Category: Main Scientific/Technical/Math CAD/CAE Microstation V8i (SELECTseries 3)


An updated version of Microstation V8i, usually given with an academic license to Italian engineering students.

Application Details:

Version: V8i (SELECTseries 3)
License: Retail
Votes: 0
Latest Rating: Gold
Latest Wine Version Tested: 5.0.1

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Test Results

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What works

  • Installing, with workarounds, and opening Microstation

What does not

  • Cannot install Microstation using the 1-file setup usually named ms081109459[language].exe (This file was provided by my university).
    It will fail trying to decompress MicroStation.msi. (see Workarounds)
  • Cannot install prerequisites (but see Workarounds)
  • Cannot create a new drawing (Microstation will create the .dgn file, and when you attempt to open it, it will crash)
  • Cannot open a pre-existing .dxf or .dgn drawing (see more info for the files I tried). This error message will pop up:

Translation: File Z:\home\...\Desktop\336631 (dxf).dxf cannot be found

I've also tried putting the files in C:\Program Files\Bentley\Microstation V8i\Microstation but the same error message is obtained and it still can't open a new file. I've even tried removing the spaces and all special characters but to no avail.

Practically, it sadly means using Microstation on Linux is totally impossible since you can't open drawings and you can't make new drawings...


If you have obtained Microstation in a prepackaged setup like me, you first have to decompress it using file-roller or similar, so that you get the same directory structure as on the original CD.
Then you need to install these prerequisites using winetricks:

winetricks dotnet35 d3dx9 msxml6 vcrun2005 vb6run ie8

Only then, start the setup.exe file and the application should install.

What was not tested

Actually drawing stuff and using the program, since it crashes when loading any file.

Hardware tested


  • GPU: AMD
  • Driver: open source

Additional Comments

  • The DWG and DXF file used for testing are available at: CALEFFI Hydronic Systems It opens fine in LibreCAD.
  • Tested both with Wine Staging 4.0 and Wine 4.0 ;  the results were the same.
  • The logs don't seem to contain any useful information.
    Right after opening the dwg or dgn file with Microstation, the only hint that something is wrong is:

    0028:warn:file:CreateFileW Unable to create file L"\\\\.\\pipe\\svcctl" (status c00000ac)
    0009:warn:ntdll:NtQueryAttributesFile L"\\??\\C:\\ProgramData\\Bentley\\Licensing\\license.db-wal

selected in Test Results table below
Operating systemTest dateWine versionInstalls?Runs?Used
ShowUbuntu 20.04 "Focal" (+ variants like Kubuntu)Jul 09 20205.0.1No, but has workaround Yes YesGoldPavel 
CurrentUbuntu 18.10 "Cosmic" amd64 (+variants like Kubuntu)Feb 07 20194.0-stagingNo, but has workaround Yes YesGarbageJacopo 

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