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The multiplayer version of the demo.

Application Details:

Version: Multiplayer demo
License: Demo
URL: http://www.settlers3.com
Votes: 0
Latest Rating: Bronze
Latest Wine Version Tested: 1.7.55

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What works

  • Installation
  • Singleplayer demo

What does not

Workarounds

What was not tested

  • Multiplayer (requires "winetricks directplay")

Hardware tested

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Operating systemTest dateWine versionInstalls?Runs?Used
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RatingSubmitter
ShowUbuntu 14.04 "Trusty" amd64 (+ variants like Kubuntu)Nov 27 20151.7.55Yes Yes BronzeAdrian Kalla 
ShowUbuntu 14.04 "Trusty" amd64 (+ variants like Kubuntu)Nov 08 20151.7.54Yes Yes PlatinumAdrian Kalla 
CurrentUbuntu 13.10 "Saucy" amd64 (+ variants like Kubuntu)Jan 05 20141.7.9Yes Yes PlatinumAdrian Kalla 
ShowUbuntu 9.04 "Jaunty" i386 (+ variants like Kubuntu)Jul 15 20091.1.25Yes No GarbageJaime Rave 

Known Bugs

Bug # Description Status Resolution Other apps affected
4066 Online Play Doesn't Work (DirectPlay) NEW View
32478 The Settlers III heavy performance issue on multicore cpus NEW View
38169 The Settlers 3 eats a full CPU core, even on a Intel Core i7 UNCONFIRMED View

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HowTo / Notes

Wine versions recommended for The Settlers 3

The only two official Wine versions recommended for playing are 1.7.54 (and 1.7.53). The reason for this are the following bugs:

  • Wine 1.7.55 introduced new mouse problems into the game. Because of this, Wine 1.7.55 and newer (including 1.8-versions) should be avoided until bug 38087 gets fixed.
  • Wine versions below 1.7.53 crash on the Settlers 3 intro-movie (bug 5771) (the workaround for this bug is to disable the intro in the S3-settings)
  • Wine versions below 1.5.26 cause freezes in multi player games (bug 29499)

Besides the two official Wine versions, Wine-Staging versions 1.9.0 and up can be used, as bug 38087 is fixed there.

Performance issues

This game requires much more processing power than it should, so unless you are using a relatively fast computer, it may run slowly (Bug 32478).

The used graphics card may also be of importance here: with NVIDIA (binary driver) the game is the fastest on Linux, with INTEL the slowest.


A workaround which makes at least the lag occurring every few seconds go away, is to start Settlers 3 on 1 CPU only with:

taskset -c 0 wine S3.EXE

If you want to play online using the aLobby, you have to start the aLobby the same way:

taskset -c 0 wine alobby.exe
Multiplayer with aLobby bug on Ubuntu-Wine 1.7+ packages
Wine 1.7 packages from the ppa:ubuntu-wine/ppa <1.7.34 are affected by the following bug: https://bugs.launchpad.net/wine/+bug/1393196. Because of that it is *strongly* recommended, to update to 1.7.34 or newer, when using that PPA.

Wine packages from other sources and self-compiled builds from the official Wine sources are not affected by this bug. Wine versions <= 1.6.2 Ubuntu packages are also not affected.
Multiplayer HOWTO

To get multiplayer (LAN and/or Internet) working do:

winetricks -q directplay

As of the end of September, 2011, the BlueByte Settlers 3 Multiplayer Lobby is offline. The "unofficial" replacement for online play is the "aLobby". The current aLobby version (2.9.9) works flawlessly under Wine after installing the following:

winetricks -q corefonts vcrun2010 vcrun2013 quartz

Before joining the aLobby you should disable the "TeamSpeak sidebar" in the aLobby settings, as it results in a CTD on some systems.


If you want to play using the aLobby VPN, you need to have the native (Linux/OSX) 'openvpn' package (the 'openvpn' binary needs to be in your PATH) installed as well as the 'kdesudo' or 'gksu' package.

sudo apt-get install openvpn gksu

Additionally: to play using the aLobby VPN outgoing connections from the S3.exe, S3_alobby.exe (and S3_multi.exe) on port 1900 UDP must be blocked - otherwise joining or hosting games may be impossible!


Only in case you want to play over the Internet (so not via VPN or LAN):

The ports that need to be forwarded on your router for Internet-gaming are:

  • 2300-2400 TCP
  • 2300-2400 UDP
  • 47624 TCP

More detailed instructions for your router model can be found here.

If entering an Internet-multiplayer game is not possible, then something must be wrong with your port-forwarding settings or the LAN-router. It is not a Linux/Wine problem for sure.

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