TrackMania Sunrise

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TrackMania Sunrise
TrackMania Sunrise cover
North America Enlight Software
United Kingdom Digital Jesters
Release dates
Windows April 6, 2005
Genres Racing, Tricks
TrackMania Sunrise on MobyGames
TrackMania Sunrise on Wikipedia


StarForce DRM for this game does not work on some versions of Windows (see Availability for affected versions).
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Trackmania (2020) 2020

Key points

Also known as TrackMania Sunrise eXtreme, which is a free expansion pack for the base game.
Has problems running on modern machines. See Game does not launch on Windows 8 and above and Issues fixed.

General information

Official website
TrackMania Exchange
TrackMania Forums


Source DRM Notes Keys OS
Disc check (requires the CD/DVD in the drive to play)
StarForce DRM[Note 1]
StarForce DRM for this game does not work on some versions of Windows (see above for affected versions).

Essential improvements[edit]

Multiple updates including bonus tracks are available for the game.
Update TrackMania Sunrise Extreme to 1.5.1
  1. Download the TrackMania Sunrise eXtreme 1.5.1 update.
  2. Extract the .exe file from the .zip.
  3. Run the tmsx_150_to_151_cd_setup.exe file and follow the installation wizard.
  4. Launch the game.

Game data[edit]

Configuration file(s) location[edit]

System Location
Windows <path-to-game>\Default.SystemConfig.Gbx[Note 2]
Graphics settings are stored in the Default.SystemConfig.Gbx file.

Save game data location[edit]

System Location
Windows <path-to-game>\GameData\Profiles[Note 2]
The profiles folder stores all configuration information and preferences.
The tracks folder stores all tracks along with any custom tracks.
The scores folder stores all medal information and race data.

Video settings[edit]

Advanced video settings
Advanced video settings
Display compatibility settings
Display compatibility settings

Graphics feature State WSGF Notes
Widescreen resolution
Listed as > 4:3 (large). Text and other display objects will stretch.
HUD stretches significantly.
4K Ultra HD
Field of view (FOV)
Only supports resolutions up to 1280x960. Can be toggled with Alt+ Enter.
Borderless fullscreen windowed
See the glossary page for potential workarounds.
Anisotropic filtering (AF)
2x, 4x, 8x, and 16x
Anti-aliasing (AA)
2x, 4x, and 6x
Vertical sync (Vsync)
Listed as Display VSync.
60 FPS and 120+ FPS
No FPS or refresh rate limit

Input settings[edit]

Input settings
Input settings

Audio settings[edit]

Audio settings
Audio settings

Audio feature State Notes
Separate volume controls
Sound, Music
Surround sound
7.1 or 5.1 Surround.
The game does not have voice acting.
Closed captions
Mute on focus lost
EAX support


Language UI Audio Sub Notes


Network config
Network config

Multiplayer types

Type Native Players Notes
Local play
8 Hot seat
LAN play
Online play
Asynchronous multiplayer

Connection types

Issues Fixed[edit]

Game does not launch on Windows 8 and above[edit]

Remove StarForce DRM[3]
  1. Install the game from the original CD. Do not launch the game after installing, if you do, you will be asked to install unwanted StarForce libraries on your computer, which is not needed.
  2. Download and install the TrackMania Sunrise eXtreme expansion.
  3. Download and install the eXtreme 1.5.0 to 1.5.1 update.
  4. Download the patched game files and place them in the game's installation folder. Click "Yes" if prompts to replace files. <path-to-game>
  5. Download the fixed d3d9.dll and place it in your installation folder
  6. Set both TMSunrise.exe and TMSunriseLauncher.exe to run as administrator
  7. Run TMSunriseLauncher.exe and enter your license key when prompted.
  8. Launch the game. If TMSunriseLauncher.exe doesn't work, try launching TMSunrise.exe
Bypasses StarForce driver installation and solves the inability to launch the game on modern systems.

Other information[edit]


Technical specs Supported Notes
Direct3D 9.0c
Executable 32-bit 64-bit Notes

System requirements[edit]

Minimum Recommended
Operating system (OS) 98 SE, ME, 2000, XP
Processor (CPU) Intel Pentium III
AMD Athlon equivalent
System memory (RAM) 128 MB
Hard disk drive (HDD) 900 MB
Video card (GPU) 16 MB of VRAM
DirectX 9.0 compatible
Windows 95 and NT are not supported


  1. This version of StarForce DRM does not work on Windows 8.1 or Windows 10.[1][2] For supported versions of Windows the StarForce driver may need to be updated manually using SFUPDATE.
  2. 2.0 2.1 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).