How to download and launch Fortnite on your PC

  • You can download Fortnite on a PC through the Epic Games Launcher.
  • Fortnite is free to play and the game modes available are Battle Royale, Creative and Save the World.
  • Your PC will have to meet minimum requirements if you want to play Fortnite.
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If you’re generally familiar with the game world, and unless you’re living under a rock, you’ve definitely heard of it


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Successful third-person shooter game Fortnite.

Much of Fortnite’s popularity comes from the number of systems it is available on. You can play Fortnite almost anywhere, but the most competitive gamers play it on their PC.

You can download Fortnite for free on your PC and enjoy the three main game modes.

Here is a step-by-step guide on how to download Fortnite on your PC so that you can start playing with your friends, your family and strangers around the world.

What specs do I need to download Fortnite on PC?

Before downloading the game, make sure your PC can run it. The specifications for Fortnite are:

  • Operating system: Windows 7/8/8.1/10 (64-bit)
  • Processor: Intel Core i5-7300U 3.45GHz
  • RAM: 8 GB
  • Graphics Card: Nvidia GTX 960 or AMD R9 280 (2GB)
  • Storage: 40 GB

However, for the best Fortnite gaming experience, Epic Games recommends a computer with the following:

  • Operating system: Window 10/11 (64-bit)
  • Processor: Intel Core i5 2.8GHz
  • RAM: 16 GB
  • Graphics Card: Nvidia GTX 1080 or AMD Radeon RX 5700 XT
  • Storage: 40 GB

How to download Fortnite on a pc

To download Fortnite, you must first create an Epic Games account through one of the various login methods listed on the platform’s account registration page.

Once you have an account, proceed to download Fortnite via the Epic Games Launcher:

1. Open your web browser, go to the Fortnite landing page on the Epic Games website.

2. Click on the yellow To download button in the top right corner of the page.

Fortnite landing page, with the Download button highlighted in the top right corner.

Download Fortnite from the Epic Game website.

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3. You will be asked to choose which platform you want to play Fortnite on. Since we are using a PC, click PC/MAC.

4. On the next page, since you’ve already created your Epic Games account, click Sign In at the bottom.

5. After logging in, click on Windows to download the PC version of Fortnite.

Epic Games website page to download Fortnite for PC/Mac, with the Windows button highlighted.

Choose the Windows version of Fortnite.

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6. Once the Epic Games Launcher has downloaded, open the file to install it. If you receive a message asking for permission to make changes to your computer, click Yes.

7. In the software launch window, click Install. The Epic Games Launcher will install itself, update itself and then prompt you to sign in to your Epic Games account again. You can use nearly a dozen different services to login or create a new account.

8. Once the Epic Games Launcher opens, locate the page for Fortnite. You can find it on the Store tab, or by searching for it.

9. The Epic Games launcher will now appear, showing that Fortnite is now downloading to your computer and all you need to do is wait for it to finish. At the bottom of the left sidebar you can click To download to see the download progress in a little more detail.

Epic Games launcher showing Fortnite downloading, with

You will now see Fortnite downloading in the Epic Games launcher.

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10. When Fortnite is finished downloading, click Library in the left sidebar to access your games list. There you’ll find Fortnite (if it’s gray it means it hasn’t been downloaded yet), so click on it to start the game.

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