Category: Main Games Strategy Games Real-Time Strategy Warcraft III The Frozen Throne: 1.x

Warcraft III

All official unmodified Frozen Throne versions without the World Editor.

Application Details:

Version: The Frozen Throne: 1.x
License: Retail
Votes: 74
Latest Rating: Gold
Latest Wine Version Tested: 2.19-staging

Maintainers: About Maintainership

Test Results

Selected Test Results

What works

Basically everything

What does not

Intro movie (but does anyone really care?)


To get widescreen resolution:

What was not tested (using cracked/unregistered version)

Hardware tested


  • GPU: Nvidia
  • Driver: proprietary

Additional Comments

Game is managed using Lutris, but not installed with Lutris script. Added the game files to a fresh wine prefix, set the executable path, started once, opened the registry to fix the resolution quirk, DONE!

My game folder has been copied from a Windows machine some ~10 years ago and been lying around since. Has worked on every single machine I've tried since then (Linux and Windows), no reinstall, basically no fixes whatsoever. Runs fine directly off a thumb drive too. Awesome portability, awesome game! 

selected in Test Results table below
Operating systemTest dateWine versionInstalls?Runs?Used
CurrentArch Linux x86_64Nov 07 20172.19-stagingN/A Yes YesGoldTogald Nilsson 
ShowDebian GNU/Linux 9.x "Stretch" x86_64Jun 05 20172.9-stagingN/A Yes GoldGero45 
ShowLinux Mint 18.1Jan 28 20172.0N/A Yes GoldSethan 
ShowDebian GNU/Linux 8.x "Jessie" x86_64Nov 15 20161.9.19No, but has workaround Yes Goldan anonymous user 
ShowDebian GNU/Linux 9.x "Stretch" x86_64Jun 30 20161.9.13N/A Yes GoldGero45 

Known Bugs

Bug # Description Status Resolution Other apps affected
1631 Sound underruns occur in directsound CLOSED FIXED View
1854 IpHlpDllEntry: This is an CHICAGO product. CLOSED WORKSFORME View
2398 OpenGL is only used on top level windows so child windows get overdrawn CLOSED FIXED View
2731 warcraft frozen throne 1.17a crash CLOSED FIXED View
3051 UNIX path names are not translated correctly and cause some applications to fail CLOSED ABANDONED View
3143 securom not working anymore / warcraft cant find cdrom CLOSED FIXED View
3343 Frozen throne crashes in game CLOSED WORKSFORME View
3647 Warcraft 3 TFT 1.20a wont start CLOSED FIXED View
3929 Warcraft 3 doesn't change the cursor properly CLOSED FIXED View
4093 deadlock in alsa driver: CriticalSection WINEALSA_mmap_crst CLOSED FIXED View
4095 Warcraft III Polish installer crashes CLOSED FIXED View
4384 Warcraft 3 TFT 1.20c wont start CLOSED FIXED View
4948 Warcraft 3 Frozen Throne freezes / gets stuck during splash screen CLOSED FIXED View
5467 Warcraft 3 Option Menu crash CLOSED WORKSFORME View
5732 preloader and mmaping seem seriously broken on FreeBSD CLOSED ABANDONED View
6618 Warcraft III Crash on intro movie playback CLOSED FIXED View
6971 Mouse "escapes" window or is confined to an area in the full screen program CLOSED FIXED View
8770 Warcraft III freezes in BN ladder games after a few seconds/minutes (ATI) CLOSED FIXED View
9465 WarCraft III causes OSS to emit loud noise CLOSED FIXED View
9787 Warcraft3 Doesn't work (Needs AcceptEx) CLOSED FIXED View
9815 Warcraft 3 The Frozen Throne does not connect to CLOSED DUPLICATE View
10304 Warcraft III 1.21a freeze when loading single player mission CLOSED DUPLICATE View
10833 WoW indoors/instance white characters. Vram problems? CLOSED ABANDONED View
10841 Restore display resolution when focus is lost or on exit RESOLVED NOTOURBUG View
10892 Unable to refocus after opening url link in Warcraft III [The Frozen Throne] CLOSED DUPLICATE View
11120 Fatal Error in Warcraft III on new wine versions CLOSED INVALID View
11188 Most attempts to save in Warcraft III 1.21a Reign of Chaos crash the game CLOSED FIXED View
11340 Warcraft 3 displays the start splashscreen forever and doesn't continue with the game start. CLOSED FIXED View
11438 Warcraft III crashes after memory leak grows too large CLOSED ABANDONED View
11706 Warcraft III freezes with a black screen on startup CLOSED ABANDONED View
12343 Anarchy Online: Shift Clicking anything with left shift does not work as intended CLOSED FIXED View
12415 Can not leave fullscreen Warcraft 3x (Regression) CLOSED FIXED View
12455 Warcraft III 1.21b - Crashes with Fatal Error on Switch Desktop CLOSED FIXED View
12716 Ctrl and Shift no longer working in warcraft 3 CLOSED DUPLICATE View
12792 Warcraft III videos is not playing CLOSED FIXED View
13186 Warcraft III TFT fails to start with prefixes never used by CLOSED FIXED View
13252 Warcraft III: Unable to Host CLOSED DUPLICATE View
13335 Wine virtual memory exhaustion causing OpenGL crashes / slowdowns CLOSED FIXED View
13535 WarCraft 3 crashes when attempting to run in a window CLOSED INVALID View
13547 Warcraft III loses all textures after game window loses focus in OpenGL mode CLOSED FIXED View
13891 start.exe http://someurl/ does not work (affects any app that invokes external browser, e.g. Google Sketchup) CLOSED FIXED View
13956 Warcraft III does not start CLOSED FIXED View
14182 Warcraft III: The Frozen Throne installer crashes CLOSED FIXED View
14512 Warcraft 3 Frozen Throne chat is invisible CLOSED DUPLICATE View
14900 Warcraft 3 ocassionally has connection instability on BattleNet CLOSED ABANDONED View
15404 Fullscreen game windows are cropped to reveal GNOME menu and task bars CLOSED DUPLICATE View
15426 Warcraft III loosing textures CLOSED DUPLICATE View
15518 Garena won't start Warcraft3 CLOSED FIXED View
15559 winealsa sound regression: scratchiness/stutter in multiple games CLOSED FIXED View
15598 Full Screen mode in World of Warcraft (WoW) broken in 1.1.6 with Gnome CLOSED FIXED View
15620 starting games totaly kills the sound on the system CLOSED FIXED View
15963 Warcraft III: The Frozen Throne crashes when joining a DotA game CLOSED FIXED View
16047 Garena client crashes in WSASendTo CLOSED FIXED View
16106 Warcraft 3 map mouse scroll bug (fullscreen compiz-fusion) CLOSED DUPLICATE View
16194 WC3 - invisible chat CLOSED DUPLICATE View
17245 Warcraft 3 The Frozen Throne: crash when trying to enter CLOSED INVALID View
17432 Lan hosting/listening not working in warcraft iii. CLOSED ABANDONED View
17596 Resizing warcraft 3 in windowed+OGL mode results in an odd letterbox effect. CLOSED ABANDONED View
17809 Warcraft III crashes when logging into battlenet CLOSED INVALID View
17951 Warcraft III TFT Lan problems CLOSED DUPLICATE View
18088 Warcraft III doesn't load maps CLOSED INVALID View
18794 Using FBO as the ORM crashes with (broken) fglrx drivers - not a Wine bug CLOSED INVALID View
18997 Warcraft 3 1.23 crashes after remaining one minute in a chat room. CLOSED FIXED View
19542 Warcraft 3 TFT: Keys control-6 and control-8 do not work CLOSED ABANDONED View
20181 Warcraft 3 crashes on start with GLXBadDrawable CLOSED INVALID View
20610 xmodmap numpad realigning unrecognized by Wine REOPENED View
20616 Warcraft 3 crash when login to BNet CLOSED DUPLICATE View
20653 Warcraft 3 freezes after successful login into CLOSED FIXED View
20911 Warcraft III (Frozen Throne) performance issue (cpu at 100% all time) CLOSED INVALID View
21204 Warcraft 3 disproportionately slow in d3d mode unless RenderTargetLockMode=disabled CLOSED FIXED View
23004 Video setting "Texture Quality" is malfunctioning on value "High" in Game: Warcraft III The Frozen Throne CLOSED INVALID View
23310 Mouse pointer prevented from leaving virtual desktop window when it shouldn't be UNCONFIRMED View
23745 warcraft 3 freeze when desktop switching/minimize NEW View
23902 Games crash during audio initialization CLOSED FIXED View
24124 Warcraft 3: window size cannot go more than 1370x751 in window mode CLOSED ABANDONED View
25031 Warcraft 3 display is upside down RESOLVED NOTOURBUG View
25282 SetWindowsHookEx does not work perfectly - X-Mouse Button Control and Warcraft 3 CLOSED ABANDONED View
25651 Warcraft III: The Frozen Throne windowed resolution stuck at 1072x588 CLOSED ABANDONED View
25748 Warcraft 3: crash after a game CLOSED ABANDONED View
25983 Double Sound (Alsa and Pulse) CLOSED FIXED View
27004 Warcraft III fails to select units by mouse drag CLOSED FIXED View
27028 Touchpad mouse cursor flickers when moved, jumps back towards original position when released CLOSED FIXED View
27616 Warcraft 3: missing mouse cursor CLOSED FIXED View
29494 Occasional wineserver crashes when playing Warcraft 3 NEW View
29566 Warcraft 3 RoC/TFT 1.22a don't start CLOSED ABANDONED View
29835 Warcraft 3: Black stripes on some graphics CLOSED INVALID View
31245 xrandr12 warcraft 3 regression NEW View
31839 Mouse jumps to the upper left corner of the screen UNCONFIRMED View
32959 Warcraft 3: Minimizing problems CLOSED FIXED View
33658 Warcraft 3: Crash on missing sound permissions UNCONFIRMED View
34247 "Program Files" is not locale-specific NEW View
35241 Warcraft 3: Crash on starting the game CLOSED DUPLICATE View
35308 Warcraft III and it's extension Frozen Throne crash at start if winegstreamer isn't disabled CLOSED INVALID View
35309 Warcraft III and Frozen Throne : can't move mouse more than 2/3 of the screen CLOSED ABANDONED View
35528 Warcraft 3 - all textures are lost with opengl parameter CLOSED INVALID View
35651 Warcraft III: Some videos are not played NEW View
35990 keyboard becomes unresponsive in blizzard games UNCONFIRMED View
38009 winex11.drv does not set NET_WM_STATE_FULLSCREEN if the display mode was changed NEW View
39223 Warcraft 3: Game conflicts with other applications UNCONFIRMED View
39224 Warcraft 3: Sound rustles without -opengl UNCONFIRMED View
40284 Unable to change resolution for LVDS panels (laptop), on which only one resolution is available (ex. 1680x1050) UNCONFIRMED View
40894 Warcraft 3: Crash on starting the game UNCONFIRMED View

Show open bugs

HowTo / Notes


­­­­What can be done if Warcraft III is slow

The game may run faster for you if you configure Wacraft III to use OpenGL instead of DirectX. To default the game to use OpenGL, see the registry import below. This creates HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Blizzard Entertainment\Warcraft III with new DWORD value called "Gfx OpenGL" with the value set to 1. So you may create a file using the text, or use regedit to do the same.

The game might run faster in windowed mode. To do this, launch with the parameter -window. It has been reported that it works well on older Intel integrated cards.

Players can't join my games, what is wrong?

There are two causes for this problem:

  • You don't have a Wine Version with the applied AcceptEx patch (See instructions above).
  • A firewall or router blocks the connections attempts. Make sure you have the correct ports open. Open outbound and inbound, TCP and UDP, port 6112, or whatever you set in the game configuration. More Network Ports

How to fix problems related to the Local Area Network option?

If you try to play using the Local Area Network option, and do not see a game hosted from your machine on another or vice versa, and you are in the same subnet, this is likely caused by not having a default gateway. The game relies on sending UDP packets to the broadcast address and Linux will not send them unless there is a default gateway or another rule to handle them. To fix it, there are two methods:

Add a default gateway.
- OR -
Route 255. 255. 255. 255 to your local network.

See Wine Traffic #62 for another description of the issue. This is not considered a bug.

­How to fix cursor/mouse problem in windowed mode?

When running windowed, if you move the cursor out of the screen and back again, sometimes it stays as the scrolling cursor and not the pointer cursor. Hover the mouse over a unit or building to fix the cursor. This is an oversight in the game itself and not a bug in Wine. Use mouse grab or full screen mode to bypass this problem. You may also disable automatic scrolling and use the middle mouse button or the directional keys (non-keypad) for manual scrolling.

­­­Last updated : 2011-03-19

WARNING - Crash with ATI cards

Several users with ATI Radeon video cards encounter problems when playing. If run in Direct3D mode (e.g. without -opengl switch or registry hack) Warcraft 3 doesn't even start up. If run in OpenGL mode, the console prints these error messages

libGL error: drmMap of framebuffer failed (.............)
libGL error: reverting to (slow) indirect rendering

and the game is extremely slow with corrupted graphics because it uses the MESA Software OpenGL implementation instead of the 3D hardware acceleration of the ATI card. 

If you encounter the same problem, have a solution to it or ATI, Wine and WC3 are running fine for you, please describe it in this bug report:

How to disable window manager's alt key combo

Window managers often have the alt key bound to certain features, especially the alt-click. THIS IS NOT A WINE BUG. If you have problems with the alt key in any way DO NOT REPORT IT. Fix your window manager. I'm not going to list steps for every one because there are too many possibilites. Figure out yourself or ask in a help forum (here is okay... but be warned all I use is TWM). If you are desperate, turn off window manager managed windows in winecfg.


Go into KDE Control Center, expand Desktop, click window behavior, then click window actions tab. You can turn off the alt-combos. If you want to make window specific settings, click on window specific settings under window behavior on the side.


The option to change the key binding is in System Menu -> Preferences Menu -> Windows.

How to play without CD?

Connect to to upgrade to the latest version of Warcraft 3 which doesn't need a CD.

If you ever get "Please insert disc", this is NOT a problem with detecting the CD. The protection system is probably still built into the game even though the CD check itself is disabled. Make sure you use version 1.21b or later. If you get this problem after having this version installed, you are likely suffering from a buggy video driver as this is the only known (and proven possible) cause at this point.

DO NOT USE NOCD PATCHES - They are pointless, and won't fix the real problem.

Skip the intro videos

Method 1: Rename the videos

After installing the game, its highly recommended that you browse to your Warcraft III folder and rename the movies folder. Many people crash from the movies because of buggy sound drivers, or simply hang, so you should do this in case you are one of them. You can still play the movies under mplayer (or xine if you so choose)! TutorialIn.mpq is the very first cinematic of the game, and for the rest; *Op.mpq is the cinematic at the start of the campaign and *Ed.mpq is the cinematic and the end. If you wanted to follow the story, it's not hard at all to play the ones corresponding where you are at.

Method 2: Mark the intro as seen

If you don't want to play the campaign, but only want to start Warcraft III without a crash while playing the intro then you can simply mark the intro as seen:

  1. Open reedit:
    $ wine regedit
  2. Navigate in regedit to HKEY_CURRENT_USER/Software/Blizzard/Warcraft III/
  3. Create a key (folder) Misc in the Warcraft III key. You can do so by right clicking the key.
  4. Create a DWORD value seenintromovie with the value 0x1
  5. ­
Old user-submitted tips

2015-01-15 Admin note: the suggestions below have been extracted from old user comments, and may not be relevant to current Wine.

  • If game crash at start, you should try to set "winegstreamer" to disabled in winecfg, in DLL overrides menu.
  • If you have a problem with screen resolution or moving mouse, you should try "emulated desktop" in winecfg in graphic tab
  • I was able to get my W3 install going using the following command in terminal (within program directory): setarch i386 -3 -L -B -R wine "Warcraft 3.exe" -opengl


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

new patch 1.27 breaks this app
by Cory on Wednesday March 16th 2016, 21:34
Seems the new patch, 1.27, is causing problems for a lot of folks on many systems, not just Wine.

In any case, I now get the following error on launch, also reported on the Blizzard forums:

err:module:import_dll Library MSVCR120.dll (which is needed by L"C:\\Program Files\\Warcraft III\\Storm.dll") not found
err:module:import_dll Library Storm.dll (which is needed by L"C:\\Program Files\\Warcraft III\\war3.exe") not found
err:module:import_dll Library MSVCR120.dll (which is needed by L"C:\\Program Files\\Warcraft III\\war3.exe") not found
err:module:LdrInitializeThunk Main exe initialization for L"C:\\Program Files\\Warcraft III\\war3.exe" failed, status c0000135

accompanied by a CD Drive Error requesting that I ensure my CD is in the drive (which doesn't help).

I've tried installing the digital client from Blizzard, which also fails to run (not sure how to force this to go through Wine).

I did notice the new digital download installation includes new packages, including a DirectX setup which states DirectX 9.0c, which fails to install as it is not compatible with the version of Windows currently installed.
RE: new patch 1.27 breaks this app
by Flatcap_Monty on Sunday March 20th 2016, 12:23
I was getting this after a fresh install (news of the patch and discussions about the game at work made me want to play it again). After failing to get it running via CD, I gave downloading from the Blizzard website a go, and it works like a charm. Version 1.27a and no problems as yet, online or offline.
RE: new patch 1.27 breaks this app
by Janus on Wednesday October 5th 2016, 0:17
Does this mean you were able to play online too?
Can you please give details on your setup?
I can't get on
Anything else works though.
Problems with Wine 1.9.2
by Gero45 on Friday February 5th 2016, 17:17
Wine Version 1.8.1 works great, as well as version before that, like 1.7.55.

But with Version 1.9.2 (staging) I get the following:
fixme:winediag:start_process Wine Staging 1.9.2 is a testing version containing experimental patches.
fixme:winediag:start_process Please mention your exact version when filing bug reports on
err:ole:CoCreateInstanceEx apartment not initialised
err:winediag:SECUR32_initNTLMSP ntlm_auth was not found or is outdated. Make sure that ntlm_auth >= 3.0.25 is in your path. Usually, you can find it in the winbind package of your distribution.
fixme:module:load_dll Loader redirect from L"wined3d.dll" to L"wined3d-csmt.dll"
fixme:winediag:wined3d_dll_init Experimental wined3d CSMT feature is currently enabled.
fixme:module:load_dll Loader redirect from L"wined3d.dll" to L"wined3d-csmt.dll"
fixme:winediag:wined3d_dll_init Experimental wined3d CSMT feature is currently enabled.
fixme:module:load_dll Loader redirect from L"wined3d.dll" to L"wined3d-csmt.dll"
fixme:winediag:wined3d_dll_init Experimental wined3d CSMT feature is currently enabled.
tobias63r0@tobias-pc64:/media/Games/Wine/Warcraft III$ err:x11settings:X11DRV_ChangeDisplaySettingsEx No matching mode found 800x600x32 @75! (desktop)
err:x11settings:X11DRV_ChangeDisplaySettingsEx No matching mode found 800x600x32 @70! (desktop)
err:quartz:GetClassMediaFile Media class not found
fixme:gstreamer:GST_QueryInterface No interface for {37d84f60-42cb-11ce-8135-00aa004bb851}!
fixme:gstreamer:unknown_type Could not find a filter for caps: video/x-msvideo
fixme:gstreamer:watch_bus decodebin0: Ihrer Installation von GStreamer fehlt ein Plugin.
fixme:gstreamer:watch_bus decodebin0: Ein Plugin »Audio Video Interleave (AVI)-Demuxer« wird zum Abspielen dieses Datenstroms benötigt, ist aber nicht installiert.
fixme:gstreamer:GST_Connect GStreamer could not find any streams
fixme:gstreamer:watch_bus typefind: GStreamer hat einen allgemeinen Datenstromfehler festgestellt.
fixme:quartz:Parser_QueryInterface No interface for {37d84f60-42cb-11ce-8135-00aa004bb851}!
fixme:quartz:AVISplitter_InitializeStreams stream 1: frames found: 2166732, frames meant to be found: 2167456
fixme:module:load_dll Loader redirect from L"wined3d.dll" to L"wined3d-csmt.dll"
fixme:winediag:wined3d_dll_init Experimental wined3d CSMT feature is currently enabled.
fixme:quartz:VideoRendererInner_QueryInterface No interface for {37d84f60-42cb-11ce-8135-00aa004bb851}!
fixme:gstreamer:Gstreamer_FindMatch Could not find plugin for audio/mpeg, mpegversion=(int) 1
fixme:ole:CoCreateInstanceEx no instance created for interface {00000000-0000-0000-c000-000000000046} of class {728dcf55-128f-4dd1-ad22-becfa66ce7aa}, hres is 0x80004005
fixme:strmbase:TransformFilterImpl_QueryInterface No interface for {37d84f60-42cb-11ce-8135-00aa004bb851}!
fixme:quartz:DSoundRender_QueryInterface No interface for {37d84f60-42cb-11ce-8135-00aa004bb851}!
fixme:quartz:AsyncReader_QueryInterface No interface for {56a868b5-0ad4-11ce-b03a-0020af0ba770}!
fixme:quartz:Parser_QueryInterface No interface for {56a868b5-0ad4-11ce-b03a-0020af0ba770}!
fixme:quartz:Parser_QueryInterface No interface for {2dd74950-a890-11d1-abe8-00a0c905f375}!
fixme:quartz:VideoRendererInner_QueryInterface No interface for {56a86897-0ad4-11ce-b03a-0020af0ba770}!
fixme:quartz:Parser_OutputPin_QueryInterface No interface for {56a868a5-0ad4-11ce-b03a-0020af0ba770}!
fixme:quartz:Parser_OutputPin_QueryInterface No interface for {56a868a5-0ad4-11ce-b03a-0020af0ba770}!
fixme:quartz:Parser_OutputPin_QueryInterface No interface for {56a868a5-0ad4-11ce-b03a-0020af0ba770}!
fixme:quartz:Parser_OutputPin_QueryInterface No interface for {56a868a5-0ad4-11ce-b03a-0020af0ba770}!
fixme:quartz:Parser_OutputPin_QueryInterface No interface for {56a868a5-0ad4-11ce-b03a-0020af0ba770}!
fixme:quartz:AVISplitter_thread_reader Receiving error: 80040227
fixme:quartz:AVISplitter_thread_reader Thread 0 terminated with hr 80040227!
err:quartz:ACMWrapper_Receive Error sending sample (80040227)
fixme:quartz:AVISplitter_thread_reader Receiving error: 80040227
fixme:quartz:AVISplitter_thread_reader Thread 1 terminated with hr 80040227!
dct: 0.000000 ms (0 calls)