How to play NOLF Online

  Posted by |eGo|L.Icepick - July 2017

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Nolf was released in 2000, one year later came the "Game Of The Year Edition". A lot of things changed since then, and under Windows 10 it got more difficult to play NOLF. Below you find a summary of my google research and several conversations with different members in the community.

Step 1) Download the game
In order to play online you need to have the game. On Our page you can download the game in German & English. Those ones are portable versions, no iso files, you don't need to install the game and you can run it from a USB-Stick.
Only proceed to download, if you already bought the CD's ones before. We do not support piracy, since it's unclear who the current copyrightholder is, we leave it up to you if you want to download the game. (The copyright issue is the reason why there is no Nolf3, Night Dive Studios tried to get the necessary copyrights in 2015 but failed, read on why). You need "WinRar" to extract the folder, if you don't have it you can google-download it. Password to open the rar files "egonolf" or "".

Download English Version
(Portable version: May contain texture bugs. Single Player works perfectly)*
Download German Version
(Portable Version: May contain texture bugs Single Player works perfectly)*
Download Original CDs English (Recommended)
(Full version at, you will need a virtual CD drive, like "Daemon Tools")

*Texture Bugs in Multiplayer: With more than 8 players it may happen that your weapon may dissappear.

Download the game for
Macintosh here:

(Unfortunatly I have no idea about macs, so you're on your own!)

Step 2) 5 ways to connect to NOLF-Servers / Online Gaming: (Windows)
There are different ways to connect to a NOLF-Server. I recommend the one from


via URA's Master Server
from SFI-Clan

via offline program
by *Djamba

++ server list with full live statistics (like player amount, and startweapon)
+ server list on website,
accessible from everywhere (computer, phone)
+ Screenshots of the maps
+ 1 click on the website to join the server
Adding maps/skins is a bit tricky
- New servers need to be reported to oneoakway
-- On Win 10 Creators Edition smartscreen need to be switched off in order to make the programm running (only one time needed)
++ New servers are immediatly shown (after hitting refresh)
+ server list (with only minimum) live statistics (like player amount)
- Loading the serverlist can take some time.
- Server list messy: shows offline server which are offline since many years
-- Adding maps/skins is beyond tricky (click to see why)
++ Servers easy to access
+ No installation needed
Adding maps/skins maps is a bit tricky
- offline server list (Server IP's may change and you may not notice it)
- no live statistics at all (like amount of players)
-- new servers need to be reported to me (icepick) and everyone needs to download the program again.




Connect to a Nolf-Server Way 4 (Macintosh + Windows)

When you start the game hit "Advanced" and type in the command line "+connect" (50001 for our Harm vs Unity Server) you can also type the IP of the server you wish to connect to. IP can be taken from
If want this to take effect you need to set the compatibility mode on Win 7.

Other possibility: If you dont't want to install something, but keep track of the online players: You can use the program from Djamba and go to to see the current server list.

Connect to a Nolf-Server Way 5 (Windows)
Via NOLF-Ingame-Server List

To see the server list inside the game you need to exchange the "hosts" file on your computer. Download the hosts file with a right click 'save as'
This file needs to go to C:\Windows\System32\drivers\etc Windows will complain that you are going to overwrite an already existing file. Click "yes". (But you can still backup the old file). Maybe you need to restart your computer.

Current Master Server Status

Between 2000 and 2014 Gamespy hold the master server, after they pulled the plug QTracker took over. QTracker had then the master server between 2014 and 2017.
QTracker said that the master server will be offline to 1st August 2017 - now in October it is still online. The Master Server is needed to show all Nolf-Servers in the menu (like in the screenshot below), without it your game tells you that there aren't any servers.
Which is wrong,
there are still NOLF servers, including ours, online!!!

Screenshot taken June 2017
(Key words for google "Help! I cant see any servers in NOLF" & "No servers, games in Nolf Multiplayer" & "Are all Nolf Servers offline?" and "Where to download No One Lives Forever" )

General Startup help:


Step 3a) How to bring the portable version to v1.004
Adding maps and updating the game works on the same method: Adding REZ files.  Click on Nolf.exe and then on Advanced then on "Customize" and then add the following REZ files in this order:

If you have the compatibilty mode on you may need to follow this step each time when you start nolf, the solution would be to not use the portable edition and install the game from the original CD, the original CD's can be found at &

Step 3b) How to add multiplayer maps: Download the maps from various internetpages. Put the .rez files in to the customs folder inside your Nolf main folder. In the portable versions from above you can already see some Ego maps. Then you just add the maps like in the screenshot above.

Step 4) Starting the game / Compatibilty Mode
Only Windows 8.1 & Windows 10 this step can be necessary: On some Windows 10 computers you can start the game with no problems, on others you will encounter some problems. Do right click on "Nolf.exe" AND "Lithttech.exe" and click on the Compatibility tab onto "Windows XP SP3", "Run as Admin", "Disable high DPI scaling".

- I read on other forums that sometimes the "v-sync" option in your graphic card can cause an MFC-Client Error Crash, if you can swich it off.
- Sometimes I cannot start the game either: I do a fresh restart of my computer, and start directly the game. Don't start anything else
- Try to turn off the touchscreen (in case you have a Windows with touchscreen)
- Try several times, after the 10th time I can run it. (Happens rarely, mostly it works immediatly)


Step 5) Remove Frame Limiter / NOLF is stuttering:
Only if you have Windows 8. (Unfortunatly Microsoft placed this frame limiter into Windows 10 too, but there is no option to kill it). URA from wrote a programm to disable the Frame Limiter. You can find the programm here. (In the install wizard, which is an regular exe file, you have the possiblity to install the "Mouse Stuttering").
Alternative to the limiter: put your screenresolution down, I mean really down!

Step 6a) Apply Widescreen Patch
Works for Windows 8 & 10. Warning: Do not apply the Widescreen Patch on Windows XP, the game will not start! In the very same programm from URA from you can also select to install the WideScreen Patch. Afterwords you need to add the widescreenpatch.rez in the advanced options (see Step6)

Step 6b) Manually Change Screen Resolution
Works for Windows XP, 7, 8, 10. Find in your main Nolf folder the file "autoexec.cfg" open it with your texteditor or wordpad. Look inside the file for the words "screenheight" and "screenwidth", behind you find numbers. Those numbers are the pixels of your screenresolution. You can only apply the native screenresolution, all others will be ignored.
Can't find the file "autoexec.cfg"? Start the game first then then you can find that file.

Replace 960 with your own screen resolution.

Step 7) A Bug: Underwater + Nightscope is black. A not recommended fix:
You can skip this for windows XP & 7. For Windows 8 & 10 it can be neccessary. For an unkown reason underwater divings and the use of nightscope for the Geldmacher Weapon stay black. Your screen turns black, you can only see the icons, health and armor on your screen.
There is a fix to this, "Project Voodoo -" (maybe from the old Voodo Graphic cards when Nolf came out?) has an alternative 3D render. You will only need two files from thos package

Move those three files to the Nolf main folder. You can also download those three files from our webpage.

- You see all the time in the right bottom corner a "DgVoodo2" watermark, in the full package on Project Voodoo's website there is an extra program to disable it, and change a lot of other functions like antialiasing and use different renders. I tried several options, they all ended that I delete Nolf and start again, maybe someone with more knowlegde can help me out?
- This decreases the framerate a lot. The Anti-Frame-Limiter from URA will be temporaly disabled.

Step 8) Cshell.dll error
This one occurs rarely, but it does. Make sure that your game is on version 1.004. You can check your version when you are in the main menu and you look to the bottom right corner.
How to fix: Remove the WideScreenPatch.rez.

Nothing works? Ask me/ the community on facebook.