-to-play with premium options, it was converted to a one-time purchase model on October 27, 2015.[1] Players who have had Quake Live installed with their Steam ID previously are grandfathered in and do not have to purchase.[2][3]

OS X and Linux support was dropped on December 17, 2013.[4]

Mod support via Steam Workshop added October 27, 2015.[5]

General information

Official forums
Steam Community Discussions
Quake Wiki


Source DRM Notes Keys OS
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Game data

In-game general settings.
In-game general settings.

Configuration file(s) location

System Location
Windows %USERPROFILE%\AppData\LocalLow\id Software\quakelive\home\baseq3\
macOS (OS X) $HOME/Library/Application Support/QuakeLive/quakelive/home/baseq3/
Linux $HOME/.quakelive/quakelive/home/baseq3/
Steam <path-to-game>/<user-id>/
Steam Play (Linux) <SteamLibrary-folder>/steamapps/compatdata/282440/pfx/[Note 1]
This game does not follow the XDG Base Directory Specification on Linux.

Save game cloud syncing

System Native Notes
Steam Cloud


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

Graphics feature State Notes
Widescreen resolution
Custom resolutions can be set via console commands and config edits, but aspect ratios are limited to 4:3, 16:9, and 16:10; increasing the width of the resolution will result in stretched graphics.
4K Ultra HD
Field of view (FOV)
Borderless fullscreen windowed
See Borderless fullscreen windowed.
Anisotropic filtering (AF)
See the glossary page for potential workarounds.
Anti-aliasing (AA)
See the glossary page for potential workarounds.
Vertical sync (Vsync)
60 FPS and 120+ FPS
Capped at 125 FPS; to change use com_maxfps in the console (~).[6]. It may also be necessary to change com_idleSleep [7]
High dynamic range display (HDR)
See the glossary page for potential alternatives.

Borderless fullscreen windowed

Instructions[citation needed]
  1. Download and install Windowed Borderless Gaming
  2. Run the desired game in a windowed mode, Right Click on the Windowed Borderless Gaming tray icon.
  3. Click on Add window (F3), then Alt+Tab back to the game and push F3.
  4. Now the game will be borderless.


Right Click the Windowed Borderless Gaming tray icon and click on Open game settings to set the resolution to your desktop resolution as not doing so will cause some elements such as the Quake Chat to be partially obstructed from view.


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

Keyboard and mouse State Notes
Mouse acceleration
Mouse sensitivity
Mouse input in menus
Mouse Y-axis inversion
Controller support
In the console (press ~), type in in_joystick 1 to enable support.[8] Note that there is no default gamepad layout and it needs to be mapped manually. The command will also disable keyboard movement controls.
Full controller support
Controller remapping
Controller sensitivity
Controller Y-axis inversion
Controller types
XInput-compatible controllers
PlayStation controllers
Generic/other controllers
Additional information
Controller hotplugging
Haptic feedback
Digital movement supported
Simultaneous controller+KB/M


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


Multiplayer types

Type Native Players Notes
LAN play
64 Use sv_serverType "1"[citation needed] FFA, TDM, DM, Duel, Race, CA.
Online play

Connection types

Type Native Notes
Requires Steam version[5]
Direct IP


Protocol Port(s) and/or port range(s)
TCP 5222
UDP 27000-27999
Universal Plug and Play (UPnP) support status is unknown.

Issues fixed

Game not visible in Steam library

If you got the game for free after being grandfathered in, it might not be visible in your Steam library.
In Google Chrome, you may need to use Ctrl+ Enter to properly open the URL.
Steam URL[9]
  1. Enter this Steam URL into your browser address bar: steam://install/282440/.
  2. The browser will ask to open the URL in Steam.
  3. The install prompt for Quake Live should then appear, and the game will remain in your library as long as it is installed.

OS X port

Wineskin wrapper[citation needed]

Available at The Porting Team.

Other information


Technical specs Supported Notes
Executable 32-bit 64-bit Notes
macOS (OS X)


Middleware Notes
Audio DirectSound
Interface Awesomium
Multiplayer Steamworks
Anti-cheat Valve Anti-Cheat (VAC)

System requirements

Minimum Recommended
Operating system (OS) 7
Processor (CPU) Intel 2.0 GHz
System memory (RAM) 1 GB
Hard disk drive (HDD) 1 GB
Video card (GPU) Nvidia GeForce4 MX
ATI Radeon 8500
Intel i915 Chipset
DirectX 9.0 compatible
Sound (audio device) Stereo (2-Channel audio) support


  1. Notes regarding Steam Play (Linux) data: