The Sims 3

The Sims 3 (all versions).

Application Details:

Version: All
License: Retail
Votes: 78
Latest Rating: Silver
Latest Wine Version Tested: 5.2

Maintainers: About Maintainership

Test Results

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Selected Test Results

What works

Installation and patching

Sound and vision

General gameplay

What does not

Game launcher (partly, the launcher itself works but you can't launch the game from it due to "Disc not Found" error)


What was not tested

Store mode


Hardware tested


  • GPU: Intel
  • Driver: open source

Additional Comments

Created a clean 32-bit wineprefix, then installed dotnet20, dotnet20_sp2 vcrun2005 and mfc42 via winetricks.

Game installed and patched to 1.67.2.

Launched directly via TS3W.exe instead of the launcher. Spent about two hours playing a 5-person family without any issues.

selected in Test Results table below
Operating systemTest dateWine versionInstalls?Runs?Used
ShowDebian GNU/Linux Testing "bullseye"Mar 07 20205.2Yes Yes YesSilverAlex S. 
ShowDebian GNU/Linux 10.x "Buster" x86_64Jul 10 20194.12.1-stagingYes Yes YesGoldAlex S. 
ShowArch Linux x86_64Dec 01 20183.21-stagingYes Yes YesGoldAlexandr Oleynikov 
CurrentArch Linux x86_64Oct 07 20183.17Yes Yes NoSilverFiku Miku Foo Foo Foo 
ShowUbuntu 18.04 "Bionic" amd64 (+variants like Kubuntu)Jun 23 20183.10Yes Yes YesBronzeAlexandr Oleynikov 

Known Bugs

Bug # Description Status Resolution Other apps affected
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 Multiple .NET applications using System.Windows.Forms.WebBrowser crash with Wine-Mono (libgluezilla needed for Mono.WebBrowser/Mono.Mozilla support)(Ragnarok download manager, The Sims 3 Launcher) 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


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

Every object now has black colors
by Artemis3 on Tuesday July 7th 2020, 12:28
I recently updated staging to 5.11 from 5.8 (haven't tried 5.12), Suddenly all displayed values in game added a redundant zero floating value, for example if something displays 4 min, now shows 4.00 min.

But that's not all, any color choosing in game is broken, everything gets a black paint. Previous objects from the save game are fine, but try to add a new one and it gets (mostly) black no matter what you do.

The game is still playable but all new objects look horrible, so its essentially broken for me. And yes, starting a new game doesn't fix it, even choosing a new character clothing shows the issue.

I reverted back to 5.8 and things are looking good again.
RE: Every object now has black colors
by Duff on Tuesday July 7th 2020, 16:18
When I had the 4.00 min bug, what I had done is that I enabled GTK3 theming, if you happen to have it enabled, try disabling it.
Good game but too heavy to install
by Winnifred Luettgen on Wednesday March 25th 2020, 5:28
Is there any way to play on iphone 6? I have download this game but it cannot run, I have always been kicked out. Maybe it's too heavy to play in mobile
How to get Sims 3 to work in Wine.
by David Harris on Monday January 13th 2020, 8:11
Create a 32bit prefix. Use winetricks to install dotnet35sp1 dotnet45 vcrun2010 d9vk

This will set it up so you can use your Launcher to install Custom content. A word to the wise, don't over install the content or it will slow down the game.
Re: It runs okay, but...
by redandvidya on Sunday June 2nd 2019, 1:22
No, you can still use custom content in the game. For .package files, they work the same on windows, except the directory is different (~/.wine/drive_c/users/yourname/my documents/electronic arts/sims 3). I have 7gb of Custom Content, and it works very nicely. For Sims 3 packs, use delphys extracter to turn them into package files, and use them normally. This also works for worlds (just rename the thing to .world instead of .package.) If you really REALLY want to use the launcher, install dotnet20 using winetricks (THIS ONLY WORKS FOR 32 BIT wineprefixes, not 64 bit. If you are 64bit wineprefix, reinstall in a 32 bit wineprefix.) So yeah, cc and mods work perfectly fine :)
It runs okay, but...
by Syro on Saturday May 11th 2019, 10:39
The launcher does NOT work. I can only run the game by clicking the game's program file instead of the launcher file. This makes it impossible for me to run Custom Content.
Rating deteriorated with each update of Wine???
by Michelle Bauer on Saturday August 25th 2018, 8:41
Hello :-) I am a complete Linux newbie and want to switch from Windows to Linux. Therefore I was looking for a way to Sims 3 to play on Linux. What surprises me: How can it be that the rating of Sims 3 has deteriorated with each update of Wine (from gold to bronze)? Are updates not there to eliminate shortcomings? Will Sims 3 graphically approach Windows with the same graphic settings, or will you have to expect significant graphics losses? Does anyone successfully play Sims 3 on Linux? Otherwise I would stay with Windows. PS: After discussions with several Linux users my preferred Linux distribution as an introduction to the Linux world is Debian (stable). Does is make sense to use an older version of Wine (with Gold status for Sims3) - or is that too insecure? Thank you in advance for answers and feedback :-)
RE: Rating deteriorated with each update of Wine???
by Alexandr Oleynikov on Saturday August 25th 2018, 22:35
When wine developers create improvements in wine, sometimes regressions happen. This means that a change that made one application work better or just made wine run faster etc. has also made another application run worse. To combat these regressions, people create bug reports, in which they thoroughly explain what the issue is and provide debugging material to help wine developers fix regressions.
This is what happened to The Sims 3. First, it was a regression in webpage rendering - for some reason it stopped working during 2.x version, but was fixed in newer version of wine (development branch). Now, apparently, there is another regressions that creates graphical glitches in Nvidia cards than happened somewhere between 2.6 and 2.10 version. I am currently in the process of providing additional information for the bug report to wine developers could fix.
But for now yes, you can use an older version of wine to play The Sims. The one I would recommend is oldstable 2.0 wine.
But you don't actually have to install it and use it as your main wine version. What I would suggest is using something like Lutris or PlayOnLinux and select 2.0 as separate wine version.
Graphics in The Sims Medieval.
by Andrew Walton on Saturday June 16th 2018, 1:16
The problem:

The game plays perfectly but the graphics looks all washed out like you’re looking through fog.

It’s fine during the EA logo splash screen and the intro movie but as soon as the game itself starts loading the contrast greatly reduces. The game still runs perfectly, I’ve even got the Grim’s Core mod running.

I’ve tried running it in different screen resolutions both in full screen and windowed modes, no change.

I’ve tried deleting my ~/.wine folder and reloading again (and again) with different setups using native wine dll’s and official Microsoft versions and even different mixes of the two. No change.

Running under Widows 7 on the same computer the game plays normally, although it definitely loads and plays a lot quicker in Linux under Wine.

Current best install:

The default Fedora Wine install comes with Winetricks, it’s needed.

Use Wine Config first because it creates your ~/.wine folder, Winetricks calls this your Wine Prefix.

Under the Applications tab set your default Windows version to Windows 7. Under the Graphics tab tick the box to have full screen applications grab the mouse.

Next you need to use a terminal to invoke Winetricks, simply by typing in the command “winetricks” and hitting Enter. Some of the terminology in this program is confusing. You don’t do anything on the first page that opens, it’s already set on “Select the default wine prefix”, just hit OK in the bottom right hand corner.

In the next window that opens take the first choice “Install a Windows DLL or component” and hit OK in the bottom right hand corner.

Warning: when I tried to get it to load everything I wanted in one go it crashed. Install only one component at a time.

From this dialog I installed:

d3dx9_31 (version required by TSM mods)

Then under the “Install a Font” option of Winetricks I installed:


That’s it, a tiny little list. During the install of The Sims Medieval I always hit cancel when it wanted to install DirectX or DotNet. It runs perfectly except for that graphics issue.

The specifications:

Fedora 28
Wine 3.9 – default install from fedora repo

intel Core i5 6500 processor (kaby lake)
using the built in intel graphics
16 Gb Ram – 2133 Mhz

Why such an old game?

I’m trying to work this out for a dear old friend of mine, this and Sims 3 were the only games she ever liked playing and I got her to migrate to Linux several years ago. I’m in the process of loading up a new harddrive for her with the latest Fedora and I thought it would be a nice surprise for her if Wine was already set up properly so that her games could just install with no hassle.

I got This close! She’ll still be happy she can play again but it would be nice if it looked right.
RE: Graphics in The Sims Medieval.
by Alexandr Oleynikov on Saturday June 16th 2018, 13:17
This is the way wine handles gamma. You can use xgamma command or disable gamma change in wine registry
RE: Graphics in The Sims Medieval.
by Andrew Walton on Saturday June 16th 2018, 17:22
Thank you very much, it's now a perfect installation.

You've made a little old lady very happy, it'll help take her mind off of her chemotherapy.

Thank you again,

RE: Graphics in The Sims Medieval.
by Alexandr Oleynikov on Saturday June 16th 2018, 13:17
This is the way wine handles gamma. You can use xgamma command or disable gamma change in wine registry
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.