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Tom Clancy's Rainbow Six

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Tom Clancy's Rainbow Six
Tom Clancy's Rainbow Six cover
Red Storm Entertainment
Mac OS (Classic) Varcon Systems
1998-2000 Red Storm Entertainment
2000-present Ubisoft
Mac OS MacSoft
Release dates
Windows August 21, 1998
Mac OS (Classic) December 8, 1999
Metacritic 85
Monetization One-time game purchase, Expansion pack
Modes Singleplayer, Multiplayer
Pacing Real-time
Perspectives First-person, Third-person
Controls Direct control
Genres Action, FPS, Shooter, Tactical shooter
Art styles Realistic
Themes Contemporary
Series Rainbow Six
Tom Clancy's Rainbow Six on HowLongToBeat
Tom Clancy's Rainbow Six on IGDB
Tom Clancy's Rainbow Six guide on StrategyWiki
Tom Clancy's Rainbow Six on MobyGames
Tom Clancy's Rainbow Six on Wikipedia
Subseries of Tom Clancy
Rainbow Six 1998
Rainbow Six: Rogue Spear 1999
Rainbow Six: Covert Ops Essentials 2000
Rainbow Six: Take-Down 2001
Rainbow Six: Rogue Spear: Black Thorn 2001
Rainbow Six 3: Raven Shield 2003
Rainbow Six: Lockdown 2006
Rainbow Six: Vegas 2006
Rainbow Six: Vegas 2 2008
Rainbow Six Siege 2015
Rainbow Six Extraction 2022

Tom Clancy's Rainbow Six is a singleplayer and multiplayer first-person and third-person action, FPS, shooter and tactical shooter game in the Rainbow Six series.

General information

Rainbow Six Wiki
Steam Community Discussions Community Discussions Support Page


Source DRM Notes Keys OS
Disc check (requires the CD/DVD in the drive to play)
SafeDisc v1 DRM[Note 1] in European releases.
Simple disc check in North American releases.
Mac OS
Ubisoft Store
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Included with Ubisoft+.
Steam (unavailable)
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SafeDisc retail DRM does not work on Windows Vista and later (see above for affected versions).


A free demo version is available.


DLC and expansion packs

Name Notes
Eagle Watch Missing from digital releases.

Essential improvements


Patch 1.04 is the latest patch available for the game.

Skip intro videos

Disable the setting in DevicePicker.exe
Move, delete or rename files
  1. Go to <path-to-game>\data\.
  2. Move, delete or rename video.

Game data

Configuration file(s) location

System Location
Windows HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Wow6432Node\Red Storm Entertainment\Tom Clancy's Rainbow Six\[Note 2]
Mac OS (Classic)
Steam Play (Linux) <SteamLibrary-folder>/steamapps/compatdata/13650/pfx/[Note 3]
Key bindings are stored in <path-to-game>\sherman.kmp.

Save game data location

System Location
Windows <path-to-game>\data\save[Note 4]
Mac OS (Classic)
Steam Play (Linux) <SteamLibrary-folder>/steamapps/compatdata/13650/pfx/[Note 3]

Save game cloud syncing

System Native Notes
GOG Galaxy
Steam Cloud
Ubisoft Connect


External options menu.
External options menu.
In-game options menu.
In-game options menu.

Graphics feature State Notes
Widescreen resolution
Pillarboxed from 4:3. Only supports widescreen resolutions that are below the game's maximum in-game resolution (1024x768) in both width and height. Menus are locked at 640x480.
4K Ultra HD
Field of view (FOV)
See Windowed.
Borderless fullscreen windowed
See the glossary page for potential workarounds.
Anisotropic filtering (AF)
See the glossary page for potential workarounds.
Anti-aliasing (AA)
See the glossary page for potential workarounds.
High-fidelity upscaling
See the glossary page for potential workarounds.
Vertical sync (Vsync)
See the glossary page for potential workarounds.
60 FPS
120+ FPS
High dynamic range display (HDR)
See the glossary page for potential alternatives.
Software renderer for Eagle Watch renders fully opaque windows that enemies can see through.


Set windowed mode in Windows registry
  1. Run the Registry Editor.
  2. Go to HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Wow6432Node\Red Storm Entertainment\Tom Clancy's Rainbow Six\.
  3. Change the FullScreen entry value from TRUE to FALSE.


In-game key map settings.
In-game key map settings.

Keyboard and mouse State Notes
Mouse acceleration
High DPI causes negative acceleration.
Mouse sensitivity
See Mouse sensitivity.
Mouse input in menus
Mouse Y-axis inversion
Controller support
Controller types

Mouse sensitivity

Set mouse sensitivity in the Windows registry
  1. Run the Registry Editor.
  2. Go to HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Wow6432Node\Red Storm Entertainment\Tom Clancy's Rainbow Six\.
  3. Change the MouseRadiansPerPixel entry value.


Audio feature State Notes
Separate volume controls
CD Music, Sound FX, Radio.
Surround sound
Briefing only.
Closed captions
Mute on focus lost
Royalty free audio
Red Book CD audio
On Windows, CD music might not play correctly; see the troubleshooting guide for solutions.


Language UI Audio Sub Notes
Brazilian Portuguese
Retail only.
Fan translation, download.


In-game multiplayer settings.
In-game multiplayer settings.

Multiplayer types

Type Native Players Notes
LAN play
Online play
8 The official service has been shut down[3]; use Voobly.

Connection types


Protocol Port(s) and/or port range(s)
TCP 2346
UDP 2346
Universal Plug and Play (UPnP) support status is unknown.

VR support

3D modes State Notes
User created profile, requires dgVoodoo2 v2.6, see profile introduction.

Issues unresolved

Software rendering

The software renderer in Eagle Watch does not support transparent windows, while the main game used a semi-transparent grill to show windows instead. The result is that enemies can see and kill through windows.

This only affects old systems without a 3D accelerator.

Issues fixed

Game crashes at startup on Windows 10

Go to <path-to-game> and rename/delete winmm.dll[citation needed]

Black screen

A black screen can sometimes occur when running the game. This may be caused by not being able to run cinematics correctly.
See Skip intro videos to fix this issue[citation needed]

Crashes at startup

If the game is crashing, error reports can be found in Sherman.log.

Renderer::CreateBuffers() failed

If the message Renderer::CreateBuffers() failed during ClearBuffers() : Blt() in file C:\Develop\Common\Renderer\renderer.cpp at line 1330 Error = "An exception was encountered while performing the requested operation." is shown in Sherman.log and an Nvidia card is used, try updating the drivers. This issue is known to occur when using the 331.40 beta drivers and is known to be resolved by upgrading to the 331.65 release drivers.[citation needed]

Renderer::Fullscreen() failed

If the message Renderer::Fullscreen() failed during Renderer::SetDisplayMode() in file C:\Develop\Common\Renderer\renderer.cpp at line 1244 Error = "Operation requires the application to have exclusive mode but the application does not have exclusive mode." is shown in Sherman.log and an ATI/AMD card is used, use either of the following methods:

Method 1: Roll back the display driver to a version prior to 13.4 if applicable[citation needed]
Method 2: Set up the game compatibility settings[citation needed]
  1. Set up the game to play in a window.
  2. Right-click on RainbowSix.exe and select "Properties".
  3. Go to the Compatibility tab and apply the following settings: 16-bit color mode, "Disable display scaling on high DPI settings", "Run this program as an administrator".
  4. Launch the game.

Invisible NPCs

There are some missions where the victory conditions will not trigger. For instance, in mission 5 (Ghost Dance), there are supposed to be 5 hostages, but the player might only see 4 actually rendered in the level. The 5th one will appear on the map but not in the level. The only way to fix this is to modify the victory conditions for the level.
This fix can be applied to any level with similar victory conditions (e.g. if the condition is "kill all terrorists" and the level fails to load some of the terrorists).
Set data as read-only, except for plan and save subfolders, since the game's engine changes files[citation needed]
Modify the mission victory conditions file[4]
  1. Go to <path-to-game>\data\mission\ and open the specific mission victory conditions text file with a text editor.
  2. The text files will include the mission number and the difficulty in the name (for this fix, look for VicCondM5Med.txt). In the file, find the NUMBER ALL portion below the Condition 0: Rescue the hostages section.
  3. Change it from ALL to 4.
  4. Save the changes and launch the game.


Note that for this fix, mission 5 on medium difficulty will allow the mission to be completed with the 4 hostages rendered. To apply the fix to other difficulty levels, modify the respective text files.

Other information


Technical specs Supported Notes
Direct3D 6
Mac OS only.
Software renderer
ExecutablePPC16-bit 32-bit 64-bit Notes
Mac OS (Classic)


Middleware Notes
Cutscenes Smacker Video Technology 3.2b

System requirements

Minimum Recommended
Operating system (OS) 95
Processor (CPU) Intel Pentium 166 MHz
System memory (RAM) 16 MB
Hard disk drive (HDD) 57 MB
Video card (GPU) 2 MB of VRAM
DirectX 6 compatible


  1. SafeDisc retail DRM does not work on Windows 10[1] or Windows 11 and is disabled by default on Windows Vista, Windows 7, Windows 8, and Windows 8.1 when the KB3086255 update is installed.[2]
  2. Applications writing to HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE will be redirected to other locations based on various criterias, see the glossary page for more details.
  3. 3.0 3.1 Notes regarding Steam Play (Linux) data:
  4. 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).