Sid Meier's Civilization V

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

There is a native Civilization 5 port in Steam, but the Linux port is not compatible with a few very popular, Windows-only mods.

Application Details:

Version: Steam
License: Retail
Votes: 8
Latest Rating: Silver
Latest Wine Version Tested: 4.9

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Test Results

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What works

~Direct X9c ~Maximum in-game graphic settings ~Leader interface works flawlessly ~All Interfaces and Menus ~Windowed Mode (No Virtual Desktop) @ 1024x768 (Full Game as Rome) ~Full Screen Mode (1920x1080) (Full Game as India) ~Downloading a Modification, Applying and Testing ~Launching through Steam ~Launching through Executable in SteamApps/common/civ V directory

What does not

~Direct X 11 (through steam pop up) ~Direct X 11 (through executable in SteamApps/common/civ V directory) ~Launching the "Browse SoundTrack" in official version through steam. Note: Can be reached through civ 5/Assets/Sounds/Streamed/Music


What was not tested

~Clean installing Civ 5 ~Clean installing Wine ~Default open-box Nvidia Drivers ~Worldbuilder or Mod Creation tools of any kind (Please Read Extra Comments)

Hardware tested


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Additional Comments

Hardware Configuration: Processor: Q6600 @ 3ghz Memory: DDR-2 800mhz 8GB Video: eVGA 480 GTX SC HDD: 160GB 7200 RPM WD HDD (Linux Test Drive) Software Configuration: Ubuntu Linux 10.04 64-Bit Kernel Version: 2.6.32-25 Generic Nvidia Driver Version: 260.19.12 Winetricks: Vcrun2005, Vcrun2008, D3D9 (DirectX9), Wininet, ie6 Wine RegEdit Configuration: DirectDrawRender = opengl Multisampling = enabled OffscreenRenderingMode = pbuffer RenderTargetLockMode = auto UseGLSL = enabled VideoMemorySize = 1536 Experimental Biases: OpenGL 4.1 Reason: Currently only GTX 4XX Nvidia cards have full working opengl 4.1. ATI won't get their support until early 2011. No other nvidia card has OpenGL 4.1. This is why all experiments have an opengl bias to consider. Confounding Factors: 480 GTX, not everyone owns one. Notes: To minimize Confounding Factors, please match the same drivers and settings I have at least. Comments: This patch update fixed the dark-graphics I was having and some graphics distortion I was having with the previous version. My only error experience was when the game slowed down late-game due to civilizations growing larger, at times inventing a new technology or building a wonder omitted voicing the quote, but the victory quote was not omitted. I did not run a clean install. I simply patched the game and went with what I had. I noticed a lot of improvements. I urge those with failures to try this version.

selected in Test Results table below
Operating systemTest dateWine versionInstalls?Runs?Used
ShowUbuntu 18.04 "Bionic" amd64 (+variants like Kubuntu)May 29 20194.9Yes Yes NoSilverAaron Franke 
ShowManjaro LinuxMay 11 20194.8-stagingYes Yes YesSilvercyberphy 
ShowAntergosJan 27 20194.0-stagingYes Yes YesGoldAllison Smith 
ShowUbuntu 18.04 "Bionic" amd64 (+variants like Kubuntu)Jan 16 20194.0-rc6-stagingYes Yes NoSilverAllison Smith 
ShowUbuntu 18.10 "Cosmic" amd64 (+variants like Kubuntu)Jan 12 20194.0-rc6Yes Yes NoPlatinumNowres rafed 

Known Bugs

Bug # Description Status Resolution Other apps affected
24518 Civilization V start menu has style issues 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

There is native Linux version now!