In this section you will learn how to get started, run the game and customize the game settings.

Account Creation

Playing World of Warplanes requires an account with


Signed up with a social networking service?

For quicker registration, use your Facebook, Gmail or Yahoo! details. Your email address and Facebook username will automatically be linked to your Wargaming account.

Got an Invite Code? 

Your invite code can be activated only once and must be used during the process of creating a account.

To activate an invite code, click "Have an invite code?" and enter the code in the field below.

If you already have an account with, give your invite code to a friend as a present!

Already registered with World of Tanks?

Your Wargaming experience expands automatically with ID.

Use your World of Tanks login details to access the World of Warplanes portal, including the forums and technical support.

A unified account offers a single point of access to all currently available Wargaming MMO games.



Once you have registered, click the download button, and install the game client.


To confirm whether your computer meets the minimum specifications, check World of Warplanes Minimum System Requirements:

  • Operating system: Windows XP/Vista/7/8
  • Processor (CPU): 2.66 GHz
  • RAM: 3 GB
  • Graphics: GeForce 8600GT/ATI HD 2600 (shaders 3.0, 256Mb RAM)
  • Audio card: DirectX 9.0c compatible
  • Free Disk Space: 14GB
  • Internet connection speed: 256 Kbps

To install from the digital download:

1.    Once the installer has downloaded, click the install icon that appears, and follow the on-screen instructions.
2.    Once the game has installed, you can launch it from the Start menu (or the desktop icon, if you chose to create one during installation).
3.    Enter the email address and password you used when registering with World of Warplanes, and click Connect!


Bonus Code Activation

Bonus codes are found inside promotional products received during World of Warplanes championships and special events.

Once the code is activated, you receive one of the following in-game bonuses: gold, premium account, credits or planes.

To claim a bonus code you need to be registered with World of Warplanes.

To activate a bonus code:

  1. Log in to the World of Warplanes portal.
  2. Go to Profile Menu > Activate Bonus Code.
  3. A window pops up with a special field for entering the bonus code.

  4. Enter the code and click Activate Bonus Code to confirm.  
  5. The process of activation may take some time.

Your bonus code will be activated upon launching the game client.

Each bonus code can be redeemed only once per account.

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Game Set Up

Use the Settings menu to customize controls, graphics, sound, in-battle UI elements and additional settings.

To access the game settings, click Game Menu, and select Settings.




The Controls tab offers the choice of four customizable control schemes. To change a control scheme, navigate through the switch menu.

There are two types of control settings:

  • Basic enables the adjustment of core controls
  • All offers an extended list of key binding options

To modify key bindings:

  1. Click the required slot
  2. Reassign the key using the pop-up window
  3. Click Apply

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Control Scheme Specifics

Mouse and Joystick control schemes include an extended selection of options for more accurate adjustment.


If the mouse is your favored control method, click Advanced Mouse Settings to make the most of the control scheme.

There are four mouse presets available:

  • Personal
  • Standard
  • Vector (mouse version 0.4.1 equivalent)
  • Hybrid (0.3.5 equivalent)

Each preset is customizable.

Use the graph and slider controls to adjust the mouse behavior during air combat maneuvering. Try various configurations for improved performance.

When in battle, switch quickly between the combinations of settings to adapt to new tactics:

  1. Click Esc > Settings > Advanced Mouse Settings.
  2. Select the required preset.
  3. Click Apply > OK.

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If you prefer using a joystick, click Adjust Joystick Axes to customize the control scheme even further.

The Adjust Joystick Curves option enables you to adjust the responsiveness of the aircraft to joystick movement. More precisely, you are able to tune up the roll, pitch and yaw rate of your aircraft.

The Thrust and Boost bar adjusts the sensitivity of throttle positioning and boost activation. The bar controls how far the throttle level on the joystick can travel between 0% and 100% thrust.

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Use the Graphics tab to set optimal graphics quality and screen resolution, adjust gamma, enable full-screen mode, vertical synchronization and other parameters.

Use the Auto-Detect option to automatically adjust graphics quality settings according to your system settings.



Use the Volume tab to modify sound quality, the volume of music, voice messages, sound effects and other parameters, as well as to enable voice chat and customize its settings.

To set up Voice chat:

  1. Select Enable voice chat.
  2. Select your microphone from the list of devices.
  3. Make any necessary adjustments.
  4. Click Apply > OK.

To talk to your teammates in battle, press and hold Z.

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Use the Battle tab to select and customize various in-battle interface elements, including reticle and markers.

The parameters in the General settings option vary according to the control scheme selected.



The Reticle settings option features several reticle elements available for customization: crosshair, aiming circle and cursor.

To test reticle visual performance in clouds, change the background at the top right corner.



Use the Markers settings to customize the display of various marker parameters.

Select the required settings for Standard mode and customize Alternative mode settings for enemy, current target, allied and destroyed aircraft. Use Alt to switch between modes when in battle.

Wingmen parameters are relevant for Flight battles only.



Use the Game tab to customize additional game parameters such as the measurement system.


Metric system of measurements is an internationally agreed system of units based on the meter, kilogram and second.

The system of Imperial units such as the inch, the mile and the pound is mostly in use in the English speaking countries.

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