Homeworld's epic tale begins in the far reaches of the universe. You were the benign lords of a peaceful society located in the center of a lush spiral galaxy. For as long as anyone could remember, no one challenged your peaceful existence. But then came the conquerors, invading with the sole purpose of overtaking your world. Billions died, and the survivors were relocated to a cold, lifeless planet on the edge of the galaxy. Hundreds of years later, all knowledge of your previous existence has been lost. Only vague myths remain, until the discovery of an ancient tablet buried within the ruins of a half-destroyed craft in the great-banded desert. This Guidestone reawakened the knowledge of your ancestry, and set your race on the path home - coordinates leading straight into the heart of the galaxy. Sixty years ago, construction began on the giant Mothership that will carry millions of your people into deep space. Construction is now complete. Your journey to the Homeworld begins here...

Application Details:

Version: 1.05
Votes: 1
Latest Rating: Gold
Latest Wine Version Tested: 4.12.1

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What works

  • Homeworld installer (flawlessly)
  • Homeworld v1.05 executable with or without the no-CD Patch. 

One needs to take special measures to get it to work though.  As discussed in the posts below, Homeworld (or WINE) has a few problems that need workarounds.  After you get Homeworld running, you will need to change your in-game display settings to use OpenGL.  The game may look horrible until you do so.


Homeworld won't launch.


Disable all audio support in winecfg by unchecking (commenting out) audio drivers (ALSA, OSS, etc.)

cd into the  /home/{username}/.wine/drive_c/Sierra/Homeworld/directory

run "wine homeworld.exe"


I want audio but the Audio Drivers prohibt Homeworld from Starting.


Start winecfg, choose audio tab.
Use the ALSA Driver with:
DirectSound Hardware Acceleration: Emulation
Driver Emulation: Checked

Run Homeworld as listed above but with the /dsoundCoop option:

wine homeworld.exe /dsoundCoop

It may be necessary for you to play some audio before re-launching Homeworld.


Cannot re-launch Homeworld or use audio device after Homeworld exits


If your system uses PulseAudio, use the pulseaudio wrapper by running

/usr/bin/padsp wine homeworld.exe /dsoundCoop


I have a widescreen montior and Homeworld looks ugly when it runs.


 Run Homeworld as listed above but use the /window option to display the game in a window:

wine homeworld.exe /window

 Note, the ALT key may now drag the window.  If you use the ALT key to look at ships, drag a box around the ships first and then press ALT and release the mouse button.

You can, of course, combine all of these options into one command.  I was unable to get Homeworl to start unless I called it either by command line or by a shell script. I found the script option to be easier on my Ubuntu laptop:

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cd /home/{username}/.wine/drive_c/Sierra/Homeworld/
/usr/bin/padsp /usr/bin/wine homeworld.exe /window /dsoundCoop

What does not

Audio does not work unless the workarounds above are applied.

16:9 aspect ratio monitors.  If you have a widescreen monitor, you may need to run Homeworld inside of a window using the /window argument.  In /window mode pressing the ALT key will drag the window around the screen.  See the workaround listed above.


What was not tested

Internet play via. WON, local network game

Hardware tested


  • GPU:
  • Driver:

Additional Comments

selected in Test Results table below
Operating systemTest dateWine versionInstalls?Runs?Used
ShowUbuntu 18.04 "Bionic" amd64 (+variants like Kubuntu)Jul 28 20194.12.1Yes Yes YesGoldJames Edmonds 
ShowMac OS X 10.9 "Mavericks"May 24 20151.7.38Yes Yes Goldan anonymous user 
ShowopenSUSE 13.2 x86_64Dec 07 20141.7.32Yes Yes Silveran anonymous user 
ShowLinux Mint 12 "Lisa"Jan 04 20131.5.21Yes Yes GoldBrian Cesar 
ShowUbuntu 11.10 "Oneiric" i386 (+ variants like Kubuntu)Apr 08 20121.5.1Yes Yes GoldNasra 

Known Bugs

Bug # Description Status Resolution Other apps affected
23714 Homeworld : Can't change resolution NEW View
38763 Homeworld hangs when changing screen resolution or switching renderer NEW View

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