Other Install Methods

Post here if you need help getting started with Daggerfall Unity or just want to clarify a potential bug. Questions about playing or modding classic Daggerfall should be posted to Community.
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Other Install Methods

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The DaggerfallGameFiles method is the preferred way of setting up Daggerfall Unity. This is a curated set of game files with classic patches already applied. This method is also simple (just unzip two things) and works on Windows, Linux, Mac platforms.

Following are other methods which can work perfectly but may require additional time and effort during setup, offer incompatible changes as options, and are not as easily cross-platform. As these sources of files are maintained by others, it's possible they might introduce changes breaking compatibility with Daggerfall Unity.

If you have problems setting up Daggerfall Unity with these methods, please try a clean setup with the DaggerfallGameFiles method first and delete your settings.ini.


Other Install Methods

Using DaggerfallSetup

Using GOG

Using CD Distribution / Bethesda Download

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Using DaggerfallSetup

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Using DaggerfallSetup

1. Visit download page and get latest version (currently DaggerfallSetup-2.15.0.exe).

2. Install with default settings to somewhere like C:\Games\Daggerfall. The default "Unofficial Fixes" should all be OK, but note that installing optional language packs may break compatibility with Daggerfall Unity. No need to launch the game after installing.
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3. Now visit Live Builds page and download latest version of Daggerfall Unity. Unzip this somewhere other than the classic Daggerfall path above. I recommend using something like C:\Games\Daggerfall Unity\0.11.0 - where 0.11.0 is the version number you are unzipping. Each version of Daggerfall Unity should be unzipped to its own folder, please do not unzip new versions on top of old version.

4. Run Daggerfall Unity.exe to start the configuration process. Direct Daggerfall Unity to the C:\Games\Daggerfall folder. If everything was done correctly, the window will display as follows.
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You can now proceed to configure your display resolution and other settings. Enjoy playing Daggerfall Unity!

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Using GOG

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Using GOG

Note: While many people are able to run Daggerfall Unity on the GOG release without issue, this game data can frequently experience compatibility problems resulting in a black screen at startup or non-functional UI windows (e.g. spellbook or talk UI). The cause of this is currently unknown. If you do experience problems like this using the GOG release, please use either the DaggerfallSetup or DaggerfallGameFiles methods instead.

If you have purchased another Bethesda title from GOG, you should also have classic Daggerfall in your library.

1. Install Daggerfall from GOG either using direct download or through the GOG Galaxy launcher. If you install using the launcher, Daggerfall will be placed somewhere like C:\Program Files (x86)\GOG Galaxy\Games\Daggerfall by default.

2. Now visit Live Builds page and download latest version of Daggerfall Unity. Unzip this somewhere other than the classic Daggerfall path above. I recommend using something like C:\Games\Daggerfall Unity\0.11.0 - where 0.11.0 is the version number you are unzipping. Each version of Daggerfall Unity should be unzipped to its own folder, please do not unzip new versions on top of old version.

3. Run Daggerfall Unity.exe to start the configuration process. Direct Daggerfall Unity to the C:\Program Files (x86)\GOG Galaxy\Games\Daggerfall folder (or wherever you installed to). If everything was done correctly, the window will display as follows.
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You can now proceed to configure your display resolution and other settings. Enjoy playing Daggerfall Unity!

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Using CD Distribution / Bethesda Download

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Using CD Distribution / Bethesda Download

Note: The following steps require installing Daggerfall and DOSBox manually and copying .VID files. You must also patch the game manually to version .213. This is the most cumbersome way to install classic Daggerfall with Daggerfall Unity. Recommend using DaggerfallGameFiles method instead.

1. Visit Bethesda's download page and click "Download The Full Game" to get DFInstall.zip.

2. Download DOSBox and install.

3. Setup classic Daggerfall inside of DOSBox. There's a good video tutorial below that I will reference.



Important: Ensure you also patch Daggerfall to .213 as shown by the video starting from 5:18.

4. When installing classic Daggerfall, be sure to change the installation size to Huge Installation (450MB). This ensures the most files possible copied to the target location, which by default is C:\DAGGER inside of your mounted path, or C:\dosgames\DAGGER inside your real filesystem. There is no need to setup your sound card at this time.
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5. Next, we must select all 17x .VID files from C:\dosgames\DFCD\DAGGER\ARENA2 and copy them to C:\dosgames\DAGGER\ARENA2. What we're doing here is copying files from the virtual CD to the game install folder so everything is in one place. You will need to do the same if you still have a physical CD install of the game.
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6. Now visit Live Builds page and download latest version of Daggerfall Unity. Unzip this somewhere other than the classic Daggerfall path above. I recommend using something like C:\Games\Daggerfall Unity\0.11.0 - where 0.11.0 is the version number you are unzipping. Each version of Daggerfall Unity should be unzipped to its own folder, please do not unzip new versions on top of old version.

7. Run Daggerfall Unity.exe to start the configuration process. Direct Daggerfall Unity to the C:\dosgames\DAGGER folder. If everything was done correctly, the window will display as follows.
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You can now proceed to configure your display resolution and other settings. Enjoy playing Daggerfall Unity!

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