The Sims 3

The Sims 3 (all versions).

Application Details:

Version: All
License: Retail
Votes: 73
Latest Rating: Gold
Latest Wine Version Tested: 2.13-staging

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Test Results

Selected Test Results

What works

Installing the game from Origin (needs workarounds though in order to make Origin work, see it here)

Installing non-Origin expansion packs

The launcher works but as listed in the notes it won't let you download content directly through it. However you can download in game content.

Everything from a normal game session :

- Create a Sim

- Modifying a city

- Build and Buy modes

- Travels and University

Changing in game options, playing at max resolutions with High / Very High settings

And the most important, saving works !

What does not

Nothing as I think I tried the most features possible


What was not tested

- Very long gameplay (6 hours and more)

- Online features but I assume that the store works

- Modding the game

Hardware tested


  • GPU:
  • Driver:

Additional Comments

Tested the game on a Wine 32 bits prefix with the 2.13 staging version. Here are my PC specs : ► CPU : AMD FX-8350 8 cores @4.0GHz ► GPU : MSI Lightning NVIDIA GTX 770 2GB ► RAM : 2x4GB Crucial Ballistix Tactical @1600MHz DDR3 ► MOBO : Asrock 970 Extreme4 ► OS : Fedora 26 x64 I use the NVIDIA 381.22 proprietary drivers for my video card. You need to install dotnet20, vcrun2005 and mfc42 in order to make the launcher and the game work. Shadows are a little buggy but that's fine. The game sometimes slows down, I think it's because of the large cities, it freezes for like 3 seconds every 15-20ish minutes then it becomes playable again. I will post a video soon where I'll try to show you the most complete gameplay.

selected in Test Results table below
Operating systemTest dateWine versionInstalls?Runs?Used
CurrentFedora 26 x86_64Jul 30 20172.13-stagingYes Yes GoldDesperalaw 
ShowUbuntu 16.10 "Yakkety" amd64 (+ variants like Kubuntu)Dec 23 20162.0-rc2Yes Yes GoldMatthew 
ShowFedora 23 x86_64Jan 10 20161.9.0Yes Yes GoldDuff 
ShowArch Linux x86_64Nov 24 20151.7.54Yes Yes Goldan anonymous user 
ShowFedora 21 x86_64Sep 11 20151.7.50Yes Yes Platinuman anonymous user 

Known Bugs

Bug # Description Status Resolution Other apps affected
18879 The Sims 3: Textures go Black and sometimes Abnormal patterns. NEW View
22160 The Sims 3: Sims3Launcher.exe doesn't show web site when started second time NEW View
23807 Unsupported texture formats: DF16, DF24, RAWZ: format unrecognized(909198916) NEW View
30988 Ragnarok download manager, when invoking wine-mono, needs gluezilla NEW View
33261 Sims 3 pause key (`) doesn't work with Spanish keyboard UNCONFIRMED View

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HowTo / Notes

How to install in Linux:
Old gameplay in Linux:
New gameplay in Linux (recorded with GLC)

Thankyou Jake Ward
  • If you make a new starter on your desktop, then type "xgamma -gamma 1" (w/o quotes) as the command to run. Quickest way to reset gamma.
  • You should leave the game set to fullscreen and set the "Screen Size" option to the resolution you chose in winecfg. The game will change your screen's brightness, which is annoying, but attempting to run it windowed inside the virtual desktop causes odd problems. Although this is dependent on your video card and I myself did not get the problem.

  • "Enable Advanced Rendering" may not work for some. It's worked fine in 1.1.21, but had some odd problems with it in 1.1.23. Sometimes the screen, starting at the top left corner, would become tinted with a colour, usually red, purple, or white. This hasn't happened to in the slightly older wine, only 1.1.23.

  • Lighting and Shadows is slightly buggy at higher settings. Specifically, there is a lot of flicker at times with certain shadows.

  • SAVE OFTEN. There still seems to be another memory leak, even with the patched source. Try to save once or twice a day, game time. Depending on what you're doing, the game may crash often or may only crash rarely, but it will eventually crash. Large events, frequent travel, and build mode all seem to cause this to occur faster. *Please note this may be fixed in newer wine versions

  • Downloading content doesn't work, but the launcher itself does, and can be accessed easily from within Sims 3 (the "Open Launcher" menu item). If you have access to a windows PC with the game installed, you can download content, such as the Riverview town, there and then transfer the .Sims3Pack files to your Linux install. Put the .Sims3Pack files in My Documents\Electronic Arts\The Sims 3\Downloads\ ('My Documents' being the path you set My Documents to above) and the launcher should be able to install them. *Please note this may be fixed in newer wine versions

  • If the Sims3Launcher crashes of an error such as "Unhandled Exception: System.AccessViolationException: Attempted to read or write protected memory" it's probably a truetype font problem. See for details on how to fix.

  • Seting OffscreenRenderingMode to fbo in regedit, the texture problems seem to have disappeared altogether

To use the launcher you need to install dotnet20 via winetricks!

Receiving the following?
fixme:actctx:parse_depend_manifests Could not find dependent assembly
L"Microsoft.VC80.CRT" (8.0.50727.762)
err:module:attach_process_dlls "MSVCR80.dll" failed to initialize, aborting
err:module:LdrInitializeThunk Main exe initialization for
L"\\Program Files\\The Sims 3\\Game\\Bin\\TS3.exe" failed, status c0000142

Fix by installing vcrun2005sp1 with "winetricks vcrun2005sp1"

If you have nvidia card and are having brightness issues, after entering the game, use the command 'nvidia-settings -l' (in terminal) or just launch the nvidia panel to solve the brightness problem. If the problem appears again, just repeat the command.
For ATI on Ubuntu 10.04 x64 the following works fine; Go to System->Control Center->ATI Catalyst Control Center->Color and click the Default button. The colors now change back to normal.

Bug 18991 (crash loading a town) fix:
env WINEPREFIX="~/.wine" TZ="America/Bahia" wine "TS3.exe"
Note: It might be best to change America/Bahia to your own TimeZone

Note that Greg Noe was able to download content (at least the Rivertown) by launching the Launcher from within the game, killing the TS3.exe process (launcher won't let you download while the game is running), and then just downloading like usual.

Fix Brightness/Gamma After Exiting the Game
Simply type the following into a terminal which should fix the brightness/gamma change the game performs: xgamma -gamma 1
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