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

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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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How to signal this train junction properly?

I've followed a few videos on train signalling for Factorio but whatever order I do the signals, both trains when in the stations will constantly say "No Path" until I remove all the signals at the ...
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Is there an edge to the Factorio map?

Whenever I play Factorio I have never seen an edge to the map. I assume it must be procedural. Is there a maximum size to how far the map will extend, either in any one direction or in total area?
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Do the trees heal after taking damage?

The other day, while playing Factorio (0.15.38) I damaged a tree with a grenade. It was almost destroyed, had red health boxes. I went to chop down several other trees and when I got to this one, the ...
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Factorio: On/off circuit network

I want to create a circuit network that essentially act like a power on/off button that is linked to 10 stack inserter that will take raw material and put them in a rocket silo only when I want them ...
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Factorio: Logistic Storage Overall View

I am starting to get hang of using logistic network. However I ran into a slight problem. I am completely unable to view my entire logistic network's stock list. Just the top few row at the most. I ...
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Why do Biter Spawners appear inside my base in Factorio?

I was playing a map with fixed max width to 400 and unlimited height. I placed boundary walls north and south of my base. My base was not that big since I was playing single player all the time. When ...
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How does splitter sorting work?

In comments to another question, user Marc C posted a very interesting contraption: [Animated version] This device manages to separate two mixed belts with copper and iron plates into 4 belts, two ...
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How to zoom in a blueprint plan?

I just made one which extends on a very long distance (for an upload/unload train stations). Now, I'm trying to modify it by deleting some belts and other items, but it's really hard because the ...
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Does increasing Game Speed count as using cheats in Factorio?

I know this is a silly question but when I am idle and just waiting for some thing to complete production or researching science for the matter, I want to increase the speed of the game. I am used to ...
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Setting underground belt direction in blueprint

Is there a way to set a direction of underground belt while placing ghost image, for construction bots? When i place ghost images and rotate the item, it simple changes its input face and not the ...
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Richness value on Enemy base

In the Create new World settings tab, you can change the richness of the enemy base. I know that we had alien science pack in early builds of the game. But does changing the richness of enemy bases ...
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Transfer everything in inventory to Chest

Is there any hotkeys or ways I can use to move everything in my inventory to a chest quickly? Basically I know if you do Shift-Click it moves the selected stack to the chest (or another item that ...
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Easy pole placement over long distances

Whenever I want to place poles over long distances and try to maximize their wire distance to save poles, it is difficult to do so. Is there anyway which allows you to hold down LMB and only place ...
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Can you control what ore a drill harvests when it's placed over multiple ores?

I'm trying to harvest the maximum amount of uranium possible from a small patch. Unfortunately, there is a bordering coal patch nearby as well, and two of my electric mining drills are within range ...
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Is there a way to fully load a turret in Factorio?

For the defense of my factory I use Gun Turrets. I've got a belt with magazines running past them. However when there are a lot of biters/spitters coming the belt can't provide fast enough so some ...
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Factorio: Cannot Finish Steam Engine Campaign Mission [duplicate]

I started playing Factorio and I am at the campaign mission where the steam engines are introduced. It asked me first to build a pump and pipes to the boiler which I did. I also put coal into the ...
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What is the fastest way to start a forest fire?

Trees are the bane of my existence. They get between me and my resources that someone put in the ground. There are two ways to remove trees quickly and gain access to the minerals that feed rocket ...
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How do I design a combinator circuit to keep track of a train's contents, even when not at the train stop?

I'm trying to design a combinator circuit that will will output a signal with the train's content while a train is at the train stop (i.e. the same signal as the train stop's "Read train contents" ...
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Relieving Oil Stress .15

In order to allow as much heavy oil being refined I am storing excess petroleum and light oil. For this question, lets assume strictly petroleum. The wiki recommends creating solid fuel. But I don't ...
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In factorio can I control a belt from the logistics network?

It took me a long time to figure out that connecting a wire to a belt hooked it to the circuit network-- Now I'm wondering if there is a way to control it from a value from the logistics network. I ...
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How to always keep steam turbines running at maximum performance using nuclear power?

In version 0.15.0, Steam Turbines were added to the game. They are significantly more powerful than steam engines (1 steam turbine is equal to ~10.5 steam engines), but I'm finding it difficult to ...
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Is there a way I can stop Ammo from auto-stacking with what I have equipped when I craft it?

I'm playing First Steps and I am on the third level. When I built my first Gun Turret ,I got confused at first because while I had ammo for my Sub-Machine gun and just crafted a new batch, nothing ...
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How do the odds of producing Uranium-235 and Uranium-238 work?

I've finally got a nuclear reactor up and running. In order to do this, you need both Uranium-235 and Uranium-238 to create a Uranium fuel cell (as well as iron plates, but that part is easy). To ...
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What does the purple progress bar mean for electric drills?

With the .15 release of Factorio, nuclear power has been added. With this, came uranium ore. I just began harvesting some uranium with my electric drill, and noticed that there is a purple progress ...
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Monitoring total robots in system

I have automated logistic/construction robot building. I'm trying to control robot production based on the total number of robots in the system. Is there any way to monitor the total number of ...
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Why does this steam engine fail to run?

A major update for Factorio was released the other day (version 0.15). One of the many changes included a change to how the boiler looks. Boilers now take up a lot more space than before, and also ...
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Have saved games been compatible after patches?

Has Factorio, in the past development, allow saved games to be migrated between different versions? If so, are there exceptions or restrictions? In a general way, how was save game compatibility ...
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Disable enemy attacks in Factorio

Is it possible to enable "Enemies never attack first" option in an existing save game? Could I modify a specific file to achieve the same?
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How to add red/green wire on belt without stopping it?

I was adding green wires in order to have my factory monitor the amount of resources in the system. However when I placed a green wire on a conveyor belt, the belt stopped. I had to manually set it ...
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Can I monitor underground conveyor belt items?

I had some problems placing green/red wires on underground conveyor belts. I am unable to tell whether it's because I did it wrong, or if it's just plain impossible. Can someone clarify which one is ...
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Is spitters' attack range equal to turret range?

I was considering building a defense that will prevent spitters from attacking turrets immediately by forcing them to walk around walls first. But is their range smaller than that of the turrets? Is ...
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How can I monitor circuit network signal values?

I'd like to see what are the actual values of signals in the circuit network. This would be useful for both troubleshooting and to actually have an easy way to count items in storage chests, ...
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How to quickly check if peaceful mode enable/disable

I created a game with the largest starting base parameter. I forgot if I checked or not the peaceful mode case before seeding the map. Is there a way to access this information?
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How to obtain Solaris achievement?

Solaris: Produce more than 10 GJ per hour without the use of Steam engines. I've around 3.5K solar panels, but I can't unlock the achievement. How many are needed? Does it require to remove steam ...
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Is there a limit of robots the game can handle?

I know there is no real limit about how many construction and logistic robots you can put in your factory. However, there is probably a maximum number that will cause the game crash if reached. Did ...
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How many water pumps can fill a single pipe channel without loosing efficiency?

How many water pumps can fill a single pipe conduct without loosing efficiency? Let's say I put 20 water pumps into one single pipe channel, will they always pump at full efficiency? What is the ...
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How to restrict the use of storage chests by distance?

I want to use deconstruction planner to remove a large forest with my construction robots. The area is really far. I linked it with electricity and roboports. Now I'm hesitating to put storage ...
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How to store surplus from a belt?

Is there a way to store in chest resources on belt that are not in use now? In other words, can I use the logistic system to detect that resources stopped moving from a belt and put it in a chest. In ...
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Avoiding Logistic Network Loops

So I've come across multiple scenario's where it would be very handy to have cache's of certain items closer to a build site. Say I want to plonk down another thousand solar array's, to facilitate ...
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How to get achievement “You are doing it right”?

You are doing it right : Construct more machines using robots than manually. What it means precisely? Are belts and inserters considered as a "machine"? Is there a place I can see the count of ...
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Does a lab consume different potions each at the same speed?

Let say I put 10 red, 10 green, 10 blue and 10 violet potions into a single lab. Does this lab consume different potions each at the same speed? In this example, will the count of 0 arrive at the ...