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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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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 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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What's more eco-friendly: Steel furnaces or Electric furnaces?

Steel furnaces cause far more pollution than electric furnaces. However, electric furnaces use up energy, and when I burn coal (or solid fuel) in boilers to power these, I am also causing pollution. ...
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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 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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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 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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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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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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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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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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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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Why aren't trains using all the available stops?

I have a refinery with a number of unloading stations for ore. Trains enter from the bottom right and exit to the bottom left. However, for some reason the trains aren't using the stations ...
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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 many water pumps can fill a single pipe channel without losing efficiency?

How many water pumps can fill a single pipe conduct without losing 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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Is there a way to queue items to the front of the crafting queue?

Sometimes, before I have automated a production line, I have a few items in my crafting queue, e.g. a bunch of Science Pack 2. Then I realize I'm missing a few pieces of transport belt. I'm aware ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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If I cancel a technology research, will it keep the technology points spent?

Let suppose two researches I want to do : A and B. I cancel the actual research A to start researching B. Then, B is finished so I restart A. Is the progress of the previous research lost ?
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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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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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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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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 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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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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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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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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How do I change type and graphics for the raw-fish?

Factorio uses Lua to mod, and I had a question about it. I'm trying to override raw-fish so it changes the type and graphics, but I can't find anything online on how to do it. When I try loading the ...
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How do I get the most solid fuel out of my crude oil?

I got a limited amount of crude oil and want to turn it into the maximum amount of solid fuel. However, solid fuel can be made from heavy oil, light oil or petroleum gas. Should I switch my ...
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Leaving my base, is there any chance that it might be attacked?

I know that pollution provokes Alien attacks, but overall, this is my character doing the pollution. If I leave my base, will I have the Alien's aggro ? Or my base might be attacked ?
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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What is the benefit of storing water in tank?

What is the benefit of storing water in tank instead of driving it directly into boilers and steam engines?