This page details the Player settings specific to standalone platforms (Mac OSX, Windows and Linux). For a description of the general Player settings, see Player Settings.
You can find documentation for the properties in the following sections:
Enable the Override for Standalone setting to assign a custom icon for your standalone game. You can upload different sizes of the icon to fit each of the squares provided.
Use the Resolution and Presentation section to customize aspects of the screen’s appearance in the Resolution and Standalone Player Options sections.
This section allows you to customize the screen mode and default size.
|Fullscreen Mode||Choose the full-screen mode. This defines the default window mode at startup.|
|Fullscreen Window||Set your app window to the full-screen native resolution of the display. Unity renders app content at the resolution set by script (or by user selection when the built application launches), but scales it to fill the window. When scaling, Unity adds black bars to the rendered output to match the aspect ratioThe relationship of an image’s proportional dimensions, such as its width and height.
See in Glossary chosen in the Player settings, so that the content isn’t stretched. This process is called letterboxing.
|Exclusive Fullscreen (Windows only)||Set your app to maintain sole full-screen use of a display. Unlike Fullscreen Window, this mode changes the OS resolution of the display to match the app’s chosen resolution. This option is only supported on Windows; on other platforms, the setting falls back to Fullscreen Window.|
|Maximized Window (Mac only)||Set the app window to the operating system’s definition of “maximized”. On macOS, this means a full-screen window with an auto-hidden menu bar and dock. This option is only supported on macOS; on other platforms, the setting falls back to Fullscreen Window.|
|Windowed||Set your app to a standard, non-full-screen, movable window, the size of which is dependent on the app resolution. In this mode, the window is resizable by default. To disable this, disable the Resizable Window setting.|
|Default Is Native Resolution||Enable this option to make the game use the default resolution used on the target machine. This option is not available if the Fullscreen Mode is set to Windowed.|
|Default Screen Width||Set the default width of the game screen in pixelsThe smallest unit in a computer image. Pixel size depends on your screen resolution. Pixel lighting is calculated at every screen pixel. More info
See in Glossary. This option is only available if the Fullscreen Mode is set to Windowed.
|Default Screen Height||Set the default height of the game screen in pixels. This option is only available if the Fullscreen Mode is set to Windowed.|
|Mac Retina Support||Enable this option to enable support for high DPI (Retina) screens on a Mac. Unity enables this by default. This enhances Projects on a Retina display, but it is somewhat resource-intensive when active.|
|Run In background||Enable this option to make the game keep running (rather than pausing) if the app loses focus.|
This section allows you to specify how the user can customize the screen. For example, here you can determine whether the user can resize the screen and how many instances can run concurrently.
|Capture Single Screen||Enable this option to ensure standalone games in Fullscreen Mode do not darken the secondary monitor in multi-monitor setups. This is not supported on Mac OS X.|
|Use Player Log||Enable this option to write a log file with debugging information. Defaults to enabled.
Warning: If you plan to submit your application to the Mac App Store, leave this option disabled. For more information, see Publishing to the Mac App Store.
|Resizable Window||Enable this option to allow the user to resize the standalone player window.
Note: If you disable this option, your application can’t use the Windowed Fullscreen Mode.
|Visible in Background||Enable this option to show the application in the background if Windowed Fullscreen Mode is used (in Windows).|
|Allow Fullscreen Switch||Enable this option to allow default OS full-screen key presses to toggle between full-screen and windowed modes.|
|Force Single Instance||Enable this option to restrict standalone players to a single concurrent running instance.|
|Supported Aspect Ratios||Enable each aspect ratio that you want to appear in the Resolution Dialog at startup (as long as they are supported by the user’s monitor).|
Above the common Splash Screen settings, the Player SettingsSettings that let you set various player-specific options for the final game built by Unity. More info
See in Glossary settings allow you to specify splash images for standalone platforms.
|Virtual Reality Splash Image||Select a custom splash image to be displayed in Virtual RealityA system that immerses users in an artificial 3D world of realistic images and sounds, using a headset and motion tracking. More info
See in Glossary displays.
This section allows you to customize a range of options organized into the following groups:
Use these settings to customize how Unity renders your game for Standalone platforms.
|Color Space||Choose which color space should be used for rendering: Gamma or Linear.
See the Linear rendering overview for an explanation of the difference between the two.
|Auto Graphics API for Windows||Enable this option to use the best Graphics API on the Windows machine the game is running on. Disable it to add and remove supported Graphics APIs.|
|Auto Graphics API for Mac||Enable this option to use the best Graphics API on the Mac the game is running on. Disable it to add and remove supported Graphics APIs.|
|Auto Graphics API for Linux||Enable this option to use the best Graphics API on the Linux machine it runs on. Disable it to add and remove supported Graphics APIs.|
|Color Gamut for Mac||You can add or remove color gamuts for the Standalone Mac platforms to use for rendering. Click the plus (+) icon to see a list of available gamuts. A color gamut defines a possible range of colors available for a given device (such as a monitor or screen). The sRGB gamut is the default (and required) gamut.|
|Metal Editor Support||Enable this option to use the Metal API in the Unity Editor and unlock faster ShaderA program that runs on the GPU. More info
See in Glossary iteration for targeting the Metal API.
|Metal API Validation||Enable this option when you need to debug Shader issues.
Note: Validation increases CPU usage, so use it only for debugging.
|Metal Write-Only Backbuffer||Allow improved performance in non-default device orientation. This sets the frameBufferOnly flag on the back buffer, which prevents readback from the back buffer but enables some driver optimization.|
|Memoryless Depth||Choose when to use memoryless render textures. Memoryless render textures are temporarily stored in the on-tile memory when rendered, not in CPU or GPU memory. This reduces memory usage of your app but you cannot read or write to these render textures.
Note: Memoryless render textures are only supported on iOS, tvOS 10.0+ Metal and Vulkan. Render textures are read/write protected and stored in CPU or GPU memory on other platforms.
|Unused||Never use memoryless framebuffer depth.|
|Forced||Always use memoryless framebuffer depth.|
|Automatic||Let Unity decide when to use memoryless framebuffer depth.|
|Static BatchingA technique Unity uses to draw GameObjects on the screen that combines static (non-moving) GameObjects into big Meshes, and renders them in a faster way. More info
See in Glossary
|Enable this option to use Static batching.|
|Dynamic BatchingAn automatic Unity process which attempts to render multiple meshes as if they were a single mesh for optimized graphics performance. The technique transforms all of the GameObject vertices on the CPU and groups many similar vertices together. More info
See in Glossary
|Enable this option to use Dynamic Batching on your build (enabled by default).
Note: Dynamic batching has no effect when a Scriptable Render Pipeline is active, so this setting is only visible when nothing is set in the Scriptable Render Pipeline Asset Graphics setting.
|Compute Skinning||Enable this option to enable DX11/ES3 GPU compute skinningThe process of binding bone joints to the vertices of a character’s mesh or ‘skin’. Performed with an external tool, such as Blender or Autodesk Maya. More info
See in Glossary, freeing up CPU resources.
|Graphics Jobs||Enable this option to instruct Unity to offload graphics tasks (render loops) to worker threads running on other CPU cores. This is intended to reduce the time spent in
|Lightmap Encoding||Choose Normal Quality or High Quality to set the lightmapA pre-rendered texture that contains the effects of light sources on static objects in the scene. Lightmaps are overlaid on top of scene geometry to create the effect of lighting. More info
See in Glossary encoding. This setting affects the encoding scheme and compressionA method of storing data that reduces the amount of storage space it requires. See Texture Compression, Animation Compression, Audio Compression, Build Compression.
See in Glossary format of the lightmaps.
|Lightmap Streaming Enabled||Whether to use Mipmap Streaming for lightmaps. Unity applies this setting to all lightmaps when it generates them.
Note: To use this setting, you must enable the Texture Streaming Quality setting.
|Streaming Priority||Set the priority for all lightmaps in the Mipmap Streaming system. Unity applies this setting to all lightmaps when it generates them.
Positive numbers give higher priority. Valid values range from –128 to 127.
|Enable Frame Timing Stats||Enable this property to gather CPU and GPU frame time statistics. Use this together with the Dynamic ResolutionA Camera setting that allows you to dynamically scale individual render targets, to reduce workload on the GPU. More info
See in Glossary cameraA component which creates an image of a particular viewpoint in your scene. The output is either drawn to the screen or captured as a texture. More info
See in Glossary setting to determine if your application is CPU or GPU bound.
Use these settings to customize vulkan settings for Standalone platforms.
|SRGB Write Mode||Enable this option to allow
|Number of swapchain buffers||Set this option to 2 for double-buffering, or 3 for triple-buffering to use with Vulkan renderer. This setting may help with latency on some platforms, but in most cases you should not change this from the default value of 3. Double-buffering might have a negative impact on performance. Do not use this setting on Android.|
|Acquire swapchain image late as possible||If enabled, Vulkan delays acquiring the backbuffer until after it renders the frame to an offscreen image. Vulkan uses a staging image to achieve this. Enabling this setting causes an extra blitA shorthand term for “bit block transfer”. A blit operation is the process of transferring blocks of data from one place in memory to another.
See in Glossary when presenting the backbuffer. This setting, in combination with double-buffering, can improve performance. However, it also can cause performance issues because the additional blit takes up bandwidth.
For details on setting these options, see Delivering your application to the Mac App Store.
The Use Player Log property enables writing a log file with debugging information. This is useful for investigating problems with your game. However you need to disable this when publishing games for Apple’s Mac App Store, as Apple may reject your submission if it is enabled. See the Unity Manual Log Files page for further information about log files.
The Use Mac App Store Validation property enables receipt validation for the Mac App Store. If enabled, your game only runs when it contains a valid receipt from the Mac App Store. Use this when submitting games to Apple for publishing on the App Store. This prevents people from running the game on a different computer to the one it was purchased on.
Note that this feature does not implement any strong copy protection. In particular, any potential crack against one Unity game would work against any other Unity content. For this reason, it is recommended that you implement your own receipt validation code on top of this, using Unity’s plugin feature. However, since Apple requires plugin validation to initially happen before showing the screen setup dialog, you should still enable this property to avoid Apple rejecting your submission.
Scripting BackendA framework that powers scripting in Unity. Unity supports three different scripting backends depending on target platform: Mono, .NET and IL2CPP. Universal Windows Platform, however, supports only two: .NET and IL2CPP. More info
See in Glossary
|Choose the scripting backend you want to use. The scripting backend determines how Unity compiles and executes C# code in your Project.|
|Mono||Compiles C# code into .NET Common Intermediate Language (CIL) and executes that CIL using a Common Language Runtime. See the Mono Project website for more information.|
|IL2CPP||Compiles C# code into CIL, converts the CIL to C++ and then compiles that C++ into native machine code, which executes directly at run time. See IL2CPPA Unity-developed scripting back-end which you can use as an alternative to Mono when building projects for some platforms. More info
See in Glossary for more information.
|API Compatibility Level||Choose which .NET APIs you can use in your project. This setting can affect compatibility with 3rd-party libraries. However, it has no effect on Editor-specific code (code in an Editor directory, or within an Editor-specific Assembly Definition).
Tip: If you are having problems with a third-party assembly, you can try the suggestion in the API Compatibility Level section below.
|.Net 2.0||.Net 2.0 libraries. Maximum .net compatibility, biggest file sizes. Part of the deprecated .NET 3.5 runtime.|
|.Net 2.0 Subset||Subset of full .net compatibility, smaller file sizes. Part of the deprecated .NET 3.5 runtime.|
|.Net Standard 2.0||Compatible with .NET Standard 2.0. Produces smaller builds and has full cross-platform support.|
|.Net 4.x||Compatible with the .NET Framework 4 (which includes everything in the .NET Standard 2.0 profile as well as additional APIs). Choose this option when usng libraries that access APIs not included in .NET Standard 2.0. Produces larger builds and any additional APIs available are not necessarily supported on all platforms. See Referencing additional class library assemblies for more information.|
|C++ Compiler Configuration||Choose the C++ compiler configuration used when compiling IL2CPP generated code.
Note: This property is disabled unless Scripting Backend is set to IL2CPP.
|Use incremental GC||Use the incremental garbage collector, which spreads garbage collection over several frames to reduce gc-related spikes in frame duration.|
|Scripting Define Symbols||Set custom compilation flags. For more details, see Platform dependent compilation.|
|Allow ‘unsafe’ Code||Enable support for compiling ‘unsafe’ C# code in a pre-defined assembly (for example,
For Assembly Definition Files (
|Active Input Handling||Choose how you want to handle input from users.|
|Input Manager||Use the traditional Input settings.|
|Input System (Preview)||Use the newer Input system. The Input System is provided as a preview packageA preview package is in development and not yet ready for production. A package in preview might be at any stage of development, from the initial stages to near completion.
See in Glossary for this release. To try a preview of the Input System, install the InputSystem package.
|Both||Use both systems side by side.|
You can choose your mono API compatibility level for all targets. Sometimes a 3rd-party .NET library uses functionality that’s outside of your .NET compatibility level. To understand what’s going on in such cases, and how to best fix it, try following these suggestions:
|Prebake CollisionA collision occurs when the physics engine detects that the colliders of two GameObjects make contact or overlap, when at least one has a Rigidbody component and is in motion. More info
See in Glossary Meshes
|Enable this option to add collision data to Meshes at build time.|
|Keep Loaded Shaders Alive||Enable this option to prevent shaders from being unloaded.|
|Preloaded Assets||Set an array of Assets for the player to load on startup.
To add new Assets, increase the value of the Size property and then set a reference to the Asset to load in the new Element box that appears.
|Strip Engine Code (IL2CPP only)||Specify whether the Unity Linker tool removes code for Unity Engine features that your Project does not use.|
|Managed Stripping Level||Defines how aggressively Unity strips unused managed (C#) code.
When Unity builds your game or application, the Unity Linker process can strip unused code from the managed dynamically linked libraries used in the project. Stripping code can make the resulting executable significantly smaller, but can sometimes mistakenly remove code that is actually used. This setting allows you to choose how aggressively Unity should remove unused code.
|Disabled (Mono only)||Do not strip any code. (Managed code stripping is always enabled when using IL2CPP.)|
|Normal||Remove unreachable managed code to reduce build size and Mono/IL2CPP build times.|
|Aggressive (Experimental)||Remove code more aggressively than under the Normal option. Code size is further reduced, but this additional reduction may have side effects. For example, some methods may no longer be visible in the debugger and code accessed through reflection can be stripped. You can create a custom link.xml file to preserve specific classes and methods. See Managed bytecode stripping with IL2CPP for more information.|
Enable Internal profilerA window that helps you to optimize your game. It shows how much time is spent in the various areas of your game. For example, it can report the percentage of time spent rendering, animating, or in your game logic. More info
See in Glossary (Deprecated)
|Enable this option to get the profiler data from your device in the Android SDK’s adblogcat output while testing your projects. This is only available in development buildsA development build includes debug symbols and enables the Profiler. More info
See in Glossary.
|Script Call Optimization||Choose how to optionally disable exception handling for a speed boost at runtime. See iOS Optimization for details.|
|Slow and Safe||Use full exception handling (with some performance impact on the device when using the Mono scripting backend).|
|Fast but no Exceptions||No data provided for exceptions on the device (the game runs faster when using the Mono scripting backend).
Note: Using this option with the IL2CPP Scripting Backend does not impact performance; however, using it can avoid undefined behavior on release builds.
|Vertex Compression||Set vertex compression per channel. For example, you can enable compression for everything except positions and lightmap UVs. Whole MeshThe main graphics primitive of Unity. Meshes make up a large part of your 3D worlds. Unity supports triangulated or Quadrangulated polygon meshes. Nurbs, Nurms, Subdiv surfaces must be converted to polygons. More info
See in Glossary compression set per imported object overrides where vertex compression is set on objects. Everything else obeys these vertex compression settings.
|Optimize Mesh Data||Enable this option to remove any data from Meshes that is not required by the Material applied to them (such as tangents, normals, colors, and UVs).|
Select what type of logging to allow in specific contexts.
Check one box that corresponds to each Log Type (Error, Assert, Warning, Log, and Exception) when running scriptsA piece of code that allows you to create your own Components, trigger game events, modify Component properties over time and respond to user input in any way you like. More info
See in Glossary (ScriptOnly) , all the time (Full), or never (None).
Enable the Clamp BlendShapes (Deprecated) option to clamp the range of blend shape weights in SkinnedMeshRenderers.
|Virtual Reality Supported||Enable native VR support for the Unity Editor and your game builds.|
|Virtual Reality SDKs||Add and remove Virtual Reality SDKs from the list. This list is only available available when the Virtual Reality Supported is enabled.
To add an SDK to the list, click the plus (+) button.
To remove an SDK from the list, select it and then click the minus (-) button.
Some of the SDKs provide extra settings that appear here. For details, see XR SDKs.
|Stereo Rendering Mode||Choose how you want to render for a virtual reality device.|
|Multi Pass||This is the normal rendering modeA Standard Shader Material parameter that allows you to choose whether the object uses transparency, and if so, which type of blending mode to use. More info
See in Glossary. Unity renders the SceneA Scene contains the environments and menus of your game. Think of each unique Scene file as a unique level. In each Scene, you place your environments, obstacles, and decorations, essentially designing and building your game in pieces. More info
See in Glossary twice: first to render the left-eye image; and then again for the right-eye image.
|Single Pass||Render both eye images at the same time into one packed Render TextureA special type of Texture that is created and updated at runtime. To use them, first create a new Render Texture and designate one of your Cameras to render into it. Then you can use the Render Texture in a Material just like a regular Texture. More info
See in Glossary. This means that the whole Scene is only rendered once, which significantly reduces CPU processing time.
|Single Pass Instanced (Preview)||The GPU performs a single render pass, replacing each draw call with an instanced draw call. This heavily decreases CPU use, and slightly decreases GPU use, due to the cache coherency between the two draw calls. Using this mode significantly reduces the power consumption of your application.|
|360 Stereo Capture||Enable this option to use 360 capture-enabled shader variants. By default, this option is disabled and Unity does not generate these shader variants.|
2017–09–04 > Added MacOS Retina Support checkbox Added in 2017.2 NewIn20171
Allow ‘unsafe’ Code checkbox added in Unity 2018.1 NewIn20181
.NET 4.x runtime added in 2018.1
Updated for United Settings, .Net 3.5 scripting runtime deprecated in Unity 2018.3 NewIn20183
Input System preview added in Unity 2019.1
GPU Skinning renamed to Compute Skinning in Unity 2019.3 NewIn20193
Vuforia removed in Unity 2019.3