Grand Theft Auto IV

Version installed by Steam

Application Details:

Version: Steam
License: Retail
Votes: 1
Latest Rating: Gold
Latest Wine Version Tested: 6.6-staging

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What works

General single-player gameplay, menus and configuration, saving and loading, etc.

What does not

Multiplayer or any other online features (which require LIVE)


What was not tested

I only went a bit into the game so far to determine that it works, it's possible (but unlikely) that later segments will reveal bugs.

Hardware tested


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Additional Comments

Requires xliveless (see "HOWTO remove GFWL" below). You must set some custom launch options (right click the game in Steam, under Properties) or the game will be /very/ slow. Use at least "-norestrictions -nomemrestrict" . If at any point you manage to get the game into a setting that won't launch, use -windowed or -safemode. The game is normally configured only to use XBox 360 controllers (how obnoxious). I don't know whether it works out-of-the-box with these controllers under wine, but with a small hack it's possible to use other controllers, and I've verified that this works. The hack is here: .

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Operating systemTest dateWine versionInstalls?Runs?Used
ShowGentoo Linux x86_64Apr 18 20216.6-stagingYes Yes YesGoldJames Calligeros 
ShowUbuntu 20.04 "Focal" (+ variants like Kubuntu)Apr 27 20216.4Yes Yes NoSilverLuciano 
ShowArch 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 
ShowUbuntu 16.04 "Xenial" amd64 (+ variants like Kubuntu)Feb 17 20183.2N/A No NoGarbageAaron Franke 

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.