Install and setup Quake 4

You can buy digital copy of Quake 4 from Steam or download official CD version from Downloads tab, but for CD you’ll need a valid key.

Installing a patch (only for CD version): download Quake 4 1.3 to 1.4.2 upgrade from Downloads tab, install it to the game folder.

Quake 4 for macOS: download the Mac App Store version of Quake 4 from Downloads tab, open *.dmg and copy app to Applications folder. Supported macOS versions: 10.6.8 Snow Leopard – 10.14.6 Mojave because no 32-bit apps support in Catalina. It’s free now, so you don’t need to crack or enter CD-key.

If you want to use clean original config, just start Quake 4 and connect to WwW server [ or] to download necessary files including latest Q4max Competition Mod 0.82 and maps. Also you can download Q4max from Downloads tab and manually extract it to your Quake 4 folder.

Specific your controls, multiplayer and graphics settings.

Graphics fix

If you’re having troubles with ultra graphics and always getting a low-res textures, here is the fix (must be added to autoexec.cfg in q4base folder):

seta image_downSizeLimit "2048"
seta image_ignoreHighQuality "0"
seta image_downSizeBumpLimit "2048"
seta image_downSizeSpecularLimit "2048"
seta image_downSizeBump "0"
seta image_downSizeSpecular "0"
seta image_useCache "0"
seta image_cacheMegs "100"
seta image_cacheMinK "30"
seta image_usePrecompressedTextures "1"
seta image_useNormalCompressionLoadDDSForPal "1"
seta image_useNormalCompression "0"
seta image_useAllFormats "1"
seta image_useCompression "0"
seta image_downSize "0"
seta image_lodbias "0"
seta image_anisotropy "16"
seta image_filter "GL_LINEAR_MIPMAP_LINEAR"