Grand Theft Auto IV

Version installed by Steam

Application Details:

Version: Steam
License: Retail
Votes: 1
Latest Rating: Silver
Latest Wine Version Tested: 8.0.1

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Test Results

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What works

  • Single player (several missions)
  • Social Club
  • Running on a system with multiple monitors at different resolutions.

If using a video card with more than 2GB VRAM, consider using the following launch options:

-norestrictions -nomemrestrict -percentvidmem 100

What does not

Poor performance. 

The solution was described in "Workarounds" section.


A vanilla install uses a cloud save system that's dependent on GFWL. It is necessary to have an account to run the game.

To avoid making a xbox account, I used xlive.dll to remove the extra DRM. However, this does break the multiplayer.

If you're experiencing poor FPS after trying the launch options mentioned above, try some of the following:

  • Disable vsync in game and/or by using the "-novblank" launch option
  • Disable precaching using the "-nocache" launch option (this may hinder performance on some systems).
  • Turn "Shadows" down/off (shadows in this game will cause stuttering on even the best systems).
  • Turn "View Distance" to something < 50 (Like shadows, setting this too high will hurt performance on any hardware).
  • Make sure you CPU scaling governor isn't set to "powersave".

What was not tested

I didn't test Multiplayer, but I assume it would work as the Social Club and GFWL (Games for Windows Live) work; assuming you're willing to make an xbox account.

Hardware tested


  • GPU: AMD
  • Driver: open source

Additional Comments

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Operating systemTest dateWine versionInstalls?Runs?Used
ShowUbuntu 22.04 "Jammy" (+ variants like Kubuntu)Jun 13 20238.0.1Yes Yes YesSilverJoel Meijering 
ShowGentoo Linux x86_64Apr 18 20216.6-stagingYes Yes YesGoldJames Calligeros 
ShowUbuntu 20.04 "Focal" (+ variants like Kubuntu)Apr 27 20216.4Yes Yes NoSilverLuciano 
CurrentArch Linux x86_64May 06 20194.7-stagingYes Yes YesGoldAdam Moore 
ShowUbuntu 18.04 "Bionic" amd64 (+variants like Kubuntu)Dec 26 20183.18-stagingN/A Yes YesGoldRoman 

Known Bugs

Bug # Description Status Resolution Other apps affected
29559 GTA IV freeze in videos or scripted game events UNCONFIRMED View

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HowTo / Notes

HOWTO remove GFWL from GTAIV

Games for Windows - LIVE does not work under Wine. GFWL components will crash any game that use the service. The only thing to do about it is to cut XLive out using XLiveLess Patch.


1) Download the latest XLiveLess patch from here.

2) Unpack xlive.dll into the game folder.

XLive is out and the game launch is unobstructed. Please note that from now on the online play via GFWL is disabled so as to prevent cheating.


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Works in wine-stable
by Dennis Mayr on Tuesday February 5th 2019, 17:05
GTA IV works perfectly in wine-stable (3.0.4), emulating Windows 7, with following native libraries installed: vcrun2005, dotnet20, dotnet35sp1.

However, it crashes under wine-stable 4.0 past the Niko Bellic menu screen, after clicking "Start", regardless of emulated Windows version.