See also: Installation/macOS

This page will roughly tell you how to get osu! working on your Windows device. The osu!academy has a video tutorial that explains how to install osu! on Windows.

Minimum system requirements

  • .NET framework 4+ (the installer should prompt you to download it, otherwise, you can find it here)
  • A decent graphics card.

Installing osu!

  1. Go to the download page and download the installer.
  2. Locate and run the installer.
  3. While the installer is running, there is a ten second period to allow you to select the installation location.
    • If you want to change it, click on the text underneath the word, "Hi!" and select the installation location.
    • osu! will be installed to that location when the timer is done.
  4. When the installer is completed, osu! will start up. osu!direct will be used to download some starter beatmaps for you.
  5. osu! will prompt you to sign in or register.
    • If you already have an account, sign in.
    • If you need to register, see Registration.

Adding beatmapsets

See also: Beatmaps and Beatmapsets

There are two ways to add beatmaps, via the website or osu!direct (requires osu!supporter).


  1. Go to the beatmap listing page and sign in to the website.
  2. Find a song you like to play.
  3. Click on the download icon to save the beatmapset on your computer.
  4. Locate and open the beatmapset file, it has an .osz extension.
    • Alternatively, you can also place the beatmapset file into the Songs directory of the osu! installation.
  5. osu! will automatically handle the rest for you and load the beatmapset.
    • If, for any reason, you do not see them, press F5 in Solo mode to re-process your beatmaps.


Note: You need to have an osu!supporter tag and an internet connection to use osu!direct.

  1. Open osu!, if you hadn't already.
  2. Find a song that you would like to play.
  3. Double click the the song on the list or click Download on the right to download it.
    • If you don't want to download the video that comes along with the beatmapset, click DL NoVideo instead.
  4. When osu! is done downloading the beatmapset, it will automatically load it if you are in Solo mode, at the Song Selection screen.
    • If, for any reason, you do not see them, press F5 in Solo mode to re-process your beatmaps.

Adding skins

See also: Skinning

  1. Go to the skinning forums and find a skin you like.
  2. Once you find a skin, download it.
  3. Depending on how the skinner has packaged their skin, you may need to do different things.
    • If the skin is using .osk:
      1. Open it or drag and drop it into osu!.
      2. osu! will process the skin and automatically select it for you.
    • If the skin is compressed (using .7z, .rar, .zip, etc.):
      1. Extract it.
      2. Move the skin folder into the Skins directory of the osu! installation.
      3. If osu! is opened, you may need to restart it before the skin can be used.
      4. In osu!, go to the Options and search for Skin.
      5. Scroll down to the Current skin: option and select the skin you have downloaded.