The Sims 3

The Sims 3 (all versions).

Application Details:

Version: All
License: Retail
Votes: 74
Latest Rating: Silver
Latest Wine Version Tested: 3.0

Maintainers: About Maintainership

Test Results

Selected Test Results

What works

Everything works just as expected

What does not

Half transparent white filter applied by the game if it is in full-screen mode (due to the way wine handles gamma change in games), no such bug in windowed-mode

Game launcher doesn't render. Game was launched by running TSW3.exe directly.


Simply type the following into a terminal which should fix the brightness/gamma change the game performs: xgamma -gamma 1

What was not tested

Online Systems


Hardware tested


  • GPU: AMD
  • Driver: open source

Additional Comments

Game works flawlessly in windowed-mode

selected in Test Results table below
Operating systemTest dateWine versionInstalls?Runs?Used
CurrentUbuntu 17.10 "Artful" amd64 (+variants like Kubuntu)Mar 02 20183.0Yes Yes YesSilverMurteza 
ShowUbuntu 16.04 "Xenial" amd64 (+ variants like Kubuntu)Nov 27 20172.21-stagingYes Yes YesSilverAlexandr Oleynikov 
ShowFedora 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 

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
We appreciate your help

Sending test reports, checking the bugs and posting into the threads helps us all.

If you have issues with the game, ask help. It's important to get those bugs closed which aren't up to date anymore.


The following comments are owned by whoever posted them. WineHQ is not responsible for what they say.

Why was my platinum rating deleted?
by Zootal on Saturday May 12th 2018, 14:27
Why was my platinum rating deleted? I and 3 others in my home have been playing The Sims 3 for a very long time with different versions of wine, and it works 100%. The Game launcher works great if you have the proper dependencies for your wine prefix. It won't work at all if you don't setup your prefix, but that is a simple matter of having the right things installed ( I have a list I can share if you want). I have never once had the reported Half transparent white filter problem. I don't have resolution problems, I even play in a 64 bit prefix. I have about a dozen DLCs.

WTF people???? Just because others have issues and I don't is NO REASON to delete my platinum rating!!!
RE: Why was my platinum rating deleted?
by Zootal on Saturday May 12th 2018, 14:29
Would it make the powers-that-be happy if I posted a step by step procedure to be able to run it flawlessly?
RE: Why was my platinum rating deleted?
by Alexandr Oleynikov on Saturday May 12th 2018, 14:48
Platinum rating is for applications that don't need any hacks, they basically work just like on Windows. If it needs certain workarounds to make it run properly, the appropriate rating for it would be Gold. The deleted test you are describing lacked any information about workarounds you performed and claimed the game doesn't need any, if I recall correctly, which is not true.
A new and more detailed test with step-by-step instructions would be highly appreciated.
RE: Why was my platinum rating deleted?
by Zootal on Saturday May 12th 2018, 15:01
Hi, thank you for your clarification! There are no work-arounds, just a few standard things, such as c++ runtime, directx, corefonts, etc. that need to be installed, but all of them are standard steps. I am working with the assumption that installing standard stuff like this into your wine prefix does not disqualify it for a platinum rating, as even on Windows this still needs to be done. There is nothing off of the beaten path, no hacks, no work-arounds. Everyone in my home (me, wife, two daughters) play Sims 3 regularly, and we have never had any problems, I guess I take this for granted - I did not know others were still having problems with it.

If I indicated that all you need is a vanilla clean wine prefix to get it to work, I apologize. It's been a while since I had to setup a clean prefix, but I will create a step by step procedure that details everything necessary to get it working 100%. There is one component, I forget which one, without which the game launcher absolutely will not work, and I think that is where everyone is getting stuck at.

I also believe the graphics card and driver makes a huge difference. Example, I recently gave my old nVidia 660 to my daugher, and when I did, she started experiencing graphic glitches that I saw with the card (wasn't with Sims, it was a few other games including Ark and L4D)- the problem followed the card, the 660, 650, and 750 series do this. The 1050 and 1060 series do not. Go figure. So today we all use 1050 or 1060 cards.
RE: Why was my platinum rating deleted?
by Alexandr Oleynikov on Saturday May 12th 2018, 15:24
Those do qualify as workarounds as wine has its own implementation of those components, installing ones made by Microsoft just override those of wine and don't represent real accomplishments of wine development.
It's all fine don't worry, just make sure the new report has gold rating.
macOSx High Sierra
by Spencer Martin on Thursday May 3rd 2018, 22:28
Has anyone had any luck playing this on macOSx High Sierra?
RE: macOSx High Sierra
by Spencer Martin on Thursday May 3rd 2018, 22:30
If so can someone help me with it? I've been struggling for a couple days now.
RE: macOSx High Sierra
by Alexandr Oleynikov on Friday May 4th 2018, 11:00
What's your problem? I don't have a Mac but I can help anyway.
Sims 3 Super-Patcher
by Mairim Gleser on Tuesday December 26th 2017, 6:24
I was not able to start the Sims 3 Launcher so to update the game I used the Super-Patcher [1] which patched the game directly to version 1.67.62 .
The download includes a .exe file which can be started from within the virtual drive. (Wine 2.22)

[1] Link to the Super-Patcher:
New to linux need help
by Chelsy on Sunday June 11th 2017, 22:21
I've had sims for a while and have never got it to successfully run. i recently updated my wine to 2.0.1 and actually got to an install option, but then i got an error message saying that i needed a critical update to be able to have online access, but that i could still play offline. but i needed the online access to install sims 3. i have the sims 3 disc but it doesn't seem like i can install without having the online access, but i don't know how to update origin, which is what i think needs updated.
RE: New to linux need help
by Alexandr Oleynikov on Monday December 18th 2017, 3:41
Hi! If you need to install Origin, you can do so using 2.21-staging version!
Sims launcher won't open
by Emily Sowell on Wednesday April 5th 2017, 17:16
When I try to open my sims 3 launcher I click on the icon, it loads, and then it doesn't open. It doesn't show a messagee or anything. it just doesn't open. Any help is appreciated. Thank you.
RE: Sims launcher won't open
by Alexandr Oleynikov on Monday December 18th 2017, 3:42
Hi! Try to use 2.21-staging version of wine! Tell me if that helps.