Sid Meier's Civilization V

Latest game version on Steam, with or without expansions or DLC.

Application Details:

Version: Steam
License: Retail
Votes: 8
Latest Rating: Gold
Latest Wine Version Tested: 4.0-staging

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Test Results

Selected Test Results

What works

  • Singleplayer: Tested a whole game with bots, touching all gameplay mechanics and AI behaviour.
  • Mods: I tested the game with Vox Populi: A Community Patch Project, which is arguably the best reason to still run Civilization V with Wine. The Linux native version is not compatible with Vox populi, a modpack that adds all fan favourite elements to the game.

What does not

  • AI leader screens: When you meet an AI player, or you want to engage in trade or so, you'll encounter the biggest rendering glitch still in the game. Some textures can be made out, but most of it is a white screen.
  • DirectX 11: Crashes on first start. Might work if you use something like DXVK, but that's beyond the scope of this test.


What was not tested

  • Multiplayer

Hardware tested


  • GPU: Nvidia
  • Driver: proprietary

Additional Comments

Previously, I reported that Civilization V didn't work with Wine 3.0.0. Now with 3.0.4, it's working again and fully functional. I haven't found any improvements over 2.16-staging (the last working version of Wine) but it's always preferable to use the newer version of wine over the older one where possible.

Gold-rating would not apply since there are noticeable graphical glitches and DirectX 11 doesn't work at all, but with a silver rating I would still advice this version over the native linux edition, if only because you can use Vox Populi and other mods.

selected in Test Results table below
Operating systemTest dateWine versionInstalls?Runs?Used
ShowAntergosJan 27 20194.0-stagingYes Yes YesGoldJacob Smith 
ShowUbuntu 18.04 "Bionic" amd64 (+variants like Kubuntu)Jan 16 20194.0-rc6-stagingYes Yes NoSilverJacob Smith 
ShowUbuntu 18.10 "Cosmic" amd64 (+variants like Kubuntu)Jan 12 20194.0-rc6Yes Yes NoPlatinumNowres rafed 
ShowGentoo LinuxDec 15 20184.0-rc1-stagingN/A Yes YesSilverAlex 
CurrentUbuntu 18.04 "Bionic" amd64 (+variants like Kubuntu)Dec 06 20183.0.4Yes Yes NoSilverEonfge 

Known Bugs

Bug # Description Status Resolution Other apps affected
24518 Civilization V start menu has style issues UNCONFIRMED View
37443 Sid Meier's Civilization V (Steam) with expansion packs crashes when starting new game UNCONFIRMED View
44987 Civilization V crashes on startup UNCONFIRMED View

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HowTo / Notes



If you are using this game with steam, see the Steam page for details on how to install Steam.

If you are unable to install Steam from the DVD, try installing it from

Also remember to disable in-game community if you are using Steam.


For best results, start with a clean wine prefix, then install vcrun2008, d3dx9_36 and vcrun6sp6 using winetricks, then install the game normally.

DirectX 11 is not currently known to work, use DirectX 9 instead.

Use of downloadable content (DLC) may eventually cause the game to crash after a number of turns. If you are experiencing consistent crashes when near the renaissance age when playing with civilizations from the DLC, disabling any DLC other than the expansion packs is advised.

Unhandled exception

Lot of users are reporting

Unhandled exception which crashes civ5

This might be because of bug

Brave New World expansion
This comment was made on 2013-08-22 by illich
"I purchased the new expansion, it downloaded and installed fine, ran also well (I see the new start menu). But after starting the game, several menus are missing: such as purchase buildings/units in the city, unit commands, culture screen, etc. making the game unplayable.
When I load an old Gods&kings game (within the same program) it loads fine and all the menus are where they should be.
Did anyone else experience this too?"
might be wine bug or civ5 bug...

There is native Linux version now!