The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion

Steam retail of The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion

Application Details:

Version: Steam
License: Retail
Votes: 0
Latest Rating: Gold
Latest Wine Version Tested: 3.0

Maintainers: About Maintainership

Free Download Steam Store

Test Results

Old test results
The test results you have selected are very old and may not represent the current state of Wine.
Selected Test Results

What works

Everything, including OBSE (see below). I spend several days in game, finished it, finished mage guild and dark brotherhood quests, also some minor quests. Also I installed several mods.

What does not

ALT+Tab. The game loose focus, but not hide.


What was not tested

Hardware tested


  • GPU:
  • Driver:

Additional Comments

I place the game itself a platinum rating, while Steam itself and OBSE will have gold. This is because you don't need to do anything for vanilla Oblivion. For Steam, you need some dll override (see Steam page). Also, you need some settings for OBSE. In order to OBSE to work, you need a Steam overlay. But the overlay crashes the game. So you need to: 1. Install OBSE as usual. 2. Turn ON the Steam overlay in Steam settings. 3. Turn OFF the Steam overlay in the Oblivion game settings. After that, OBSE will work. Animation-heavy mods will result in a significant FPS drop though. Also, right after starting the game, the game will loose focus and hangs. But fear not, it is because of the "steamwebhelper.exe" crash. Just press space or enter, or use alt+tab to get the game working back.

selected in Test Results table below
Operating systemTest dateWine versionInstalls?Runs?Used
ShowUbuntu 17.10 "Artful" amd64 (+variants like Kubuntu)Jan 23 20183.0Yes Yes YesGoldEmyn 
ShowUbuntu 17.04 "Zesty" i386 (+ variants like Kubuntu)Jun 19 20172.10-stagingYes No GarbageWillis Monroe 
ShowMac OS X 10.11 "El Capitan"May 30 20161.9.11Yes Yes GoldPeter 
CurrentUbuntu 14.04 "Trusty" amd64 (+ variants like Kubuntu)Nov 07 20151.6.2Yes Yes Platinuman anonymous user 
ShowArch Linux x86_64Dec 26 20131.7.9Yes Yes GoldJohannes Dewender 

Known Bugs

Bug # Description Status Resolution Other apps affected
16302 [oblivion] can not skip the intro movie by press ESC NEW View
37508 Some Bethesda games sometimes freeze during gameplay UNCONFIRMED View
46259 Oblivion crashes NEEDINFO View

Show all bugs

HowTo / Notes

How to prevent crash when entering the main menu on Ubuntu

This was necessary for me to run Oblivion on Ubuntu 18.04. You may not have to do this in your distro. Solus for example did not require this,

The game has an issue with winegstreamer, and will crash if it is

  1. Open up terminal and run $ winecfg (note, do not put the $ in terminal, as it's already there)
  2. Click 'Add application' and find the Oblivion.exe from the steam\steamapps\common\oblivion folder
  3. Then navigate to 'Libraries'
  4. In the dropdown menu, begin typing "winegstream.." and winegstreamer should appear
  5. Click 'Add'
  6. Then click 'Edit' from the right hand side and click 'disable'
  7. Then click Apply and exit
Install DirectX if your distro doesn't enable it by default when installing from their Repo

When playing this game on Ubuntu, I had to install DirectX manually. This may not be necessary depending on your distro, but I needed it for Ubuntu 18.04 when installing 3.0 stable from the software center.

  1. If you haven't done so already, install winetricks from the Ubuntu software center
  2. Select the default wineprefix
  3. Install a Windows component or DLL
  4. Scroll down to the bottom of the list and install XACT


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

Steam Proton
by Andrew on Thursday October 14th 2021, 19:25
With the advent of Proton, this title is playable without a separate Wine installation. The ProtonDB entry can be found here:
by aufkrawall on Thursday June 13th 2019, 14:27
Instead of disabling winegstreamer, I suggest installing gstreamer including gst-plugins. Otherwise the game stutters when the background music track changes, e.g. at the beginning and end of fights.