The 500 series

Application Details:

Version: 5xx
License: Free to use
Votes: 0
Latest Rating: Platinum
Latest Wine Version Tested: 6.4-staging

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What works

Opening the shop.

Opening Pulse

Opening Inbox

Editing Profile.

Dress up.

What does not

While many things do open and run, if you close chatroom's, try to open settings, or view feed, these things will ALWAYS crash your client. Due to this, openGL can NO LONGER BE USED. this is a HUGE problem, as DirectX runs/and looks terrible for IMVU on linux. While joining chatroom's, you will lag terribly until a few minutes have gone by and room/avatar textures have all been written to your cache . this will happen every-time you join any room. Room's poppulated above 4 people will lag your text input and eventually cause the client to crash, however I seemed to have 'KIND-OF' found a workaround.


Okay, to improve loading times in populated rooms, and, well, in general, I Launched the IMVUClient.exe via my terminal. To do this in the easiest way possible, You should open your file manager, tap Control+H to veiw hidden folders. now, you should be in your home folder to start all this. go into .wine, than the c_drive, users, you, application data, imvu client, NOW! locate IMVUClient.exe, open your terminal (if you havn't already) typw 'wine' (without parenthesis) and than drag-and-drop IMVUClient.exe onto the terminal, and hit enter. the terminal will launch IMVU. you can close the weird-little-tiny window WINE opens in the top left corner, as it doesn't really do anything. keep your terminal running in the background as long as you want to keep using IMVU. this method seems to run WINE quicker, and lets rooms load better, IMO.

What was not tested

Any Graphics implementation other than DirectX (settings can not be opened)

Hardware tested


  • GPU: Intel
  • Driver: proprietary

Additional Comments


This should run fine for casual users, but Role-Players will want to run IMVU on Windows or OSX for the time being.

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Operating systemTest dateWine versionInstalls?Runs?Used
ShowUbuntu 18.04 "Bionic" amd64 (+variants like Kubuntu)Mar 15 20216.4-stagingYes Yes NoPlatinumMarc Sola 
ShowUbuntu 18.04 "Bionic" amd64 (+variants like Kubuntu)Feb 28 20216.3-stagingYes No NoGarbageMarc Sola 
ShowUbuntu 18.04 "Bionic" amd64 (+variants like Kubuntu)Dec 30 20195.0-rc3-stagingYes Yes NoPlatinumMarc Sola 
CurrentUbuntu 18.04 "Bionic" i386 (+variants like Kubuntu)Jun 02 20183.9-stagingYes Yes YesBronzeCara 
ShowUbuntu 16.04 "Xenial" i386 (+ variants like Kubuntu)May 28 20183.9Yes Yes NoBronzeCara 

Known Bugs

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HowTo / Notes

Distorted fonts

If the fonts in game look distorted, make sure you install the "ttf-mscorefonts-installer" package, as this provides the windows fonts used by IMVU. You can install it easily on Debian/Ubuntu based distros by using the following command in the terminal ("Ctrl+Alt+T" is a keyboard shortcut to open it):

sudo apt-get install ttf-mscorefonts-installer

You should be prompted to enter your password for sudo as usual.


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Works on wine-5.0-rc2 (Staging)
by Thorvald on Monday December 30th 2019, 17:43
This now works on the staging branch at the time of writing. More specifically wine-5.0-rc2.

The only bug I've encountered on the staging branch is rooms with special characters (? ? ? etc etc) sometimes glitch out in the top bar. If it happens: you're still in all the rooms and tabs you were in previously, you just can't see them. If you click on the IMVU logo you get back to the main view, and you're able to see all your tabs again (except the room that caused the glitched name). Even though you can't see the glitched room in your tab bar, you're still in it, and the only way to get back into it is to click "join" again which causes your tab bar to glitch out again.
It crashes a lot
by Syro on Saturday May 11th 2019, 10:37
The program will crash whenever closing tabs or when trying to pull out the settings. It also does not keep you logged in.