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The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim

The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim is an open world action role-playing video game developed by Bethesda Game Studios and published by Bethesda Softworks. It is the fifth installment in The Elder Scrolls series, following The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion.

Application Details:

Version: Steam original release
License: Retail
Votes: 40
Rating: Gold
Wine Version: 2.0

Maintainers: About Maintainership

Test Results

Selected Test Results

What works

- SKSE loader works out of the box.

- DLC. (This includes Dawnguard, Dragonborn and mods through ESP files)

- Underwater looks normal.

What does not

- Alt-tabbing renders the game in an unusable state. You will not be able to alt-tab back. On Windows alt-tabbing never worked good for the game also anyways.

- Shutting down the game makes the game just lock up. You need to kill it by sending ALT+F4 to it or with something like pkill.

- The load times are pretty ridiculous, even when placing the game on an EXT4 partition. It doesn't matter if you launch the game with SKSE. Even when loading a cached session, it takes 30+ seconds while on Windows it takes like 5 seconds. This is very annoying...

What was not tested

- The game was installed on Windows and later moved to Linux, so I don't know if the installer works, but I think it will.

Additional Comments

This was tested on Debian 8 XFCE. I also tested the game on Linux Mint Cinnamon and MATE. The game works, but DLC and SKSE don't, which is a major problem for me.

I don't use Steam for the game. Unfortunately Skyrim is pretty nasty as it requires a standard .ini file and registry settings. Hereby I will provide the registry keys for anyone who could use it:

Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00

[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Bethesda Softworks\Skyrim]
"Installed Path"="[Absolute path to your Skyrim folder]"

[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Wow6432Node\Bethesda Softworks\Skyrim]
"Installed Path"="[Absolute path to your Skyrim folder]"

It is very important that these paths end with a '/'. Otherwise this won't work.

Silver because of the ridiculous loading times and no alt-tabbing, even freezing on exit! If you get past all of this though, the game is alright on Linux.
selected in Test Results table below
DistributionTest dateWine versionInstalls?Runs?RatingSubmitter
CurrentDebian GNU/Linux 8.x "Jessie" x86_64Feb 19 20172.0 N/A Yes SilverCentrino 
ShowUbuntu 16.10 "Yakkety" amd64 (+ variants like Kubuntu)Feb 04 20172.0 Yes Yes PlatinumAlexander Yakovlev 
ShowLinux Mint 18.1Jan 20 20172.0-rc5 Yes Yes PlatinumGeoffry Lancaster-Castle 
ShowLinux Mint 18.1Jan 08 20172.0-rc3 Yes Yes Platinumevude8 
ShowFedora 25 x86_64Dec 09 20161.9.23 Yes Yes GoldFederico Guerra 

Known Bugs

Bug # Description Status Resolution Other apps affected
11674 Dual-core unsupported in WoW and SC2 STAGED View
22053 Steam games crash on startup if in-game community is not disabled (gcc bug) RESOLVED NOTOURBUG View
28282 Sound constantly crackling in lot of games UNCONFIRMED View
29067 Skyrim crashes during game intro UNCONFIRMED View
30123 Mouse pointer is confined in a box lesser than the full screen REOPENED View
30981 Skyrim: Keys "stick" occasionally NEW View
30984 Some keys do not work in different games (Trine, Skyrim, Dragon Age Origins, Dragon Age 2, Star Trek Online, Gothic 2) NEW View
32576 Skyrim doesn't display in-game content (Mesa built without floating-point texture support) RESOLVED NOTOURBUG View
34041 Skyrim (Steam) hangup on quit NEW View
36059 Multiple Steam games fail to install DirectX runtime prerequisite, resulting in repeated install attempt on startup ('xinput1_3.dll' locked by client) STAGED View
37508 Some Bethesda games sometimes freeze during gameplay UNCONFIRMED View
37995 Mouse jittering when steam overlay is enabled UNCONFIRMED View
38211 Skyrim: freezes on opening screen UNCONFIRMED View

Show all bugs

HowTo / Notes

Change screen resolution and mode

Go to your home folder and "My Games"->"Skyrim"

Open the "SkyrimPrefs.ini" file.

Find the lines where you see "bFull Screen", "iSize H" and "iSize W"
and change their values to your desired resolution.

Miscellaneous Tips


To fix crackling and choppy sound with Pulseaudio:

Possible fix 0:
run in some terminal:
while true; do pasuspender sleep 0.02; sleep 60; done
This finally prevents buffer underruns and the sound is perfect then.

Possible fix 1:
Make sure your realtime kit (rt-kit) is installed and functional so it can assign pulseaudio realtime priority. The kernel config CONFIG_RT_GROUP_SCHED needs to be off for this (see here).

Possible fix 2:
Setting SndQueueMax to 15 (default is 10), see here:

Possible fix 3:
Launch wine with an environment variable set:
PULSE_LATENCY_MSEC=50 wine steam.exe

Underwater view

If you cannot see underwater (water is solid green):
Edit SkyrimPrefs.ini in your 'My Games\Skyrim' directory and in the [Imagespace] section set bDoDepthOfField=0 and iRadialBlurLevel=0

This is a game bug, not a Wine issue!

Stuck at main screen

Some mods change the fonts in Skyrim and sometimes that ends in wine not showing up the menu of Skyrim. Simple fix is to remove fontconfig.txt in Data/Interface.

Crashes, texture bugs etc..

Remember, this is a Bethesda game, a few bugs happen for Windows users too, so blaming wine might not be justified. Please leave comments and bug reports, especially if things that used to work suddenly break.


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

no voices
by def4332221 on Wednesday January 25th 2017, 14:02
after reinstalling xact using winetricks with the --force option this issue is also resolved for me.
ENB enhancement
by Josep on Thursday January 12th 2017, 4:22
ENBoost (memory management) is working (d3d9.dll to native, then built-in) alongside with Crash fixes (d3dx_42.dll to native, built-in).
When I try to use a ENB graphical enhancement presets (all ini files well configured), Skyrim crash when loading a savegame, new game too.
How can I get it work?

by The Yeti Wakes on Monday December 26th 2016, 14:38
I've tried disabling nvapi64.dll as I'm not using nvapi.dll but it doesn't change anything and my SkyrimPrefs.ini file doesn't have the bDeferredShadows setting in it?

Any other ideas?
Special edition?
by Tom B on Sunday October 30th 2016, 8:31
It looks like the new special edition uses DX11 and won't work until Wine has better support, but it would be interesting to know if anyone has had any luck getting it to work.
No Sound after Intro Movie: Fixed
by David McInnis on Thursday September 22nd 2016, 10:11
Installing lib32-openal worked for me!
Fix for no sound on Arch
by Eli Stone on Sunday September 4th 2016, 16:48
Hello you all, I noticed that the latest tester was having trouble getting sound on arch. My solution which works for Pulseaudio is to install which is in the package "lib32-alsa-plugins" and dynamically linked by Wine. You also need to create it in a 32bit prefix or you will only get sound during the intro video.

This works for me on version 1.9.17
A few more workarounds
by John on Wednesday August 17th 2016, 10:45
Sorry if these posts are lengthy... I'm new here so I'm not sure what the norm is. These workarounds were very difficult to find for me though, so I feel like they should be written somewhere visible. In my opinion, they should be copied up to the "miscellaneous tips" section above...


ISSUE: Skyrim crashes, with memory errors in the debug log, when the texture setting is set to "high".

Use ENBoost to improve memory management and game stability. Note that ENB can be used /without/ graphical tweaks (that's what ENBoost refers to). Also note that with ENBoost installed, the game will stay on a black screen for a minute or so on start-up - that's normal.



ISSUE: ENB / ENBoost doesn't work. You can tell by the fact that no in-game message appears on start-up.

Open up the Winecfg configuration tool, go to the "Libraries" tab, and add a new override for "d3d9". Set its load order to native first, then built-in.


ISSUE: Skyrim freezes and unfocuses when the Alt key is pressed.

Open up the Winecfg configuration tool, go to the "Libraries" tab, and add a new override for "gameoverlayrenderer". Set its load order to disabled. Note that this will also disable the in-game Steam overlay. I suggest that you only do this if you actually encounter the issue.
Workarounds for issues I experienced
by John on Tuesday August 16th 2016, 11:43
I've been pulling my hair out trying to get Skyrim working properly on Ubuntu 16.04. I've finally managed to get it running well, so I wanted to make a consolidated post with the workarounds I used so others can benefit.


ISSUE: Crackling distorted audio (bug #28282).

WHAT DIDN'T WORK (for me):
• "Possible fix 0" listed above - Running "while true; do pasuspender sleep 0.02; sleep 60; done" in a terminal.
• "Possible fix 2" listed above - Setting the HKCU\Software\Wine\DirectSound\SndQueueMax registry key to 15. This key seems to be removed in current versions of Wine and does nothing.
• Running ("killall pulseaudio") before playing. Ubuntu seems to auto-restart this, so maybe that's why? I didn't investigate further.
• Editing "/etc/pulse/daemon.conf" and increasing the "default-fragments" setting, then restarting pulseaudio.

Simply set the "export PULSE_LATENCY_MSEC=60" environment variable before playing.

It works like magic! If using PlayOnLinux, just editing the shortcut script to add this line works fine. Thanks to Deve for this solution:

(Apparently using Windows XP mode also solves this problem - I found this out later on. I believe this is because Wine uses a different sound system for XP.)


ISSUE: Extremely long start-up time.

Install Skyrim directly to the Linux drive.

I was previously running Skyrim directly from my Windows NTFS drive (with the steamapps folder symlinked). It appears that this was the cause of the issue. Installing Skyrim directly to my Linux drive solved the problem. If it was NTFS that was making it take so long, then perhaps using a shared drive with a different file system could also resolve the issue? I didn't investigate further.


ISSUE: Gallium Nine not working (using a patched version of Wine).

Uninstall any ENB mods.

This was caused by an ENB mod I had installed. After some investigation, it seems that the ENB mod apparently uses DirectX 10 or 11 features, whereas Gallium Nine obviously provides only DirectX 9 functionality. It seems that it was getting disabled as a result. Uninstalling the ENB mod resolved this issue.


ISSUE: Running in fullscreen mode and then switching focus to another window causes the game to freeze.

Play in a borderless "fake fullscreen" window instead.

The Skyrim mod "OneTweak" works well for this. You can find the mod here: Thanks to Danny for this solution:

by MATHEUS BENTO DUTRA DA SILVA MELO on Thursday July 14th 2016, 11:13
To emulate the skyrim the wine 1.8, everything went well, but I can not load a game already saved and enter the comand of the game console.
  • RE: by Josep on Tuesday August 2nd 2016, 18:47
Silent roll causes total freeze
by Kate on Friday April 29th 2016, 1:28
I've tried Skyrim on a few different Wine versions in Ubuntu 14.04, with and without PlayOnLinux, and for the most part the game works fine--under certain conditions. The first couple times I played it it froze completely around 30 minutes in and I didn't know why. The next few times I noticed the game froze specifically when I tried to perform the Silent Roll you can get as a Sneak perk. I noticed that if I went outdoors I could roll a couple times before the game would freeze up again, but doing it indoors seemed to freeze it on the first try every time. Last time I tested it out the game froze after going through a door and autosaving, no rolling needed. I should mention that when it freezes, I typically cannot alt-tab out or close the game in any way and usually end up rebooting completely. I should also mention that sneaking around and stealth-rolling is my primary mode of transportation in this game, so simply "not rolling" is uh, not an option.

I've tried changing my Wine versions, making sure I'm using 32 bit architecture, updating my NVIDIA drivers, moving my /home mounting point to my HDD (I boot from a SSD and thought maybe some difference in how memory is accessed might have something to do with it), everything. And I've looked all over the web, and nobody else has this specific problem (though I'll be honest, trying to search for "skyrim freezes while rolling" mainly yields irrelevant results including the phrase "roll back to a previous save". which I have also done, and which did not help). What might be going on here? And what should I try next?
No video display after launcher
by Alekh on Sunday January 31st 2016, 18:31
Hi all,
I've been trying to get Skyrim from Steam working using PlayOnLinux but I've run into a problem. When I click play on the Skyrim Launcher after installing the game, it launches the game and I can hear the sound of the Bethesda logo and the main menu music (even the noise of different menu options getting highlighted when I move the arrow keys) BUT there's no video shown with it--it's just a black screen.

Any ideas about what's wrong? I've scoured the internet for the past two days but I've had no luck. My guess is that it has something to do with video libraries not present, but I'm not sure what.

I'm running Arch Linux 64bit and I've tried using Wine versions 1.7.36, 1.7.53-steam_crossoverhack, 1.8, and 1.9.2 in POL. Thanks.
Sluggish when NPC's are around
by Michael on Monday January 25th 2016, 7:48
I'm using wine-staging with wine-nine and the game runs great for the most part. The only problem I can see now is that the game gets very sluggish when NPC's around, especially when they're fighting or using magick.

I disabled mouse acceleration and vsync(I know I shouldn't) to see if it would make a difference, but it didn't.

Does anyone know if there's anything else that can be done to try to minimize the sluggishness?
Radeon woes
by Damon on Thursday January 21st 2016, 5:32
Has anyone else tried running Skyrim in wine with a Radeon card/APU?
I used to run Skyrim in wine on an old Radeon card since the game was released. It was always buggy, but kept getting better more or less as new versions of wine came out, up until around 2012 some time I think.
Then a wine version was released that completely destroyed the performance of the game on Radeon cards, and subsequent releases kept getting worse. I haven't been able to play it on wine since, because the performance makes Skyrim unplayable, and the issue was never resolved.
I seem to be able to run other wine compatible games fine. The issue seems to be more or less specific to Skyrim.
Hybrid graphics (Optimus Intel FB, nVidia 3D accelerator) missing textures
by Gian Paolo Mureddu on Wednesday January 6th 2016, 21:15
Hi all, I'm experiencing a strange problem in my gaming laptop which sports hybrid graphics in Optimus configuration. The issue is simple: There are missing textures from time to time or when plyaying for long periods and from traveling long distances in the world (not fast travel), these are mostly character or "actor" (objects like weapons, pelts, plates, ingredients, clothing, etc) textures. I have this setup cloned from my main system installation where I have no such issues, and where the graphics card is a dedicated nVidia GTX 760 with 4Gb vRAM, now the laptop has 4Gb of vRAM as well, and wine is set up with that amount of video RAM. Thus far, Skyrim is the only game exhibiting this behaviour on this particular hardware configuration.

Anyone else seen this with hybrid graphics and Skyrim?
Solution for freezing when the window loses focus
by Danny on Sunday December 20th 2015, 21:58
The mod OneTweak is absolutely essential in my experience. It makes skyrim run as a borderless fullscreen application, which kept it from freezing if I alt-tabbed out. It also makes the game a bit more stable. The link is:

Note that it requires the Skyrim Script Extender, which you can install manually or via steam.

On Steam:

Even if you don't plan to mod Skyrim, this two things will make your experience a whole lot nicer.
No voices: any fix for this?
by Michael on Saturday October 31st 2015, 12:07
I'm using ALSA, no pulseaudio. Tried installing DX10 from the game directory, and installed xact. None of these solutions work for me. The game seems to run great other that this issue which makes it impossible to even start a new game.
No sound after intro video
by Storm Engineer on Tuesday October 27th 2015, 19:34
Many people had this, but none of teh fixes that worked for dem does work for me. And funny thing, it worked for years until few weeks ago when I last played, then today I wanted to play, and no sound...

I have:
- verified game cache
- updated and rebooted my system
- reinstalled everything with winetricks that was installed before
- installed xact via winetricks
- reinstalled DirectX from game's directory
- removed intro video file
- toggled Wine from XP mode to Win 7 mode
- made sure Wine uses pulseaudio
- made sure speakers in Wine are set to stereo and not 5.1

None of these made a difference.

See more details at my bug ticket:
Black flickering surfaces fix
by Stephen on Monday October 19th 2015, 19:55
I had problems using wine-staging 1.7.52. The game was playable but I was getting black or gray flickering on surfaces like roofs or the ground. To fix I disabled "nvapi" in the library tab of winecfg. Hope this helps people who want to keep the game beautiful while playing.
Many Keyboard Input Bugs
by Anthony Ruth on Thursday September 17th 2015, 20:40
I believe the walking/shuffling/sticky keys bug is actually the same as this bug for keyboard input:

I set up a rule for the dinput library to native,builtin and was able to change the keys in my controls page to F1, but tab was still not being detected.
crashes just inside game
by jazz on Saturday July 18th 2015, 0:40
game seems to load ok with wine staging but may be in fact hanging waiting for the menu to load.I have GLSL and Hardware shaders on and 2048 MB of VRAM manually set.Im using the optional CSMT option as well.
I cant get to the menu but the game seems to be loaded ok.Im on fedora 21.No sound issues.I dont want to drop a release version test data just yet if I can get this to work.
Jerky/Stuttering movement when walking
by Jonathan Farrugia on Monday May 11th 2015, 16:11
I have noticed that when you switch the walk/run toggle with Caps lock the character stutters when walking / running.

A simple workaround to this is to rebind the Walk/Run toggle to another key. In my case I've set it to the letter X and the movement issues are gone for good.
Playing Skyrim Locked up the entire computer!
by Steven Wilson on Friday May 8th 2015, 7:47
I was playing Skyrim for several hours. When I tried to go into a dungeon, the sound began playing over and over like it was stuck in a loop. Everything froze. [CTRL] + [ALT] + [ESC] didn’t work. [CTRL] + [ALT] + [DEL] wouldn't work. Pressing the power button briefly didn't work. I had to hold the power button until the power was killed and then restart the computer.

by Jaime Pérez Aparicio on Sunday May 3rd 2015, 10:44
When I stop playing and press go to desktop game blocks and don't let me return to desktop. I can see ohter opened windows with Alt+Tab, but skyrim window doesn't dissappear. Evverything else works as expected
  • RE: by Josep on Friday May 8th 2015, 5:33
    • RE: by Kai Krakow on Friday November 20th 2015, 11:34
Audio distortion
by Steven Wilson on Friday May 1st 2015, 12:55
I just reinstalled this using the PlayOnLinux install script. Everything seems to work except when the characters talk the sound is a bit distorted like its getting feedback.
Alternate Underwater Visibility Method
by Nicholas O'Connor on Tuesday March 10th 2015, 3:04
Since this is a bug with the game itself, the mod community has its own set of fixes. You can install "Green Water Fix" to fix this bug without completely turning off DoF.

The mod was last seen at, however, the Nexus has been known to change their URLs regularly (to the point of changing domain names several times), so when this link finally goes defunct, just search "Green Water Fix" on the Skyrim Nexus.
Latest BodySlide 2 and Outfit mod
by Reinhard on Saturday January 3rd 2015, 11:32
This concerns users of the latest BodySlide2 and Outfit mod:

It is not possible to install vcredist_x86 2013 when you use have a "Win7" prefix. I have tested this myself and even under native Ubuntu I cannot access the files ("Access Denied". This is an ACL issue (the files are in C:\users\Public\Application Data\Package Cache\

So Bodyslide2 mod cannot right now not be used with Wine.

The issue is known since years, there even exist a patch but up to now it was not applied unfortunately.
Also the patch requires that you have your Skyrim on an Ext4 partition or it won't work.

So apart from applying the patch (I don't know if it still working with the "current" wine) on wine sources, I see the following workarounds:
1) Use cabextract to extract the vcredist_x86 and copy the two DLL manually to windows/system32
2) Try to change to "WinXP" and test if it is working (I suspect that 2013 in this case cannot be installed).

The best thing would be if BodySlide2 mod would include these two DLL or provide a method to install them without requiring ACL (I don't know if it is possible, however another Game's Launcher from a Game that I bought, was able to install VS2012 in the System32 folder. The vcredist_x86 from 2012 apparently has the same problem as I have read in the thread where the patch was mentioned. The difference is on my side that this is a WinXP prefix compared to my Skyrim prefix).
Graphical glitch
by Tim Van den Langenbergh on Sunday August 31st 2014, 14:08
Hm, I recently reinstalled everything on my system, and now when I try and run SKyrim (in a clean prefix, with steam doing the install) the game has a graphical glitch on the main menu and I can't run do anything.

It might be my system, as I get a number of error messages saying that radeon failed to locate buffers and GL OUT OF MEMORY errors.
Ubuntu 14.04, WINE 1.7.19, Skyrim hangs on exit to desktop
by LinuxSupahFly on Monday August 11th 2014, 9:31
Plays fine, except that it hangs when I try to exit to desktop.

Here's what I'm running:

product: P5B
vendor: ASUSTeK Computer INC.
version: Rev 1.xx

Intel(R) Core(TM)2 CPU 6600 @ 2.40GHz
size: 2394MHz
capacity: 3800MHz
width: 64 bits
clock: 266MHz

6 GiB

product: GF108 [GeForce GT 430] [10DE:DE1]
vendor: NVIDIA Corporation [10DE]
bus info: pci@0000:01:00.0
version: a1
width: 64 bits
clock: 33MHz
vram: 1 GiB

product: GF108 High Definition Audio Controller [10DE:BEA]
vendor: NVIDIA Corporation [10DE]
bus info: pci@0000:01:00.1
version: a1
width: 32 bits
clock: 33MHz

product: 82801H (ICH8 Family) HD Audio Controller [8086:284B]
vendor: Intel Corporation [8086]
bus info: pci@0000:00:1b.0
version: 02
width: 64 bits
clock: 33MHz

Ubuntu 14.04.1 LTS, 3.15.7-031507-generic #201407281235 SMP Mon Jul 28 16:37:21 UTC 2014 x86_64 GNU/Linux
Skyrim (non-Steam with Dawnguard, Hearthfires, and Dragonborn DLC)
Glitches and workarounds
by Lindsay Bradford on Sunday August 3rd 2014, 20:24
Similar experience, but I've now put about 100 hours into the game. Beyond what's already mentioned in the submission, here are two painful experiences I'm having with workarounds that I've found:

* lock-picking causes character to have jerky walk/run animation. Workaround: Toggle the caps-lock key, and try moving again. Repeat until it resets itself. Doesn't take many tries.

* The 'F' key isn't being recognised when trying to favourite spells/equipment. Workaround: The 'escape' key seems to do this toggling of favourites on/off instead.
Sound Issue
by Sam Welch on Wednesday July 23rd 2014, 20:16
I'm having the mentioned sound issue and have tried everything I could find and nothing works. I've uninstalled pulseaudio and am now using ALSA. The sound still does not work. Removed the intro video. Still doesn't work. Installing DirectX 10 in the game directory was mentioned, and I think I did but am not quite sure. I navigated into my skyrim folder under wineprefixes and used the command "winetrick d3d10"?? Is that what I needed to do?
player walks without pressing any key
by Luis Donin on Thursday July 3rd 2014, 12:20
I just installed skyrim, the only bug i`m having is that my char just start walking and the keyboard stop working, i`ve searched everywhere but didn`t found any answer, i currently using ubuntu 14.04