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Colonization Downloads

This page contains various free Colonization downloads and some helpful tips to make the original version work on different platforms. If you don't own a copy of the game yet, please check out some of the options provided here.

Sid Meier's Colonization Patches (Classic version)

Patch for the DOS version (colv30)
Upgrades DOS version 3.0 - With map editor and cheat mode.

Patch for the Windows version (col95)
Upgrades the Windows 3.1 version to Windows 95/98. You might also need the wing.dll external file, which you should put in your C:/Windows folder.

Civ 4 Colonization Patch

Civ 4 Colonization updates from within the game. Make sure you are connected to the internet, start the game, then go to:

Advanced > Check for updates.

To dowload the patch manually, or get the Direct2Drive version, check out these options.


Sid Meier's Colonization (1994) Manual from

Civilization 4 Colonization (2008) Manual from

Nice if you have lost your original manual, didn't get one when you bought the game, or just want to keep an extra version for easy access on your computer.


Dosbox for Colonization

This program lets you play DOS games on newer platforms like Windows XP/Vista/Seven, Mac OS X, and Linux.
Instructions for playing Colonization with DOSBox.

Maps & Editors

Download Colonization Map Editor

Run "MAPEDIT" from your Colonization directory to use this tool. The map editor allows you to create maps that can then be used to play Colonization. The "Help" menu in the map editor contains instructions on how to use the program. To play on a map created with this tool, run Colonization normally, but select "Start Game in AMERICA" from the main menu. A second menu then appears to ask you if you want to use the original Americas map or a new map you have created.

Check out some fan-made maps for Colonization.

Troubleshooting FAQ

Download Colonization FAQ (Useful reports and tips on bugs etc.)

This is a collection of reported problems with the classic versions of Colonization. It also contains some general tips, so it is definitely worth a read-through. Additional troubleshooting tips follows below.


Colonization Troubleshooting

Just to clear up a couple of points on the different versions of the game: It's a common misconception that you need the Colonization for Windows version to make the game work on Windows. The DOS and Windows versions look a little bit different graphics-wise. Some say the AI is a bit smarter in the Win version, but then again many experience problems with the sound in the Windows version. We'll leave it up to you to decide which one you prefer.

The DOS version does in fact work on Windows (XP, Vista, 7, 8), Mac OS X, FreeBSD and various Linux systems if you use the right version of DOSBox, which is an emulator that makes it possible to play old games on newer platforms. A link to DOSBox can be found in the Downloads list, and there's also a guide on how to set up DOSBox for Colonization

Choose your version: DOS, Windows, Mac


Colonization DOS version:

This version of Colonization works on Windows XP, Windows Vista, Windows 7, Windows 8, Mac OS X, and Linux with Dosbox.

Download Patch colv30 and install it if you haven't already, this patch fixes a lot of bugs.

If you don't want to install Dosbox, or just want to see if you can get the game up and running without it, you could try this for Windows versions 95 and up to XP: Double-click "colonize" and see what happens. If that doesn't work, try entering the game this way:

If you chose the default folder during installation:

Click the Windows Start button > Run > type "cmd" and hit enter. Then write the following commands (hit ENTER after each command):
cd mps
cd colonize

If you chose your own folders, the same procedure applies, only with different folders. For example:
cd programfiles
cd games
cd colonization

If you are experiencing lockups, make sure the following is set in the config.sys file:


The best advice, however, would be to download and install DOSBox. This is by far the best way to make the game work properly, even with sound. Link to DOSBox can be found in the downloads list. Check out how to run Colonization using DOSBox.

Colonization for Windows:

If you prefer the Colonization for Windows version:

Win 3.1: Download Patch col95 to upgrade to Win 95. Unpack files. Copy all files and paste into your Colonization folder.

If you are experiencing the "wing.dll" error, that file can be found here . This file goes in the windows directory.

If you haven't already, try running Colonization in different compatibility modes. Right-click on the Colonization file and click Properties. Click Compatibility to open the compatibility mode dialog shown below:

You can try adjusting the settings until you find a combination that works.

If this doesn't work, or the sound isn't working (and you absolutely need it to!), why not try the DOS version -- that should work on all newer platforms with DOSBox.

Back to Colonization Downloads list.

How to play Colonization on a Mac:

There is an old version of Colonization for the Mac. If it's not working on your newer OS, you could try the DOS version, and use DOSBox to get it to run. Some have also successfully run Colonization on the Mac using Virtual PC - so that's another option.

If you're looking for a DOS or Mac version, you might want to check out some of these options.

If the tips mentioned above don't work for your situation, you could always post a question in the forum - maybe a fellow fan knows the answer to it.

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