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

Maintainers: About Maintainership

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Test Results

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What works

Using the disc to install both Steam and Civilization V worked perfectly.  In order to display text in Steam, you must use a dll override to disable dwrite.  Single player works well, I played several long games and have won Domination, Cultural, and Diplomatic victories.  All the graphics setting were set to high, except leader scenes.

What does not

DX10/11 does not work at all, you must use DX9.  Therefore, the refresh rate and anti-aliasing of the game is not ideal.  You also cannot set the leader scene quality above low, or your game will eventually crash, even with a powerful graphics card.


What was not tested

Multiplayer, Scientific victory, mods, Gods and Kings, DLC.

Hardware tested


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Additional Comments

I used winetricks to install d3dx9_36 and vcrun2008 before I started, although I noticed that the former is automatically installed by the program on the disc. I tested on two different computers, one with an i7 Nehalem processor, 12 GB RAM, and GTX 260 graphics card; the other had an i5 Nehalem processor, 8 GB RAM, and HD 5570 graphics card. Performance was identical, making it probable that the bottleneck is the lack of DX10/11.

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!