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Naev — A 2D space trading and combat game.


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Naev is a space trading and combat game, inspired by Escape Velocity.

Played from a top-down perspective with isometric sprites, the player is free to explore the galaxy as they see fit, trading or pirating their way to a vast fortune.

Naev is set in a futuristic science fiction environment, in which the player finds himself in the wake of a massive galactic cataclysm which erupted from the Sol system and destroyed everything within tens of lightyears, resulting in a massive, volatile nebula.


-d--datapath dir

Specifies a custom path for all user data (saves, screenshots, etc.)


Enables the universe editor (accessible via main menu).


Generates CSV output from ndata for development purposes.

-F--fps number

Limits frames per second to number

-f, --fullscreen

Runs the game in full-screen mode

-G, --generate

Regenerates the nebula images (slow)

-H number

Sets the window height to number

-h, --help

Display a help message and exit

-J--Joystick string

Use joystick whose name contains string

-j--joystick number

Use joystick number

-M, --mute

Disables sound

-N, --nondata

Disables single-file ndata loading, falling back to laid-out files.

-m--mvol number

Sets the music volume to number

-S, --sound

Forcibly enables sound

-s--svol number

Sets the sound volume to number

-V, --vsync

Limits frames per second to screen refresh rate

-v, --version

Prints the version and exits

-W number

Sets the window width to number


Bugs and feature requests can be filed at:


Originally written by Edgar Simo <>. Currently developed by the Naev Team.
An exhaustive list of contributors can be found at:

Visit the official homepage:


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