The Sims 4

The Sims 4.

  • Current up-to-date version available on Origin

Application Details:

Version: Origin
License: Retail
Votes: 2
Latest Rating: Platinum
Latest Wine Version Tested: 5.20-staging

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Test Results

Selected Test Results

What works

This is for Origin Digital Deluxe Sims 4 edition.

Installs with a workaround.

What does not

Nothing else tested/works because it cannot be activated after first run.

Obviously the DRM is unsupported in wine.

No actual errors or fix-me debug messages at the time of the first connection for activation.


  1. Create a 64 bit wine environment.
  2. Installation workaround for the Origin error 3 installer - permissions issues on the Origin folder when trying to install.
    • Emerge sys-fs/inotify-tools
    • Navigate to the "Program Files (x86)" folder in your wine prefix and run the following command in a separate terminal window (start it *before* you start the Origin installer, and leave it running until the installer is done): 
      • while true; do inotifywait Origin; chmod u+w Origin; done
  3. Origin-in-game is known not to work, so you have to turn that off for The Sims 4, before launching the game, or it will error out.
  4. Download and install the Sims 4 Deluxe edition from your account
  5. After first start an error appears that cannot connect to Origin servers to activate the game. There are a lot of Mac and Windows users that have the same problem and they could never resolve it (see EA forums)

What was not tested

Everything else was not tested because the game cannot start at all.

Hardware tested


  • GPU: Nvidia
  • Driver: proprietary

Additional Comments

The same problem is seen with wine-5.14-staging. The difference is that it has not got the permissions problem during Origin install.

Lutris doesn't work either.

No actual errors or fix-me debug messages at the time of the first connection for activation.

selected in Test Results table below
Operating systemTest dateWine versionInstalls?Runs?Used
ShowManjaro LinuxNov 16 20205.20-stagingYes Yes NoPlatinumSteven 
ShowKDE Neon 5.18Sep 12 20205.17No, but has workaround Yes YesSilverAlex Lowe 
ShowUbuntu 20.04 "Focal" (+ variants like Kubuntu)Aug 20 20205.0.2Yes Yes YesSilverTyson Roberts 
ShowFedora 32 x86_64Jul 21 20205.12-stagingYes No NoGarbageJonas Thiem 
CurrentGentoo Linux x86_64Aug 04 20205.0.1Yes No YesGarbagePhobosK 

Known Bugs

Bug # Description Status Resolution Other apps affected
38437 Sims 4 crashes after 5-20 minutes NEEDINFO View
39689 The Sims 4 crashes on start (exception in MSVCRT) UNCONFIRMED View
44041 The Sims 4 instant-aborts claiming Origin doesn't run UNCONFIRMED View

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