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Quake 3 Arena

From AppleGamingWiki, the wiki about gaming on M1 Apple silicon Macs

macOS Compatibility

Method Rating Notes
Native Perfect Runs perfectly with the MacSourcePorts version of Quake III.[1]
Rosetta 2 Unknown
Compatibility layer
CrossOver Unknown
Wine Unknown
Parallels Unknown


To set up ioquake3, do the following:

  1. Download ioquake3 from
  2. Open the dmg file and copy the app to the Applications folder.
  3. Copy the contents of the original Quake III Arena baseq3 folder to ~/Library/Application Support/Quake3/baseq3.

To set custom resolution, follow these steps:

  1. Launch and exit the game at least once.
  2. Open the ~/Library/Application Support/Quake3/baseq3/q3config.cfg file with an editor.
  3. Set the following options:
    seta r_mode "-1"
    seta r_customwidth "1920"
    seta r_customheight "1080"

If you experience low FPS, try switching from the opengl2 renderer to opengl1:

seta cl_renderer "opengl1"


  1. Verified by User:Hakase on 22 Nov 2021
    Device: MacBook Pro M1 Pro - 8/14 - 32GB
    OS: macOS Monterey 12
    Comment: Signed and notarised build of ioquake3.
    Requires baseq3 folder from original Quake 3 release.