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Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic

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Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic
Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic cover
macOS (OS X) Aspyr Media
Disney Interactive Studios
Release dates
Windows November 19, 2003
macOS (OS X) September 7, 2004
Metacritic 93
Monetization One-time game purchase, Subscription gaming service
Modes Singleplayer
Pacing Continuous turn-based
Perspectives Third-person
Controls Direct control, Menu-based
Genres RPG
Themes Sci-fi, Space
Series Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic
Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic on HowLongToBeat
Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic on IGDB
Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic guide on StrategyWiki
Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic on MobyGames
Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic on Wikipedia
Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic
Subseries of Star Wars
Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic 2003
Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic II - The Sith Lords 2005
Star Wars: The Old Republic 2011
Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic – Remake TBA

Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic is a singleplayer third-person RPG game in the Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic series.

General information Community Discussions for game series Support Page
Steam Community Discussions


Source DRM Notes Keys OS
Disc check (requires the CD/DVD in the drive to play)
SecuROM DRM disc check. Released on 4 CDs or 1 DVD.
macOS (OS X)
Star Wars: The Best of PC
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macOS (OS X)
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Sold by Aspyr Media.
macOS (OS X)
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Sold by Disney Interactive Studios.
Green Man Gaming
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macOS (OS X)
Humble Store
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macOS (OS X)
Mac App Store
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macOS (OS X)
Included with EA Play Pro. Currently only visible in the EA App's Browse menu.
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macOS (OS X)
Publisher website
Available from Prime Gaming during November 2023. Version 1.0.4, DRM-free. (Set Compatibility to Windows XP SP3 if cannot direct launch swkotor.exe.)
The soundtrack is stored in MP3 and WAV format, however junk data at the beginning of each file prevents them from being played back in media players. Run this script[Note 1] from the game's music directory[Note 2] to create standard music files that can be played back in most media players.[2]

Essential improvements

Skip intro videos

Delete or rename movie files[3]
  1. Go to <path-to-game>\Movies.
  2. Delete or rename leclogo.bik, biologo.bik, Legal.bik.


Not applicable to the Star Wars: The Best of PC version, Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic Collection DVD release or the digital versions via Steam,, Amazon Games, and Origin.

KotOR 1 Community Patch (K1CP)

A compilation of essential bugfixes applicable to the latest official patched version of the game.

Fixes numerous bugs and improves the game contents. Complete list of fixes here.
Easy to install.
If using other mods for KotOR, it's recommended to install this Community Patch first.
Incompatible with KotOR 1 Restoration. The Community Patch fixes and restores much more content.

Game data

Configuration utility
Configuration utility
Gameplay options
Gameplay options

Configuration file(s) location

System Location
Windows <path-to-game>\swkotor.ini[Note 3]
<path-to-game>\swconfig.ini[Note 3]
macOS (OS X) $HOME/Library/Application Support/Knights of the Old Republic/
Steam Play (Linux) <SteamLibrary-folder>/steamapps/compatdata/32370/pfx/[Note 4]

Save game data location

System Location
Windows <path-to-game>\saves\[Note 3]
macOS (OS X) $HOME/Library/Application Support/Knights of the Old Republic/saves
Steam Play (Linux) <SteamLibrary-folder>/steamapps/compatdata/32370/pfx/[Note 4]

Save game cloud syncing

System Native Notes
GOG Galaxy
Steam Cloud


Graphics Options.
Graphics Options.
Advanced Graphics Options.
Advanced Graphics Options.

Graphics feature State WSGF Notes
Widescreen resolution
Only 4:3 resolutions supported by default. See Widescreen resolution.
See Widescreen resolution.
See Widescreen resolution.
4K Ultra HD
See Widescreen resolution.
Field of view (FOV)
See Windowed.
Borderless fullscreen windowed
Use Borderless Gaming with Auto-Maximize disabled.[5]
Anisotropic filtering (AF)
Up to 16x.
Anti-aliasing (AA)
Up to 8x MSAA.
Vertical sync (Vsync)
60 FPS
120+ FPS
No frame rate cap. There are severe physical problems above 60 FPS. See Adjust the refresh rate.
High dynamic range display (HDR)
See the glossary page for potential alternatives.

Widescreen resolution

Method 1: Use UniWS (Recommended)[6]
The Steam copy needs to be de-obfuscated using Steamless before performing the below steps.[citation needed]
  1. Ensure the game is updated to v1.03.
  2. Download UniWS
  3. Run patch. Choose Star Wars: KOTOR (1024x768 interface) from dropdown menu regardless of what resolution you desire to patch to.
  4. Enter a desired resolution above 1440x900 and click Patch button. Your resolution should now appear within the game's graphics menu.
  5. Download Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic HUD Corrections
  6. Choose desired resolution and extract its files to <path-to-game>\Override to correct misaligned HUD.
  7. Download Widescreen Cockpit and Racing Track on Manaan.
  8. Unpack the contents of it to <path-to-game>\Override.
  9. Download Upscaled cutscenes at your desired resolution.
  10. Follow the installation instructions.
  11. Download Widescreen fade fix
  12. Unpack the contents of either the folder corresponding to your resolution to <path-to-game>\Override.
If the desired resolution does not appear in the game's graphics menu, open <path-to-game>\swkotor.ini and set Height= and Width= to the resolution patched with UniWS.
If the desired resolution does appear in the game's graphics menu, but doesn't change when selected, choose a different lower resolution and then choose the resolution patched with UniWS.
You can further optimize the HUD for widescreen by installing additional mods.
Method 2: Use Flawless Widescreen (Not Recommended)
Flawless Widescreen might cause a memory leak and corrupt your saves while saving/loading a save.[7] Additionally Flawless Widescreen and the executable may need to be restarted numerous times in order to work.[8][9]


Windowed solution[citation needed]
  1. Go to the installation folder.
  2. Open swkotor.ini.
  3. Set FullScreen to 0.
  4. Add AllowWindowedMode=1 under [Graphics Options]
  5. Use Alt+ Enter to switch to windowed mode in game.

Adjust the refresh rate

Running the game at more than 60 FPS can cause issues, such as causing the player character to be stuck after combat. Capping the frame-rate at 60 FPS is recommended.
Edit configuration file[citation needed]
  1. Go to the installation folder.
  2. Open swkotor.ini.
  3. Find RefreshRate under [Graphics Options] and change to desired value.
  4. Enable Vsync in the graphics options or in the launcher and set refresh rate to 60 Hz[3]


Mouse options
Mouse options

Keyboard and mouse State Notes
Mouse acceleration
Mouse pointer will use default Windows behavior.
Mouse sensitivity
Mouse input in menus
See Cannot use your mouse in main menu.
Mouse Y-axis inversion
Controller support
See Controller Support.
Controller types

Controller Support

Controller is not natively supported.
Xpadder controller profile[10]

A Xpadder profile created by Heraske is available to use. It is approximately 90% full controller support that is nearly identical to the Xbox version. Also supports DS4 controller out of the box. Requires very minimal mouse movement.

  • 8-Directional movement with varying speed between walk and run
  • Left and right trigger target selection
  • A button for action and select
  • X to flourish weapons
  • Arrow keys mapped onto D-PAD to go through inventory and chat dialogue
  • 1, 2, and 3 mapped to D-PAD for combat (Need to hold them down longer to prevent arrow keys to activate)
  • Character switch on Right Bumper
  • B to exit combat


Runs just by opening Xpadder and the configuration with the proper profile; No file installation in the game data files required.


Sound options
Sound options
Advanced sound options
Advanced sound options

Audio feature State Notes
Separate volume controls
Music, voice-over, effects, movie
Surround sound
[11] Uses Windows speaker settings.
Closed captions
Mute on focus lost
EAX support
EAX Unified (compatible with EAX 1.0, 2.0, and 3.0)
Royalty free audio


Language UI Audio Sub Notes
Local retail only. Patch for digital release here.
1) Fan translation by «ZoG Forum Team», text and video.
2) Fan translation by Allard (Work In Progress) text and video(K1R and PC Response Moderation in the future.
Official translation.
Improved fan translation by Clan Dlan, download.
Fan translation.

Issues fixed

UI for widescreen is too small and glitches out

Install mods to fix the display[12][13]
  1. Download the high resolution menus.
  2. Unpack hires_patcher.bat and hires_patcher.exe near your swkotor.exe.
  3. Run hires_patcher.bat and follow the instructions on screen.
  4. Go to the folders matching your aspect ratio and resolution and unpack the contents of it to <path-to-game>\Override.
  5. Download HD UI menu pack.
  6. Unpack the contents of it to <path-to-game>.
  7. Download Workbench Upgrade Screen Camera Tweak.
  8. Unpack the contents of the FOR OVERRIDE folder to <path-to-game>\Override.
  9. Download Pretty Good! Icons.
  10. Unpack the contents of either the tga or tpc folder to <path-to-game>\Override.
  11. Download menu widescreen fix.
  12. Unpack the contents of the For Override folder to <path-to-game>\Override.
  13. (1920x1080 only) Download the HD LOGO And Bigger HUD.
  14. Unpack the contents to <path-to-game>.

Installing retail version on modern versions of Windows

Some users may have problems installing retail versions. Installation should be done with an administrator account for best results.
Install retail version[14]
  1. Download and install the latest version of DirectX.
  2. Insert the game disc, and ignore any auto play screens.
  3. Open the Start Menu and click on “Computer”. Right click on the disc drive that has the game disc and select “Explore”.
  4. Right click on setup.exe and select Properties.
  5. Click on Compatibility and select the options Run this program in compatibility mode for Windows XP Service Pack 2(SP2) and Run as Administrator.
  6. Run setup.exe and install the game as normal (recommended to install outside Program Files).
  7. Patch the game. Download the manual patch instead of using the game's auto updater. You can download the patch from LucasArts. Once the patch is downloaded, right click on the file, select “Properties”, and follow the same compatibility settings as done on “setup.exe”. If you own the Star Wars: The Best of PC version of Knights of the Old Republic you do not need to patch the game.
  8. Go to the installation folder.
  9. Right click on the folder, select “Properties”, un-check “Read-Only”, then click “Apply”.
  10. Download the SecuROM updated .exe file from here. This is for the US versions of the game. For international versions, go through the SecuROM support website. Rename the old .exe files before copying the updated ones in the installation folder. If you own the Star Wars: The Best of PC version of Knights of the Old Republic you do not need to replace the .exe.
  11. Right click on every .exe file in the installation folders and set the compatibility modes to the same as in step 4.
  12. Right click on the “kotor.exe” and select “Create shortcut”. Move the shortcuts to your desktop.
  13. If you are using a multi-core computer, you will need to set CPU affinity. Right click on the shortcut and select “Properties”. In the target box, type in: %WINDIR%\System32\cmd.exe /C start "SWKOTOR" /D "<path-to-game>" /high /affinity 1 "<path-to-game>\kotor.exe"
  14. This shortcut needs to be set to “Run as Administrator”. However, the "Run as Administrator" box will be greyed out in the Compatibility tab; it must instead be ticked in the Advanced options under the Shortcut tab. To change the icon to the shortcut, click on “Properties” and then “Change icon”. A new box will open. Find the installation folder and select the game .exe. To prevent the command window from popping up briefly while launching, under the shortcut properties change the "Run" mode to "Minimized".

Lag and CTD

  1. Go to the installation folder.
  2. Edit swkotor.ini.
  3. Scroll down until you find “Graphics Options”. Find an entry that says Disable Vertex Buffer Objects=0. You might not have this defined, in that case, move to the next step.
  4. At the end of the section add the line Disable Vertex Buffer Objects=1. The spaces/capitalization are important.
  5. Save the file.


This fix does not affect image quality, as Vertex Buffer Objects are a means of improving performance.

Game crashes when a movie is played

Use upscaled videos
Allow 640x480 mode[citation needed]
  • If the game crashes when a movie is played, you will need to enable support for the resolution 640x480 in your graphics card driver's control panel.[citation needed]
  • Another solution is to play in windowed mode.

Game crashes when using AMD graphics

This issue occurs due to poor support for older OpenGL implementations in several versions of AMD Catalyst Display Driver.

There are two ways to resolve this:

Disable Frame Buffer Effects (this will make certain graphical effects extremely simplistic - e.g. Stealth field)[citation needed]
  1. Inside the installation folder, open swkotor.ini using a simple text editor (e.g. Notepad).
  2. Under [Graphics Options] section, change Frame Buffer=1 to Frame Buffer=0.
  3. Save the change and play.
This negatively affects image quality.
Replace the game's atioglxx.dll with a version that works (at the moment, one from Catalyst Display Driver v14.4)[16]
  1. Download Catalyst Display Driver v14.4 for your version of operating system from AMD website (look for a link called "Previous Drivers and Software", usually located on the latest driver download page).
  2. Using 7-Zip or another compatible archiving utility, extract the downloaded driver .exe file into a new folder.
  3. Inside the folder into which you just extracted the driver, do a search for a file called atioglxx.dl_ (yes, with an underscore).
  4. Using 7-Zip or another compatible archiving utility, extract the atioglxx.dl_ file. This will give you the final atioglxx.dll.
  5. Copy the newly extracted atioglxx.dll file into the installation folder, replacing the atioglxx.dll inside.
  6. Play the game.


This fix will not work on many GPUs, especially the newest ones.

Game Won't Load

Skip intro videos[citation needed]

Unable to move your character after combat

Unable to move your character after combat[citation needed]
  1. Hold down both the right and the left mouse button.
  2. Press the quicksave button and keep both mouse buttons pressed during the whole saving process.
  3. Once the saving process is completed your can release both mouse buttons. The character should control normally again.
  • If you encounter recurring issues with being unable to move your character, limiting your frame rate to 60 will greatly reduce the frequency of this problem and often resolves the problem completely. This can be done by enabling v-sync (for monitors with a refresh rate of 60) or by limiting the game's frame rate with your video card manufacturer's control panel (e.g. NVIDIA control panel). Attempting to run the game at frame rates above 60 is the most common cause of this bug.
Enable Vsync in the graphics options or in the launcher and set refresh rate on 60hz[citation needed]

Game minimizes after escaping Taris and refuses to maximize again

Some users experience this issue after boarding the Ebon Hawk for the first time and are thus unable to progress past Taris.
Game minimizes after escaping Taris and refuses to maximize again[citation needed]
  1. Open swconfig.ini (in the same folder as swkotor.exe)
  2. Locate the line: FullScreen=1
  3. Change to: FullScreen=0
  4. Save the file and continue playing the game, reverting the change once you've landed on Dantooine.

Crashes when opening detention cells and activating lift

Crashes when opening detention cells and activating lift[citation needed]
  • The game can sometimes crash in two places. In the level "Prison Block", aboard the Leviathan, the game can crash when opening the detention cells (which hold the rest of your characters) and when activating the lift to go up to the bridge. Both of these crashes are fixed by rebooting your computer. Alternatively, changing the resolution to 800x600 may help if a reboot is unsuccessful. Disabling mouselook may also work. Changing the group leader may also work.

Crash after a shooting sequence - Leviathan level

Crash after a shooting sequence - Leviathan level[citation needed]
  • The game can also crash right after a shooting sequence right after the Leviathan level. This can be easily fixed by entering the door that leads to the hangar as the protagonist.

Cutscene bug with Saul Karath on Leviathan

Game won't play an important cutscene at the end of the Leviathan level and just does not continue[citation needed]
  • Download this mod and follow the instructions.

Black Screen While Playing Cutscenes

If using the widescreen patch, the game may display a black screen while playing cutscenes.
Alt+Tab out of and back into the game[citation needed]


Flawless Widescreen may not need this fix.[citation needed]
Set game to use dedicated graphics card[citation needed]

Cannot use your mouse in main menu

Disable hardware mouse support[citation needed]
  1. Run swconfig.exe in <path-to-game>.
  2. Disable the option Enable Hardware Mouse.

The game is offcenter

Change application properties[17]
  1. Go to game folder and right click swkotor.exe and under compatability run in xp mode and disable visual themes and scaling on high dpi.

Options for Frame Buffer Effects and Soft Shadows are greyed out

These options don't appear if the game's framerate doesn't match the display refresh rate.[citation needed]
Ensure screen is outputting at 60 Hz and Vsync is enabled[18][19]

Random dialogue skipping

The game starts randomly skipping cutscenes and dialogue lines after you play for several hours uninterrupted, seemingly because of a memory leak.

Save and restart the game.[20]

Wrong character placement in widescreen cutscenes

In some cutscenes, there can be a rare bug where the player party appears in locations they shouldn't appear in, particularly in scenes aboard the Leviathan. This can happen when the game is modded for widescreen.[21][22] Can be fixed with several mods:

Use KotOR 1 Community Patch (K1CP).[23]
Use custom mod (if you can't use K1CP, for whatever reason).

VR support

3D modes State Notes
Officially supported game, see official vorpx game list.

Other information


Technical specs Supported Notes
OpenGL 1.4
ExecutablePPC 32-bit 64-bit Notes
macOS (OS X)
Install the version 1.03d or later patch for Intel support.


Middleware Notes
Audio Miles Sound System 6.5h
Cutscenes Bink Video


KotOR 1 Restoration

This mod is severely outdated. It is generally recommended to use the KOTOR 1 Community Patch[4] instead. The KOTOR 1 Restoration mod is not compatible with most mods. You've been warned. Source: [5]

If you however enjoy the restored content this mod provides, most (if not all) of k1r's restorations have been extracted into standalone mods (which are compatible with most mods):

Duncan on Manaan [6]

Bodies Stay

This mod prevents the vanishing of corpses of dead enemies.

Security Spikes Fix

Security spikes served no purpose in the game, since their usage in the PC version is bugged (unlike the XBOX version, where they work as intented). This mod allows to use them on the PC version as well.
This fix will only work for new spikes you're getting, the ones already in inventory remain useless.

KotOR 1 Remastered (AI Upscaled) Cutscenes

Various resolutions of AI-upscaled cinematics to replace the originals. All cinematics are brought to 60fps and are available in 4k, 1440p, 1080p, 768p, and 720p.
The cutscenes were upscaled using Topaz Gigapixel AI, and interpolated to 60fps using SVP Pro 4. Black bars are used to maintain the aspect ratio of the content while bringing the videos to 16:9 overall.
If you're using the Steam version, you may need to get a replacement executable to be able to open it with the HEX editor or UniWS, or for the correct values to appear.

Selphadur's Kotor Texture Redux

Changes vanilla textures to 4x AI upscaled with hand made improvements.
In the final (v1.0) release almost all game textures (all except GUI, icons, effects and etc. which have problems when extracted or have no benefit from upscaling whatsoever) are replaced with upgraded ones. Current version (v1.1) has more than 2300 textures.
All alpha channels in textures were checked and copied to new textures.

Complete Character Overhaul -REDUX- (Ultimate HD Pack)

All character textures, upscaled with ESRGAN.
Transparency issues with the legacy pack have been fixed in REDUX.[24]


A bulk mod installer capable of installing hundreds of mods in a few minutes. The closest this game has gotten to a functioning mod manager.
Requires you download the specific mods, and the premade instruction file,[25]

KOTOR Community Portal modbuilds

The most supported modbuild and exhaustive instructions to installing them all.
KOTORModSync (above) supports this build[26]

Better skyboxes

These mods replace all skyboxes with high-quality ones.
Changes some visual detail from the original which might not be seen as improvements by everyone.

System requirements


Operating system (OS) XP, Vista
Processor (CPU) Intel Pentium III 1.0 GHz
AMD Athlon 1.0 GHz
System memory (RAM) 256 MB
Hard disk drive (HDD) 3.5 GB
Video card (GPU) Hardware T&L
32 MB of VRAM
DirectX 9.0b compatible
Sound (audio device) DirectX 9.0b compatible
macOS (OS X)
Minimum Recommended
Operating system (OS) 10.8.5
Processor (CPU) Intel 1.8 GHz
System memory (RAM) 512 MB
Hard disk drive (HDD) 5 GB
Video card (GPU) Nvidia GeForce 7300
ATI Radeon X1600
Intel HD 3000
128 MB of VRAM


Minimum Recommended
Operating system (OS) 98
Processor (CPU) 1.0 GHz
System memory (RAM) 128 MB (98)
256 MB (2000, ME, XP)
Hard disk drive (HDD) 4 GB
Video card (GPU) ATI Radeon 8500
Nvidia GeForce 2
32 MB of VRAM
DirectX 9.0b compatible
macOS (OS X)
Operating system (OS) 10.3
Processor (CPU) PowerPC G4 1 GHz
System memory (RAM) 256 MB
Hard disk drive (HDD) 4.2 GB
Video card (GPU) ATI Radeon 8500
NVidia GeForce2 MX
32 MB of VRAM


  1. If using Windows, install Git for Windows to enable Bash scripts.[1]
  2. It may be necessary to copy the music directory to your desktop.[1]
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 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).
  4. 4.0 4.1 Notes regarding Steam Play (Linux) data:


  1. 1.0 1.1 Verified by User:SirYodaJedi on 2018-10-18
  2. Music from Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic, page 1 - Forum - - last accessed on May 2023
  3. Verified by User:Nessy on 2021-09-27
  4. Aspyr - Support - last accessed on 2007-08-04
  5. KotOR 1 is made full screen instead of windowed borderless · Issue #259 · Codeusa/Borderless-Gaming - last accessed on 9 June 2023
  6. WSGF Article - last accessed on [unknown]
  7. Memory leak causing crash and corrupting saves, page 1 - Forum - - last accessed on May 2023
  8. Steamcommunity, Page 3, app #32370, difficulty on getting Flawless Widescreen to work. - last accessed on 9 June 2023
  9. Steamcommunity, Page 2, app #32370, Quirks running on a 32 bit vs 64 bit OS. - last accessed on 9 June 2023
  10. [GAMEPAD UPDATE] [DualShock 4 Support!]
  11. The Star Wars Sound Experience - - last accessed on May 2023
  12. Verified by User:Averygoodperson on 2021-12-28
  13. [1] - last accessed on 2022-01-03
  14. KOTOR 1+2: Vista Fix & Windows 7 Report - LucasForums - last accessed on May 2023
  15. KOTOR Community Portal[2]
  16. Verified by user /u/th3w1zard1 on October 24, 2023
  17. Steam forum - last accessed on May 2023
  18. Verified by User:SirYodaJedi on 2022-05-26
    Tested with GOG release on my laptop; apparently a common problem on laptops
  19. r/kotor: Snigaroo's comment on "Has anyone successfully gotten Soft Shadows and Frame Buffer effects working on modern Nvidia cards?" - Reddit - last accessed on May 2023
  20. Steam Community - last accessed on May 2023
  21. Reddit - last accessed on May 2023
  22. Reddit - last accessed on May 2023
  23. GitHub - last accessed on May 2023
  24. Complete Character Overhaul - Ultimate HD Pack - Post #7 - File topics - The Nexus Forums - last accessed on 9 June 2023
  25. KOTORModSync - last accessed on 9 May 2023
  26. KOTOR Neocities Community Portal - last accessed on 9 May 2023