Category: Main Games osu! Stable


osu! builds from the Stable release stream.

Stable is the most recent version of osu! that is not on test phase. It currently renders through OpenGL 3.x, that allows Wine to get the same performance as Windows. It needs .NET Framework 4.0+ to work.

There are also the Beta and Cutting edge release streams that allow to test the latest development features. However they change frequently and older versions get obsolete quickly. Its compatibility level on Wine is usually the same as Stable.

Application Details:

Version: Stable
License: Free to use
Votes: 7
Latest Rating: Gold
Latest Wine Version Tested: 8.0.1

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Test Results

Selected Test Results

What works

Game works perfectly, from game play to online score submission and multiplayer.

What does not

fonts and icons do not work by default, no discord rich presence.


some packages need to be installed from winetricks.

mono does not work, you need .NET Framework 4.0+ which can easily be added via `winetricks --force dotnet40` alternatively you can also install the latest .NET with `winetricks --force dotnet48`

gdiplus is needed for some icons to display properly `winetricks gdiplus`

for proper fonts support: `winetricks cjkfonts corefonts`

you will also need winestreamproxy for discord rich presence to work.

What was not tested


Hardware tested


  • GPU: Intel
  • Driver: open source

Additional Comments

selected in Test Results table below
Operating systemTest dateWine versionInstalls?Runs?Used
CurrentUbuntu 22.04 "Jammy" (+ variants like Kubuntu)May 01 20238.0.1Yes Yes YesGoldRavener 
ShowArch Linux x86_64Jan 15 20227.0-rc5-stagingYes Yes YesGoldSpooker 
ShowArch Linux x86_64Nov 13 20216.21-stagingYes Yes NoPlatinumlitecave 
ShowUbuntu 21.10 "Impish" (+ variants like Kubuntu)Nov 24 20216.0.2Yes Yes YesSilverC31 
ShowManjaro 21.1.5Nov 15 20216.16-stagingYes Yes NoPlatinumlitecave 

Known Bugs

Bug # Description Status Resolution Other apps affected
27364 Osu! fails to install (ole32.IIDFromString returns unexpected error code) CLOSED FIXED View
30914 Osu! Doesn't start CLOSED FIXED View
30941 osu! web-installer 20141028 fails with Wine-Mono: System.InvalidProgramException: Invalid IL code CLOSED DUPLICATE View
35568 Osu! fails to install (crash during post-installation in LSA SID translation/.NET runtime) CLOSED ABANDONED View
35922 Texture Corruption of Certain Elements on osu! When Using AMD Graphics Hardware CLOSED ABANDONED View
35923 OpenGL Renderer Not Selectable On osu! CLOSED INVALID View
42005 "osu!" cannot connect to the internet CLOSED INVALID View
44184 osu!: installer stuck in a loop NEW View
47066 Extremely low FPS in osu! on wine 4.6, unplayable on Wayland RESOLVED NOTOURBUG View
48507 osu! icons in the setting and music player are not being rendered CLOSED FIXED View
48711 osu! crashes on dotnet452 when using built-in gdiplus: System.ArgumentException: Font '?' cannot be found. CLOSED WORKSFORME View
50111 osu! crashes since 20201110 version with wine-mono (needs native -> managed byref array marshalling) NEW View

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HowTo / Notes


Last update: 2021-08-06.

1) Get winetricks! (the easy way):

$ sudo wget '' -O /usr/local/bin/winetricks
$ sudo chmod +x /usr/local/bin/winetricks

2) Create a new 32-bit Wine prefix:

$ env WINEARCH=win32 WINEPREFIX=$HOME/.wineosu wineboot --init

If Wine prompts for installing Mono, click Cancel.

3) Install .NET Framework 4.0:

$ env WINEPREFIX=$HOME/.wineosu winetricks --force dotnet40

4) Download and install osu!:

$ mkdir 'osu!'
$ wget '!install.exe' --output-document='osu!/osu!.exe'
$ env WINEPREFIX=$HOME/.wineosu wine 'osu!/osu!.exe'
Running the game

Run in terminal:

$ env PULSE_LATENCY_MSEC=40 WINEPREFIX=$HOME/.wineosu wine 'osu!/osu!.exe'

Run in terminal (and detach from it so you can close the console window):

$ env PULSE_LATENCY_MSEC=40 WINEPREFIX=$HOME/.wineosu wine 'osu!/osu!.exe' &

Creating a shortcut: 

Create a new plain text file and copy the following:

[Desktop Entry]
Exec=env PULSE_LATENCY_MSEC=40 WINEPREFIX=$HOME/.wineosu wine ~/osu\\!/osu\\!.exe

Save this file as osu!.desktop in the folder ~/.local/share/applications and mark it as executable:

$ chmod +x '~/.local/share/applications/osu!.desktop'

Take the path to an osu! logo image and put it in the Icon field if you want to set an icon for the shortcut.


Last update: 2020-12-31.

Arch Linux specific:

  • osu! doesn't render anything on screen and exits with some X server error message: install lib32-libxcomposite package:

    $ sudo pacman -S lib32-libxcomposite
  • osu! can't connect to internet: install lib32-gnutls package:

    $ sudo pacman -S lib32-gnutls

Japanese characters no displaying correctly: install MS Meiryo font:

$ env WINEPREFIX=$HOME/.wineosu winetricks meiryo

Set language to Japanese to correctly display all kanjis.

This font doesn't include Korean glyphs.

Options menu symbols and audio controls are missing: install GDI+:

$ env WINEPREFIX=$HOME/.wineosu winetricks gdiplus

GDI+ installer is a ~538MB file. If your internet connection is slow or limited, consider instead taking a copy of gdiplus.dll from a Windows 7 installation and copying it to your Wine prefix, and then add manually a Native override for gdiplus.

Open winecfg:

$ env WINEPREFIX=$HOME/.wineosu winecfg

Go to Libraries tab, add gdiplus and set it to Native Then Builtin. Close all dialogs by clicking OK.

Some unusual image formats are not shown when using native GDI+: install windowscodecs through winetricks:

$ env WINEPREFIX=$HOME/.wineosu winetricks windowscodecs

Note: this workaround may break screenshots and interfere with other windows applications installed on the osu! wineprefix when trying to save files. If you need to disable it:

$ env WINEPREFIX=$HOME/.wineosu winecfg

Go to Libraries tab, find windowscodecs and set it to Builtin (Wine). Close all dialogs by clicking OK.

Audio latency, sound distortion or no audio at all: first try setting PULSE_LATENCY_MSEC environment variable to "40" before running osu!:

$ env PULSE_LATENCY_MSEC=40 WINEPREFIX=$HOME/.wineosu wine 'osu!/osu!.exe'

Other values could be tested in order to get lower latency or fix sound distortion/crackling.

Enabling "Audio compatibility mode" in the osu!'s options menu will switch to legacy DirectSound-based audio engine (osu! is now using WASAPI). It can solve some problems but has higher latency and some audio stuttering.

Also check out The Poon's guide and Franc[e]sco's guide.

Frame limiter is permanently locked at 60 fps:

Disable vertical sync by setting vblank_mode environment variable to "0 " before running osu!:

$ env vblank_mode=0 WINEPREFIX=$HOME/.wineosu wine 'osu!/osu!.exe'

This way osu! will not be able to enable VSync at runtime.

Video latency

Desktop environments usually draw on screen through a compositor than enable fancy window effects. This may cause lag that you can feel when moving the cursor.

Note: you will prefer to run osu! under since Wayland is not fully supported by most window managers.

  • GNOME 3 (Mutter): it should disable it automatically when running at borderless/fullscreen. If you're running on windowed mode or have many monitors, compositing may remain enabled unless osu! window fills all the screen output area.

  • KDE Plasma 5 (KWin): press Ctrl+Alt+F12 to disable/enable compositing.You can also add a window rule to block compositing when osu! starts and re-enable when it close.

  • Xfce 4 (Xfwm):

    Disable compositing:

    $ xfconf-query -c xfwm4 -p /general/use_compositing -s false

    Re-enable compositing:

    $ xfconf-query -c xfwm4 -p /general/use_compositing -s true

Other known problems:

  • My system is frozen!: if osu! freezes and you lose the control of your system, press Ctrl+Alt+F2 (to enter to a tty) login and enter the following to force closing osu!:
    $ pkill osu

    Press Ctrl+Alt+F1 (or Ctrl+Alt+F7 on some systems) to return to your desktop environment.

  • I ran osu but my cpu usage is at 100% and nothing happens: same as frozen system. Open a terminal and run:
    $ pkill osu

    Wait 10 seconds and try again.

  • Alt+tab doesn't work when Fullscreen is enabled: if you can't use Alt+Tab hotkey, disable Fullscreen mode inside osu!.

  • I can't switch to Windowed mode from Fullscreen/Borderless/Letterbox: close the game. Open osu!.«your_user_name».cfg in the osu! folder, and edit the next fields:
    Fullscreen = 0
    Letterboxing = 0
    Width = 800
    Height = 600

Please leave us a comment in Comments section below if you still have problems installing or running osu!.


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