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This article is about an older version of DF.
Many of these settings are covered in detail here.

The d_init.txt file can be used to make many adjustments to the game's behavior, such as enabling autosave or changing the population limit, as well as some technical tricks to improve framerate by deactivating features like weather and temperature.

This file is located at data/init/d_init.txt within your Dwarf Fortress folder. Changes made to this file take effect the next time the game is loaded, and apply to all worlds.

The contents of the default d_init.txt file can be found below.

Default settings[edit]


  • The implementation of the POPULATION_CAP is not fully understood. Many players end up with higher populations than they want.Bug:2922
  • The text in the file says you need a population of 80 for a monarch, but you actually need 140.
Gameplay settings