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Torchlight cover
Runic Games
macOS (OS X) World Domination Industries[1]
Linux Edward Rudd
Perfect World
Release dates
Windows October 27, 2009
macOS (OS X) May 12, 2010
Linux September 18, 2012
Metacritic 83
Monetization One-time game purchase
Microtransactions None
Modes Singleplayer
Pacing Real-time
Perspectives Bird's-eye view
Controls Point and select
Genres ARPG
Themes Fantasy
Series Torchlight
Torchlight on HowLongToBeat
Torchlight on IGDB
Torchlight guide on StrategyWiki
Torchlight on MobyGames
Torchlight on Wikipedia
Torchlight 2009
Torchlight II 2012
Torchlight III 2020
Torchlight: Infinite 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.

Torchlight is a singleplayer bird's-eye view ARPG game in the Torchlight series.

General information

Unofficial forums
Torchlight wiki Community Discussions for game series Support Page
Steam Community Discussions


Source DRM Notes Keys OS
EU retail version comes translated in multiple languages.
(English, German, French, Italian, Spanish)
Epic Games Store
DRM-free after installation through Epic Games Launcher (notes may include more details)
DRM-free when launched directly from executable.[2]
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macOS (OS X)
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macOS (OS X)
Offers extras like soundtrack and artwork.
Green Man Gaming
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macOS (OS X)
Humble Store
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macOS (OS X)
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macOS (OS X) (unavailable)
macOS (OS X)
A demo is available on the Steam and GamersGate store pages.

Essential improvements


The latest official patch for the retail version is 1.15, available from the official support page and Patches-Scrolls.

Game data

Configuration file(s) location

System Location
Windows %APPDATA%\runic games\torchlight\local_settings.txt
%APPDATA%\runic games\torchlight\SETTINGS.TXT
macOS (OS X) $HOME/Library/Application Support/runic games/torchlight/
Linux $HOME/.runicgames/Torchlight/
Steam Play (Linux) <Steam-folder>/steamapps/compatdata/41500/pfx/[Note 1]
This game does not follow the XDG Base Directory Specification on Linux.

Save game data location

System Location
Windows %APPDATA%\runic games\torchlight\save\
macOS (OS X) $HOME/Library/Application Support/runic games/torchlight/save/
Linux $HOME/.runicgames/Torchlight/Save/
Steam <Steam-folder>/userdata/<user-id>/41500/remote/
Steam Play (Linux) <Steam-folder>/steamapps/compatdata/41500/pfx/[Note 1]
To clear save games from the game once Steam Cloud has been used you will need to remove the save files from the Steam Cloud folder as well. The Windows and OS X save files are compatible but have to be manually synced by removing all existing save files for the target platform and then copying the source files to the regular save file location.

Save game cloud syncing

System Native Notes
Epic Games Launcher
GOG Galaxy
Steam Cloud
Syncs up to 10 MB of save data (maximum 100 files).


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

Graphics feature State WSGF Notes
Widescreen resolution
Native support
4K Ultra HD
Field of view (FOV)
Borderless fullscreen windowed
See the glossary page for potential workarounds.
Anisotropic filtering (AF)
See the glossary page for potential workarounds.
Anti-aliasing (AA)
FSAA is applied. Nvidia users can force HSAA, OGSSAA, SGSSAA, TrSSAA, and/or MSAA in Nvidia Profile Inspector with no compatibility bits.
Vertical sync (Vsync)
60 FPS and 120+ FPS
No frame rate or refresh rate cap.[3]
High dynamic range display (HDR)
See the glossary page for potential alternatives.
Color blind mode
AbleGamers review
Netbook mode sets everything to the lowest possible quality to be playable on a netbook (resolution isn't locked).

Remove camera shake

Change NO CAMERA SHAKE to 1[4]
  1. Go to the configuration file(s) location.
  2. Open settings.txt.
  3. Change the "NO CAMERA SHAKE" value to 1.



Go to settings.txt and change the values[citation needed]
  1. Go to the configuration file(s) location.
  2. Open settings.txt.
  3. Change the value of KEYMAP strings according to this table.


Audio feature State Notes
Separate volume controls
Music and sound sliders
Surround sound
Closed captions
Mute on focus lost
See Mute on focus lost.
Royalty free audio

Mute on focus lost

Set mute in background[citation needed]
  1. Download Special K.
  2. Copy SpecialK32.dll to the installation folder.
  3. Rename to d3d9.dll.
  4. Run the game and exit.
  5. Edit d3d9.ini in the installation folder.
  6. Find [Window.System].
  7. Change MuteInBackground=false to MuteInBackground=true.


Language UI Audio Sub Notes
Simplified Chinese
Fan translation, see here.
Fan translation, see Runic Games Fansite.
EU retail only; for other versions, see Runic Games Fansite.
EU retail only; for other versions, see Runic Games Fansite.
EU retail only; for other versions, see Runic Games Fansite.
Fan translation, see Runic Games Fansite.
Russian retail and GOG.
EU retail only; for other versions, see this.
For translation mods, check Runic Games Fansite.

Issues fixed

Be sure to check the knowledgebase if you haven't found the fix here.

Black screen after starting the game

This might happen when installing a bunch of mods because either the mods conflict with each other or the game takes too long to load.
Delete conflicting mods using Hotspot[5]
  1. Open Hotspot and select installed mods.
  2. Open Tools → Torchlight I → Check for conflicts (conflicting mods will have a warning sign)
  3. Disable all but one of the conflicting mods (in each category).
  4. If that doesn't work, disable all of the mods and then enable them a couple at a time.
Delete conflicting mods manually[5]
  1. Go to <path-to-game>\mods.
  2. Move the mods somewhere else then move them back a couple at a time.
Delete settings files[6]

Missing quest monster/item

Discard the quest, get the new one and/or restart the game[7][8]

No zoom functionality

Rebind the keys[9]

Invisible cursor (Windows)

Disable pointer trails[10]
  1. Go to Control Panel and choose Mouse controls.
  2. Under Pointer options, uncheck "Display pointer trails".

Linux-specific issues

Garbled font

Upgrade the kernel and/or reinstall fglrx-driver for AMD video cards[11]

Crash on Estherian Ruins Floor 12

Install libtxc-dxtm-s2tc0 in Synaptic Manager[12]

Crash on Tu'tara Caverns Floor 19

This usually happens on Intel Mesa integrated graphics cards.
These fixes will probably make particular textures glitchy.
  1. Extract from
    ( is by default located in /usr/local/games/Torchlight)
  2. Rename to "".
  3. Replace inside
Resize with GIMP[14]
  1. Install the "gimp-dds" package from the Synaptic Package Manager.
  2. Open /media/particles/Textures/Trail/ with GIMP inside (in the installation folder).
  3. Resize the texture to 64x256 and export the file back into the archive.

Cursor displays with a black box and does not function (Humble Bundle Edition)

Use patched version of libsdl2[15]
  1. Download this alternate patched version of libsdl2.0.
  2. Extract it into <path-to-game>\lib64.

Game fails to launch on unsupported localizations

Run the game with the LC_ALL=C ./Torchlight.bin.x86_64 command[16][17]

VR support

3D modes State Notes
User created game profile, see vorpx forum profile introduction.

Other information


Technical specs Supported Notes
Direct3D 9.0c
OpenGL 2.0 OS X and Linux only.
Shader Model support 3 [citation needed]
Executable 32-bit 64-bit Notes
macOS (OS X)
This 32-bit-only macOS game does not work on macOS Catalina (10.15) or later.


Middleware Notes
Audio FMOD
Interface Crazy Eddie's GUI System (CEGUI), FreeType 2
Input Object Oriented Input System (OIS)


HotSpot Mod Manager 2.0
HotSpot Mod Manager 2.0
Plethora of mods available at Runic Games Fansite.
HotSpot is recommended for managing mods, especially to check for mod conflicts.
The modding community is inactive and has moved onto Torchlight II.
TorchED - Torchlight editor


A portable mod manager for Windows that automates downloading and installing mods.
Currently in beta, v2.0.
Full feature list
If you have problems using this application, try out the older version at Runic Games Fansite.

Recommended mods and tools Mod Spotlight
A list of recommended and helpful mods - Steam forums



  • TorchKit - Outdated, but still useful tool to change keybindings, activate console and other settings.
  • TorchlightCam - Highly configurable mod that can set camera to follow the character, rotate etc.
  • TL2Cam - Simple alternative to TorchlightCam.
  • Torchlight Utility - Changes character's difficulty and activates/deactivates hardcore, retired and dead status (make sure to back save data up)

System requirements

Operating system (OS) XP SP3
Processor (CPU) 800 MHz
System memory (RAM) 512 MB
Hard disk drive (HDD) 822 MB
Video card (GPU) ATI Radeon 7200
Nvidia GeForce 2
Intel GMA 950
DirectX 9.0c compatible
macOS (OS X)
Operating system (OS) 10.5.8
Processor (CPU) Intel Mac
System memory (RAM) 1 GB
Hard disk drive (HDD) 800 MB
Video card (GPU) ATI Radeon X1600
OpenGL 2.0 compatible


  1. 1.0 1.1 File/folder structure within this directory reflects the path(s) listed for Windows and/or Steam game data (use Wine regedit to access Windows registry paths). Games with Steam Cloud support may store data in ~/.steam/steam/userdata/<user-id>/41500/ in addition to or instead of this directory. The app ID (41500) may differ in some cases. Treat backslashes as forward slashes. See the glossary page for details.