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A real time strategy game first seen in 2012 that revolves around factory building. The game is currently available on Windows, Linux, and macOS. Use this tag for any version of the game.

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How to stop time or pause the game in Factorio

I just started playing Factorio and as I go through the tutorial, I find myself constantly wasting a lot of time trying to find the things I need to build in my inventory. While I manually hover over ...
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Connect two close parallel train tracks in factorio?

I have two parallel tracks in Factorio. I'd like to connect them so a train can move from one to the other. The planner just does not seem to allow it, no matter how I move around. Sure, it's too ...
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Disable Factorio GUI info tooltip

What Factorio mod or setting do I need to turn off to prevent this tooltip from displaying? I can't figure out how I turned it on and it's interfering with my game. I have many mods loaded and it ...
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Can I make landmines snap to a grid?

When playing Factorio it seems that landmines are the only object I can place where it doesn't snap to a grid. I want to make a dragon's teeth barricade with land mines interspaced but the ...
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Do Biters get weaker further from your base?

I've been playing Factorio for a short time and have just developed a tank. I figured it would be worthwhile to explore the zones around my base and scout out potential mineral sites. I travelled ...
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Why am I suddenly seeing this instead of normal inventory?

I'm running Factorio Demo on Ubuntu,everytime I start the game for quite some time I'm able to run it normally and I'm able to open the inventory tab but after some time I'm getting this protoype ...
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Were are the bugs attacking me from?

In my factory, I inconveniently have 3 relatively large bug nests all really close to me. Only one of them was a problem, base number 2, but I have walled that one off. All of a sudden though a get a ...
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Why is this arithmetic combinator not working?

I set up an arithmetic combinator exactly as in this video at 6:47. In the video, the combinator outputs the yellow with summed values. In my Factorio pictures, there is no yellow output. I'm using ...
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Why is this rail signal not creating a new block?

I am making a rail loop to collect all my raw materials and then take them to my processing sector. Because of a pesky cliff, I have been forced to have my track loop back on itself. I decided that, ...
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How to make my trains go through stations

I have a problematic train line that I had built originally for one to two trains, but now must support five, and I can't take it down and rebuild it for all five because of space constraints. ...
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Why are my Factorio rail lines having problems?

I have a pretty messy network of rails that all 5 of my trains pass through. Despite my best efforts, my trains keep ending up stuck at the three way split in the middle, despite often being able to ...
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Factorio: How to fill belts on-demand?

In Factorio, I have a belt running around countless assembling mashines, carrying all the resources those need. Unfortunately, the belt mostly fills up with one or two resource types, halting all ...
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Adjust latency in multiplayer mode to solve car input lag

I noticed that it's almost impossible to drive a car in Factorio multilayer mode. There is an unmanageable lag between the keys pressed and the resulting movement of the vehicle. This effect happens ...
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How to play the levels 4 and 5 of the Factorio tutorial in multiplayer?

It explicitly says in Factorio, when you go to the "Single player -> New game -> Tutorial" interface, and I quote: "Levels 4 and 5 can be played in multiplayer". We both ...
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Are there more biters in multiplayer?

In Factorio do more biters spawn in multiplayer versus singleplayer? I've been running a server and it seems like there are a ton more bugs to the point where it is dangerous to play on the server ...
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What types of equipment work when driving a spidertron?

For example, personal laser defenses and personal roboports work from the driver's equipment grid, but exoskeletons and belt immunity equipment do not. (Instead they need to be equipped in the ...
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How do I set an inserter filter based on the contents of a storage tank

I have a filter inserter that is set to move barrels and sulfur. I want to set up a condition so that if a storage tank of petroleum is below 10k, the inserter only inserts sulfur. How can I do this?
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How can I limit a specific resource to a cargo wagon?

I have a train station that loads iron into a train for export, and imports coal from a different train. I have this problem where iron is being loaded into the coal train. Is there a way I can place ...
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How to view last completed research?

Is there a way to get the latest research that was completed or have the game write a message with the research name? I always put tons of research into the queue and focus on some other task. When ...
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How can I locate my disabled train stop among many stops with the same name?

I need to locate a specific train stop in my factory but there are a number of problems making this difficult My factory has like 500-1000 train stops in total so locating it manually would be like ...
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Can the repaired assembly machine use inserters?

In the tutorial, I tried and tried to place inserters next to the repaired assembly machines but nothing happens and I have to carry around the produced items by hand. Are inserters not supported for ...
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Open inventory hotkey doesn't work in tight spot

I've always used E to bring up the inventory in Factorio. However in the single player scenario Tight spot this key does nothing. I'll start the game, buy some machines and supplies, start the game. I ...
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Are Productivity Modules useful in Pumpjacks?

In Factorio, when I surround a Pumpjack with Speed Module Beacons, should I insert Productivity Modules or Speed Modules into the Pumpjacks in order to get the most Crude Oil per second?
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Build-Bot queue individual fluctuate rapidly but overall-sum locks at 601

I am building a big base. Unfortunately the Build-Queue fluctuates for no reason. I am expecting that the amount of buildungs left decreases but it does decrease and increase rapidly. Do anyone know ...
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Calculation of Copper Melting

The melter has 30% downtimes, I expect to have 66% downtimes. What is the calculation base? The steel furnance has a crafting speed of 2 per second. The electric mining drill has a mining speed of 0....
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What happens to Worms you leave alive after destroying nearby Nests?

What happens if I leave Worms intact after destroying Alien Nests? I would expect that no more Biters and Spitters will be produced, but will leaving the Worms there cause any problems for my base?
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What are my vulnerabilities in this wall defense?

I'm starting to build a bot-fed wall defense. I'm new to using things like flamethrowers and modularized factorio. The wall is based on alternating between flamethrower turrets and another turret ...
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Blueprinted Pole Placement over long distances

The current issue I have is with placing Blueprinted Electric Poles over long distances as shown in this GIF. Normally, you are able to hold down LMB, and move. Then once you reach maximum distance, ...
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Optimizing a factory for a memory constrained computer?

Despite my desktop having more memory and a faster CPU, Factorio runs much slower on it than it does on my MacBook Pro because of my motherboard's memory limitations. Rather than drop $300 on an ...
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How can I get Windows system scaling to work with Factorio on 0.17?

Context I play games in a window on a 4k monitor. Because my eyesight is terrible and for performance reasons, I play games in 1920x1080 resolution, and use Windows to scale things up: via ...
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How to disable night?

How can I disable night, i.e. the night portion of the day/night cycle? I'd like to play in eternal daylight. I didn't notice any relevant settings when creating a new game and I'd like to avoid ...
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Can my factorio mod prevent a custom achievement from unlocking?

I'm looking at adding some achievements to one of my mods and have only been able to find limited documentation. From what I can tell, achievements must be based off of one of the achievement ...
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How is total raw calculated for Science Pack 2?

I don't understand how the total resource needed is calculated to produce one Science pack 2 (green one). According to the Factorio wiki, Science pack 2 requires: 1 Inserter 1 Transport belt ...
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In Factorio, how much fluid can a pipe transfer?

I've read that offshore pumps can pump at 1200 water per second. If I connect two offshore pumps will 2400 units? Or is 1200 the maximum? Ideally I would like to run a single over pressure pipe into ...
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How to design a secure foot or car pathway across railroads in Factorio?

I'm bulding an extensive and heavily used automated train system. After having enjoyed the achievement of being obliterated by my own automated trains, I would prefer that not happening anymore. I ...
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Where is stored the total number of crafted electronic circuits for the "Mass Production 3" achievement?

I have a steam installation of Factorio 0.16 and an experimental version 0.17 in a folder somewhere else with a bunch of new saves to test the new features. I'd like to do the "Mass production 3" ...
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How do I determine the actual amount of power my nuclear reactor can provide?

I just build my first nuclear reactor. This is quite a bit more complicated than the earlier ways of powering your base, and I'm not sure I properly handled the heat and water distribution in my ...
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What's the recipe for steam from boilers and heat exchangers?

Intermediate fluids like heavy oil have a recipe description in the wiki that looks like this: but the page for steam does not. For boilers, what is the exact quantity per unit time of coal consumed ...
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How to delete/edit a quickbar item?

I'm a bit clumsy with the UI/hotkeys so I have several items on my quickbar that shouldn't be there. Because they're duplicates or just the wrong item. How can I remove or edit these items? This is ...
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Will removing mods re-enable steam achievements on an existing save?

I had downloaded a few mods for Factorio to try them out, but realized they disabled the steam achievements. I've since updated to .17 and removed the mods on my current saved game. Will doing ...
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How do I set a spawn point in a pvp scenario

I'm trying to make a PvP scenario where everybody starts in the middle of the map. at X,Y -12,16. I don't want to use the Default PvP Scenario starts each team with a rocket silo. Also while I could ...
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Will Aliens attack logistic and construction robots?

I know the aliens will always attack combat robots, but I was wondering if they would attack logistic and construction ones.
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Water with low pressure

I have a bunch of pumps but the water is in low pressure. Is it a bug?
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How to change terrain settings for custom preset

The Factorio world generator has good documentation and changing the settings works fine. We can also create custom presets, also answered here. However, my terrain settings aren't being applied. ...
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Why are some of my inserters shy?

For some reason some of my inserters some times skip picking up resources. I've tried to record this, but then all of a sudden they pick up resources every time they can... I've only noticed this with ...
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Save Map generator preset

Factorio has a large number of settings in the Map generator. And saved Presets. I'd like to save a preset of my own preferences and it's a feature I do expect. I have searched the Steam folder for ...
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Factorio: How to play programmable speaker when train stopped?

This seems so simple but I admit I can't figure it out. I am trying to set up a circuit to play a programmable speaker when the train arrives at the station in Factorio but I have no experience with ...
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How to make petroleum gas with Basic Oil Processing as of 0.16

I have read the Factorio Wikipedia but I can't understand what it is telling me. My Oil Refiniery does not have an option for petroleum, only "Basic oil processing."
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What is the best way to collect active bots for upgrading?

I'm playing Factorio Sea Block mode which includes a bunch of Angel's and Bob's mods. One of them allows you to upgrade your bots up to mk4. Problem is, I already have more than a thousand of both ...
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How to split x items/s from a blocked full belt?

I have a full blue belt and want to take of 10 items/s while the belt is blocked (that is the belt is currently not moving). How can I split x items/s from a blocked belt? If the belt wasn't blocked ...
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