minetest.conf

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minetest.conf is the configuration file used for numerous purposes. This file is read every time the game starts and is always created/modified when the menu quits.

The configuration file is located in one of these locations:

  • ../minetest.conf - (RUN_IN_PLACE version, relative to executable)
  • ../../minetest.conf - (RUN_IN_PLACE version, relative to executable)
  • ~/.minetest/minetest.conf - (globally installed version on Linux)

A custom path to a configuration file can be specified in command line using the option --config /path/to/minetest.conf.

A file called minetest.conf.example is provided as an example. See that file for a more complete list of options.
This C++ code automatically generates minetest.conf, it contains all the default settings: [1]

Default Settings

[0.4]

fullscreen = false
screenW = 800
screenH = 600
vsync = false
video_driver = opengl

enable_clouds = true
enable_3d_clouds = true
new_style_leaves = true
opaque_water = false
new_style_water = false
smooth_lighting = true
enable_fog = true

wanted_fps = 30
fps_max = 60
viewing_range_nodes_min = 35
viewing_range_nodes_max = 160
view_bobbing_amount = 1.0
desynchronize_mapblock_texture_animation = true
fsaa = false
fullscreen_bpp = 24

enable_texture_atlas = true

enable_farmesh = false
farmesh_trees = true
farmesh_distance = 40

console_color = (0,0,0)
console_alpha = 192


enable_sound = true
sound_volume = 0.5


creative_mode = false
enable_damage = true
fast_move = true
free_move = false
time_speed = 96

default_game = minetest
only_peaceful_mobs = false
give_initial_stuff = false



active_object_send_range_blocks = 3
active_block_range = 2
server_map_save_interval = 5.3
ignore_world_load_errors = false
motd =

disallow_empty_password = false
enable_pvp = true
default_privs = interact,shout

max_users = 100
unlimited_player_transfer_distance = true
strict_protocol_version_checking = true
disable_anticheat = false
enable_rollback_recording = false

max_simultaneous_block_sends_per_client = 2
max_simultaneous_block_sends_server_total = 8
max_block_send_distance = 10
max_block_generate_distance = 6
time_send_interval = 5
full_block_send_enable_min_time_from_building = 2.0
server_unload_unused_data_timeout = 29
dedicated_server_step = 0.05


address =
name =
port = 30000
client_unload_unused_data_timeout = 600

texture_path = ../textures/all
screenshot_path = ../sceeenshots


selected_mainmenu_tab = 0
selected_world_path =


keymap_forward = KEY_KEY_W
keymap_backward = KEY_KEY_S
keymap_left = KEY_KEY_A
keymap_right = KEY_KEY_D

invert_mouse = false

keymap_jump = KEY_SPACE
keymap_sneak = KEY_LSHIFT
keymap_inventory = KEY_KEY_I
keymap_special1 = KEY_KEY_E
aux1_descends = false

keymap_chat = KEY_KEY_T
keymap_cmd = /
keyman_console = KEY_F10

keymap_rangeselect = KEY_KEY_R
keymap_freemove = KEY_KEY_K
keymap_fastmove = KEY_KEY_J
keymap_screenshot = KEY_F12


keymap_print_debug_stacks = KEY_KEY_P
keymap_quicktune_prev = KEY_HOME
keymap_quicktune_next = KEY_END
keymap_quicktune_dec = KEY_NEXT
keymap_quicktune_inc = KEY_PRIOR
random_input = false
continuous_forward = false

0.3.1.

 video_driver = direct3d9
 address = 
 creative_mode = 0
 enable_3d_clouds = 0
 enable_damage = 1
 name = 
 new_style_leaves = 0
 opaque_water = 0
 port = 30000
 smooth_lighting = 1

Default Settings

Key Type Default Value Description
video_driver string direct3d9 Allows the user to chose the video renderer used to render Minetest.
null - No rendering at all.
software - Software rendering (not accelerated by graphics card), very slow.
burningsvideo - Unknown, very slow.
direct3d8 - Uses Direct3D 8.
directdd9 - Uses Direct3D 9 (best performance on some graphics cards on Windows, can have bugs).
opengl - Uses OpenGL, latest version possible (best stability, sometimes best performance).
address string blank The address used for connecting to a server, if it is blank, the game will start a local server when attempting to connect.
port integer 30000 The port used when connecting to, or creating a server.
creative_mode boolean 0 Allows the user to enter creative mode. This only affects local server.
1 - Creative mode enabled.
0 - Creative mode disabled.
enable_damage boolean 0 Allows the user to enable damage for their player. This only affects local server.
1 - Damage enabled.
0 - Damage disabled.
name string blank The name of the player in-game.
new_style_leaves boolean 0 Whether to make leaves transparent or opaque; opaque leaves are faster, thus recommended on slower computers.
1 - Leaves are transparent.
0 - Leaves are opaque.
opaque_water boolean 0 Whether to enable opaque water.
1 - Opaque water enabled.
0 - Opaque water disabled.
show_debug boolean 0 Whether to enable debug info (coordinates, draw times...) on startup.
1 - Debug info shown by default.
0 - Debug info hidden by default.
smooth_lighting boolean 1 Whether to use smooth lighting.
1 - Smooth lighting enabled.
0 - Smooth lighting disabled.
client_delete_unused_sectors_timeout integer 600 This will set the client to delete parts of the map from memory when they haven't been accessed for N seconds.
enable_texture_atlas boolean 1 You can disable the building of the texture atlas with this line. (A texture atlas is a big texture with multiple smaller textures tiled in it).
invert_mouse boolean 0 Allows the user to invert their mouse vertical axis.
1 - Mouse vertical axis inverted.
0 - Mouse vertical axis not inverted.
texture_path string blank Allows the user to specify an additional texture directory, from which Minetest will first search for textures.
time_speed integer 72 This changes the speed of the day/night cycle (also applies to local/singleplayer game). When set to 0, the day/night cycle stops. The higher is the value, the faster the day/night cycle will be.
viewing_range_nodes_min integer 25 Allows the user to change their minimal view range. This is very useful for slow computers.
viewing_range_nodes_max integer 160 Allows the user to change their maximal view range. This is very useful for slow computers.
fov integer 72 Allows the user to change their field of view.
view_bobbing boolean 1 Whether to enable view and wielded tool bobbing.
1 - View bobbing enabled.
0 - View bobbing disabled.
view_bobbing_amount float 1.0 Controls view bobbing intensity, 1.0 being 100%, 1.5 being 150% and so on.
enable_fog boolean 1 Whether to fog out the end of the visible area.
1 - Fog enabled.
0 - Fog disabled.
enable_clouds boolean 1 Whether to draw clouds.
1 - Clouds enabled.
0 - Clouds disabled.
enable_3d_clouds boolean 0 Allows the user to enable 3D clouds.
1 - 3D clouds enabled.
0 - 3D clouds disabled (2D clouds used instead).
enable_sound boolean 1 Whether to enable sound; sound can only be enabled if you have installed OpenAL.
1 - Sound enabled.
0 - Sound disabled.
sound_volume float 0.8 Allows the user to change sound volume. 1 is 100% volume whereas 0 is 0% volume.

Controls

The key bindings are configurable in the "settings" menu.

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