Release 22, Version 17.1

Application Details:

Version: 2008
Votes: 51
Latest Rating: Garbage
Latest Wine Version Tested: 9.12

Maintainers: About Maintainership

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What works

So far, opening & saving files, drawing tools, exporting & printing work.

3D engine: OpenGL selected, no visual artifacts.

Same workflow as Windows, no problems encountered yet.

What does not

Installer works out of the box, but running AutoCAD does not.

.NET 2.0 is missing, so it has to be installed before running AutoCAD.


I installed AutoCAD 2008 inside a PlayOnLinux container, but the same workarounds can be applied using winetricks.

Before running the installer, make sure you're using wine version 3.0 (or whatever stable version after 2.0).

Configure wine to emulate Windows 7 (this will make the drawing tool sidebars look exactly like on Windows, otherwise they will be missing and/or distorted).

Add the corefontsdotnet20 and dotnet20sp2 libraries, plus Microsoft Core Fonts.

sh winetricks corefonts dotnet20 dotnetsp2

Then launch the AutoCAD installer, selecting a default install.

Finally, launch AutoCAD.

Open the 3D tuning dialog suggested at the bottom right corner, then "Manual Tune", then change Direct3D to OpenGL.

What was not tested

(to be completed)

Hardware tested


  • GPU: Nvidia
  • Driver: proprietary

Additional Comments

My OS is ElementaryOS Freya, based on Ubuntu 16.04 (HWE kernel 4.13.0-37-generic)

You can add import your Windows license by opening the Portable License Utility.

First, open it in Linux, select "AutoCAD 2008" from the product menu, and check your computer name and ID.
Then open Portable License Utility in Windows, and on the left tab, add your Linux computer name and ID.
Export the license to a file.
Go back to PLU in Linux, import the file.
Your Linux+WINE AutoCAD 2008 installation has just been activated.

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Operating systemTest dateWine versionInstalls?Runs?Used
ShowUbuntu 22.04 "Jammy" (+ variants like Kubuntu)Jun 29 20249.12Yes No NoGarbageRodri 
CurrentElementary OS FreyaMar 25 20183.0Yes Yes YesGoldDennis Mayr 
ShowUbuntu 14.04 "Trusty" amd64 (+ variants like Kubuntu)Jun 01 20141.7.19Yes Yes NoGoldan anonymous user 
ShowUbuntu 12.04 "Precise" amd64 (+ variants like Kubuntu)Feb 15 20141.7.12Yes Yes NoBronzean anonymous user 
ShowUbuntu 12.04 "Precise" amd64 (+ variants like Kubuntu)Feb 17 20131.4.1Yes Yes NoSilveran anonymous user 

Known Bugs

Bug # Description Status Resolution Other apps affected
12501 Multiple application installers need mspatcha.dll ApplyPatchToFileA/W implementation (Microsoft Delta Compression API) NEW View
17743 AutoCAD 2008 and AutoCAD Mechanical 2008: Undocked toolbars are displayed incorrectly NEW View
18175 AutoCAD 2008: Pop menu in Text Formating doesn't work correctly ASSIGNED View
18263 AutoCAD 2008: Insert Ole Object window needs OleUIInsertObjectW NEW View
25974 AutoCAD 2009 LT: acadlt.msi doesn't start installer UNCONFIRMED View
26604 AutoCAD 2008: Hang-up after closing preview window UNCONFIRMED View
31704 AutoCAD 2008: Next button doesn't work in activation window NEW View

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HowTo / Notes


 by NSLW on (February 7th 2009)

Preparing for install

1. Use recent version of Wine (tested with wine-1.7.41)
2. Download winetricks by following command


3. Install required components by following command

 sh winetricks dotnet20sp2

It will take some time because winetricks will download all above components


1. From CD's
I didn't tested this method.

2. From HDD
          2.1 copy content of both CD's to single directory on your hdd
          2.2 navigate to this directory and run setup.exe
          2.3 make default install

Running AutoCAD

The setup should create shortcut on your desktop if not create a launcher manually (Type: Application ; Command: env WINEPREFIX="/home/EnterYourUserNameHere/.wine" wine "C:\Program Files\AutoCAD 2008\acad.exe")


1. turn off compiz fusion
2. in winecfg: under "Graphics" tab uncheck "Allow the window manager to decorate the windows" then Apply
3. in AutoCAD: Tools-> Options -> System ->Performance Settings -> Manual Tune -> change Driver name to OpenGL

Known problems

1. No possibility to configure setup
2. No possibility to activate the product
3. Toolbars don't display correctly if undocked but you can still move and dock them

Installing Service Pack

1. download autocad2008lockedsp1.exe from e.g. here
2. install autocad2008lockedsp1.exe
3 (optional). In case of problems reinstall Visual C++ 2005 runtime libraries by
sh winetricks vcrun2005

Helpful advices

If you would like to save time and don't want to reinstall AutoCAD every 30 days do as described below.

1. after installation and before first run of AutoCAD make yourself a backup of "system.reg" file which is in "~/.wine/"

2. after 30 days delete "Software Licenses" directory which is in "~/.wine/drive_c/windows/profiles/All Users/Application Data/Autodesk/" and recover your backup you've made in first point