xmoto - Man Page

X-Moto—2D motocross platform game


xmoto [options]
xmoto [options] replay.rpl
xmoto [options] level.lvl


X-Moto is a challenging 2D motocross platform game, where physics plays an important role in the gameplay. You need to control your bike to its limit, if you want to have a chance finishing the more difficult of the challenges.


A number of strawberries are typically spread around each level, which generally consists of a complicated landscape seen from the side—i.e. much like islands in the sky. You need to collect all those berries to finish the level—when you've got the last one, you need find the sunflower which will complete the level when you touch it. Variations to this basic gameplay may be found around some of the levels.

Your motocross bike is likewise seen from the side, and you control its throttle, braking, and simple changes to the attitude by jerking the bike back and forth. Additionally you can change the direction of your driving, by rotating on the spot.

You control your bike using the keyboard. The following keys are the default values, but may be changed from inside the game:

Up arrow


Down arrow


Left arrow

Rotate counter-clockwise.

Right arrow

Rotate clockwise.


Turn around and drive in the other direction.

Additionally, some other keys can be pressed while playing:


Pause the game, and open the in-game menu.


Autozoom animation. Zooms out so that you can see the whole level.


Switch the camera to the ghost, so you can follow it and see how the level can be mastered.


Add the current level to favorites while playing. Press again to remove from favorites.


Restart the level while playing.  Rebuild the database if pressed while in the main menu.


Show/hide frames-per-second counter.


Activate/Deactivate Internet connection.


Switch to the "Ugly mode". Saves a lot of CPU time and shows some secret passages.


Theme Mode. It can be used to test custom graphics. Also helps to avoid wreckers.


Line Mode. This mode is mostly for testing. Draws lines around blocks and shows zones.


Take a Screenshot. The file is saved into the xmoto directory.


Toggle replay interpolation. Makes replays look smoother when turned on.


Toggle mirror mode. Wanna have twice as many levels?


Blacklist/unblacklist a level while playing.


enable/disable sound.


display the option window


Jump to the previous level while playing.


Jump to the next level while playing.


Toggle fullscreen. Aslo changes your "run windowed/fullscreen" setting.


Most of these options also change your config settings, so be careful!

-h,  -?,  -help,  --help

Show summary of options.

-res,  --resolution <widthxheight>

Forces a specific display resolution.

-fs,  --fullscreen

Forces the game to run in fullscreen mode.

-win,  --windowed

Forces the game to run in windowed mode.


Turns off sound effects, even if they are enabled in the config.

-r,  --replay <replay>

Play the replay and quit afterwards.

-ri,  --replayInfos <replay>

Display information about the replay and quit.

-v,  --verbose

Be verbose and output debug messages on the standard output.

-l,  --level  id

Start playing the specified level right away. If id is a number the corresponding built-in level is selected, otherwise it should be the identifier of an external level (not the file name).

--levelFile <FILE>

Start playing the given level right away.

-d,  --debug

Enables debug mode.

-p,  --profile  name

Use the player profile specified by name.


Force children compliant mode. It removes levels not suitable for children.

--configpath path

Use path as the xmoto configuration path.

-ll,  --listlevels

Output the list of available levels and quit.

-lr,  --listreplays

Output the list of available replays and quit.


Enables framerate display.

-td,  --timedemo

Tries to render the game as fast as possible. No delaying, maximum framerate.


Only meaningful when combined with --replay and --timedemo. Useful to determine graphics performance.


Do not  allow xmoto to connect to the web.


Enables testThemeMode. This will display the collision forms over the sprites of the theme to check if the theme is nicely designed.

--drawlib drawlib

Choose which rendering engine to use (default one is OPENGL if available). You do not need this unless you *really* know what you are doing.


Do not use any OpenGL extensions.


Don't use VOB OpenGL extension (GL_ARB_vertex_buffer_object).


Enables "the ugly" mode. This will increase the game's framerate significantly, but it will also make the graphics look very ugly—most things inside the game will be drawn with lines, the rider for instance being a simple stick figure. This option is very useful if your system doesn't have a proper OpenGL-capable video card (like for instance if you have a laptop with on-board video card). If you have the right amount of CPU power, it should even be possible to run X-Moto in OpenGL software emulation mode (MesaGL on linux, Windows' OpenGL fallback driver, etc).

--defaultTheme theme

Set theme as default theme for new profiles created. This is mostly useful for packagers wanting to set the theme of their distribution by default.


Don't check that system and user dirs changed at startup. It is mainly useful if you use X-Moto on a USB key.


Run X-Moto as a server only (no gui).

--serverPort <port>

Specify the server port (with --server only).

--serverAdminPassword <password>

Specify a server admin password which is always valid (with --server only).


Connect the client to the server at startup.


Only update levels (no gui).


Disable logging into xmoto.log

--pack bin dir

Build a bin package from the directory dir.

--unpack bin dir no_list

Unpack the bin package into the dir dir. Add no_list if you do not need a list of all extracted files.


Deletes the content of the level cache.


Check web levels list and remove levels which are not available on the web (removed files are put into ~/.xmoto/Trash/Levels)


Enable sql trace mode.


Enable video recording while plaing/replaying (should be used with --replay and --benchmark).

--videoRecordingSizeDivision DIVISION

Change video size (1=full, 2=50%, 4=25%).

--videoRecordingFramerate FRAMERATE

Change video framerate.

--videoRecordingStartTime NBCENTSOFSECONDS

Start recording video after NBCENTSOFSECONDS time elapsed.

--videoRecordingEndTime NBCENTSOFSECONDS

Stop recording video after NBCENTSOFSECONDS time elapsed.


Don't show some information while playing/replaying ; useful to make nicer video.


view a replay in windowed mode:
xmoto --windowed ~/.xmoto/Replays/replay.rpl
disable sounds, Internet connection and play mylevel.lvl directly:
xmoto --nosound --nowww mylevel.lvl


xmoto was written by Rasmus Neckelmann <neckelmann@gmail.com>, Nicolas Adenis-Lamarre <nadenislamarre@free.fr> and Emmanuel Gorse <e.gorse@free.fr>.

Reporting Bugs

Please fill out bug reports on our website: <http://todo.xmoto.tuxfamily.org/>, or write to xmoto@tuxfamily.org.

This manual page was written by Samuel Mimram <smimram@debian.org>, for the Debian project. Updated by Amand  Tihon <amand.tihon@alrj.org> and AvovA.