Command and Conquer: Red Alert 3

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Application Details:

Version: Retail 1.x
License: Retail
Votes: 21
Latest Rating: Silver
Latest Wine Version Tested: 2.8

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Operating systemTest dateWine versionInstalls?Runs?Used
ShowArch LinuxMay 19 20172.8Yes Yes SilverConor 
ShowFedora 20 x86_64Dec 13 20141.7.32Yes Yes GoldZachary J 
CurrentArch Linux x86_64Mar 04 20141.7.13Yes Yes PlatinumAgustín Atahides 
ShowMac OS X 10.6 "Snow Leopard"Jul 21 20121.5.9Yes Yes Bronzean anonymous user 
ShowUbuntu 12.10 "Quantal" amd64 (+ variants like Kubuntu)Mar 17 20131.4.1Yes Yes Silveran anonymous user 

Known Bugs

Bug # Description Status Resolution Other apps affected
31281 Red Alert 3 on Mac renders vertices in software RESOLVED NOTOURBUG View

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HowTo / Notes


How to get the game running

Wine 1.1.10

Although the game runs without problems in 1.1.10 and installs fine in either 1.1.8 or 1.1.10, it is not able to register with the license server the first time you start the game in 1.1.10. To get around this:

 -Downgrade Wine to 1.1.8
 -Set winhttp dll override to 'builtin'
 -Run game (It will crash immediately after the splash screen)
 -Upgrade Wine back to 1.1.10

Wine 1.1.8

If you want animated cursors, follow this guide (currently for Wine 1.1.8)

There are two ways to get it running: patching Wine manually with only the patches that are needed, or use a Wine version which includes a collection of Wine hacks that may (or may not) improve the gameplay experience. PLEASE DON'T SUBMIT TEST RESULTS IF YOU USE THE WINE HACKS METHOD! This is because it doesn't reflect the current state of Wine

Click here if you are using a 64 bit system

Patching Wine manually

  • Download Wine 1.1.8 and the cursor patch to the same directory
  • Unpack Wine through your file manager or with tar -xvjf wine-1.1.8.tar.bz2 in a console
  • Enter the Wine directory with cd wine-1.1.8
  • Apply the cursor patch with patch -p1 < ../cursor-patches-1.1.8.patch
  • Update wineserver with tools/make_requests
  • Configure Wine with ./configure --prefix=$HOME/wine-ra3, where you can choose another install path if you want to. If it displays any errors and you are unable to fix them yourself, post the error message here, without the full console output
  • Build Wine with make
  • Install with make install
  • Delete the Wine source with cd ..; rm -rf wine-1.1.8
  • Open winecfg and add a DLL override so winhttp is set to builtin
  • Now you can run the game by substituting the wine commandd with $HOME/wine-ra3/bin/wine

Using Wine hacks repository (please don't submit test results)
  1. git clone git://
  2. cd hacks
  3. ./configure --prefix=$HOME/wine-ra3   #you can set it to wtvr you want.
  4. make && make install #this will install wine + some wine patches (including the animated cursor patch) to your home directory only...
  5. start the game with $HOME/wine-ra3/bin/wine /patch/to/your/RA3.exe
  6. thats it :)

The wine hacks.git is a collection of many patches that sitll didn't got to the mainline tree.

From hacks.git:

No patch in this repository is supposed to break other things. Hacks that might do that have some switch that is default to off.



Starting the game

The game says it's unable to connect to the licence server
Open winecfg and add a DLL override so winhttp is set to builtin


In-game issues

When starting a map, the game lags horribly and/or is covered by black squares
Go to Options -> Settings on the main menu and set Shadow detail to Low

Large, single-coloured shapes appear in the game
Go to Options -> Settings on the main menu and set VFX detail to Low

There is no cursor
Apply the cursor patch; read the how-to


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Red Alert 3 From C&C Ultimate Collection
by Matthew Swaringen on Friday August 14th 2020, 14:18
I couldn't get the game to start at all with the native launcher, but I was able to get it working using the launcher from here

The game popped up and asked me for my EA Origin login details to activate it and that looks to have gone fine as it launched after that.

I assume the Steam versions that people don't have any issues with on proton aren't the ultimate collection versions where the launcher is horribly broken and just generates unhandled page fault on execute access errors that I couldn't troubleshoot at all. They didn't give any other context to figure things out.