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FFXIV ACT Setup Guide

This guide is intended to get a FFXIV player setup with ACT and an overlay for parsing purposes and be able to upload logs to the FFLogs website.

Last updated: 2/11/2020



Installing ACT

Navigate to the ACT website, click on the Download page tab, then click on the Advanced Combat Tracker - Setup link to download the ACT installation program.


Find the ACTv3-Setup executable in your downloads and run it to begin the installation (If you get a User Account Control prompt, click yes).


The setup program will ask you for the installation location and start menu folder (You can leave the default options). Click Install then Close to complete the installation.


Configuring ACT

Running as Admin

It is recommended that ACT be run as Admin. You can right click on the ACT shortcut and select the Run as administrator option. You may get an UAC prompt, select yes.


You can also configure ACT to always run as admin by right clicking on the shortcut then selecting Properties. In the Properties window, select the Compatibility tab, then check the Run this program as an administrator option. Click Apply to save the changes. This will ensure ACT is always run as admin.


Adding Firewall Exception

Open the windows Control Panel (you can search for control panel in the taskbar search bar). Select the System and Security category and under Windows Defender Firewall click on Allow an app through Windows Firewall.


Inside the allowed apps window, click on Change settings button, then on the Allow another app... button. This will open up a dialog window to select an app.


Click on the Browse... button and navigate to the ACT install folder. The default location should be in C:\Program Files (x86)\Advanced Combat Tracker.


In the ACT folder, select the Advanced Combat Tracker application and click on Open.


Back in the dialog window, click on Add to add ACT to the windows firewall exceptions.


Advanced Combat Tracker should now appear in the list of Allowed apps and features. Click OK and exit the Control Panel.



Upon first running ACT, it will prompt you with the Startup Wizard. If you forget to download a parsing plugin, ACT will prompt you again the next time you run it, or you can manually open the wizard by going to Options > Miscellaneous > Show Startup Wizard.


In the Parsing Plugin section of the startup wizard, ensure FFXIV Parsing Plugin is selected from the dropdown, then click the Download/Enable Plugin button. You will receive an alert when the plugin has been added to ACT. Click Ok to dismiss it.


Click Next to move to the log file section. ACT will ask if it will be used for Final Fantasy XIV. Select Yes to configure ACT logs for FFXIV.


Click Next to move to Startup Settings, then Close to accept the default settings and finish the startup wizard.

At this point FFXIV_ACT_Plugin.dll should be enabled in Plugins > Plugin Listing.



From the Plugin Listing tab, click on the Get Plugins... button near the upper right corner. This will open a window that will populate with available plugins for ACT.


In the Get Plugins window, select the [FFXIV+others]Overlay Plugin option and click on Download and Enable. This will add the latest ngld OverlayPlugin to ACT (the OverlayPlugin auto-updater may also run during this step).


The OverlayPlugin should now be setup. Click on the X to close the Get Plugins window.

At this point it is recommended to restart ACT before continuing on.

Adding an Overlay

Preset Overlays

Ngld's OverlayPlugin comes with built-in presets for a majority of popular overlays. To setup an overlay go to Plugins > OverlayPlugin.dll and click on the New button.


This will open the Create new overlay dialog. Enter a name for the overlay and select a preset from the dropdown (the overlayplugin will show you a preview of each preset). Once you have selected your desired overlay, click on the OK button to add your overlay.


Your overlay should now appear in the overlays list. Select it from the list to view and edit its settings. You can move your overlay to the desired position, then check the Lock overlay box to lock it in place.


You can add additional overlays using the same steps. Certain plugins, e.g. cactbot plugin, will populate the preset dropdown with additional presets for their respective overlays.

Custom Overlays

For an overlay not available in the presets, select the Custom option from the dropdown and the desired Type. For most overlays, it will be the MiniParse type.


In the overlay settings, make sure to add the overlay URL source. It can be a web url or the path to a local html file.


FFLogs Uploader

Installing the Uploader

Navigate to the FFLogs Download page and download the FFLogs client application for your platform.


Find the FFLogsUploader install application in your downloads and run it. The application will ask you whether to install for all users or just yourself. Click on the Install button after selecting your choice then Finish once the installation is done.


Uploading a Log

Note: You will need to register for an FFLogs account in order to upload logs.

Run the FFlogs Uploader application. Enter the account information you used to sign up. Once you are authenticated, click on the Upload a Log button.


Click on Choose to select the log to upload.


In the File Explorer, navigate to the folder where the log is saved. The default location is at %APPDATA%\Advanced Combat Tracker\FFXIVLogs. You can copy and paste that path in the explorer bar to go directly to the default folder.


In the log folder, selected the desired log to upload, and click on Open. To ensure the latest log is on top, you can sort by Date modified.


Choose the desired access level for the log: Public, Private, or Unlisted. Public will be ranked and Private and Unlisted are un-ranked. Anyone will be able to view a Public log. Private logs can only be viewed by you. Unlisted logs can be viewed by anyone with the link to the log.

If you want to upload only a specific encounter, toggle the Select Specific Raids To Upload option, then click on the Go! button.


Select the specific encounter you want to upload from the list and click on the Go! button. You may select multiple encounters by holding Ctrl on your keyboard.

Note: this view is only available if you selected specific raids to upload.


Once the uploader is finished uploading the encounters to the FFLogs website, click on View Report to open up the page in your default browser and view the log results.



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