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

Single Player

Browse Mods

large maps, and small

What does not

Downloading mods from mod browser (needs Microsoft's Background Intelligent Transfer Service, BITS).

Multiplayer (online)


What was not tested

Multiplayer (LAN)
World Builder/Editor
Activating Mods

Hardware tested


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Additional Comments

It did occasionally crash in long games. This is because of an app bug where Civilization V leaks file handles (it does this in Windows as well I've read.) Increasing ulimit -n from the default 1024 can help, but I found something interesting that will work consistently. Increasing the priority in system monitor to -5, and monitoring the open files; it never got above 961 (where when it reaches 1024 it will crash). I was able to consistently crash the game with a single move, and now I am consistently not seeing it crash at all, when I change priority. I really can't tell you why exactly. only winetricks I have enabled is devenum. Game seemed to be faster at medium quality, vs "low" on some variables. Water at medium was a faster game than water at low, etc. I imagine this may be computer/device specific, so you'd just have to play around with the settings. You can disable the start-up video so you don't have to wait 30 seconds at a black screen. In the Wine c drive; /users/your_username/My Documents/My Games/sid meier's civilization 5/Usersettings.ini set SkipIntroVideo to 1. You can also open config.ini to change the number of processor threads the game will utilize, force quick combat animations, etc.

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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!