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FPV Freerider

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Thanks for reporting, glad you got it working on your setup!

(Yes, it is necessary to change the execute flag as described in the download info /manual, since newer versions of MacOS is picky about running unofficial apps) 

Yes, to others who might wonder the same - 

It is possible to choose line-of-sight view and perform nose in hover, watching the quadcopter as if you are standing in front of it.

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Here's a more detailed explanation -

First, download the zip file for the DLC maps. Unzip it.

You should then have a number of folders, called 






Copy those unzipped map folders to the correct folder on your android device.

It's usually:



Internal Storage/Android/Data/com.Freeride.FreeriderRecharged/files/

If you are uncertain of the folder location, save any level (even an empty one) in the Level Editor of Freerider, and take a note of the full folder path that is displayed after saving is complete.

You may need to use a good file manager (such as Solid Explorer for example) to copy the maps to the correct folder.

(Some phones are deliberately blocking the owner from accessing certain folders, but you may get around that by using a third party file manager).

Hope that helps, let me know if you have more questions or need more detailed instructions for some part!

Thank you for your feedback, I can see that it would be useful and will consider it for future updates.

Thank you, I'm happy to hear that you like it!

Hello, Yes, please send an email to and I will provide a solution.

Thanks for reporting back. That is strange indeed, I don't know what is causing that. It would be interesting to hear if you manage to see some kind of pattern to when or why it is happening. Also, if you have the Steam client installed, I could send a download key for the Steam version for you, so that you can try if that works better on your machine.

Generally speaking, if a controller can be recognized as a joystick by the operating system there's a good chance that it can be used with FPV Freerider.

However, I have heard reports from many people that the betafpv literadio2 does not support joystick emulation on Android. (I do believe it works in Windows though).

Since it is not recognized correctly by the operating system there is nothing I can do about it unfortunately.

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Hello, maybe something went wrong during installation. I would try to download the zip file again, and perhaps unzip it with another unpacking software (such as Keka for example).

If it still doesn't work you could try to find the output log file and check that for clues. On Mac, I think it's usually in ~/Library/Logs/Unity/Player.log

(Or, send the log to and I will have a look at it and see if I can figure out what it might be).

Thank you for sharing!

I will put a link to your project in the user manual if that's OK with you.

Thank you for sharing!

(I took the liberty to repost this since people might miss it when it is a reply to an old post).

(This is posted by user Freestyle Pro Virtuous , I moved it from earlier in the thread since it got sort of lost as an answer to an old post ) Custom map

Thanks for reporting, I'm glad to hear that is works after updating!

Hello, thank you for your message. I understand the problem. However, the Android version is only available on the Google Play store at the time of this writing, and that is unlikely to change.

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Yes, they can be used on both the desktop (Windows/Mac/Linux), as well as the Android version of FPV Freerider Recharged.

First download the levels to your computer.

Then you need to put them in your FPV Freerider Recharged data folder. The levels need to be in the correct folder in order for Freerider to find them. The data folder is named as followed:




(If you are uncertain of the folder location, save any level (even an empty one) in the level editor and take a note of the full folder path that is displayed after saving is complete).

Note: The name of the custom level .txt file needs to be the same as it's folder name for it to be recognized.

You can find this and more info in the user manual.

When you download the simulator here on Itch you will receive a zip file.

On Windows, you unzip that file to a folder of your choice.

In that folder, you will then find a FPVFreerider.exe file, which is the executable.

You will also find the user manual, as well as the FPVFreerider_Data folder, in the same place.

Usually you don't need to do anything with the data folder.

The FPVFreerider_Data is a folder that contains the necessary files for the simulator. 

You can find more general information in the user manual.

Thank you for reporting, glad to hear that it's working fine on Windows at least.

Thank you for reporting.

See if you can find the output log file. On Mac, I believe it should be located at:


If you manage to find it, please send it to and I will have a look and try to see if I can figure out what might be the cause.

Thanks for the feedback! Sure, I can try to it a bit more clear in the user manual, regarding the level loading.

Glad you managed to solve it!

You can find info on this and other useful things in the user manual.

Yes, you can email

I tried your settings and I think you got it dialed in pretty good in order to get it to behave similarly to a slow moving DJI style drone.

As you say, of course you will still have the spring loaded throttle issue, but I think it will be good enough for practice anyway.

If you stick with it, I think that soon you will get the hang of it and you will be able to keep it at a pretty stable altitude without much effort.

(I don't think setting the gravity to 0 would be very beneficial, since you wouldn't be able to get down at all) 

Yes, a different settings tab would probably be necessary, but there are also quite a lot of other changes that would need to be made to the existing code/design, and things to consider. 

Anyway, I will keep your feedback in mind, and consider your suggestions for the future.

Thank you for the feedback!

Yes, FPV Freerider is mainly designed to simulate racequads/freestyle drones. That is, quadcopters that flown mainly using (more or less) fully manual controls, and which are used mainly for high speed racing and/or acrobatic flight.

I agree that it might be a good idea to add an option for DJI style cinematic type drones too. However, since that is quite a different type of flying, I fear that it might make the user interface too cluttered with different settings etc. Perhaps it would instead be best to make a whole separate simulator, that is designed specifically for that type of drones.

To get as close as possible to the behavior of a DJI style drone using Freerider as it is now, I would recommend flying with self-leveling turned on, and a slow rate settings such as the "sluggish" preset.

The advantage is, if you get good at flying in Freerider, you might find that flying a more automatic drone such as the DJI will later feel like a breeze!


The X/D switch switches between different input mode for Windows - Xinput and Directinput.

I think it is generally recommended to set it to the "X" position, since that is the newer standard.

My recommendation would be to try that, and if it for some reason doesn't work as expected - try the other mode.

Keep an eye on the little circles as you go through the Calibrate Controller procedure in Freerider. You should be able to move some of the little circles smoothly up and down using the analog sticks.

There is more general information in the user manual.

Hi, dev here. It's best to just download the latest build.

(The old build is just kept for safety, in case there would be some unexpected bug in the latest update. But now that you mention it, the latest build has now been up long enough to know that it's stable, so I will just remove the old build).

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Hi, sorry to hear that your Taranis is no longer registering since the last MasOS update.

I don't really know what Apple have changed. ... and I'm not a Mac user myself. I would recommend checking on a Mac specific forum (Or, with Apple themselves) to see if others are experiencing the same issue when using a USB joystick/transmitter. Have you checked if you are able to use your transmitter with any other game? It would be interesting to hear if you manage to get it working on your Mac.

Great, glad to hear that you managed to get it working by using the smartpropoplus method!

You can also find more general information in the user manual.

Please check that you are using a standard model setup on your radio.

(That is, that the endpoints are the same for yaw as for the other channels)

Also, perhaps it will work better if you remap the yaw stick to another channel (in the settings of your radio) . 

From what you are describing, it sounds like there's a chance you could get it working by adjusting sliders on the trim settings screen in Freerider.

Try to pull the scale slider (for the yaw channel) until you get more movement.

After that you can use the trim slider to get the center position correct. 

You can email for further support.

(Perhaps you can make a short video that shows what happens when you go through the calibration).

As you are calibrating yaw - click the little circle that you see is corresponding to the yaw stick, while holding the stick in the position shown on screen.

The circle should then should then highlight, saying "yaw".

When calibrating the other sticks, you can just press OK as usual.

(It shouldn't actually matter whether you click the little circle, or click OK, just as long as you are holding the stick fully in the direction shown on screen).

If the yaw movement is still not correct when you come to the trim settings screen you can adjust it using the sliders.

I'm sure it's not a problem with the download. Make sure you don't have any other controllers/gamepads/drawing tablets connected at the same time as that might cause a conflict.

Thank you for sharing your creations here Brett! It's a great collection of maps, plenty of variation, lots of opportunities for freestyle practice.

From what you describe, I think you will be able to get it working. It doesn't really matter if there is a gap from the other rings.

As you calibrate the yaw stick - hold it in the direction shown on screen, and then click on the little ring that you see represent the yaw movement as described in the post above.

(Then, after you have gone through the calibration procedure you will come to the trim settings screen - there you can test if the stick input work as expected. And, you have the ability to manually adjust the trim/scale etc. if needed).

What kind of connection method are you using? Are the other stick channels recognized correctly?

As you go through the Calibrate Controller procedure in Freerider, keep an eye on the little circles above the OK button. You should be able to move four of the little circles smoothly up and down using your controller sticks. Sometimes the automatic stick detection gets it wrong - you can manually click on the circle that you see is the correct one for each stick (instead of clicking "OK"). (You will still need to hold the stick fully in the direction shown in order for the calibration to work correctly).

Hi, the "chmod +x" method usually works for most people. Make sure you enter the folder path for the command to work.

Here you can find an example of how to use it: (The description is not specific for Freerider, but it's basically the same technique for all apps).

If you still can't get it working, please email and I can provide you with a key for the Steam version. The Steam version usually works on Mac without any manual fiddling around required. (You need to have the Steam client installed though).  

Hello, no it's not possible to disable the no-fly zone. Yes, originally there were no limits but I decided to put them there because some people were ending up way outside or below the map etc. Sorry about the inconvenience. Well I wouldn't really call it active development at the moment, but it is maintained.

When you purchase the full version you will receive an email with a download link.

Open that link to download the full version.

In case you haven't received it, check if it has somehow ended up in your email spam folder or similar. In case you still can't find it you can request a new one here:

(Under "recover purchases")

Wow, such a lot of detail in that build! Great work!

It runs on M1 Macs. On newer versions of MacOS, Apple has introduced measures that prevent unofficial apps from being run. Therefore it is necessary to use the chmod +x method.

Make sure you are providing the correct folder path to the executable when you run the chmod +x command.

It should look something like:

chmod +x Applications/

There is more detailed information in the user manual.

If you want to avoid the hassle of having to enter terminal commands, you can get the Steam version instead. That should run fine without any hacking necessary.

Hope that helps!