Grand Theft Auto III

The patch to version 1.1 removes copy protection. It is available at

Application Details:

Version: 1.1
Votes: 5
Latest Rating: Platinum
Latest Wine Version Tested: 8.8-staging

Maintainers: About Maintainership

Test Results

Old test results
The test results for this version are very old, and as such they may not represent the current state of Wine. Please consider submitting a new test report.
Selected Test Results

What works

Different settings, music, main missions.

What does not


What was not tested

100% of the game.

Hardware tested


  • GPU: AMD
  • Driver: open source

Additional Comments

The videos when starting the game are only displayed correctly if the 32 bit versions of gstreamer are installed. Without 32 bit versions, only a black image is displayed, which can be pressed away without any problems. The rest of the game runs fine without these packages.

selected in Test Results table below
Operating systemTest dateWine versionInstalls?Runs?Used
CurrentDebian GNU/Linux Unstable "Sid" x86_64May 19 20238.8-stagingYes Yes NoPlatinumHonki Tonk 
ShowMac OS X 10.11 "El Capitan"Nov 06 20183.19Yes Yes YesSilverArek P. 
ShowArch Linux x86_64May 13 20172.7Yes Yes NoGoldAve Elixire 
ShowmacOS 10.12 "Sierra"Dec 03 20161.9.21Yes Yes NoPlatinumArun King 
ShowUbuntu 14.04 "Trusty" amd64 (+ variants like Kubuntu)Aug 03 20141.7.22Yes Yes NoGoldLuis Alvarado 

Known Bugs

Bug # Description Status Resolution Other apps affected
219 Programs refuse to run because of safedisc copy-protection CLOSED FIXED View
1410 Mouse always Recentered CLOSED FIXED View
3112 Get bink videos working correctly CLOSED ABANDONED View
4905 Video intros fail to play in Grand Theft Auto 3 CLOSED FIXED View
4906 Grand Theft Auto 3 crashes then doing texture conversion to best suit machine CLOSED FIXED View
6870 Font in GTAIII menu is just displayed as coloured squares CLOSED DUPLICATE View
6871 Textures in GTAIII are rendered as grey and silver weirdness CLOSED FIXED View
6971 Mouse "escapes" window or is confined to an area in the full screen program CLOSED FIXED View
12644 GTA 3 Liberty City: texture corruption on cards with GL_EXT_paletted_texture CLOSED FIXED View
14423 GTA III (Grand Theft Auto 3) doesn't run in Wine 1.1.1 (due to "unhandled exception") CLOSED FIXED View
16398 Grand Theft Auto III not playable CLOSED ABANDONED View
24782 GTA: San Andreas crashes when playing intro videos CLOSED FIXED View
24932 GTA 3, VC, SA crash CLOSED FIXED View
27798 GTA3 & GTAVC rendering is messed up CLOSED NOTOURBUG View
27821 Depth/stencil buffer glitches in GTAVC and GTA3 CLOSED INVALID View
30557 winegstreamer broken with >=glib-2.32.0 CLOSED FIXED View

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HowTo / Notes

HOWTO and Problem / Solution

Using wine 20040716 (the version of wine currently in debian unstable) I was able to install GTA3 with no problems.It was a simple case of (this also works in wine 1.0.0 perfectly):
1) Mounting the install CD
2) Doing wine /path/to/cdrom/Setup.exe
3) Follow on screen insructions

To play the game once installed:
1) Change to install directory
2) Insert and mount play CD
3) Doing wine gta3.exe
4) When the screen goes black click the left mouse button twice (or press Return twice) to bring up the game loading screen.
5) As long as you have no problems you should be playing the game.

To patch the game to version 1.1:
1) Download the patch
2) place it in the install directory
3) Do wine patchname.exe
4) Follow on screen instructions

A few issues I noticed:
1) The mouse is dodgy on the menus. It continually jumps to the middle of the screen.(but that doesn't matter too much the arrow keys work just as well)
2) The intro movie was jerky, but then again I think it was when I ran it in windows too.
*3) Areas with a lot of sound activity going on can cause the game to crash (the getaway from the bank job is one such instance). A partial workaround is to reduce the value of the following two lines in $HOME/.wine/config :

"SndQueueMax" = "12"

"SndQueueMin" = "8"

*This is somewhat outdated and doesn't seem to be a problem anymore. Plus they have done away with the wine config file.

Fix to 360 mouse problem.

I also found a problem with being unable to look past 180 and sometimes 270 degrees with the mouse. (bug 6971)

To fix the mouse problem, you need to apply a patch to the source code. You can find the source code to download here: Just download it, and extract it. To do this, run this command from the directory where you downloaded the wine source:

tar jxpf wine-*version*.tar.bz2

Now you need to apply the patch, you can find the patch here: Save that as "hack.diff", and place it in the source directory (the directory that was extracted when you extracted wine). Next, run this command:

patch -p0 <./hack.diff

Then run both of these commands (assuming that you have all of the dependencies needed, you can just run "sudo apt-get build-dep wine" in Ubuntu to get all of the dependencies.):


make depend && make && sudo make install

Finally to apply this patch you need to add the following to the executable:


It should look something like this in the application launcher:

env WINEFORCEMOUSEWARP=yes WINEPREFIX="/home/user/.wine" wine "C:\Program Files\Rockstar Games\GTAIII\gta3.exe"

Or you can just run it in the terminal from your GTA III directory by running this command:

WINEFORCEMOUSEWARP=yes wine gta3.exe

That should fix the mouse look problem!

It also seemed to me that the games motion blur was not rendered properly in game by wine nor does it look good, so it might be a good idea to switch off the option Blur FX in game.

I modified the previous maintainers howto so the first two parts are his while the last parts are mine.